Residential area Hung Hom is not the first neighbourhood that comes to mind when thinking of places to stay in Asia’s World City. But this once quiet part of town is coming into its own with the opening ofÂ Kerry Hotel, a 16-story, 546-room property managed by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.
The hotel will appeal to the most discerning travelers. Multi-awarded interior designer AndrĂ© Fu had a stylish urban resort in mind when he decorated the property. Beige marble and Turkish onyx were used generously in the lobby, which features massive, curved windows to showcase the 270-degree harbour views. All around the property are expansive landscaped gardens with plants handpicked by Fu.
Guest rooms start from a generous 42 square meters, with the presidential suite measuring almost 300. Sixty percent of the hotelâ€™s quarters offer a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour and the islandâ€™s skyline, with each room having a Nespresso machine, channels on demand, and a complimentary mini-bar and macarons on arrival.
Eucalyptus timbre with glossy lacquered panels and bespoke fixtures were strategically placed in the rooms to play with light and space. More than a thousand pieces of Asian contemporary art adorn the common areas.
Foodies will be more than happy with the dining options available within the property. Big Bay CafĂ©, a sprawling dining area with a matrix of pavilions dedicated to different cooking methods, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For afternoon tea, enjoy a set of dimsum and cha chaan teng (traditional diner) favourites at the Lobby Lounge while appreciating bronze sculptures by Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming.
In the evening, head over to Red Sugar bar on the seventh floor to try a few of the hotelâ€™s signature cocktails concocted by resident bartender Joe Villanueva, winner of the 2014 Chivas Masters Cocktail Competition. Must-tries are the Lucky Cat, a refreshing mix of vodka, rice wine, vanilla yogurt and yuzu; and the Popcorn Sour, which has 10-year-old bourbon with lemon juice, aquafaba, salted caramel popcorn syrup, and popped corn.
Then thereâ€™s Hung Tong, which offers a contemporary Chinese menu developed by award-winning chef Ken Yu. While the dishes are modern, the decor takes diners back to the 19th century with red bricks, tungsten lamps, and replicas of walls that once supported the old shipyards at Hung Hom.
Service is professional and courteous, and overall, while busy, the hotel manages to remain elegant and composed. So, whether youâ€™re in Hong Kong for business or pleasure, the Kerry is worth a visit.
No. 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom, Hong Kong;85-22/252-5888;doubles from US$174.