Straddling the two vibrant districts of Causeway Bay and Wan Chai, The Hari Hong Kong, which opened this month, is poised to become the latest destination hotel for those in the know when international travel resumes. The Hari Hong Kong brings the charm and elegance of The Hari London and delves into the energy and dynamism of bustling Hong Kong.
The sweeping vision of Harilela Hotels Ltd Chairman and CEO Dr. Aron Harilela, a Hong Kong native whose family has resided in the city for five generations, brought the hotel to fruition. “We’re pleased to bring our very own brand, The Hari, from London to Hong Kong,” he says, “This is our home and I remain incredibly optimistic about its future. I see The Hari Hong Kong as a beacon for the city, and my hope is that its opening sends a clear and strong message of our confidence in what lies ahead.”
Bringing over 20 years of experience in luxury hospitality, Rory Slater will oversee the hotel’s operations as General Manager at The Hari Hong Kong. He says, “We are very excited to join the ranks of Hong Kong’s luxury hotel brands and very much look forward to welcoming our first guests in December.”
The Hari is renowned for its relaxed sense of elegance punctuated with a touch of wit, which is put on full display in its 210 guest rooms, including three rooftop suites, and dining outlets. Dr. Harilela appointed Tara Bernerd, the founder of Tara Bernerd & Partners, a leading international interior architecture and design practice based in London. Dr. Harilela and Bernerd have worked together for many years to create the ultimate home away from home – starting with The Hari London in 2009, and now, The Hari Hong Kong. In addition, Atkins, a global architecture firm with offices in Hong Kong, London, the US, and Dubai, was commissioned to deliver the project from concept through to contract administration.
Working together for the last ten years, Dr. Harilela and Bernerd drew upon the local dynamism, culture and history to create a sense of being and belonging in The Hari Hong Kong. Dr. Harilela’s belief in Hong Kong crystallised five years ago when he identified the site as “a pocket right in the heart of the most bustling parts of town, in the middle of Wan Chai and Causeway Bay.”
“We aimed to create a hotel that felt as though you were walking into the most elegant of Hong Kong homes when you arrived. Like a tailored suit, it brings a London attitude to Hong Kong,” Bernerd says. “We sought to contrast the commercial heritage of the neighbourhood with a modern, forward-looking attitude.”
In a nod to The Hari London, a petrol blue lacquer panelling accents various surfaces. The rest of the palette is dominated by amber leathers, grey marble, and neutral textured linens. Materiality is key, with a mixture of tweed and velvet fabrics in a rich jewel palette of blues, greens, and earthy tones. Timber, marble and fluted surfaces feature prominently.
The guest rooms 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. 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. Antique brass elements frame the bathroom mirror and the structure of the wardrobe.
Corner Rooms, larger than the standard guestr ooms, are similarly designed with an open layout and the addition of a dressing room. Corner Rooms offer views of the buzzing Causeway Bay district, while Premium Corner Rooms overlook Wan Chai and Admiralty.
Rooftop suites, which include the opulent The Hari Suite, exude a masculine edge that is at once traditional and timeless. Each suite houses a five-piece bathroom, a separate sitting room and its own private terrace. A warm palette of navy and grey tweeds and velvets contrast beautifully with the yellow velvet sofa. Echoing mid-century modern inspiration are bespoke timber credenzas, floor lamps, glass-topped marble coffee tables, armchairs and poufs.
Exuberant and timeless at the same time, The Hari Hong Kong’s restaurants are set to become exciting new additions to the city’s coveted dining destinations, lending flair and allure to The Hari experience.
The Italian restaurant, Lucciola Restaurant & Bar, is a bastion of old-world glamour and a contemporary ode to heritage flavours, delivering beloved classics with a modern twist. To encapsulate the spirit of Italy, verve and drama are introduced into the space with timber-lined walls, contrasted by one long gallery wall finished in Tadelakt polished plaster.
The Japanese restaurant, Zoku Restaurant & Terrace, located one floor above, 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 terrace bar is designed to host from day through the late evening. Long banquettes set with tables and chairs are punctuated with a mix of neutral linens and patterned aqua textiles. A spectacular wall of patterned book-matched marble is set immediately on the façade, on top of which a three-storey green wall brings an oasis-in-the-city feel to the space.
Mr. Slater says, “The Hari brand’s homecoming is very meaningful to us. Beyond offering a perfect night’s stay, The Hari Hong Kong fosters a deeper appreciation for the neighbourhood and adds a little wit and charm the experience as renowned by our sister hotel in London.”
For more visit: www.thehari.com/hong-kong