When it opened in the fall of 2013, the Mira Moon hotel dazzled design devotees with its visual interpretation of a classic Chinese myth. Billed as a “story hotel,” Mira Moon enlisted Dutch design master Marcel Wanders and the celebrated firm Yoo to retell the tale of a goddess named Chad’er who was sent to the moon—and trapped there for eternity with a sole companion, the Jade Rabbit—after drinking a forbidden elixir. In the Wanders and Yoo version, the moon goddess sends the Jade Rabbit back to Earth to keep her true love company at this hotel in the artsy Causeway Bay district.
The rabbit character pops up all over Mira Moon, in Wanders’ own furnishings and in traditional ceramics, wood carvings, and crystal pieces made by Chinese craftspeople. In deference to the fall season, when the moon is brightest, autumnal oranges, browns, and greens create a backdrop for lacquered whites and bold reds. Design touches are both in-your-face, such as the red tulip chairs near the front desk, and subtle: Upon close inspection, the lobby wall reveals signs of the Chinese zodiac. The staff are in character, too, dressed in high-fashion chinoiserie and with hairdos by a staff stylist.
The little sister of Mira Hotel, Mira Moon makes a wealth of technology available to guests: Internet TV, AirPlay music systems, complimentary smartphones that guests can use for free local and international calls, and in-room iPad Minis preloaded with business and leisure apps. Mira Moon is also one of only three hotels in Hong Kong pursuing LEED certification. It has implemented ambitious water and energy saving initiatives and has a 230-square-foot vertical garden in the Alice in Wonderland–like Secret Garden.
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Straddling the posh Central district and eclectic Wan Chai, Causeway Bay is an emerging art and design hub lined with contemporary galleries, restaurants housed in heritage buildings, and modern furniture shops. Mira Moon is a convenient springboard for excursions to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, the Hong Kong Arts Center, the Academy of Performing Arts, and the Happy Valley Racecourse. Guests should take a stroll down Star Street in Wan Chai to experience the latest in street art, shopping, and dining.
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Rooms: 90 rooms, 1 penthouse suite; from $258. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:Supergiant is a modern tapas restaurant, designed with white wall carvings, black chandeliers, and flickering candles. An evening meal of Iberico pork sliders, croquetas, muscles, suckling pig, and crema Catalana can compete with the best in Spain, and the egg-themed breakfast buffet features creations such as scrambled eggs with caviar and dill. Happy hour is an all-night affair here; mythology-inspired cocktails are best enjoyed in the Secret Garden. Spa and gym details: There’s a 24-hour gym—welcome news for anyone who overindulged at Supergiant.
Who's it best for: Eco-conscious travelers who love forward-thinking design and technology as well as a good story. Our favorite rooms: The Full Moon Premier rooms include free breakfast and partial views of Victoria Harbour—best seen through the floor-to-ceiling bathroom windows. Premier guests enjoy the same ornate wood paneling, peony motifs, and spaceship-like white walls as the other rooms, but with more space to stretch out. Moon tunes:Take advantage of the in-room iPad Minis. They’re stocked with everything from Skype, Dropbox, and Bloomberg to e-books and “moon tunes” by residentDJ Helen Ting. She transmits funky, afro, and soulful beats from her lobby turntables.