Why stay in the usual hotels, when you can stay in a unique and personal boutique hotel in Hong Kong.

Boutique hotels are a relatively new phenomenon in Hong Kong. That's surprising given that this bustling city is a major tourist, business and trade destination. But now, luckily for travelers, the boutique hotel business is booming. There are boutique hotels and service apartments in most convenient locations from Hong Kong island to Kowloon.

Here's our list of some of the top boutique hotels in Hong Kong. Rates vary according to the season and you can get some great package discounts, so I recommend you research further online for actual price and booking details.

Jia, Hong Kong -- Causeway Bay

Often described as Hong Kong's first boutique hotel, Jia is designed by celebrity interior designer Philippe Starck and it contains all his famous whimsical, modern and cutting edge design elements. Jia is more of a service apartment than strictly a boutique hotel. The rooms are small but well equipped. The facilities are minimal, there's a laundry service and a free pass to the nearby California Fitness gym, but as Jia is centered in the heart of Causeway Bay, you don't need to walk far for eats, treats and all the shopping you could desire. Good for trendy travellers.

Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong -- Wanchai/Causeway Bay

Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong is a modern boutique hotel, situated conveniently between Wanchai and Causeway Bay. Conveniently, the Cosmo provides five shuttle bus routes to key destinations on Hong Kong side including Times Square in Causeway Bay, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Pacific Place Shopping Mall in Admiralty and the IFC Shopping Mall and major office building in Central (also the Hong Kong station for the Airport Express train service to the airport). It is very reasonably priced for what you get and is 100% smoke free (that might be a pro or a con to you!). Ideal if you're on a budget but want modern design.

Lanson Place Hotel -- Causeway Bay

If Jia and Cosmo are little too trendy for you, but you still want modern comforts, then the Lanson Place Hotel might be for you. It's quite new but has a classical, retro-modern design with softer colors and furnishings. Lanson has a fully equipped gym plus a useful shuttle service to and from the airport. It also runs shuttle buses to Wanchai and Central. A safe, steady choice.

East Hotel Hong Kong -- Taikoo Shing Road, Island East

The area of Taikoo Place is filled with international businesses. Many top media and advertising companies, Fortune 500s and financial services entites are based in Tai Koo Shing. East Hotel is perfect for business travelers who will be doing business in those areas. As Hong Kong is a small, convenient city in which you get around, it's also just a short MTR (subway train) ride to Causeway Bay, Wanchai, Admiralty and Central.

The Fleming -- Wanchai

Wanchai goes not have the shopping of Causeway Bay or Tsim Sha Tsui, nor the business hub of Central, but it has so much old-Hong Kong character, noise, expat pubs and local dining options heaped together which gives The Fleming hotel's Wanchai location so much charm. The Fleming has a modern, glass-based design and it's the only hotel in Hong Kong with a 'Her space' and a "His space". The "her space is a female-only floor. The rooms have a beauty kit, jewelry box and, in an interesting extra, a facial steamer. You can also call up for herbal teas and a soothing leg massage machine! (For a great massage machine, read this article). The men's floor has games consoles, a golf putting green, men's magazines and imported beers.

The only key downside about The Fleming hotel is that not many taxi drivers seem to have heard of it.

Hotel LKF -- Central

Lan Kwai Fong Hotel at Kau U Fong -- Central

Lastly, I want to mention these two hotels because even locals and taxi drivers alike get them mixed up. These two hotels are both named after the legendary party area in the Central district, Lan Kwai Fong. Hotel LKF sits just above Lan Kwai Fong, bridging Lan Kwai Fong and Soho which is also a hugely popular eating and drinking district. It's the best location if you're after Hong Kong's famed nightlife. There's a fantastic skybar called Azure on the rooftop which has become a popular and trendy hangout.

The Lan Kwai Fong Hotel at Kau U Fong is about 15 minutes walk from Lan Kwai Fong itself and is small but perfectly clean and functional with a modern Asian theme.

Please feel free to comment on my choices and let me know if you require any further information. If you would rather spend your money on the great eating and shopping available in Hong Kong, then read this for cheap accommodation in Hong Kong.