The Excelsior Hong Kong’s future in doubt?

The future of harbour-front hotel The Excelsior Hong Kong looks to be up in the air at the moment, following news that Mandarin Oriental International Limited will be “undertaking a review of its long-term strategic options” concerning the Causeway Bay district property.

According to a statement by the hotel group, current favourable commercial property valuations in the city have motivated it to test the water for a possible sale of the property – the only one in its portfolio not under its Mandarin Oriental brand, and as such its only four-star hotel.

The future of the hotel has been under question for a number of years already, ever since the group received approval for the development of a 63,500sqm commercial building on the site back in 2015. While Mandarin Oriental has so far not pulled the trigger on such a decision, the fact this option would remain open to any potential buyers puts added pressure on the hotel’s future.

At this time, Mandarin Oriental says that “no decision has yet been made as to the preferred course of action”, and that it would be “premature to speculate on the outcome of the review at this time”.

The Excelsior Hong Kong has long been a facet of the city’s hotel scene, having first opened its doors back in 1973. [For a review of The Excelsior Hong Kong, click here]

Among its key attractions is Cantonese restaurant Yee Tung Heen, which received a mention as a recommended restaurant in the Michelin Guide to Hong Kong & Macau 2015. [For a review of Yee Tung Heen, click here]

Mandarin Oriental group currently has a total of 29 hotels and eight residences in operation.

Landmark Mandarin Oriental launches The Apartment Suite

The Apartment Suite living room, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has unveiled the first of two new suite offerings it plans to introduce in 2017.

Located on the top floor and designed in the style of a luxury apartment, The Apartment Suite comprises 139 sqm of accommodation space created by Hong Kong architect, Joyce Wong.

The entranceway leads to an open-plan living space comprising furnishings designed with gold, royal blue and natural wood colours, while the dining space comes with a cocktail bar and pantry. Bespoke pieces including artworks and chandeliers feature in the spaces, whereas modern fixtures have been installed in the Gaggenau kitchen. The living space also includes a three-metre-wide curved sofa, armchairs and a study area with a bespoke desk.

In the master suite bedroom, meanwhile, the bed includes a quilted leather headboard, walk-in dressing spaces along with a bathroom designed to resemble a miniature spa, including a deep soaking bath tub and rainforest shower. The entire suite space can also be converted into a two-bedroom residence by combining with the adjacent L450 guest room, which can be accessed via an interconnecting door. Adding this second bedroom brings the suite’s total floor area to 181 sqm.

“The Apartment Suite is the perfect accommodation for style-conscious travellers who can enjoy all the comforts of a home-away-from-home in the heart of vibrant Hong Kong,” said the hotel’s general manager, Torsten van Dullemen.

Meanwhile the hotel’s second new suite is set to open in mid-2017 will be designed as a “super-entertainment suite” according to the hotel.

A “Central Retreat” package is currently being offered by the hotel for booking The Apartment Suite, which includes credit for use at the hotel’s F&B outlets and spa, chauffeur transport between the airport and the hotel, and complimentary minibar, among other features. The package is priced at HK$50,000 (US$6,444) per night and runs until June 30 this year.

Mandarin Oriental London prepares for revamp

Mandarin Oriental London bedroom

Mandarin Oriental London prepares for revamp


The Mandarin Oriental in London is due to begin its first major renovation project since opening in 2000


Located in Knightsbridge, the Mandarin Oriental will begin a multimillion-pound revamp on September 19, the first in 16 years. The hotel will remain open throughout the work, which will take places in two phases over 18 months.


The first phase will see a complete facelift given to the street-facing bedrooms, as well as a refresh of the Rosebery coffee lounge and Bar Boulud restaurant, to be finished by next spring.


The second phase will involve a new look for Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, the Mandarin bar, event spaces and guestrooms facing Hyde Park. The spa will continue to operate until June, when it will close for six months so it can be expanded.


Inspired by the “golden age of travel”, the interior design will be overseen by Joyce Wang, who recently renovated a collection of suites at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong this year, and Adam Tihany, who has worked on several projects with Heston Blumenthal and Daniel Boulud.


Two new penthouses on the ninth floor will also be added, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking on to the park.


By Jenny Southan