New in the Hong Kong skyline: a 65-story tower that’s home to the Rosewood Hong Kong, which opens this month as the anchor of the Victoria Dockside arts district in Kowloon. Eighty percent of the hotel’s 413 rooms and suites have Victoria Harbour views, as do most of the eight restaurants and multilevel Asaya – the first urban offshoot of Rosewood’s holistic wellness concept. “It’s a game changer,” says Hong Kong-based Virtuoso agency executive Charlotte Harris, who recently checked out the hotel for Virtuoso Life. “The attention to detail is incredible. There’s nothing in the city like it.” Here’s her report.
Rosewood Hong Kong in three words: Sophisticated, elegant, charming.
First impression: I love the thoughtful attention to art: Local art and historical artifacts can be found in guest rooms and common spaces. The hotel partnered with Assouline on a new book, Hong Kong: Heritage, Art & Dreams. It’s available in the Asaya boutique, and there’s a copy in every room.
The room you’ll be booking: The Harbour Corner Suites have separate living rooms, marble bathrooms with huge stand-alone tubs, and incredible views. These suites really feel like a home away from home.
What are you most excited about? The eight restaurants, including a Chinese teahouse, a speakeasy, and an Indian gastropub. Kowloon is known for having some of Hong Kong’s best Indian restaurants, so I can’t wait to see how Rosewood’s will add to the mix.
The most surprising find: The 40th-floor Manor Club, an executive lounge for guests staying in suite accommodations. The lounge’s terrace overlooking Victoria Harbour is amazing – it may be the best new spot in town to view fireworks.
Tell us about the neighborhood. The Victoria Dockside district is bringing the magic back to Kowloon; the multiuse mix of offices, residences, shops, museums, and public spaces is built over the old Holt’s Wharf. Walk along the waterfront to the Star Ferry, which offers one of the most iconic ferry rides in the world, or have the concierge make a reservation for you at Spring Deer for the city’s most authentic Peking duck dining experience.
All images courtesy of Rosewood Hong Kong