After my amazing first class flight on Emirates, I arrived late into Hong Kong for my near 24-hour layover. After deciding which SPG hotel to stay at during my stay, I decided on the Ovolo Southside, a Design Hotel which looked interesting (and cheap!).
With a free transfer from Emirates courtesy of my first class cabin (business class oddly does not get free chauffeurs in Hong Kong), I knew I’d save a lot on the taxi or transportation from the airport, as well as time. It was a bit difficult to find the transfer desk, but after finding an Emirates representative, I was pointed in the right direction.
I was escorted the whole way by one of the contract workers, who couldn’t have been nicer. It was raining hard in Hong Kong, and I rushed into the limo van that would drive me to Ovolo.
Ovolo Southside is located on Hong Kong Island, nearly as far away from the airport as you can get. This is where the chauffeur really came in handy, as it was a completely free ride all the way to the hotel.
The hotel’s lobby is located on a mid-level floor. The area around the hotel is pretty dead at night, and the entrance was a bit hard to find. Eventually, though, I found the elevator and went up to the lobby.
The elevator itself set the mood for the hotel- there were 80’s music videos playing on the screen.
In the lobby, I had an easy time checking in. I was interested to see how they treated Platinum SPG members, since there’s no obligation from Design hotels to do much for us. I was upgraded to a bigger room, and given free breakfast. The 500 point amenity posted to my account after my stay with no issues.
There were lots of cool design touches, including a pool table and seating area to relax or work.
I took the elevator up to the 19th floor. There were only 9 rooms on my floor.
The room itself was tiny, but charmingly functional. There was a living room area (pictured above), and immediately next to it, a sleeping area with king bed.
Beyond that, the small bathroom area.
This isn’t a room you’d want to share with someone close, but for a single traveler, it was perfect.
One cool aspect about the room is that there was a loot bag waiting for me with some snacks.
The mini bar is also completely free, and included beers. Seriously, this is the greatest hotel ever.
I was beat, so I went straight to bed. In the morning, I awoke and checked out some of the hotel’s offerings. There was a gym area, as well as a free laundry.
Finally, I checked out breakfast. While free, which was appreciated, I wasn’t too impressed with the spread. But, they did have made-to-order omelets, if you like those. I’m not an egg eater, so I stick to carbs and protein when I wake up. I did have a bowl of congee, which is my new favorite after my stay at the Park Hyatt Maldives.
I went to explore Hong Kong Disneyland for the day, so I left the hotel pretty early. Since it would be a trek back to the hotel (Disneyland is close to the airport), I instead stored my bags at the park. Check out was quick, and I was able to walk across the street to the MTA station to take a (long) ride to the park.
The value of the Ovolo Southside is absolutely there. With an easy MTA connection, you can get anywhere in the city pretty quickly. It’s not in the thick of the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, but for those wanting to save money, while still earning points and status with SPG, this is a great new option!1