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THE POTTINGER HONG KONG

The Pottinger Hong Kong is a chic, boutique hotel conveniently located in the heart of Hong Kong’s vibrant Central district, and ideal for discerning travellers who appreciate heritage and premium hospitality. From this inspired location, guests can discover Old Town Central, one of Hong Kong’s oldest and most dynamic districts, where century-old buildings stand proudly alongside modern skyscrapers, and hawker stalls and local markets bustle with business.

The Pottinger Hong Kong comprises 68 spacious guest rooms and suites. Combining stylish design and modern conveniences with warm, personal touches, the hotel provides a welcoming retreat within the city centre.


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AWARDS
While the glowing faces and reviews of our guests are reward enough, The Pottinger Hong Kong is naturally delighted to be awarded the following:
2017 – 2019

Recommended Hotel

Forbes Travel Guide
2018

Luxury Boutique Hotel (East Asia)

World Luxury Hotel Awards
2018

Asia's Most Inspired Design Hotel

Boutique Hotel Awards
2016 – 2019

Certificate of Excellence

Tripadvisor
2014

Asia's Best City Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel Awards
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STEPPING INTO THE PAST

Welcome to the neighbourhood of Pottinger Street, steps that take you through Central from the past to the present.

HISTORY
Central District

The Pottinger Hong Kong is a hotel located in Hong Kong’s central business district. Until the 1840s, the area known today as Central was little more than a sandy beach with a footpath running along it. But when the British decided to relocate from Stanley to a more suitable spot, Central was their choice. The new centre of commerce and administration quickly attracted many local Chinese looking to work, trade and make money, and the population squeezed into the narrow land between mountain and sea soared to over 25,000 by 1850.

The many trading warehouses or ‘hongs’ built along the waterfront quickly made Central a major hub for local trade, and it eventually replaced Canton (Guangzhou) as the main trading port and business centre in the Pearl River Delta. British Hong Kong boomed, and Central was right at its heart. Pressure of space led to extensive reclamation over the years; Queen’s Road in Central marks the original shoreline, so hotel guests at The Pottinger Hong Kong are within a stone’s-throw of the waterline of 150 years ago.

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Pottinger Street

Pottinger Street, dating from the 1850s, is one of the oldest streets in Central district and is granted Grade I historic status by Antiquities Advisory Board of Hong Kong. It is named after Hong Kong's first Governor, Sir Henry Eldred Curwen Pottinger. Originally, when Queen’s Road ran along the waterfront, Pottinger Street started at Queen’s Road and ran uphill in a series of steep steps to Hollywood Road. Following later reclamation, Pottinger Street was extended along the flat reclaimed land northwards to Connaught Road Central.

The older, steeper part of Pottinger Street is laid out as a series of granite steps, designed for pedestrians and pole-carried vehicles only. This gives it its local Chinese name, which translates as ‘Stone Slab Street’. The unique and atmospheric stone steps have made it a popular location for filming Hong Kong movies and TV series.

During World War II, a 75-metre tunnel was built under Pottinger Street as an air-raid shelter. It was never used and was finally filled in the 1980s amid concerns that it might collapse.

THE STORY OF FAN HO

The Pottinger Hong Kong is a distinctively designed and decorated hotel which features a number of striking images by one of Hong Kong’s most famous sons, photographer and film director Fan Ho.

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“In my memory, there has always been a deep yearning of Hong Kong. I particularly miss the location I like to photography the most - Central Hong Kong“
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Born in Shanghai in 1931, Fan Ho first delved into photography at the age of 14, when his father gave him a Rolleiflex twin-lens camera. After moving to Hong Kong in 1949, he began taking photographs of the streets and alleys of old Central, and of other markets and street stalls in the Hong Kong of the time. His creative output in the 1950s and 1960s included what are now recognised as some of Hong Kong’s most iconic photographic images. Between 1958 and 1965, he was eight times named one of the Top Ten Photographers of the World by the Photographic Society of America.

Mr. Ho received over 280 photography awards in his long career. His work can be found in public and private collections worldwide, including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Melbourne Museum. Mr. Ho also worked in film, first as an actor for the Shaw Studios, from which he moved into directing. He directed a total of 27 films in his 35-year film career.

Mr. Ho saw himself as a voyeur and a flâneur, sometimes waiting for hours and going back to the same location for months on end for that one perfect photo. Known for his remarkable handling of shadows, lighting and lines, Ho managed to imbue his photos with a sense of romance and mystery, whether taken in bustling markets or quiet alleyways. His pictures depict both the hardship and the can-do spirit of Hong Kong, one that has characterised this city for many generations.

Up until his passing in 2016, Mr. Ho was still working every day, exploring ways of using modern photo processing technologies to create new works using his old film negatives. Many of his images were taken in his favourite place on Earth – Central Hong Kong.