LUXE City Guides: A Review

LUXE City Guides: A Review


LUXE City Guides have sold over 1.4 million copies of their snappy guides, covering 33 destinations around the world. Aimed at value-loving or tight-on-time travelers, these guides provide short, sassy reviews and highly selective entries. Each guide is highly curated and includes only the best of each location– so if there’s only 2 good hotels, that’s all you’ll find mentioned in these guides.

Hong Kong

With no maps, photos or fluff, readers are fed only the most important information by people who love and live in that city. It’s this straight and to the point type of content that keep these stylish, fold-out guides small enough to fit in your pocket.

The first time I ever saw a LUXE City Guide I was a little skeptical due to their small size, but let me assure you, these guides pack a punch. Jam packed with witty recommendations on accommodation, restaurants, nightlife, activities, shopping, and more, these guides still make room to inform you of useful tidbits like emergency numbers and handy phrases in the local language.

Hong Kong

Flipping through the accordion-style pages of my LUXE Hong Kong and Macau guide, I was quick to agree with many of their recommendations. Even as a somewhat “local”, I was able to learn bits of new information, which I am now intrigued to check out.

In all honesty, Hong Kong is a hard place to write a guide for. It’s known in Hong Kong that before you set out to visit a particular place to eat, you call and make sure it’s still in business (we’ve regrettably made the mistake of not doing so a few times now). With rent prices so high, restaurants and shops are constantly closing or moving elsewhere in the city, so how can you trust a guide that might be outdated before it even hits store shelves? LUXE just may be the answer.

Each printed LUXE guide is updated once a year, as well as regularly updated online– a web service you can check free of charge.

Hong Kong

Other Things I loved:

  • Most guide books provide a general overview of all things a destination has to offer, which can get overwhelming. On our last vacation, we wasted so much time and effort just trying to decide where to eat. With LUXE being so selective on what they include, you know that anything you pick is going to be great. Less choices + less decisions = more time enjoying.
  • The guide contracts to 7 mm thin! It’s so small, it fits in my everyday wallet– perfect for carrying around a city.
  • I also enjoy how the whole guide is designed, from its elegant cover designs to the fact it’s constructed on thick water-resistant paper.


  • Not exactly a downside if you’re buying this book for a trip to Hong Kong, but there’s barely any Macau information. Out of the 22 panels of information, only 2 are dedicated to Macau. So if you’re looking for a Macau guide, I’d look elsewhere.
  • As a photo enthusiast, I like to get a visual idea of what things look like at a location. Of course, part of the reason these guides eliminate all the images and padding is so they can be pocket-sized, but I still like having a guide chocked full of images. That being said, I would still end up looking up a lot of these places online before traveling, but during a trip any LUXE City Guide would be a great supplemental guide to keep in your purse while on the go.

Hong Kong


Disclaimer: A special thanks to LUXE for providing me a complimentary Hong Kong City Guide. And as always, all opinions are entirely my own.



  1. September 25, 2013 / 2:39 pm

    LUXE City Guide would be a great gift along with the plane ticket. I like the cover and how handy it is. I’m eying the guide for Asia.

  2. liz l
    August 1, 2013 / 10:00 am

    Madrid, hubby and I speak spanish so it should be smooth traveling

    • Beth Williams
      August 1, 2013 / 1:19 pm

      That’ll be a fun trip! Did you learn Castilian Spanish or Latin Spanish? Hope you have an amazing trip.

  3. Mihaela D.
    August 1, 2013 / 1:37 am

    Rome because my father lives there :)

    • Beth Williams
      August 1, 2013 / 1:13 pm

      A great reason to visit! Have you been before?

  4. susan smoaks
    July 31, 2013 / 11:30 pm

    i want to visit paris

    • Beth Williams
      August 1, 2013 / 1:12 pm

      Me too! Hopefully if you win the guide, it will help provide a little more motivation to start planning your trip!

  5. Kimi Sugiyama
    July 30, 2013 / 9:52 pm


    • Beth Williams
      August 1, 2013 / 1:08 pm

      Always a good choice! Do you have plans to go back anytime soon?

  6. Margaret
    July 31, 2013 / 12:52 am

    Also “liked” on your FAcebook!!

  7. Margaret
    July 31, 2013 / 12:51 am

    Bangkok – this would be great for my upcoming trip!

    • Beth Williams
      August 1, 2013 / 1:10 pm

      Bangkok sounds like an awesome place to visit! Have a great trip!

  8. Brittney House
    July 30, 2013 / 11:22 am

    Paris because it seems like such a romantic place

    • Beth Williams
      August 1, 2013 / 1:07 pm

      I agree! When I think of romantic places, Paris comes to mind. Good luck in the contest!

  9. Cheryl
    July 29, 2013 / 5:29 pm

    That Hong Kong one looks mighty nice since I’ll be moving there this fall! ;)

    • Beth Williams
      July 29, 2013 / 5:31 pm

      Hong Kong is definitely a great destination! I’m sure you’ll love it here.

  10. Katie K
    July 10, 2013 / 6:53 am

    Also liked on Facebook!

  11. Katie K
    July 10, 2013 / 6:47 am

    Bangkok because Im’ going there in September for the first time!

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2013 / 10:21 am

      Bangkok sounds like it’ll be a lot of fun… I’m hoping to finally visit there myself this fall!

  12. Dana J
    July 6, 2013 / 9:25 am

    Paris for me!

    • Beth Williams
      July 7, 2013 / 9:29 am

      A great choice! I’m hoping to get out to Paris sometime in the next year.

  13. Quinn
    July 4, 2013 / 4:23 pm

    I would love to go to Bali. In my head it’s all sun and sandy beaches and cocktails and snorkelling…. Ideal!

    • Beth Williams
      July 4, 2013 / 8:32 pm

      Bali sounds like a great place to visit! Have you been snorkeling before?