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The Helena May
35 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong Island

Founded in 1916 by Lady May, the wife of Sir Francis Henry May, Governor of Hong Kong at the time, The Helena May was first established as a women’s club. Today, with its white facade and decorative moldings, it offers a striking example of colonial architecture right in the heart of Central. For female travelers on a tight-ish budget, the declared monument makes for a special stay. Visitors can choose from single or shared accommodation, or studios for long-term stays. Studios in the court building can now be rented out to men and couples.

It’s worth noting that there are no elevators on the premises, so rooms must be accessed by stairs. One of the standout features of the Helena May is its lush garden, which is home to a variety of trees and plants, including several rare species. Amble over to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus, and enjoy a ride on Asia’s oldest funicular railway!

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