Coming soon: Le Meridien, Four Seasons

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 spring.

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 relaxation."

The Le Meridien does get points for its "Femme Comfort" rooms, which will feature such extra women-friendly amenities as antifog mirrors.

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 year.

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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