In 2012, the Hong Kong Tourism Commission reported a record-high of 48.6 million visitors to the city, a 16 percent increase from 2011 and a 37.2 percent increase from 2008. As a result, Hong Kong is amping up its hotel portfolio, with a plan of almost doubling its number of hotel rooms in the next 10 years, according to the Economic Development Commission. In the past two years, several properties have started to debut—each with their own take on Chinese culture.
Vibrant red, black and yellow hues decorate the Mira Moon Hotel, which is scheduled to debut at the end of this year. The contemporary décor, designed under the direction of Whilst Yoo and Marcel Wanders—dubbed the Lady Gaga of the design world by The New York Times—is a modern representation of the Chinese mythological story about the Moon Goddess of Immortality. The hotel’s entrance welcomes guests with three timber veneer lanterns, inspired by traditional Chinese paper lanterns and featuring intricate carvings that reference the Moon Festival fairytale. A lucky charm feature wall—which when looked at closely reveals the signs of the Chinese zodiac for prosperity—also provides a sense of mysticism. The 91-room property is ideal for smaller groups, with an event space that can host up to 50 people. It is within walking distance of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center (HKCEC) and plans on introducing a Conference Delegate Concierge Service when it launches, says Jaly Lai, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing.
“Mira Moon is a place where people can embrace creativity, be inspired and discover the true essence of Hong Kong,” he says.
Also within walking distance of the HCEC is the 150-room Hotel Indigo Hong Kong, which just opened in April 2013. Set on the 1841 original coastline of Queen’s Road East, the hotel stands among several historical buildings and each of its 138 rooms is individually designed to reflect that history by combining European and Chinese influences with a modern touch of wall murals and floor-to-ceiling windows. Before stepping inside, guests are greeted by the bronze dragon that wraps around the building’s façade, shielding the interior from heat and even harnessing solar power. Attendees will want to meet in the Skybar, where a glass-bottomed rooftop pool juts out over the edge of the 29-story building. For those with a fear of heights (or swimming), they can enjoy the views from the bar with a cocktail in hand.
The 325-room Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong had its soft opening in March 2013. Located on Lantau Island, the property provides a beach resort experience in one of China’s largest metropolises. The ocean theme is inherent throughout the entire hotel, with various shades of blues and tans to create an away-from-it-all feel. A blue, white and silver bubble chandelier hangs in the middle of the lobby. The theme is especially apparent in Café bord de Mer, which features a panoramic view of the South China Sea through its floor-to-ceiling windows. The restaurant’s terrace can host up to 200 guests, while the inside has a capacity of 160. The resort has approximately 13,000 sf of meeting space. One of its highlights is Suite 1801, a private space for up to 150 guests on the 18th floor featuring separate living and dining areas, two balconies, a private patio and an elevated dining platform.
Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East opened in September 2012 and is geared towards groups with one of the largest pillar-less ballrooms (totaling 11,100 sf) in the city. The 359 guest rooms are designed using nature-inspired décor with dark wood and glass features, as well as a nature graphic behind the bed and a vanity artwork print on the special finish mirror. The nature theme continues in Tze Yuet Heen Cantonese restaurant, which touts purple and gold hues and wall furnishings that represent mountain landscapes and Chinese brush paintings of goldfish.