Page 148 is Tsim Sha Tsui’s latest hip location for coffee and a place to stay. Located at 148 Austin Road, the industrial-looking hotel offers a chic destination for travellers to rest and recharge. Their café, Page Common, boasts the best tiramisu in the city and their rooms provide panoramic views of West Kowloon. The hotel group’s project manager, Philip Chan, tells us what drove him to build a hotel in the heart of Kowloon.
We want to turn a new “Page” for every customer we meet. We think there is so much to any city, that no-one can truly know everything about it. Therefore “page” means we will be able to find someone to inspire you to travel around the city with another perspective.
Page Hotels’ philosophy is to connect people with people. Through our three main businesses – Page 148 & Page 8, the hotels, Page Common, the coffee houses, and Page Common Journal, our online city guides, we look to speak to our guests through actions. With everything we do, we try to be as meticulous as possible, from how we source, to who we work with and we who introduce as our Urban Explorer – we curate and choose everything for a reason. Ultimately, we want to become a platform to inspire travellers and locals to embark on a journey of urban discoveries.
Page Common represents two of our brand pillars – “communal space” and “community”. We wanted to create something that adds energy to the hotel, a place where we showcase our attention to detail. Through culinary dishes and coffee to the variety of indie books and magazines available at our cafe, we want guests to experience a thoughtful experience rather than routine encounters. Page Common isn’t just a coffee house or an online editorial, we will be creating more using the brand “Page Common”, ultimately creating a platform to connect locals and visiting guests. It’s also because we love coffee!
Yes, I was involved in the entire process. The biggest challenge I’ve faced recently is definitely the coronavirus – how do we ensure that our staff are safe, yet stay in business when there is no tourism whatsoever.
It’s very hard to compare the two products, as they are different in their own right. Our Hong Kong hotel has an industrial look, whereas our London location features a contemporary English interior. Looks aside, functionally they are the same. Having spent many months on designing functionality, we made sure both products are simple and logical for our guests – for example, we made sure the room switches are very easy to use and manoeuvre around. We have also been very lucky to have our guests naming our tiramisu “the best in Hong Kong” and hopefully we can replicate this success for our London coffee shop. We’re looking to be named among the “top 50 coffee shops” in Hong Kong and London soon!
We are, of course, very ambitious about the brand – we hope to take it worldwide. However, at this moment, we hope to stay grounded and build a solid foundation before starting a new discussion on a new location.
We hand-select a spectrum of urban explorers for our Page Common Journal to act as a gateway to the true local gems of the city in order to try connect the knowledgeable with the curious or those who thirst for knowledge. These urban explorers range from tastemakers to industry leaders across various fields in art, culture, photography, F&B and fashion. We believe that no one person can represent the rich diversity that makes up a city. Rather, it is characterised by a collection of individuals, their unique stories and viewpoints, that echo a city’s vibrancy. As an ode to the unique faces and places across Hong Kong and London, Page Hotels created bespoke itineraries across various interests to help their guests discover works by some of the city’s most passionate and inspiring people.
I can’t really say how we’re different from other boutique hotels right now, but I can explain how we aim to be different and that is through sustainability. We want to build a brand that will last for generations. Many hotels have come and gone in the past few years, a lot them describing themselves as “boutique”, but we want to build a brand that will here for the future.
Our long-term goal is to be able to compete with the best boutique hotels in the world. We want to be able to work with the brightest minds, collaborate with interesting brands and attract those with the same principles to work together.
We worked with a variety of excellent design firms to construct our hotel and coffee shop. For the architecture of Page 148, we worked with P&T Group and KplusK for the interior design. For Page 8 in London, we used EPR Architects while the interiors were done by Argent Design. The vision of merging a coffee shop and hotel lobby came from a desire to create energy and a vibe for our hotel lobby. The multi-usage area is to encourage our staff to implement the “go-to customer” approach, rather than just stand behind the reception counter. We want our guests to feel welcomed, whether they’re checking in or just dropping by for coffee.