Opened in March 2011, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong offers design and style that are taken to new heights by LTW Designworks. The overall design theme of the hotel is inspired by the city’s dynamic culture – a global metropolis at the crossroads of East and West and at the same time rich in entrancing local flavor.
Guests first experience the hotel and the city by arriving at the hotel entrance on the 9th floor. The porte cochere features the magnificent Hong Kong skyline as backdrop. A cool ocean of Palissandro blue marble stretches across the entire space and throughout the hotel. A dark wood entryway then leads guests through to the lift lobby that is counterbalanced with vivid orange onyx walls.
Throughout the hotel, modern interpretations of traditional Chinese fittings and art convey a distinctive style that is both familiar and inviting and that give the hotel a true sense of place in this magnificent city. To instill a sense of warmth and intimacy, and to demarcate areas in the larger public spaces, hand-tufted wool and silk ‘cartographic pattern’ carpets are used. With their jeweled blue-grey and earthy brown-yellow tones, the carpeted areas resemble parterres.
In just 52 seconds guests are transferred to the Lobby on 103rd floor. They are amazed by an artwork that is an abstract depiction of a classic Chinese watercolor of running horses. The image is dissected into fragmented strips offering varied views of the artwork from different angles.
Occupying floors 106 to 117, the 312 guest rooms and suites are styled with tailor-made precision to embrace the magnificent harbour and city view. Telescopes are available in all the suites for guests to enjoy the breathtaking views to their fullest. Behind the generous-sized bed is a silk-paneled wall and a leather headboard with metallic accents. Similarly, the TV wall is outfitted in leather and metal, featuring ‘baseball stitching’ as a design element. The room is tastefully decorated with Oriental accents – as seen in the floral motif of the carpet and the bright tangerine silk-lined interior of the ‘Chinese jewel box’ closet. The spacious bathrooms feature travertine marble floors and walls, and onyx countertops with double basins.
The Club Lounge located on the 116th floor possesses an intimate, homey feel with the use of soft lighting, modern classic furniture, and shelves that resemble suit cases. The dark Brazilian marble floor with its bold quartz inserts is juxtaposed by the gleaming white marble countertops delicately streaked with orange and grey. Other striking elements include the mirrored columns near the windows that are etched with a metallic-finished fretwork pattern. At night, the result is a subtle, glittering reflection of the dynamic city.
With its scintillating ‘diamond’ theme, the Diamond Ballroom located on the 3rd floor is a true gem. Radiating glamour, the ballroom is one of the largest in the city and is graced by a dazzling sea of chandeliers with crystals that seem to drip from the ceiling. Some of the wall panels feature cut-mirror effects that give sparkle to complement the theme of the ballroom. The color palette is an ephemeral glow of champagne and amber. To infuse this lavish space with chic comfort, some of the accent walls are clad in a lush cream fabric or textured leather, and outlined in dark marble. The grand lacewood doors that are fitted with cut crystal handles complete the setting.