In the middle of Hong Kongâ€™s Central Business District is a long street of granite stone steps that date back to the 1850s. Itâ€™s one of the most historic streets in the city, known to locals as Stone Slabs Street and otherwise asÂ Pottinger Street, named after the city’s first British governor. Itâ€™s here that Hong Kongâ€™s renowned Sino Group (the property developers in charge of star properties throughout Asia including the Conrad Hong Kong and the Fullerton and Fullerton Bay hotels in Singapore) opened the Pottinger last June as one of the most luxurious new hotels in the city, weaving Hong Kongâ€™s heritage into its design, cuisine, and art collection.
The Look: Hong Kongâ€“based designer Suzy Annetta consulted on the hotelâ€™s interior design, which is a fanciful mix of colonial and Chinese aesthetics. Pastel colors, floral emblems, wainscoted ceilings, and European furniture are continual themes. Also displayed throughout the hotelÂ are the dreamy black-and-white photographsÂ of scenes of Hong Kong street life byÂ world-famousÂ Chinese photographer Fan Ho, whose collection installed at the Pottinger marks his first-ever collaboration with a hotel.
The Rooms: Guestrooms celebrate the rich heritage of Hong Kong with traditional tapestry art and more works by Fan Ho, paired with luxuries like 300-thread-count sheets, Nespresso machines, and marble bathrooms restocked daily with products from Italian brand Acca Kappa. All the expected technological amenities are here as wellâ€”Wi-Fi, 42-inch LED TVs with interactive sound systems, and Blu-ray DVD Players. Book well in advance though, as the hotelâ€™s 68 rooms haveâ€”for good reasonâ€”continually been in demand since their opening.
The Appeal: The Pottingerâ€™s three dining venues draw a smart set of locals in addition to guests. With decor designed to match the cuisine, thereâ€™s the teal-and-white Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano with servers in white dinner jackets bringing out plates of roasted rack of lamb with chianti mustard and glasses of tiramisu; the sophisticated black-and-white Ta Vie where chef Hideaki Sato serves Asian-inspired menus that change seasonally; and the Envoy, the British-style tea lounge and bar harkening back to Hong Kongâ€™s days as a major trading port for European traders with its dark woods and dim lighting. We recommend asking for a seat on the outdoor terrace and sipping a Whisky Sour Brulee.
The Surrounds: Given the Pottingerâ€™s Central setting, guests donâ€™t have to go far to find whatever kind of entertainment theyâ€™re looking for. Within a 10-minute walk is the Police Married Quarters filled with local designer boutiques and artist studios, the Gagosian and Perrotin galleries, some of the cityâ€™s best antiques shops, and dining options ranging from food stalls to Michelin-starred restaurants. Additionally, the Central MTR station is a mere five-minute walk away, easy connecting to just about everywhere else in the city.
For Those in the Know: Renowned Italian chocolatier Venchi runs a small outlet at the Pottinger as well, serving fine estate chocolates, candies, and gelato.
74 Queenâ€™s Road Central, Central; 257 852/2308-3188; The Pottinger Hong Kong; doubles from US$ 257