Exploiting a winning combination of location, chic and whimsical, cutting edge design, the W brand brings its urban style to the commercial waterfront harbor in West Kowloon.
Boasting the city’s highest swimming pool and 393 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, W Hong Kong hypnotizes with the unconventional design creation from Yasimuchi Morita of Glamorous Corp and Nicholas Graham of G+A studios.
Playful and artful
The design theme revolves around interpretations of nature and—true to the urban and youthful W style—is executed in a riot of colors, textures and whimsical furniture pieces.
Architects applied the language of design to make a confident statement about the W brand—evident in the external floral fascia engraved with the iconic hotel logo, in the surreal design of the lobby, in wood, stone, water, fire and metal used generously throughout the hotel, finally in the vivid colors and the attention-grabbing art.
The wow gradient
True to the W tradition, the 393 rooms (including 42 suites) carry superlative adjectives as names: from Fabulous and “WOW” or Extreme WOW Suite.
Full of personality and quirkiness, guest rooms are anything but ordinary. Woodgrain ornaments and multi-textured wallpapers, handmade soft furnishings, and bright-colored rugs set the mood, and views of the city’s remarkable skyline (or harbor) act as part of the design and expand the sense of space.
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It’s hard not to find a restaurant, bistro or a bar at every corner in Kowloon, but W Hong Kong offers its own range of dining and drinking experiences.
The Living Room stands out with eccentric interior, evident in the stunning mural inspired by the Chinoiserie aesthetic, while at Kitchen floor-to-ceiling windows dominate the main area, inviting to marvel at the Busy Hong Kong harbor and Central Skyline. The interior is soberer here, but not by much: vintage and contemporary furniture are done up in lively colors and a structural column is covered with thousands of golden goose eggs.
Calm at the pool
Another stunning decorative feature adorns the outside pool area, located on the 76th Floor. The massive mural by Australian designer Fabio Ongarato depicts birds and butterflies and is made out of thousands of 10-millimeter tiles.
With the Bliss Spa nearby, the pool is a good place to bring rest and relaxation to the overwhelmed senses.