Much like other St. Regis properties around the world, The St. Regis Hong Kong exudes the kind of refined luxury that can subconsciously make you sip your tea with an upturned pinkie finger. But in reality, there are more layers that define modern luxury in this hotel, from the timeless elegance and creativity of its design, to the highly considerate and bespoke services, to the downright excellent hospitality that lets you know you are always well looked after. Read on for our full review.
Situated in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district, just steps away from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center (HKCEC), it’s no wonder business travellers are choosing to stay here. But for those looking for leisure, you won’t be too far from Wan Chai’s heritage buildings, boutiques and street-food stalls. What’s more, there’s plenty of shopping and dining in nearby Causeway Bay, Admiralty, Central, North Point and Quarry Bay, too.
Thoughtfully designed by celebrated Hong Kong architect and designer André Fu, the interiors of The St. Regis have been left with his signature mark for stylish, polished, and always tasteful design. The hotel’s 129 rooms and suites, in particular, benefit from Fu’s memories of the city, which reflect an East-meets-West sensibility in the subtlest of ways. Delicate hues of beige, taupe and ivory are juxtaposed with dark wood and pops of colour on lacquer. Its striking yet understated design makes guests feel like they could actually live here forever.
An air of refinement translates into soft voices and manners across the board. It’s a lovely atmosphere to enjoy lounging without feeling like you might be ushered away at any moment. It’s relaxed with a hushed level of organisation that allows for all those customised services. During our stay, we saw mostly business travellers, a few couples and families (and even fewer children) enjoying the hotel’s facilities.
The St. Regis Suite’s spacious living area features a functional and contemporary design that you would want to model your own home on. A separate bedroom complete with a king-size bed induces slumber immediately, while a Claybrook bathtub and rain shower call for a few more washes during the day. If we were to nitpick, the only thing lacking would be a better view. The closeness of the cityscape (the hotel is sandwiched between buildings) doesn’t warrant much gazing out, but with the hotel being so stunning, you don’t really need to look outside to find beauty.
Service & Facilities: 8/10
Upon entering our suite, we noticed a few housekeeping issues that were probably due to the fact that a requested early check-in had rushed the staff. Thankfully, they were rectified immediately. Check-in was completed within our suite, which does away with all the queuing and waiting you might experience at other hotels. But the best part? Well, if I could continue living with The St. Regis’ signature Butler and e-Butler services, I would die a happy woman. The service is quick, attentive and really quite pleasant. My only judgement is reserved for the fact that every time I called, they would address me with my husband’s name, which felt a little old-fashioned in my opinion. A spa, pool, large gym, along with valet parking, laundry on-site and mobility accessible rooms are also available.
Food & Drink: 10/10
There are a few options at The St. Regis that are definitely worth trying; these include French fine-dining restaurant L’Envol led by acclaimed chef Olivier Elzer, an elegant Chinese restaurant named Rùn with some outstanding dim sum items for lunch, exquisite afternoon tea at The Drawing Room, as well as distinctive cocktails at The St. Regis Bar. Breakfast isn’t included, but is available at Rùn for an additional price and includes continental and Chinese hot foods, cereals, cold cuts, cheese and pastries made in house. Definitely pick up a pain au chocolat with an apple pastry or two, and thank me later.
Rates: From HK$3,500/night for a Deluxe Guest Room to HK$123,500/night for the Presidential Suite (prices may vary depending on availability and season).
Special Mention: It’s also worth knowing that The St. Regis launched a Suite Package to give guests special experiences when staying in The St. Regis or Metropolitan Suites. Complimentary experiences include afternoon tea for two, two signature cocktails, and personal sabrage lesson with bottle of champagne. The offer runs until 31 December 2019.