Alex Catarinella


with Alex Catarinella
  • Where:Hong Kong

  • Why:Because I was in town for Hong Kong Fashion Week and the TUVE is the best hotel on the planet earth.

  • When:Early September.

  • Who:Just me.

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Highs & Lows

  • Fantastic views and incredible natural light!

  • Literally the best bed and pillows.

  • The hotel smells so good. Seriously. I don't know what's pumping in the elevators but it's intoxicating in a zen kind of way.

  • The room design details. Marble bathroom. Light fixtures. Bed. Furniture. And that quirky contraption of a mini bar.

  • The mood and design of the entire hotel. From the spooky chic lobby to the hidden blink-and-you'll-miss-it gated entrance.

  • The non-touristy neighborhood. It feels so authentic. So colorful. So many cheap bakeries. Sensory overload. And it's way less crowded compared to the neighboring Causeway Bay. I could/want to live here.

  • Superb customer service.

  • The bathrobe.

  • The exquisite everything.

    The Barometer

    • Design

    • Website

    • Life Changing

    • Environmental Consciousness

    • Overall Value

    • Night's Sleep

    • Service

    • Amenities

    • Stealable Stuff

    • Refer a Friend

    Total: 50/50

    Important Bits

    • Type

      TUVE's website actually describes the cinematic hidden gem of a boutique hotel the best: "timeless, placeless and genderless" and "minimally furnished with finesse." I'm surprised Rick Owens didn't design TUVE/doesn't live here. (I googled Rick's apartment and, like the TUVE, he's clearly very into minimal and marble).

    • Vibe

      This might not make sense, but it's haunting and relaxing at the same time. Super goth chic meets ethereal angelic, kind of hip as heaven/hell.

    • Location

      The non-touristy Tin Hau neighborhood. Bakeries, markets, temples, dumplings, parks. It's all happening. It's fantastic.

    • Rooms


    • Music

      Very whispery tunes involving what sounded like opera singers and hymns over dreamy industrial beats. Exquisite, tbh.

    • Year Opened


    • Designed By

      Rick Owns. Just kidding. Design Systmes Ltd.

    • Pool/Gym

      No. Put on your sneakers and explore. Take a jog in the super close Victoria Park!

    • Restaurant

      The stylishly casual and intimate SILVER ROOM, serving Italian dishes and located on the ground floor.

    • Bar

      No, but the mini-bar has got you covered.

    • Minibar


    • Wifi

      Yes and it's free.

    • Children

      Please no! It's so zen inside. Let's keep it that way.

    • Price

      Not too bad for what it is. And it's everything.

    Cheap, authentic hole-in-the-wall.  Get the beef brisket and the Wonton soup.

    Sister Wah

    Sister Wah Beef Brisket, Hong Kong

    Cheap, authentic hole-in-the-wall. Get the beef brisket and the Wonton soup.

    At Yau Ma Tei Tin Hau Temple.

    Get your prayer on

    Tin Hau Temple, Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong

    At Yau Ma Tei Tin Hau Temple.

    Don't forget SPF and loads of water.

    Victoria Park!

    Victoria Park, Hong Kong

    Don't forget SPF and loads of water.


    TUVE, Hong Kong

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