2017 is set to be an important year for Hong Kong’s hotel scene, with two of the first luxury hotel openings in several years.
In May 2017 Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts opened its fourth property in the city, the Kerry Hotel. Deemed the city’s first ‘urban resort’, the Kerry is located on the shoreline of Victoria Harbour’s Hung Hom Bay, with a 25-metre infinity pool overhanging the Kowloon waterfront.
Designed by acclaimed architect Andre Fu, the 546-room hotel features outdoor landscaped gardens encompassing five restaurants and bars, each with panoramic harbour views. The interiors also make the most of the hotel’s vantage point, with floor to ceiling windows in the lobby and more than half the guestrooms offering harbour views. Walls are decorated with a curated collection of more than 1000 art pieces from contemporary artists.
Opening in October, Niccolo Hotels’ new flagship property, The Murray, will form part of the government’s new Conserving Central Project. The hotel, located between the Central Business District and Hong Kong Park, will offer 336 rooms, signature restaurants and a rooftop bar with spectacular views of the city.
Originally constructed in 1969, the redesigned building will repurpose what was once a driveway circling beneath the building, transforming it into an al fresco event space named The Arches, with views of Hong Kong Park and Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.