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15 May, 2011

Off the Road

Serviced apartments are starting to step off the beaten track.


If the island is must there’s always Wan Chai. When CHI Residences was founded back in 2007, it was with the savvy traveller in mind. With locations in Yau Ma Tei, Jordan and Sheung Wan (before it was cool), CHI Residences defines itself largely by what it is not. The next CHI location will be in Wan Chai, CHI 130, ready in 2013. The sustainably designed 25-storey towre will include studio, one- and two-bedroom units, and a pair of penthouse duplexes with private roof gardens. And there’s really not much that needs to be said about its location. Wan Chai is quite possible Hong Kong’s perfect mix of good, bad and ugly; the district is one of the most vibrant in the city, and CHI’s spot on Johnston Road is perfect for residents who want to know they’re in Hong Kong and not some other anonymous metropolis.


The reason for the decision to move into wan Chai was simple. “From the beginning we have always selected locations based on the areas we know best. We are a Hong Kong family and have lived and grown up here; my father was born in Yau Ma Tei, and both my brothers and I studied and grew up in Hong Kong,” explains Pilar Morais, CEO of CHI. “We like to embrace the local neighbourhoods and share this with our guests, and show them the real Hong Kong… in addition we want to provide people with alternativs to the high prices the more central locations offer,” she says.


All excellent. Housekeeping staff very helpful and efficient.

Mr. Rowan Griffin