1. A blend of old and new
The Murray Building was Hong Kong’s tallest government building when it was completed in 1969. Its features included ground-level arches and recessed windows, the latter of which provided respite from the tropical sun. British architects Foster + Partners reimagined the space as a hotel this year, retaining key architectural elements while injecting a dose of modern charm.
2. Cocktails and cockatoos at the rooftop bar
Popinjays bar is named after an old English word meaning to “parrot”, or show off, thanks to the wild cockatoos that preen here regularly. Perched atop the 27-storey building, it offers handmade cocktails and stunning views of the skyline. The birds’ performances are another reason to pay a visit.
3. Ingredients for the best sleep ever
True darkness is a rare commodity in neon-lit Hong Kong. Thankfully, The Murray’s bedrooms feature electronically controlled blackout blinds. Guests can also order pillows stuffed with lavender, Japanese tea leaves and even magnets (to promote circulation) from the complimentary pillow menu.
4. Wellness isn’t an afterthought
Alongside the 24-hour gym and indoor lap pool, The Murray offers a range of one-on-one fitness classes with professional athletes (some of whom are former Olympians) in sports such as swimming, running, tennis and taekwondo.
Plus, every room features a custom wellness guide, which contains a comprehensive spa menu and details of restorative hikes and outdoor tai chi classes. You can also arrange a consultation with the in-house nutritionist, who’ll work with you to hone your diet and provide bespoke meal plans during your stay.
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The Murray’s hotel manager, Dean Dimitriou, shares four tips for making the most of your stay.
- Book a corner suite for views of both the bustling city and the verdant oasis of Hong Kong Park.
- Check out Bowen Road Fitness Trail, a popular running path located a stone’s throw from the hotel. You’ll get to experience a different side of Central while staying in shape.
- If you’re looking to update your wardrobe, Germain Tailors specialises in bespoke tailoring for men and creates stylish essentials for every occasion.
- Savour local flavours at Mak’s Noodle (77 Wellington St, Central), a traditional Cantonese restaurant known for its iconic wonton (dumpling) noodles.
This article was originally published in the June 2018 issue of SilverKris magazine.