388號 Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
| +852 2643 8888
Photo courtesy of Mira Moon
Mira MoonWhen it opened in November of 2013, the Mira Moon hotel dazzled design devotees with its visual interpretation of a classic Chinese myth. Billed as a “story hotel,” Mira Moon enlisted Dutch design master Marcel Wanders and the celebrated firm Yoo to retell the tale of a goddess named Chang'e who was sent to the moon—and trapped there for eternity with a sole companion, the Jade Rabbit—after drinking a forbidden elixir. In the Wanders and Yoo version, the moon goddess sends the Jade Rabbit back to Earth to keep her true love company at this hotel in the artsy Causeway Bay district.
The rabbit character pops up all over Mira Moon, in Wanders’ own furnishings and in traditional ceramics, wood carvings, and crystal pieces made by Chinese craftspeople. Inside, autumnal oranges, browns, and greens create a backdrop for lacquered whites and bold reds. Design touches are both in-your-face, such as the red tulip chairs near the front desk, and subtle: Upon close inspection, the lobby wall reveals signs of the Chinese zodiac. The staff are in character, too, dressed in the high-fashion chinoiserie collection designed by local designer Grace Choi.
Mira Moon makes a wealth of technology available to guests: Internet TV, Bluetooth music systems, complimentary portable Wi-Fi hotspots that can network with your device for free local and international calls, and in-room iPad Minis preloaded with business and leisure apps. Mira Moon is also Hong Kong pursuing LEED certification. It has implemented ambitious water and energy saving initiatives and has a 265-square-foot vertical garden in the Alice in Wonderland–like Secret Garden.