Niccolo Hotels will be officially opening its new 336-room flagship property in Hong Kong next month. Called The Murray, it underwent a soft launch in January 2018 and is located on Cotton Tree Drive between the Central Business District and the green oasis of Hong Kong Park.
As well as being the first significant new luxury hotel to open in the territory for several years, The Murray is once again breathing life into one of Hong Kong’s most iconic and historic buildings. The tall white landmark structure, with its distinctive arches and unique recessed windows, was originally built in 1969 and has since won many awards for its ground-breaking and energy-efficient design. World-renowned architects, Foster + Partners, whose works include The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank headquarters and the Hong Kong International Airport, have been responsible for the breath-taking design of The Murray.
At the helm of The Murray is Duncan Palmer, who has been appointed Managing Director. He brings many years of experience thanks to having worked with The Savoy and The Connaught, amongst other hotels.
At the hotel’s lofty and light-filled lobby, the chilled-out vibe of Murray Lane is ideal for visitors to relax. A vibrant addition to Hong Kong’s bar scene in the heart of Central’s financial neighbourhood, Murray Lane showcases an exceptional range of premium artisanal spirits, wines and craft beers along with refined small plates of bar favourites.
Guests are invited to sample The Murray Lane’s collection of signature cocktails from The Tape and The Cassia lists. While the former draws inspiration from Murray Lane’s “Wall Street” neighbourhood, the latter is named after the hotel’s majestic Cassia Javanica, an Old and Valuable Tree (OVT).
Located at the hotel’s Garden Level, Garden Lounge offers an elegant atmosphere to enjoy The Murray’s Signature Afternoon Tea and the hotel’s handpicked selection of champagnes and wines. A treat for the senses, the menu includes sweet and savoury light bites along with a curated offering of speciality teas by Jing. Guests are also treated to a wholesome breakfast of Western and Asian favourites as well as a refreshing all-day menu featuring soups, salads and sandwiches. The lounge exudes a contemporary aesthetic of cool greys and gold accents with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the picturesque St John’s Cathedral and the surrounding skyscrapers of the Central district.
The Tai Pan, also at the Garden Level, has an extensive menu of international and pan-Asian classics and familiar favourites to entice the appetites of discerning diners. Conveying subtle luxury through its warm and welcoming design, the modern dining room is decorated with monochrome black and white marble which contrasts with the burgundy leather furniture and geometric chandeliers in metallic hues, creating a stylish yet relaxed dining experience.
The One-Michelin starred Chinese restaurant, Guo Fu Lou, renowned for its modern Cantonese dishes, will serve exquisite local fare in the dining room or alfresco on its beautifully landscaped terrace.
A unique lifestyle destination for the city’s fashionable crowd, Popinjays occupies the rooftop and will delight guests with panoramic city views and an energetic atmosphere. A contemporary upscale restaurant showcasing European gastronomy, the menu will celebrate the best of seasonal ingredients. Guests seeking a more exclusive experience may opt to dine at The Aviary, a beautiful glass pavilion for the ultimate private dinner party. At the bar, there’s an international tapas menu alongside creative cocktails conceived by expert mixologists against a backdrop of live music featuring a line-up of local and international DJs.
Overseeing the various culinary concepts is Chef Fabrice Lasnon, the hotel’s Executive Chef. Originally from France, Chef Fabrice brings over 30 years of international hospitality experience to his role. He has worked in some of the world’s most distinguished luxury properties, including Palazzo Versace Dubai, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, and La Mamounia in Marrakesh (Morocco).
The Murray – Where and How?
For more information on The Murray, please visit themurrayaniccolohotel.com