A beacon of hospitality: When Rosewood Hong Kong opened in 2019, its 65-storey tower became an unmistakable feature of the city’s skyline. It’s the Rosewood Hotel Group’s seventh location to open in Asia, delivering its signature luxe hospitality experience set to the stunning backdrop of Victoria Harbour and now named The Best Hotel in Asia 2023.
Artful touch: The elegant interior of the hotel is the masterful work of Taiwanese-born designer Tony Chi, whose penchant for modern style and understated opulence is manifest throughout. Contemporary pieces accent its lobby and numerous hallways, including works by Damien Hirst and Henry Moore. Octagonal designs are also woven into the core of its design philosophy, drawn from the auspicious significance of the number eight in Chinese tradition.
Where am I sleeping? All 413 rooms in the hotel are a tale of two halves. The bedroom areas are all about neutral tones, plush seating and polished wood, offering a restrained aesthetic designed to encourage a state of total zen, rounded off by the floor-to-ceiling windows offering unparalleled vistas of Hong Kong Island. Enter the bathrooms, however, to be greeted by symphony of marble and mirrors, eliciting the palatial feel of a bygone era. Perhaps a mismatch on paper, both work in total symbiosis to deliver a timeless and multi-faceted taste of luxury across each guest’s stay.
International dining: There are 11 restaurants housed within the hotel. From Holt’s Café, the Rosewood’s refined take on Hong Kong’s iconic cha chaan tengs, to the Italian-inspired Bluhouse and Indian eatery Chaat, there’s something for all tastes. Alongside its lauded dining outlets, the hotel is also home to one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated bars, Darkside, a high-ranking regular of the Asia’s 50 Best Bars annual list. Before departing, don’t leave without picking up one of its picture-perfect Parisian bites from the Butterfly Patisserie counter adjacent to the lobby area.
Hong Kong homecoming: For Rosewood Hotel Group CEO and Hong Kong-native Sonia Cheng, the Fragrant Harbour opening was a project decades in the making and is regarded as the brand’s flagship. Prior to the hotel’s construction, the area was home to the New World Centre, a commercial and residential megacomplex built by Cheng’s grandfather in the 1970s. After its demolition in 2012, Cheng oversaw the $2.5bn area redevelopment that would reinvigorate her family’s storied history with the waterside location.