The new 25-story hotel nods to Japan but also its home city’s penchant for mixing East and West.
Hot on the heels of launching The Silveri Hong Kong, which opened just last month on Lantau Island, Accor’s boutique MGallery Hotel Collection has recently announced its second hotel opening in the city. Aki Hong Kong – MGallery is the newest kid on the block in the Wanchai neighborhood. Its name alludes to the Japanese kanji character for “bright” and “clear,” and references the extensive use of glass on the building’s facade.
The 173 guest rooms have been designed in a minimalist style, with high ceilings, wood tones, subtle mood lighting, and large windows that let in plenty of natural light. Some accommodations feature 270-degree views of the surrounding skyscrapers. Expect to see king beds and Malin+Goetz bath amenities in biodegradable bottles in all the rooms; a tablet control panel lets you adjust the blinds, curtains, and temperature to your own liking. A built-in “smart living” system automatically closes the blinds and shuts off the air conditioning to save energy once guests leave the room. Billed as a first in the city, the 20 signature Japanese-style tatami rooms at Aki Hong Kong feature plush mattresses on the floor.
Inspired by its namesake Chinese puzzle game, the hotel’s convivial Tangram restaurant gathers dishes from different cuisines and pieces them together to create eclectic breakfasts and bento-style lunches. It transforms into a sake-focused hangout after dark, when executive chef Keith Chan turns out small plates and Japanese tapas from the open kitchen.
Up on the 25th floor, the rooftop Uncle Ming’s Whisky Bar has an extensive menu of more than 80 international whiskies including rare single malts. An in-house sommelier will be on hand to lead tasting flights against a backdrop of skyscrapers, Hong Kong Island’s mountains, and glimpses of the harbor. Patrons at Uncle Ming’s can nibble on bar bites while sipping on sake, fine wines, champagnes, and cocktails; built-in private cellars allow regular visitors store their favorite bottles on-site.
At ground level, the Lobby Lounge offers a healthy selection of fresh, cold-pressed juices and organic foods to go. Other facilities include a petite garden adjacent to the lobby, an open-plan co-working space on the third floor, and a 24-hour gym for workouts with views of Wanchai and Victoria Harbour.
Aki Hong Kong is situated a 10-minute walk from the shopping district of Causeway Bay and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Travelers can hop aboard the Star Ferry to Kowloon from the nearby Wan Chai Ferry Pier, and the newly minted Exhibition Centre MTR Station provides access to an alternative cross-harbor link for forays into the New Territories’ country parks and traditional walled villages.
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