Hong Kong’s newest landmark hotel

The Murray has been overseen by Norman Foster and occupies an iconic 1960s building

The Murray in Hong Kong’s Central district is housed in an iconic building that has been revamped by Norman Foster
The Murray in Hong Kong’s Central district is housed in an iconic building that has been revamped by Norman Foster

It’s not as if Hong Kong is short on fantastic hotels – it arguably has as many iconic flags flying as London or Paris – so it takes a brave spirit to enter the fray. But The Murray (niccolohotels.com; from about £450) is off to a promising start, thanks to the landmark 1969 government building that’s been enlisted to house it, originally designed by pioneering modernist Ron Phillips, and now stunningly updated by Norman Foster. The Garden Road location in Central, steps away from Hong Kong Park and the beautiful reaches of the Asia Society, also helps, as does the residential-chic interior design (all herringbone wood floors and original canvases on the walls) – as will, this spring, the host of bars, restaurants and lounges slated to debut in The Murray’s iconic triple-arch ground-floor arcade.

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