Mandarin Oriental knows—and loves—its art. Many of the hotel’s original design elements have been retained despite renovations and upgrades. More specifically, prized, beloved, and important works of art, remain on show throughout the hotel. For instance, the spacious and welcoming main lobby is home to a magnificent piece of woodwork showcasing traditional Chinese craftmanship of fine, detailed carvings as well as murals by the late artist Gerard d’A Henderson. I also stopped to admire the Ming dynasty figure of Guandi on Horseback, depicted in bronze. While having a drink at the Chinnery Bar, you’ll spot reproductions of work by its namesake, artist George Chinnery, whose paintings of Hong Kong and Macau have impressed many guests and locals.
Many art lovers flock to Hong Kong for the annual Art Basel, and it’s no surprise that the Mandarin Oriental is the host and partner of the popular event in March.
Still looking for more? It’s just a short walk to the many galleries in Central. The hotel has also just launched expert-guided art tours, among others, so keep an eye out for a chance for some further artistic exploration.