British architect Alex Jones has pulled out all the stops with his debut hotel, located in Hong Kong’s fast-gentrifying Yau Ma Tei neighbourhood on the Kowloon peninsula. Tribute by name and intent, the hotel champions the city’s culture and history. It references local influences through quirky details such as a check-in desk inspired by traditional dim sum trolleys. The 24 rooms – named simply Big and Small – have been fitted out by interior designer Candace Campos. Understated, earthy hues set the tone for bold works by local artist Trevor Yeung, custom-made ceramics by hip studio Latitude 22N and laser-cut metal headboards inspired by the city’s traditional shop gates. There is no restaurant, but in-room service delivers some of the best local fare, including eatery Sham Tsai Kee’s famous wonton noodles. Grab the hotel’s pocket-sized map, which charts 24 of the area’s essential sites within a 15-minute walk of the property.