A boutique beauty with Chinese charm
61 Rooms / 7 Suites
A beautiful boutique address located in the middle of the vibrant Central district of Hong Kong, The Pottinger Hong Kong opened in 2014 but still manages to exude an atmosphere that oozes long-held heritage.
The hotel pays tribute to history in its artwork, Chinese-accented decor and location — aptly situated on Stanley Street, next to the iconic Pottinger Street stone stairwell. Several eateries and a sexy cocktail lounge make this a high-style, full-service hot spot.
An all-glass entryway opens into a hushed lobby with high ceilings and a soft, sophisticated vibe. Hand-painted silk wallpaper lends an ancient Chinese feel, while shades of pink, gray and silver add an air of modernity.
Throughout its corridors, the Hong Kong hotel displays the work of celebrated local photographer Fan Ho, who captured evocative black-and-white images of the city in the 1950s. In addition to local artwork, the luxury hotel also prides itself on offering authentic Hong Kong details such as latticed windowpanes and Chinese antiques.
The pastel palette extends to the bedrooms, where pale print headboards adorned with birds and flowers remind one of Chinese silk screens. Designed to resemble a Chinese residence, the rooms have a small couch or seating area as well as several local touches, such as almond cookies and local books placed about the space.
The rooms do feature a few tech-savvy touches: a 42-inch TV, a Nespresso machine and a smartphone with free local data and international calling to selected countries. A higher floor might afford a view of the cityscape. The bathrooms are a highlight, outfitted with large walk-in rain showers, white marble and eye-catching lacquered amenities containers.
One of the most appealing aspects of The Pottinger is its clutch of excellent restaurants. On the ground floor, Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano offers a peaceful place to relax, and features exquisite hand-painted turquoise wallpaper on one side of the room. If you’re craving Italian food, this contemporary spot boasts an excellent reputation. The lounge area, meanwhile, has more of a French brasserie feel to it, with small round tables and leather booths.
On the third floor, The Envoy bar and lounge has both a welcoming outdoor terrace and a dark, eclectic interior space. The menu focuses on high-concept cocktails — like the Picnic Spritz, which comprises cucumber-infused gin, housemade rosehip and hibiscus tea cordial — and bar bites.
The crown jewel of The Pottinger is Ta Vie, an elegant French and Japanese fine-dining restaurant that specializes in Asian alcohol, such as Grace wines from China and Hibiki whiskey from Japan. There’s just one exquisite tasting menu per night, compliments of noted chef Hideaki Sato. The contemporary black-and-white interiors feature intimate booths and private dining rooms for a relaxing and romantic experience.
Though The Pottinger itself does not have a spa or gym, the location could not be more convenient for either. Just down the street in the L. Place building, there are about a half-dozen foot massage spas. In the same building, enjoy complimentary access to California Fitness, a local Hong Kong gym chain.
Central is a neighborhood rife with shopping, cultural sites, entertainment and dining options — you won’t long for things to do and see and eat in this historical-but-modern part of Hong Kong.