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We’ve got an exclusive inside peek into Soho House Hong Kong, the first East Asian outpost of the haute hotel and members’ club.
Gradually adding the world’s most iconic cities to its portfolio, Soho House has become a celebrated name among travellers and creatives across the globe. With 23 Houses and countless restaurants, spas and workspaces across the UK, Europe, North America and Asia, you’d think this members’ club and hotel would be running out of ideas.
Not so. On 16 September, Soho House unveils its 24th outpost and first venture into East Asia. Soaring high above Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan district, the greatly anticipated space offers much of what is to be expected from Soho House (slick interiors, trendy bars, a pool room), but with a sophisticated Hong Kong zhuzh.
Delivering on all fronts, the House caters to any and every need. Want to soak up views across Victoria Harbour surrounded by hanging plants, a trickling water feature and those daybeds? Sure. In need of a smart space with all the amenities for a last-minute work event? No problem. Want to kick jet lag with a serious work-out session at a gym that spreads over three floors? Absolutely. With 28 storeys of curated excellence, this members’ club and slick hotel is hot property. Did you expect anything less?
What’s it like inside?
Carefully curated by Soho House’s in-house design team, the interiors at the Hong Kong House take their cue from the city. Fresh pastel hues are paired with jewel tones and locally influenced patterns and fabrics, while traditional Soho-House touches such as parquet flooring and marble-topped bars are visible throughout. Each space is subtly distinct: a hand-embossed basket-weave ceiling characterises the main members’ bar, while the blush-pink velvet walls of the events rooms are coupled with a black-and-gold marble bar. Incorporating important cultural reference points from the city, the hotel’s design features allusions to Hong Kong of the silver screen, including the filmography of notable directors such as Wong Kar-Wai.
What is there to eat?
As well as bringing club-member favourites such as Dirty Burger to Hong Kong, the House has several other East Asian-inspired eateries from which to choose. On the 27th floor, take a seat by the Drawing Room’s panelled-leather bar for ritzy afternoon tea against a backdrop of jade green and burnt orange (the space also available for private dining events). Come evening, sink in to deep leather chairs at the 28th-floor House Brasserie, where a menu of dim sum, siu mei and local seafood is served below elegantly embossed ceiling tiles.
The hotel’s pièce de résistance lies on the 30th floor, however. Here the Pool Room brings the green plains of East Asia to Hong Kong, as cascading plants, rattan furniture and sliding doors leading out to the terrace create a laid-back ambience in which to enjoy perfectly grilled meat and seafood straight off the barbecue or tucked in a bao bun.
Can you work out?
The world-renowned Soho Active gym stretches across three floors at the Hong Kong branch. Start your morning with a HIIT session in the dedicated cardio area, before stretching out in the yoga studio while taking in views across the city. Back in the vanity areas, bathrooms feature slick brass fittings, while steam and sauna rooms await your fatigued muscles.
What about business trips?
Workspaces, event rooms and offices take up nine floors of Soho House Hong Kong, meaning that guests can always get down to business if needed. Members can access and book time in Soho Works (opening in 2020) to ensure private, quiet working spaces to tackle that inbox and deal with impending deadlines. There are also additional lounge and meeting spaces.
Is there anything else to do?
A permanent art collection curated by Soho House’s head of collections Kate Bryan will be displayed across all floors. Spotlighting artists born or based in the city, the exhibition features over 100 pieces that celebrate established, up-and-coming and historic artists such as Ho Fan, Lee Kit and Firenze Lai. A members’ events programme will arrange celebrations of music, film, fashion and wellness, bringing together Soho House’s innovative spirit and Hong Kong’s creative community.
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