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I am not often inspired to write about a hotel room but I am inspired by clever thought and good design, which prompts me to this.

He asks if I have a laptop or tablet, and when I take both out, he asks if he might connect them to the wi-fi for me, which happens effortlessly, giving a fast service. He shows me the plethora of power sockets, all designed to take international plugs.

He shows me the hotel's mobile phone, which can be taken out with me as I explore this world city, for local or international calls. Calls to this hotel room will divert to it.

He shows me the 44 TV channels and internet access on the TV.

There are four fresh rosebuds in a vase and they have a scent.

The room itself, while not cavernous by our standards, is big for Hong Kong, where a family of four might live in a 50sqm apartment and a real estate record for Asia was set in October with the sale of a 620sqm apartment in Hong Kong for more than $56 million - over $90,000 a square metre.

Far more affordable, my room at the Mira Hong Kong has a king-size bed, a lime green modernist swing chair, a green leather desk chair (a slightly different green but the same colour family), timber flooring and ample desk and suitcase space.

The bed has quality linen and pillows. The vanity set-up slides over the sink to give more space, and the amenities are in little silver vacuum- pack bags. The water bottles are beautiful.

There is a bath and a walk-in shower, which I can actually work out how to use. One tap for either raindrop or rosehead shower, the other for temperature. This is becoming increasingly unusual in my world of hotel rooms.

There is discrete, clever and - more importantly - enough lighting throughout the room. I can actually see what's in my case - there's a recessed light directly above it.

This is also now rare in my world of travel. Recently, I have been in hotel rooms in China, Sri Lanka, Tibet and Nepal and had to wear a head torch in my rooms. The lands that light forgot.

I suspect that young interior designers somewhere think dark hotel rooms are moody, not realising that they are just annoying.

The double glazing at The Mira makes it silent.

Individually, none of these room features is remarkable - but like an exceptional meal, it is often the way recognisable ingredients are put together and served up that creates something exceptional. There's some "touch" that can make it all work. And it is a pleasant surprise that they work so very well.

The hotel of 492 rooms was chosen for its position on Nathan Road - the heart of Hong Kong's Kowloon peninsula - where you can walk out and experience this city any time of day or night.

It was also chosen, perhaps, for its reputation. It caters for the modern traveller, aiming to combine designer interiors with personalised service. And they have already combined to give it a reputation as "Hong Kong's hottest hotel".

Its Michelin-rated restaurants Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira and WHISK are two of six offering fine culinary experiences. Even the foyer cafe offers a beautifully designed space and good coffee.

The 24-hour in-room dining menu is more like a magazine or cookbook, photographically delicious, and the meals enticing.

Stir-fried rice with chicken and Japanese octopus and abalone sauce from the hotel's Michelin starred Cuisine Cuisine restaurant for $18.50 ($HK150).

A signature poached salmon dish from its Michelin-recommended WHISK restaurant for $42. A 220g Angus Beef steak meal for $22 and salads from $16.

Executive assistant manager Guillaume Gallas says staff have made it their mission to see to guests' every need "from the sizeable to the most detail-oriented or even whimsical".

It has an award-winning MiraSpa, swimming pool and fitness centre.

The Mira combines clever with personable and innovation with attention to detail as befits a hotel which is part of the Design Hotels group. And now I step out into Nathan Road and back into that beating heart of Hong Kong - Asia's world city.

Being at the heart of the Tsimshatsui area is to be at the heart of the boutique shopping area. Shall I head left or right or over the road through the hedge mazes and banyan trees of Kowloon Park?

It doesn't really matter. Hong Kong is all around and, to me, one of the world's easiest cities to be in.

Stephen Scourfield was a guest of Hong Kong Tourism Board and Flight Centre.


The Mira Hong Kong hotel's rates vary but from early next year, a single room might cost $248 ($HK2000) a night, and a park-view double room $323.

For more on Hong Kong see Before travelling to Hong Kong, download the iPhone app Discover Hong Kong AR, which uses augmented reality technology. When the phone's camera scans its surroundings, the app recognises what it's seeing and provides information and directions.

For Hong Kong flights, packages and accommodation, see Flight Centre travel agents and

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