Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

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Mandarin Oriental
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong Exterior.jpg
General information
Location 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°16′53″N 114°9′27″E / 22.28139°N 114.15750°E / 22.28139; 114.15750
Opening 1963, reopened in 2006 after a complete renovation
Owner Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Management Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Technical details
Floor count 26
Design and construction
Architect Leigh & Orange[1]
Other information
Number of rooms 501
Number of suites 67
Number of restaurants 6
Website
mandarinoriental.com/hongkong/

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong (Chinese: 香港文華東方酒店) is a five-star hotel, located on Connaught Road in Central, Hong Kong, owned and managed by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. The hotel opened its doors in 1963 as "The Mandarin", and quickly drew recognition for its service and elegance. In 1967, after four years of operation, The Mandarin was listed by Fortune magazine alongside the Ritz in Paris, the Grand in Rome, and the Connaught in London as one of the eleven great hotels in the world.[2] In 2005, the hotel spent USD 150 million to renovate its 501 guestrooms, 10 restaurants, and numerous public spaces, as well as to construct the three-story Mandarin Spa, one of only three Forbes Five-Star spas in Hong Kong.[3][2]

History[edit]

"The Mandarin"[edit]

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, originally called The Mandarin, was built on the former site of the colonial Queen's Building on the waterfront in Central Hong Kong. From the onset, the concept was to create a hotel firmly rooted in Eastern culture, providing gracious service to a standard generally only experienced in the Asia Pacific region.[4] The original cost of construction totalled HKD 42 million, while the interior design amounted to even 50% more at HKD 66 million, sparing no luxury or detail. John Howarth of Leigh & Orange architectural firm was hired to design the building while the interior was entrusted to Don Ashton, a Hollywood Art Director for such films as The Bridge on the River Kwai, Indiscreet, and Billy Budd.[2] The Mandarin officially opened for business in October 1963, and at 26 storeys, it was the tallest building in Hong Kong. In addition to its record-setting height, the hotel was the first in Hong Kong to have direct dial phones and the first in Asia to include a bath in every guestroom.[5] The hotel quickly drew recognition for its service and elegance, and back in 1967 was listed by Fortune magazine alongside the Ritz in Paris, the Grand in Rome, and the Connaught in London as one of the eleven great hotels in the world.[2] In 2009 Conde Naste rated the hotel as number 88.[6]

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group[edit]

Mandarin Suite living room at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

In 1974, the owners of The Mandarin established a hotel management company, Mandarin International Hotels Limited. The Group's intention was to expand into Asia and operate hotels that would reflect the standard of service synonymous with their property in Hong Kong.[7] That same year, the company's hotel interests grew further through the acquisition of a 49% interest in The Oriental, Bangkok. The Oriental, built in 1876, was already a well-known property and acknowledged as one of the Far East's great hotels. Through the management of both The Mandarin in Hong Kong and The Oriental, Bangkok, the Group was in an unusual position of having two "flagship" hotels whose names were among the best in hospitality. In 1985, the Company rationalised its corporate structure by combining these two renowned properties under a common name, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.[7]

2005 renovation[edit]

The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has been noted for its interior decoration, once teased by Dame Edna Everage for its 'ridiculous chandeliers'.[5] In 2005, authorisation was given for a total renovation of the hotel, and when its doors closed in December of that year the trading floor of the stock exchange held a mock two-minute silence in memory of the hotel. Nonetheless, after a USD 150 million renovation, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong re-opened its doors on 28 September 2006, marking the event with a black-tie gala hosted by Dame Edna Everage with a performance by Bryan Ferry.[5] The renowned lobby, Captain's Bar, The Clipper Lounge, and Chinnery Bar remained recognisable after the renovation, but the remaining restaurants, bars, public spaces, and rooms were entirely new.[2]

The hotel[edit]

The hotel contains 501 guestrooms, 67 of which are suites, overlooking Victoria Harbour and the surrounding cityscape. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong operates ten restaurants and bars, including the Michelin-starred Pierre, Chef Pierre Gagnaire's first restaurant in Hong Kong.[8][9] Additional facilities include the three-story Mandarin Spa, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, Mandarin Salon, and event space to accommodate functions of up to 600 people.[4]

The Mandarin Spa[edit]

The Mandarin Spa, opened in 2007, encompasses 2,100 m2 (23,000 sq ft) across three stories and incorporates an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, holistic spa, Mandarin Salon, and Mandarin Barber. The Forbes Five-Star spa, one of only three in Hong Kong, draws on the established Asian healing philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, offering a Vichy Shower, Traditional Chinese Medicine consultations, and Hong Kong's first authentic Ayurvedic sanctuary. Additional features include an ice fountain, Chinese herb steam rooms, hydrotherapy, and the Kneipp pool.[3][10]

Restaurants & bars[11][edit]

Michelin-starred Pierre restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
  • Pierre: a Michelin-starred restaurant serving modern French cuisine overlooking Victoria Harbour
  • The Mandarin Grill + Bar: a Michelin-starred restaurant contemporary European cuisine with a Crustacea bar
  • Man Wah: Cantonese cuisine on the 25th floor with panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong cityscape
  • Café Causette: informal, all-day dining serving Asian and international cuisines
  • The Krug Room: private dining overlooking the kitchens serving between ten and fourteen
  • The Chinnery: named for British artist, George Chinnery, this restaurant serves traditional British cuisine and houses one of the largest collections of single malt whiskys in the region
  • The Clipper Lounge: serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets and an afternoon tea
  • M bar: contemporary bar serving cocktails and Cantonese tapas from Man Wah restaurant
  • The Captain's Bar: lobby bar serving coffee in the afternoon, beer and cocktails with live music in the evening
  • The Mandarin Cake Shop: retail bakery selling chocolates, cakes, breads, and afternoon coffee

Awards[12][edit]

  • Gold List (Condé Nast Traveler USA, 2009)
  • Gold List – Top 25 Best Overseas Hotel (Luxury Travel, Australia, 2009)
  • Gold List – Best Overseas Spa (Luxury Travel, Australia, 2009)
  • 500 The World's Best Hotels (Travel + Leisure USA, 2009)
  • Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong and The Mandarin Spa received the Five-Star Award (Forbes Travel Guide, 2010)[3]
  • Pierre restaurant awarded 2 Michelin Stars (Michelin Guide, 2010) and Mandarin Grill awarded 1 Michelin star.

Rankings[edit]

  • In 2009 Conde Naste rated the hotel as number 88 in the world.[6]
  • In 1967, only four years after opening, Fortune magazine listed The Mandarin as one of the eleven great hotels in the world[2]
  • When completed in 1963, the hotel was the tallest building in Hong Kong[5]
  • The hotel was the first in Hong Kong to have direct dial phones[5]
  • The hotel was the first in Asia to offer a bath in every guestroom[5]

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Coordinates: 22°16′55″N 114°09′33″E / 22.282075°N 114.159284°E / 22.282075; 114.159284