This Hong Kong Hotel is an industrial Chic Escape
A relative newcomer in the Hong Kong boutique hotel roster, opening just March 2017, the Hotel Hart is no newbie when it comes to delivering top-notch hospitality in style. Housed in a black, unassuming tower in energetic Tsim Sha Tsui, one of Hong Kong’s many crowded shopping districts, Hotel Hart carries an aura of mystery when you enter its tiny corridor into the entrance elevators.
Up the tenth floor lobby, you’re greeted with an expanse of grey textures and red oxidized iron signages. The furniture choices straddle industrial and Scandinavian aesthetics and complement the textured concrete walls wonderfully with its dark and monochromatic shades. Young interior design and architecture practice Chih Design Limited helmed the spaces, which are clearly targeted towards the young and urban sophisticate with an appreciation for good design and craftsmanship. Corridors are finished in concrete and steamed oak, and the signages, from the room numbers to even the emergency exit and fire alarm signs are all beautifully-designed and are either stenciled in or cut out of iron plates.
Space is a precious commodity in Hong Kong, hotels have to resort to intelligent layouts and configurations to make the best of the real estate they have without sacrificing guest comfort. Hotel Hart manages to cram in 69 rooms in its slim profile in four categories: Standard, Superior, Deluxe and Premier.
Concrete walls, pristine white ceilings and warm oak flooring converge to provide an area that feels larger than it is, thanks to clever space planning. The toilet and shower are sectioned off with transparent glass panes that adds to the space’s airy feel. The furniture pieces also occupy little floor space; the sink is smartly integrated into the cabinetry and storage console, and the window-side table cantilevers for more floor space. Form follows function defines the bedroom but it does so with design pizazz.
There is a certain pleasure in knowing that you get what you pay for without the unnecessary frills. Hotel Hart offers great value in being located in one of Hong Kong’s busiest and most visited districts, well connected with public transportation routes, and knowing just how much is necessary to make stays comfortable and unforgettable through smart design.