The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel
22 Cotton Tree Dr, Central, Hong Kong
| +852 3141 8888
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The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo HotelWhy we love it: A luxurious urban sanctuary that’s both welcoming and sophisticated
- A modern five-star hotel in a 1969 landmarked government building
- Prime location in Central across from Hong Kong Park with the views to prove it
- An urban wellness program including a spa, super food menu, and outdoor fitness classes
When the Hong Kong government decided to landmark a handful of 20th-century buildings, this 25-story white government building with iconic arches on the ground floor was earmarked for preservation. And when luxury brand Niccolo Hotels signed on to the project with starchitect Norman Foster to lead the complicated redesign, its lavish fate was sealed. The original building’s energy-efficient design of recessed windows angled to prevent direct sunlight has remained, while Foster implemented unique ideas like turning the garage and its long driveway into an outdoor event space and utilizing its famous archways as dramatic doors to the lofty, marble lobby. All rooms have sweeping park or city views and the suites are some of the city’s largest, providing true urban sanctuaries—marble and leather clad ones at that. Beautifully and thoughtfully designed (think light switches and outlets in all the right places alongside striking artwork and patterns that recall the building’s famous arches). Bathrooms are the type you want to spend a lot of time in, thanks in part to deep soaking tubs and fully loaded Toto toilets.
The hotel has five restaurants and bars, including the rooftop food and drinks spot Popinjays (so named for the cockatoos that populate the park below), Chinese restaurants Tai Pan and Michelin-starred Guo Fu Lou, and a garden lounge with an epic breakfast spread filled with Chinese and Western delights. A welcome surprise in this urban setting is the hotel’s thoughtful wellness program: There’s a five-room spa, indoor lap pool, and state-of-the-art gym, as well as an in-room wellness guide with things like the city’s best jogging trails, specially designed exercise programs, and super food menus. And if the indoor gym is too depressing, the hotel also offers outdoor boot-camps, yoga, and tai chi sessions in the park across the street.