Rosewood Hong Kong
Rosewood Hong Kong
Why we love it: this ultra-luxury property sits in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon’s dynamic, culturally compelling heart
- Museum-worthy art
- Splendid views of the glittering Hong Kong skyline, Lion Rock and the verdant Kowloon Peak
- Vintage cigars and nightly live jazz at the DarkSide bar
The review: The family behind the Rosewood brand hails from Hong Kong, making their latest hotel a triumphant return to their roots. It anchors Kowloon’s new Victoria Dockside cultural district with a sleek 65-storey tower designed by American firm Kohn Pedersen Fox. It has significant green spaces and outdoor areas throughout, as well as stunning art, starting with the semi-abstract bronze by the late British sculptor Henry Moore in the courtyard and the lobby’s two contemporary works by American artist Joe Bradley. Another standout of the collection is a life-sized sculpture on an elephant by the Indian female artist Bharti Kerr, which dazzles in the stately auxiliary lobby alongside coconut wood columns and oak marquetry ceiling panels.
The 322 guestrooms blend mid-century sophistication, modern accents and haute Chinoiserie touches, including vintage collectibles and eclectic objects d’art. Ranked among the most spacious in the city, they start at 570 square feet. Lacquer panels feature the octagonal Chinese bagua symbol, representing the fundamental principles of reality. Other elegant touches include hammered copper sinks, generous walk-in closets and checkered Loro Piana navy wool wall coverings. But the star, of course, remains jaw-dropping views of the harbor or lush mountains. Suite guests enjoy personal butler service, monogrammed pillowcases and robes, personalized amenities and access to the Rosewood Manor Club executive lounge. Their crown jewel: the 10,764-foot Harbour House with a 57th-floor private terrace and a garden sanctuary with lap pools. It can be combined with the adjacent Garden House for a five-bedroom retreat with a state-of-the-art gym.
Rosewood Hong Kong boasts eight culinary destinations. Don’t miss Holt’s Café, which elevates Hong Kong cha chaan teng dining culture, a Western-fusion style known for being eclectic, affordable and leaning into coffee and tea offerings. Here the eatery marries Cantonese dishes with flair from Europe’s fin de siècle grand cafés and brasseries.