Exploring Hong Kong’s Famed Luxury Sector in One of the City’s Most Exclusive Districts
If you’ve spent more than 14 hours on a plane—even if it’s in super-comfy business class on Cathay Pacific—there’s nothing like arriving at your hotel and being kindly welcomed into your cozy home for the next few days. My first impression of Lanson Place Hotel, which is located in the centre of Causeway Bay, is its custom scent: Golden Bamboo. This gentle citrus floral drifts out onto the street corner, luring you into a calm oasis away from the traffic-lined Leighton Road.
“We want you to immediately get a sense of tranquility,” says Stella Chow, the director of marketing and sales for the 194-room boutique hotel. “We’ve created an elegant club-like setting along with the exclusivity and comfort of a private home.” It’s also stylishly understated with European flourishes—like its Gio Ponti-inspired Murano-glass light fixtures and its etchings and lithographic prints from French expressionist painters like Bernard Buffet in its penthouse suites. If you’re spending more than a few days here, you’ll love the complimentary self-service launderette and kitchenettes in every room.
Thematic 19th- and early 20th-century artwork continues throughout the hotel with a mural inspired by the work of French Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy in the cocktail/library. “He was an artist who passionately combined all his travel memories into one beautiful picture,” explains Stella Chow, the hotel’s director of marketing and sales. “We want to inspire those kinds of memories for our guests.”
Once you venture outside Lanson Place, you’re in one of Hong Kong’s marquee shopping areas. Five minutes away on the tree-lined Hysan Avenue and Yun Ping Road is Lee Gardens 1 and 2. Name a luxe label and it’s there—either inside the shopping centre or in one of the street-front shops. Times Square, one of the city’s first mega-malls, is also about five minutes away. After you’ve indulged a little (or a lot), return to Lanson Place to sip a Murano white wine cocktail in the library lounge.