By: Aoife Mackenzie
If you’re moving to Hong Kong, or you live here and you’re between permanent residences, a serviced apartment is a great accommodation alternative. Oootopia has recently opened its first contemporary serviced living space in To Kwa Wan. There’s a welcome fresh vibe about the place. It’s bright, airy and stylish, with an emphasis on relaxing and recharging.
The Oootopia team describes their serviced apartments as a “connected community”, and the concept underpinning the brand as “smart living.” Both phrases hint at technology being an important aspect of their approach, and that’s exactly the case. The Oootopia app is just one example of this.
“It’s a convenient and easy-to-navigate mobile app that gives our residents everything they need right at their fingertips,” says the team.“They can control their laundry, for example, or access our neighbourhood guide.” For instance, the app enables guests to quickly sign up for bespoke events – from hikes to whiskey tastings – where they can meet new people and bond over shared experiences in Hong Kong. “Our events are always evolving and we customise them according to our residents’ interests,” adds the team.
The app also allows residents to use their mobile devices to change their unique door passcode, and submit maintenance and domestic service requests. Further, there are exclusive perks that guests can tap into, including discounts at nearby venues and access to the brand’s curated neighbourhood guides. “We can also quickly be contacted via live chat. This means our residents get personalised answers and advice at the click of a button.”
At Oootopia Sung Wong Toi, residents can enjoy the cultural aspects of the vibrant To Kwa Wan neighbourhood, while also being able to easily access popular locations on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. An MTR station is scheduled to open in 2020. So, it’s no surprise that To Kwa Wan is currently going through an urban rejuvenation. It’s brimming with a local art village, cafés and restaurants, and there are also plans for international brands to become more established in the area. In addition, To Kwa Wan is part of an extensive bus network, which means residents can readily reach places like Central, Wan Chai and Kowloon’s business districts on direct routes.
Whether you’re a solo traveller, part of a couple or keen to share with a friend, or looking for somewhere to stay while your home’s being renovated, there’s an accommodation option to suit your needs at Oootopia. The Sung Wong Toi property has five intricately designed room types. These span from single to suite, and each one is fitted with a private bathroom, including a rain shower, and is stocked with a bunch of amenities.
“Sanctuaries within a bustling city” is how the company describes their apartments. It’s an appropriate description. The spaces are fitted with large windows and blackout blinds, there’s free Wi-Fi, a work desk and chair, a mini-fridge, a pantry, plenty of power outlets and closet storage. In addition, the two-bedroom suites come with a couch, making them an ideal base to stay with friends.
Connectivity is at the heart of Oootopia. Residents can come together during mealtimes in the well-equipped communal Open Kitchen and wind down later in the spacious living room, complete with movie and gaming areas. Not so confident in your culinary abilities? There’s also an additional enclosed kitchen where you can privately prepare food. Or, if someone’s cooking a feast for residents in the Open Kitchen, others can help by washing the dishes in the enclosed area.
While there is some flexibility on offer for guests, the usual minimum stay in an Oootopia serviced apartment is three months. Prices start from as little as HK$9,800 per month.
- Residents are provided with a Welcome Kit when they move in. This includes Oootopia-branded slippers, an amenities pouch, a laundry bag and more. Also, more goodies are provided for longer stays.
- Keep an eye out for the brand’s second serviced living space, opening soon in Tai Kok Tsui.
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