The Vibe: A refashioned 1960s former government building, the combination of natural light, greenery and an unusual spaciousness showcase an imaginative use of heritage.
The Area: The Central Business District of Hong Kong on Hong Kong Island surrounded by sky scrapers and opposite St John’s Cathedral, which was built in the 1840s.
The DNA: Few locations in Hong Kong better capture the spirit of modernism than The Murray Building. Built by British architect Ron Phillips, the 27-storey tower opened in 1969 as a government office. Soaring, unadorned arches at ground level and a gleaming white façade lent it a handsome, almost austere, appearance, while recessed windows and the concrete fins that separated them kept out the sweltering heat, and made the building a pioneer in sustainability. As such, it remained a widely admired landmark long after a concrete jungle sprouted in its vicinity. And once the government moved on to newer digs in 2011, it became a ripe opportunity for redevelopment. Named the Murray, the new hotel has opened to much fanfare. Inside, richly textured furnishings in understated tones, and bathrooms in black and white Calacatta marble, are a vision of relaxed refinement. The pared-back aesthetic continues through the well-appointed gym, indoor pool and two restaurants, of which the Cantonese restaurant Guo Fu Lou has a Michelin star.
Suite-Me-Up: Its 336 rooms and suites are some of the most spacious in the city. The famous recessed windows have been enlarged, opening up views of Hong Kong Park and its adjacent zoological gardens, as well as neighbouring skyscrapers such as the HSBC Building. Guests looking for even more space can choose from four floors of suites.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 336 rooms (38-50m2) & suites (75-225m2) • hotel opened: 2018 • architecture: Foster + Partners • interior design: Foster + Partners, André Fu • bathroom amenities: Grown Alchemist • on-site parking (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible