The St. Regis Hong Kong has officially opened its doors on Harbour Drive in Wan Chai and is now accepting reservations — but before you book that lavish staycation, here’s what you need to know about this new ultra-luxury hotel.
1. The Heritage
The St. Regis brand was founded by John Jacob Astor IV in 1904, when he opened the very first St. Regis in New York City’s most exclusive residential area. Thought to be the richest man in America at the time, he was still onboard the Titanic when it sank in 1912, but only after helping his pregnant wife into the last lifeboat. What he left behind was a legacy that lives on today at over 40 properties around the world, and is where traditions of the Gilded Age meet modern luxury and style.
2. Interior Design
Acclaimed Hong Kong architect and designer André Fu has created the interiors of the 27-storey hotel using his vision to combine a classic style with contemporary elegance. The result is an understated luxury that feel timeless, with pops of colour and signature design elements to reflect the diversity of the city.
3. The Rooms
The St. Regis Hong Kong offers a total of 129 rooms — 112 guest rooms and 17 signature suites to be exact — that range from 538 to 2,583 square feet. Guests can opt for a Deluxe guest room or even the Presidential Suite, all of which feature wood flooring, sumptuous textures, and marble bathrooms in a bright and relaxing space. What’s more, in-room check-in is available for all rooms and suites.
4. The Butler Service
All rooms come with complimentary butler service. We’re talking about personalised service that is available 24 hours a day. It’s a St. Regis trademark after all, and now it can be experienced for the first time in Hong Kong, so you’ll be able to sit back while your butler helps you unpack, presses your suit, brings you tea and cupcakes and packs it all up again at the end of your stay. The Hong Kong flagship will also introduce eButler chat — where guests can contact their Butler through an app or through a dedicated line, email, WhatsApp and WeChat.
5. The Dining Experiences
Guests can experience three different styles of gastronomy at The St. Regis Hong Kong. This includes French fine-dining at L’Envol, where esteemed French chef Olivier Elzer will offer curated lunch and dinner menus, and Cantonese cuisine at Chinese restaurant Rùn, which is spearheaded by award winning chef Hung Chi-Kwong. Not forgetting afternoon tea, The Drawing Room will offer an indulgent experience (along with a menu of international fare) in this stunning space as well as on the adjoining Astor Terrace.
6. The St. Regis Bar and the Canto Mary
Set to be Hong Kong’s new hotel bar of choice, The St. Regis Bar offers a craft cocktail menu in addition to over 800 wine labels and more than 100 champagnes. And if that wasn’t enough reason to go, there’s the hotel’s signature cocktail since 1934: The Bloody Mary. Here, it’s been given a Cantonese twist with dried tangerine peel, five spices and Kowloon soy sauce, and you can enjoy it with live jazz in the bar every evening.
7. A Sparkling Sabrage
There’s nothing like celebrating with champagne, and The St. Regis Hong Kong is right there with you with one of their signature traditions: the nightly sabrage, a sword ceremony to open bottles of champagne that dates back to the battles of Napoleon. So who are we to argue — cheers!