Press Reviews

31 Jul 2018

T Singapore: The New York Times Style Magazine

LOOKING OUT ONTO Hong Kong’s cityscape, the view is outlined by a densely populated mélange of buildings: a mix of skyscrapers extending into the sky and shorter, less remarkable structures. With a population density that extends into 6,000 people per square kilometer, the city is one of the world’s most populated.

It comes as no surprise then, when dealing with land constraints, buildings are extended vertically, giving rise to housing apartments the local media has dubbed ‘nano’ flats. Less than half the size of a shoebox apartment (usually about 400 sqft) in Singapore, the sizes of these houses are reflective of the city’s crammed spaces. Visitors to the city are often also put in a similar predicament when searching for a respite during their stay in Hong Kong.

A far cry from the congested spaces that are often affiliated to Hong Kong, The Olympian Hong Kong, located in West Kowloon, is a 32-room boutique hotel, offering some of the most spacious accommodations in the city. Each guestroom, constructed with a 3.3-metre ceiling and windows that extend from floor-to-ceiling, opens up to a breath-taking view of the city’s skyline and Victoria Harbour. Here, guests can catch a breath from the ceaseless hustle and bustle of the city and unwind from the day’s activities.

Built to offer its visitors a home away from home, its interiors are lined with hardwood, furnishings wrapped in plush velvet and decorated with touches of floral, all brought together in a warm palette. And as a marker of unparalleled hospitality, thoughtful amenities like a kitchenette promise a luxurious stay.
Within the hotel’s artful decorum is a subtle homage to the city’s rich cultural background. Contemporary renditions of the Chinese character for “double happiness” and archival images of the neighbourhood alongside peony-inspired artwork and lighting fixtures designed like the Chinese lantern, call to mind Hong Kong’s oriental history. The grandiose of its interiors matches the top notch service; guests can even opt to be chauffeured from the airport to the hotel in a Rolls Royce limousine.

Adding to its list of accolades, the exclusive hotel was in 2017 named the “Best Luxury Boutique Hotel of the Year”, “Elegant Luxury Hotel of the Year” and “Regional Winner: Luxury New Hotel (East Asia)”. Pitting itself as the destination for travelers to put up at when in Hong Kong, The Olympian is the cherry atop one’s experience in the city. Its name, a true reflection of its caliber.

A GRAND RESPITE Clockwise from top-left: A grand lighting display greets guests at the entrance of The Olympian; inside, the reception speaks of a contemporary appeal with hints of oriental influence; the deluxe Olympian room.

By Kames Narayanan

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