HONG KONG -- A total of 22 hotel projects are in the works here
through mid-2006, with some big names clamoring to get a foothold
in this cosmopolitan destination.
Two in particular, the Le Meridien at Cyberport and the Four
Seasons, are getting the most attention.
The 173-room Le Meridien, located at the Cyberport Business Park
on the south side of the island near Aberdeen, will open in the
The theme here is "Art and Tech," and rooms feature wireless and
broadband connectivity as well as a comprehensive entertainment
center that will include a 42-inch, plasma-screen television with
150 channels available, plus on-demand music, games and movies.
In the bathroom, even the shower isn't a regular shower -- it's
a "walk-in rain shower." Add to that a "soothing corner" for "total
The Le Meridien does get points for its "Femme Comfort" rooms,
which will feature such extra women-friendly amenities as antifog
In keeping with its location at a high-tech business park, the
property also will boast six function rooms (along a glass-walled
corridor called "IT Street"), which, appropriately, will be
equipped with state-of-the-art gadgetry for teleconferencing and
communications. Meetings and conferences also can take advantage of
the hotel's planned theme parties and musical shows.
Restaurants and bars will include Prompt, a trendy, high-end
eatery with an open gallery kitchen and wood-burning oven; Bar
Umani, featuring cocktails and sashimi; Nam Fong, a Chinese
restaurant with Cantonese specialties and dim sum; and Le Club, a
private member's club overlooking Telegraph Bay.
The 400-room Four Seasons, which is being built at the
International Finance Center, will open at the end of next
The property is part of a mixed-use development consisting of
four tower buildings, including two office towers of 88 floors and
38 floors; a 48-story tower of Four Seasons Suites apartments; and
the 38-story Four Seasons Hotel.
Also of note, in coordination with the opening of the Hong Kong
Disneyland at the end of 2005, two properties are being built: the
600-room Disney's Hollywood Hotel and the 400-room Hong Kong
Disneyland Hotel. The theme park is under construction at Penny's
Bay on Lantau Island. -- R.C.
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