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First look: The Olympian Hong Kong

14 Mar 2016 by Clement Huang

The Olympian Hong Kong, a 32-room boutique hotel targeted at the luxury segment, opened in West Kowloon last week.

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific was invited to take a tour of the new property.

Hotel entrance

The Olympian Hong Kong is the latest property by Sino Hotels, the hospitality management arm of Sino Group that is also behind the likes of The Fullerton Singapore, Island Pacific Hotel in Hong Kong and The Pottinger Hong Kong.

Located just a three-minute walk from Olympian MTR station, the hotel is a short train ride from Central and Kowloon stations. It is also situated close to the business and retail hub of Tsim Sha Tsui, as well as the Airport Express Kowloon Station and the China–Macau Ferry Terminal.

The Olympian Rolls Royce limosuine

Being a small property allows the hotel to provide its guests with “more personalised and tailor-made experiences”, says Samson Lam, group director of marketing at Sino Groups of Hotels. Chief among these is the hotel’s Rolls Royce limousine service, which provides complimentary airport transfer and chauffer service for all guests, plus an in-room check-in service hosted by the Guest Relations Ambassador.

Elegant lobby area

Upon entering the hotel, a grand chandelier (touted as one of the largest in Hong Kong) dominates the main lobby. The multi-tiered feature emphasises the feeling of luxuriousness while making the modestly-sized space appear larger than it really is. Meanwhile, soft lighting and comfortable, elegant chairs help to create a welcoming environment for guests to relax in.

Second floor corridor and social seating area

The boutique hotel comprises just two floors, with all 32 guestrooms located on the second floor (accessible via escalator or lift).

An extended hallway encircles the second floor, providing another social seating area, which overlooks the main lobby. Designed with a “contemporary residence concept”, it features a mix of plush sofas and cushion seats in shades of cream and beige.

There are three different accommodation categories – Deluxe Olympian Room (43 sqm), Grand Harbour View Room (60 sqm) and Olympian Suite (75 sqm). All guestrooms feature 3.3 metre high ceilings as well as floor-to-ceiling windows, ensuring an abundance of natural light while maximising views over the famous Victoria Harbour and city skyline.

Grand Harbour View Room

The décor features a blend of modern and traditional themes to create an exclusive yet cosy ambience. Hardwood floorings and plush velvet furnishings create a sense of modern luxury, while oriental touches such as the artistic representations of the Chinese character for “double happiness” and historical images of old Hong Kong give the property a sense of place.

Business travellers will appreciate the generous number of charging ports and power outlets in each guestroom, plus the availablitiy of a Handy smartphone, which delivers connectivity and free international calls to select countries.

Each room comes with a 55-inch LED TV, a small kitchenette, coffee-making facilities, and complimentary Fiji-branded water. A minibar is also available with purchasable snacks and drinks.

A king-sized bed is provided in each room, with double singles on request. The linens are made of Egyptian cotton with a pillow menu available on request.

All bathrooms feature bathtub and rain shower facilities. Both the Deluxe Olympian Room and the Grand Harbour View Room come with Acca Kappa bath amenities, while the Olympain Suite sports Bvlgari products.

Private lounge on the second floor

All guests have access to a private lounge area where breakfast is served. This consists of organic eggs, seasonal fruits and premium-roasted coffee. Cooked-to-order local and international fare is also available around the clock.

The seating area of the lounge also features magazine racks and productivity booths for working. It has to be said that both in terms of design and layout, the lounge bares a striking resemblance to one of Cathay Pacific’s airline lounges.

Fitness centre

The hotel offers a fully equipped fitness centre and all guests are also provided with a jogging map at check-in, with tips on where to run around the attractive West Kowloon vicinity. A self-service laundry room is also available.

To commemorate the opening of The Olympian Hong Kong, the boutique hotel is offering a special introductory room rate from HK$1,600 (US$206) per night, available until April 30. All prices are subjected to a 10 per cent service charge.

For more information, visit theolympianhotel.com/en

Clement Huang

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