If you find yourself in Hong Kong over the next few months—and you should, because the city is back—look to the vibrant Wan Chai district for your next stay. There, you will find The Hari Hong Kong, a gem that combines the urban sophistication of a downtown art studio with all the creature comforts of a luxurious upscale hotel.
Designed by renowned British interior architect Tara Bernerd together with Dr Aron Harilela, the chairman and CEO of Harilela Hotels, the property boasts 210 guest rooms across 30 floors—including three gorgeous rooftop suites—and incorporates the rich culture and heritage of its Hong Kong locale with the hotel group’s signature sleek refinement. The aim was to “bring the charm and elegance of The Hari London, while simultaneously delving into the energy and dynamism of bustling Hong Kong,” Bernerd said in an interview about her design approach for the hotel.
“The area has such an eclectic and layered mix of old and new architecture and it is known for its commerce, with a vibrant bar and restaurant scene, that is also intermingled with arts and culture,” she further explained.
From the minute you step into the lushly appointed lobby, with its leather booth seats and bookcases lined with stylish tomes, you will feel an immediate sense of welcome. This feeling is amplified when you head to the lobby on the hotel’s third floor—with its plush mid-century modern interiors and extensive display of artworks on the walls, curated by London-based art consultancy A Space for Art.
The design approach further extends into the hotel’s rooms, which are gorgeously inviting, having large plush beds decked out in Mühldorfer bedding, marble bathrooms replete with rainforest showers, and The Hari-scented La Bottega products for a luxe, spa-like bath experience. From its Corner Rooms and Premium Corner Rooms, you can also get a magnificent view of Causeway Bay, Admiralty and Wan Chai—and trust us: it’s even better in the nighttime.
The Hari Hong Kong is also home to two dining establishments: Italian establishment Lucciola and Japanese restaurant Zoku. Helmed by Piedmont-born chef Francesco Gava, Lucciola serves up hearty fare that showcases the best seasonal Italian produce in classic pasta dishes and mains that include Pennette al Ragu di Peperone Calabrese e ‘Nduja and Orata di Orbetello in Crosta di Sale, Mediterranean sea bream in a salt crust.
On the other hand, Zoku is an izakaya-style restaurant that serves up grilled dishes, tempura and sushi. Their signature dinner menu, the Zoku Experience, is a veritable journey through Japan’s major regions, with produce from Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Kagoshima and Okinawa. Each course is also paired with a cocktail or spirit that nods to the restaurant’s Japanese roots, whipped up by beverage manager Sabrina Cantini Budden and her team of mixologists. Post-dinner, head out to the Terrace for another tipple (or two) and take in the sights of Wan Chai by night.
Also central to The Hari Hong Kong is its dedication to the art scene. In addition to displaying contemporary works in its social spaces and rooms, the hotel also inaugurated its namesake art prize, The Hari Art Prize, in 2022. Now in its second year, the ambitious project aims to support artists in the city through offering a cash grant, the opportunity to showcase their artwork at the hotel, and even the chance to become an “Artist in Residence”.
With the return of art fairs to Hong Kong—case in point: Art Basel Hong Kong boasted 177 galleries from around the world and over 86,000 visitors across five days; its largest to date—there is no doubt that The Hari will quickly establish itself as one of the city’s cultural epicentres, where art, fashion and dining meet within its well appointed walls.
The Hari Hong Kong has launched Spectacular Summer, a two-night stay offer created specifically for regional travellers visiting Hong Kong this summer. It runs until 31 August and is available for two guests staying two nights in a Corner Room, or in one of The Hari’s three suites—the Chesham Suite, The Library Suite, or The Hari Suite. Prices start at HKD2,300 for the Corner Room, and HKD5,600 for the suites. For more information, visit their website here.
The Hari Hong Kong
330 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
+852 2129 0388