Date: January 2018
Location: Central, Hong Kong
Name: The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel….As one of eight historic landmarks under the Conserving Central initiative introduced by the Hong Kong government in 2013, The Murray is an inspiring piece of architecture holding almost 50 years of history, and a landmark building
located in the heart of the city in Central, Hong Kong.
A high-profile preservation project converted into this 25 storey luxury hotel by Foster + Partners, The Murray is celebrated as a pioneering example of sustainability.
Designed with deeply recessed square windows, its ground-breaking energy efficiency concept is still applauded decades after it was built.
These windows have been enlarged and now create a magnificent picture frame of the city skylines and garden vistas, thus allowing the hotel to continue its eco-conscious heritage.
No. of Keys: 336 and five restaurants and bars, including the roof-top Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant, Guo Fu Lou.
Seller: Was The Murray Building, a former government HQ tower built in the late 1960s
Buyer: Wharf Hotels, headed up by Dr Jennifer Cronin, President. The hotel is under their Niccolo brand…which was launched as a new luxury hotel concept with Niccolo Chengdu in 2015, followed by Chongqing in September 2017 and Niccolo’s Changsha and Suzhou will also open sky hotels in the next two years.
THPT Comment: Dr Cronin recruited Duncan Palmer, as her MD in 2016, who brings a fine hotel pedigree with him, from his days at Langham Hotels. Wharf hotels, based in HK, operates 16 owned or managed hotels in Hong Kong, China and the Philippines under the Marco Polo and Niccolo brands.
First Seen: eturbonews