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Return of a ClassicOctober 16, 2006 By: Camie Foster Travel Agent
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong reopens following renovations
The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong has wrapped up $140 million in renovations designed to provide travelers with refreshed and expanded rooms, as well as upscale spa and dining choices.
The hotel, which opened in 1963, had been closed for nine
months this year for extensive renovations, and reopened on September 28—a date
selected as auspicious, based on the advice of the hotel's feng shui master.
Each of the hotel's 502 rooms and suites was furnished and
decorated individually. In addition, rooms gained space with the enclosure of
the balconies; this change also enabled the designer to completely rework the space.
Rooms have been furnished with an interactive entertainment
system, DVD player, wireless Internet access, two telephone lines and an iPod
docking station, as well as fruit and flowers. Bedding includes linen sheets
and goose down pillows, as well as designer products in the bath. Additionally,
multilingual butlers serve every floor.
"When the hotel first opened its doors in 1963, it was
sleek, modern and dramatic for its day, with a marvelous sense of luxury,"
explains Jeffrey Wilkes of Lim Teo & Wilkes Design Works, the projects
interior designer. "Over its lifetime, the hotel has established itself at
the forefront of legendary service." The makeover, he continues,
celebrates the hotel's past, while taking it into the future.
Each of the hotel's 68 suites is different, and most have
suite, for example, has had its master bedroom and main bath increased in size
to incorporate a bath tub with views on one side of the cityscape. The suite
also includes spa amenities for couples.
In addition, a new suite will open later this year that will
be dedicated to the memory of Patrick Lichfield, a noted photographer who also
was a regular hotel guest and the person behind the lens for the group's
award-winning advertising campaign. The design of the suite, reflective of
A key element of the hotel's upgrades is the new Mandarin
Spa and Wellness Centre. Scheduled to reopen officially on October 23, the
22,500-square-foot spa spans three floors and incorporates the hotel's existing
swimming pool and fitness center. It was designed to evoke the style of 1930s
traditional Chinese therapies into treatments. It will offer eight private
treatment areas, including two couples' suites, each with a private steam
shower and tub. The spa also will include a beauty salon. The hotel's
traditional barber shop remains on the second floor, but its space has been
doubled and it is increasing its lifestyle treatments for men.
The hotel will have nine restaurants and bars, representing
a mix of new and returning venues. New to the hotel is
a restaurant on the hotel's 25th floor with views of
serving the three-star Michelin creations of Pierre Gagnaire. The Mandarin
Grill and Bar returns, combining contemporary design with its club-like
traditions. Also returning are Man Wah, the hotel's namesake restaurant, the
Chinnery, the Captain's Bar and the Clipper Lounge.
An insider's tip for clients is to book the hotel's
"Harbour Room" category, because of the increase in room size and the
come with a set of binoculars for an up-close view of the bustling harbor. Rack
rate starts at $530.
The hotel is marking its reopening with a
"Celebration" package that includes fresh flowers on arrival, a
bottle of pink champagne, chocolates made at the hotel's Mandarin Cake Shop, a
three-course dinner at the Mandarin Grill and breakfast at the Café Causette or
Clipper Lounge. Through October 1, 2007 it starts at HKD 6,000 per night (about