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Hullett House

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Hullett House, Hong Kong

In a city that prizes all things modern, Hullett House gives a nod to the past. At the tip of Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui district—not far from the high-end retail shops that line Canton Road—a colonnaded 19th-century building that once served as a marine police headquarters has been transformed into a 10-suite hotel. Half of the guest rooms (the smallest of which is 800 square feet) riff on a different era in China, whether it’s Shanghai Art Deco or the country’s edgy 21st-century art scene (a triptych of Chairman Mao blowing bubble gum). The coup de grâce? Views of Hong Kong’s skyline from each suite’s balcony. Doubles from $647.

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