A homecoming that took four years, independent hospitality group Harilela Hotels will be debuting The Hari Hong Kong in the heart of Wan Chai come December 12. The luxury hotel located in the bustling heart of Wan Chai marks the brand’s second global outpost, after the opening of The Hari London in August 2016.
The owners—whose home base is in Hong Kong, hope to create the look and feel of an elegant home. As such, it’s no surprise that Harilela Hotels’ chairman and CEO Dr. Aron Harilela has brought British designer Tara Bernerd on board for the project. The talent behind the interior design of The Hari London and a protégé of French industrial architect Philippe Starck, said of the upcoming property: “Like a tailored suit, it brings a London attitude to Hong Kong,”
While it’s a challenging time for new openings and travel in general, especially with the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble postponed indefinitely, the hotel group is confident that the property will breathe new life into the district with its sense of modern luxury. The 210-key hotel is much larger than its London property—a boutique-sized hotel at just 85 rooms, and comes with three signature rooftop suites that offer great views of the city skyline. Each of the generously spaced rooms are also complemented by marble bathrooms, which include rainfall showers.
Tara’s layered approach to design is evident throughout the property, where palettes of colours and material textures come together in harmony. Expect to see a similar colour scheme as its sister hotel in London, with blue lacquer paneling accented by amber-hued leather, grey marble, and textured linen in neutral shades. The use of an open-plan layout also maximises the space of the King and Twin rooms. Meanwhile, the rooftop suites come with midcentury-modern fittings such as plush velvet upholstery, glass-topped marble coffee tables, and custom-made timber credenzas.
Upon opening, the hotel will be home to social and dining spaces including a lobby lounge, a Japanese restaurant and terrace bar, as well as an Italian restaurant. Zoku, which translates to clan in Japanese, offers a menu of robata grilled dishes, tempura, and sushi, set against a classy backdrop of velvet banquettes, leather, and sculpture furniture. Lucciola, which takes pride in comforting Italian dining, will pay homage to regional classics in a cozy space that’s replete with bold ambers and green tones.
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