St. Regis Hong Kong to Open on Hong Kong Island June 2019….We Think!

Main Photo: The St Regis Hong Kong

Date: February 2019

Location: Hong Kong Island, Wan Chai area, very close to the convention centre, near the Grand Hyatt.

Name: The St. Regis Hong Kong – opening June 2019

No. of Keys: 129

Seller: From 2009, Chairman Song Lin said the company would build an international-standard hotel on top of the lower block of the China Resources Building, its headquarters, on Harbour Road. The lower block is occupied by the Hong Kong Exhibition Centre and departmental store Chinese Arts and Crafts.

The development plot ratio of the lower block has not been used up and the group is allowed to build about 200,000 square feet on top of the tower, according to China Resources Property, a wholly owned unit of the unlisted conglomerate.

Builder: China Resources Property, owners of 12 hotels under the Kapok and Milan Flower brands in Thailand, as well as commercial and residential properties and Hilton’s Conrad hotel also in Thailand.

The hotel was due to open in January 2018, but has been delayed, we believe, to June 2019.

Marriott International has nine properties in Hong Kong, but this will be the first property for the St. Regis brand in the city.

With interiors created by acclaimed Hong Kong-based designer, André Fu, the 25-story St. Regis Hong Kong will offer 129 guest suites, many of which will feature stunning views across Victoria Harbour and Kowloon Bay, although the journal One Mile at a Time suggests: Unfortunately it looks like the hotel won’t have much in the way of Hong Kong’s iconic views, given that much of the hotel will be obstructed by other buildings. Furthermore, views are generally better on the Kowloon side.

Guests will enjoy the brand’s St. Regis Butler Service, signature Chinese and French restaurants, a 320-seat banquet hall and a heated swimming pool, among other luxurious amenities.

An open-air terrace next to a grand Lobby Lounge will provide the ideal venue for al fresco gatherings, and a St. Regis Bar will serve up the hotel’s rendition of the brand’s signature cocktail, the Bloody Mary.

“St. Regis constantly seeks to re-interpret and re-imagine time-honoured traditions, bringing exciting new options and modern conveniences to luxury travellers,” said Paul Foskey, Chief Development Officer, Asia Pacific, Marriott International.

“We are glad to be working with China Resources Property, a subsidiary of China Resources Holding, to bring the legendary St. Regis name to Hong Kong.”

“We are proud to be bringing this iconic brand to Hong Kong,” said Frankie Y.F. Bao, Managing Director, China Resources Property.

“All St. Regis Hotels & Resorts represent the ultimate in timeless, tasteful luxury, which the discerning and sophisticated traveler appreciates. We are also happy to note that the presence of the outstanding new St Regis in Wan Chai district will add a new level of prestige and appeal to this vibrant quarter of our city.”

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts is one of the world’s fastest growing luxury brands, more than doubling its footprint in recent years. There are currently more than 40 St. Regis branded hotels open worldwide, with nine properties in the Greater China region.

Price: In 2009 it was estimated that the development would cost around HK$300m

THPT Comment: Not sure for reason for the delay, but a welcome addition to Hong Kong Island – the first St Regis in the territory.

First Seen: Marriott website

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