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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Murray Hong Kong: The Transformation of a Landmark

I quite love properties with a deep sense of history in their bones like the Murray. There is a slight thrill when I see the transformation of old structures into buildings of today. Before becoming a luxury hotel, the Murray was once a modernist government office building in the 1960s. The legendary building was then acquired by the the Niccolo group of hotels to be the flagship property in China. With the help of Foster + Partners, they were able to retain its soul and character. After the $1 billion dollar renovation, they were ready for their debut in Hong Kong.

At the Arches.

The LOBBY. Nothing excites me more than staying at a new hotel and stepping into its lobby for the first time. The highlight of the Murray's lobby is an art piece made of charcoal dangling from nylon threads. This was made by a Seoul-based artist named Bahk Seon-ghi.

You'll see another installation done by the same artist near the elevators.

Concierge service is at its best at the Murray.


The Murray has a total of 336 well-appointed rooms that will still impress any well-heeled traveler. We stayed in a Deluxe Room, a forty-seven (47) square meter paradise in the city that came with all the best things in life: Antipodes water, Frette bath robes/slippers and Amedei chocolates during turndown service. The best feature was the "Magic Glass" for the bathroom and toilet area. No more awkward naked moments for us.

Turndown service goodies.

Our immaculate Calcutta marble bathroom with an egg-shaped bathtub. Your bath bombs will be happy.


The Murray has five restaurant for your dining needs. The Murray Lane at the lobby floor is best for snacks and bite-size appetizers.

The Garden Lounge is perfect for leisurely breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea. 

There'a also a piano bar area.

They have the most beautiful tea sets here.

Truffle pasta (with real shavings!)

The Tai Pan Restaurant is the place for fine dining at the Murray. The hotel also has an outpost of the Michelin-starrted Guo Fu Lou if you want more gastronomic adventures. I hear the Jasmine tea-smoked chicken is a winner. Popinjay's, which has opened recently, is the restaurant on the topmost floor. It has a sweeping views of Hong Kong Island.


We were lucky that the lap and vitality pools were already open, but it sure needed some increase in the the water temperature. Open until 11 PM. 

Fully equipped gym that is open 24/7. Yes!

The Spa. I was not able to try to massages because it was always fully booked during that time.

The Verdict: The Murray has changed the luxury hotel game in Hong Kong. The property shows us that although the future is sometimes too fast for us, the past can still catch up and embrace it. It can even turn out to be something more beautiful than you have ever imagined. 

Rating: 9/10

Rate starts at $400 per night.

For bookings, click www.niccolohotels.com


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