One of Hong Kong's oldest hotels gets a new name and a new look with a HK$200 million facelift that includes a new driveway, a new lobby, a new lobby lounge, a new lift lobby, and other enhancements.
Riva and The Deck on the 28th floor of the Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel, afford sweeping views of Victoria Harbour and Victoria Park. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
The Park Lane Hong Kong was rebranded as The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel, on 1 January 2015.
To reflect the hotel's new status as a Pullman Hotel within the Accor Hotel Group, the 4 decade old property is getting a massive face lift.
The driveway, lobby, lobby bar, and lift lobby will get a new look this summer, with renovations expected to be completed by September.
Renovations began in early 2013, and many of the rooms and facilities have already been upgraded.
By the time the project has been completed, a total of HK$200 million will have been spent on renovating rooms and suites, meeting facilities, event spaces, the gym and wellness centre, the executive floors, and the food and beverage outlets.
One of the highlights of the project is the addition of a rooftop garden terrace, which affords sweeping views of Victoria Harbour and Victoria Park.
I previewed the venue shortly after it opened several months ago. The cocktails and the snacks were sumptuous.
But the stars of the show were the spectacular views of the sun setting over Victoria Harbour. It doesn't get much better than this!
Anyway, here's a sneak peak at what's in store for you this coming September …
Artist's conception of the new driveway at The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel. Photo Credit: Accor Hotel Group.
Artist's conception of the new lift lobby of the Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel. Photo Credit: Accor Hotel Group.
The Park Lane is not the only hotel in Hong Kong to undergo a name change in recent years.
Originally owned and managed by New World Development, The Regent Hong Kong was sold to Six Continents in June 2001 and re-christened the InterContinental Hong Kong shortly thereafter.
Located at 18 Salisbury Road on the waterfront in Kowloon's Tsim Sha Tsui district, the hotel has 6 food and beverage outlets, a spa, and other facilities. It has the largest presidential suite in Hong Kong, which measures 7,000 square feet.
The Great Eagle Hotel, which is just a few blocks away, was re-named The Langham Hong Kong in 2003 after its holding company, Great Eagle Hotels International, changed its name to Langham Hotels International following its purchase of London's legendary Langham Hotel in 1996.
Located at 8 Peking Road in Kowloon's Tsim Sha Tsui district, the hotel has 471 rooms, 27 suites, 6 food and beverage outlets, a spa, and other facilities. The hotel underwent a 3 month facelift in 2014, which cost US$30 million.
The Miramar Hotel, which is located on Nathan Road, opened its doors in 1948 as the first hotel to open in Hong Kong following the end of World War II. Half a century later, the Miramar was re-branded as The Mira, reopening on 17 September 2009 following a US$65 million overhaul.
Located at 118 Nathan Road in the heart of Kowloon's Tsim Sha Tsui district, the hotel has 492 rooms and suites, 6 food and beverage outlets, a spa, and other facilities. The hotel has been affiliated with Design Hotels since 2010.
Hotels seem to attach a great deal of importance to names. How much impact do you think a hotel's name has on its reputation as a hotel?
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