Anyone’s who’s gazed at the Tsim Sha Tsui skyline over the past year has no doubt noticed a new 65-storey tower rising high above Victoria Dockside, the art and design district that’s set to transform the Kowloon waterfront. In case you didn’t already know, that shiny new building is the home of Rosewood Hong Kong, the hotly anticipated ‘ultra-luxury’ hotel which has announced an opening date of 17 March 2019, marking the hospitality brand’s debut in Hong Kong. The building stands on the former site of Holt’s Wharf, dating back to 1910, and later the iconic New World Centre, which gained prominence in the 1970s and ’80s.
With 322 guest rooms (starting at 570 square feet) and 91 suites (starting at 990 square feet), Rosewood Hong Kong is unquestionably a major new addition to the city’s high-end, 5-star hospitality scene, one that aims to provide guests with a contemporary expression of luxury. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until March to have a look inside the hotel, because the first images of the property have been released, and we’ve got plenty of details about what this exciting newcomer has to offer its guests and locals.
Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the firm responsible for the International Commerce Centre as well as Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills and Lotte World Tower in Seoul, the 65-storey, mixed-use tower has 43 floors dedicated to the hotel and its residences. Given its prime location, more than 80 percent of the hotel’s rooms will feature iconic views of Victoria Harbour. Described as a ‘vertical estate’, the building pays homage both to Hong Kong’s high rises and the Rosewood brand’s beginnings at the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas nearly 40 years ago. The latter is represented here by a series of verdant lawns, gardens and terraces designed by veteran hospitality guru Tony Chi, who’s also responsible for the hotel’s interiors, which strive for a more residential-style experience than what most hotels offer.
Aside from expansive views of the harbour and Kowloon Peak, guest rooms will reflect a sense of ‘eclectic luxury’ with a focus on residential detailing, curated artwork and fine amenities. Particularly noteworthy amongst the hotel’s accommodation are 18 signature suites, including the 10,764-square-feet Harbour House and The Garden House, which feature wraparound Victoria Harbour views from private sky terraces on the 57th floor, complete with planted landscaped gardens, sun decks with private lap pools and a dedicated, state-of-the-art private gym.
Rosewood Hong Kong will feature a number of intimate spaces throughout the property to add to the residential vibe, but there will be plenty of larger spaces that are sure to garner attention from both Hongkongers and hotel guests. A new Rosewood concept, the Manor Club, will occupy the 40th floor; ringed by outdoor terraces, this exclusive lounge houses a lively bar and a games room, and it will serve as a convivial social space for hotel guests. In addition, the hotel will be home to no fewer than eight dining concepts, each with a distinct personality, the majority of which will have outdoor terraces for alfresco dining overlooking the Hong Kong skyline. Three outlets will be ready when the hotel officially opens: Holt’s Café, which will serve modern takes on Hong Kong’s unique cuisine; The Legacy House, focusing on refined Cantonese cooking; and DarkSide, a discreet bar with contemporary cocktails on the menu.
The wellness concept Asaya debuted at Rosewood Phuket in 2017, and the Hong Kong property will host the first urban outpost of this signature offering. Occupying two dedicated floors, Asaya will centre on individual wellness goals, achieved through alternative therapies, enriching activities, fitness options, healthy eating programmes and more. Not only for hotel guests, Asaya will have a membership programme that allows local residents to take advantage of its unique approach to holistic wellness.
Other highlights of the property include its special event spaces, which cover a combined area of nearly 35,000 square feet and will be enhanced by a private garden venue with an elegantly landscaped lawn overlooking the harbour. Both the Grand Ballroom and The Pavilion will have more than 10,000 square feet of space for weddings and galas, while smaller Pavilion Hall (3,122 square feet) has dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. Ultra-exclusive private event space The Orangery, meanwhile, has its own covered terrace overlooking the lawn, and its 1,270 square feet make it suitable for more intimate gatherings.
Those looking for extended stays have the option of booking Rosewood Residences; the hotel includes 186 spacious accommodations designed specifically for longer-term guests. Anyone staying in the Residences will have access to a separate private entrance and dedicated facilities on the 53rd floor, including an indoor swimming pool and private fitness centre. Special services and amenities will be provided to facilitate convenience and ease, including care options for guests’ pets.
Bookings for Rosewood Hong Kong are now being taken via phone, website or email in advance of the hotel’s March opening. For a limited time, several promotions are on offer, including the Rosewood Discovery package and the Definitive Kowloon experience.
Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3891 8888