Nestled in an eclectic corner between Causeway Bay and Wan Chai, The Hari is Hong Kong’s newest homage to luxury.
Staycation. It’s a word that’s been used so much in 2020 that it should have been the Marriam-Webster word of the year (although their choice of ‘pandemic’ did seem appropriate). Suddenly we can’t travel and at the same time, hotels are cutting their rates meaning we can play tourist in our own cities, and what better way to enjoy a night at home but under a different roof (and calm fears about who might have slept there before you) than with a staycation at a brand spanking new hotel?
Enter The Hari, the creation of Hong Kong’s Harilela Hotels chairman and CEO Dr. Aron Harilela and the Fragrant Harbour sibling to The Hari London. The hotel, which opened last week, promises a refined and elegant escape for locals and visitors (when they return) alike. With 210 guest rooms, including three stunning rooftop suites, The Hari has been envisioned by Tara Bernerd of London’s Tara Bernerd & Partners, with input from global architectural firm Atkins, who sought to create a residential vibe with a distinctive London attitude.
In a nod to The Hari London, petrol blue lacquered panelling accents contrast with a palette dominated by amber leathers, grey marble, and neutral textured linens as well as a mixture of tweed and velvet fabrics in rich blues, greens, and earthy tones.
The guestrooms are carefully designed to maximise the space by opening up the bathrooms and wardrobes, while a system of antique-brass Crittal doors enables the bathrooms to be closed off when necessary.
A dramatic open plan is employed in the standard King Rooms and Twin Rooms, allowing a two-seater sofa to be included in every room. In each, the fluted bedhead is finished in a deep amber textured fabric, while the bathroom is finished in a rich marble with a bold green vein, and antique brass elements frame the bathroom mirror and the structure of the wardrobe.
The larger Corner Rooms are similarly designed with an open layout and the addition of a dressing room, while the coveted Rooftop Suites, which include The Hari Suite, exude a masculine edge that is at once traditional and timeless. Each suite is dressed in navy and grey tweeds and velvets and houses a five-piece bathroom, a separate sitting room, and its own private terrace. Echoing mid-century modern inspiration are bespoke timber credenzas, floor lamps, glass-topped marble coffee tables, armchairs, and poufs.
The new hotel also promises to be a dining destination, with the arrival of Italian eatery Lucciola Restaurant & Bar, a bastion of old-world glamour and a contemporary ode to heritage flavours that delivers beloved classics with a modern twist; and Japanese restaurant Zoku, which presents a refreshing take on Japanese cuisine focused on quality and ingenuity. Split into a lounge-style area and a dining area, Zoku’s palette of pink shades brilliantly counter khaki velvet banquettes, leathers, patterned fabrics and sculptural furniture, all punctuated by origami-like accents in a tasteful tribute to Japan.
Meanwhile, the venue’s terrace bar boasts long banquettes set with tables and chairs and punctuated with a mix of neutral linens and patterned aqua textiles. A three-storey green wall brings an oasis-in-the-city feel to this new urban hideaway.
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