There’s something about Rosewood Hong Kong that instantly makes you feel like you’re sitting in the lap of luxury.
It might have something to do with the chauffeur-driven Jaguar that comes to pick you up, but the extravagance continues once you arrive at the hotel. Located within Hong Kong’s new art and design district, Victoria Dockside, the global flagship hotel offers a total of 413 guest rooms and suites: Each of them feature the eclectic luxuries of plush furniture, curated art works, exquisite objets d’art, and a lavish, marble-clad bathroom — not to mention one of the best views money can buy. What more is there to say? This is luxury at its finest. Find out more in our full review below.
Occupying a prime piece of real estate on the harbourfront promenade, Rosewood Hong Kong is not only conveniently located in Tsim Sha Tsui, a shopper’s paradise, but it’s also part of the 3 million-square-foot urban regeneration project Victoria Dockside, where a cultural blend of art, design, business and retail comes together. In short, there’s no shortage of activities in the area. However, if you do need to get to and from work on Hong Kong Island, then this can take upwards of 20 minutes on the road, depending on traffic, and 30 minutes or more on the MTR.
The building was designed by architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, whose work includes The Landmark Mandarin Oriental and International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong. Their work at Rosewood reflects Hong Kong’s upwards growth in the form of a “vertical estate”. Inside, Rosewood’s interiors were created by award-winning designer Tony Chi, who showcases the spacious rooms and suites in elegant eccentricity accented by Asian elements. It’s totally opulent and yet feels somewhat homely. There’s magic in the details, what with contrasting textures, fabrics and finishings which successfully emanate an unconventional luxury. In fact, in some areas of the room, I would say these even clash, but somehow it all works.
Rosewood Hong Kong is the type of place that you can go to escape and take your mind off things — a stress remedy, if you will. At the same time, the hotel’s overall design — which nods to our city’s heritage and culture — not to mention phenomenal views, combine to make you fall in love with Hong Kong once more. A gentle buzz runs throughout the hotel, but with calm corners for peace of mind dotted around. It’s no wonder it attracts families of all ages, which is what we noticed during our stay, along with couples who are in need of a relaxed stay.
The 1,324-sq.-ft. Harbour Corner Suite boasts an expansive layout, with ample lounge areas, a marble bathroom, freeform bathtub, twin sinks and showers, and a walk-in closet. Oh, and in case you forgot, that truly amazing vantage point of the city. All amenities are top-notch and there are a total of three bars in the room; a mini bar (complimentary except for alcoholic beverages), a personal bar with coffees, teas and snacks, and a night bar featuring whisky and calming teas. A suite stay includes a personal butler and 40th-floor Manor Club access, which means afternoon tea and happy hour cocktails are included, too.
Service & Facilities: 9/10
Getting picked up in a leather-seated Jaguar XJ or Mercedes Benz Class S320 is quite the luxury, and it’s a luxury that Rosewood does so very well. The ride is comfortable to say the least, with WiFi, snacks and water to keep you going until you reach the hotel. Once you arrive and complete check-in inside your suite, you’ll notice that the rooms are spotless and little gifts and snacks await, while staff remain well-informed and friendly. However, a bucket of ice that took more than 25 minutes and the lifts which always seem to at a sub-zero temperature, were slight problems for us. As a pet-friendly hotel, guests can also look to bring their dogs or cats with them on their staycation. Asaya, Rosewood’s holistic wellness concept, is also available to guests, as well as an impressive state-of-the-art fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool.
Food & Drink: 9/10
There will eventually be a total of eight dining concepts at Rosewood, five of which are already open and offer different food and beverage options to guests. A must-visit is the Chinese and Shunde restaurant The Legacy House, which is already popular with Hong Kong diners. Here, I fully recommend ordering the stewed bamboo shoots with conpoy, or steamed clams if you like seafood, both of which are exemplary examples of the finesse found in Shunde cuisine and the focus on freshness. Elsewhere, the desserts, confections and pastries at Butterfly Patisserie are wonderful to look at and even better to taste, so afternoon tea at The Butterfly Room is worth booking in.
For drinks, head to DarkSide, which pours some mean dark spirits and great cocktails, but bear in mind the live band can get excessively loud. Perhaps it was because we visited on a Saturday night, but be prepared if you’re sitting close. Unfortunately for us, Holt’s Cafe, which serves international and local cuisine, did not stack up as high as the other outlets. It lacked flavour, and classic dishes such as roasted duck on rice fell flat.
Rates: From HK$4,300/night for a Kowloon Peak View Room to HK$35,000/night for a Manor Suite (prices may vary depending on availability and season).
Special Mention: The Rosewood Hong Kong is also offering guests who book from now until 30 December 2019 an Urban Staycation package*. It includes Manor Club access, one-way transfer, HK$1,000 dining credit, a 60-minute Wellness Class and more. On top of that, if you present your Hong Kong or Macau ID, you can receive an additional 10% off the room rate.
*Terms and conditions apply