Completed in 1969, Hong Kong’s iconic Murray Building was once the tallest government building in the city, and it was the site of many important administrative decisions over the decades until its bureaus relocated to the Central Government Complex in Tamar. Next year, it will begin its new life as a 27-storey luxury hotel, part of the new Niccolo Hotels group, sister brand to Marco Polo Hotels.
Part of Hong Kong conglomerate Wharf Holdings, Niccolo unveiled its first property in Chengdu last April. The Hong Kong hotel, however, will be designated as the brand’s flagship property, and is set to open its doors in October 2017. Drawing on the heritage of the building, the hotel will officially be called The Murray, A Niccolo Hotel.
When it opens next year, the hotel project will have cost an estimated HK$7 billion, on top of the HK$4.4 billion the company spent to acquire the building and land. That budget will allow the building to retain its iconic architecture, namely the ground-floor arches and recessed windows. World-renowned architecture firm Foster and Partners — whose past projects include Hong Kong International Airport and the HSBC headquarters — will preserve Murray Building’s award-winning exterior while giving a new design to the architectural and interior finishes so that the hotel serves as an embodiment of both past and future.
The hotel will feature 336 spacious and sophisticated suites and guest rooms on 27 floors, complete with state-of-art wellness facilities and five restaurants and bars. Highlights include The Niccolo Room, which can seat up to 240 guests and reception space for 350, as well as a glamorous rooftop bar with panoramic views, offering guests a sophisticated sanctuary right in the heart of the city.
The Murray, A Niccolo Hotel, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2118 7232, themurrayaniccolohotel.com