The Kerry, Hong Kong

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By An­thony Gal­lagher

Just like driv­ing a new car, stay­ing in a new hotel evokes ex­cite­ment, espe­cially when it is The Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong, the youngest sib­ling to its sis­ter prop­er­ties in Shanghai and Bei­jing. Owned and op­er­ated by the Shangri-La Ho­tels fam­ily, The Kerry is a more con­tem­po­rary, younger brand of hotel. Open­ing its trendy doors in early 2017, the 16-storey, 546 room prop­erty is on Hung Hom Bay and is the first new hotel to be built on the Kowloon water­front in 20 years. Ev­ery­thing about the de­sign sings con­tem­po­rary, with the concept by An­dre Fu and award-win­ning ar­chi­tect Rocco De­sign. There are more than 1,000 pieces of art through­out the hotel, many spe­cially com­mis­sioned. Well over half the rooms have views of Vic­to­ria Har­bour and the Hong Kong Is­land sky­line and luck­ily we are in one of them. Al­though the ‘wow’ Pres­i­den­tial Suite was oc­cu­pied, we were thrilled with our el­e­gant, classy, mod­ern and com­fort­able room, and sit­ting look­ing out at that view with drinks from the com­pli­men­tary mini bar was the per­fect way to start the vacation. As it turned out, the tail of a ty­phoon kept us in­side The Kerry for most of the time, but se­cretly, that was fine by me as we could just re­lax, ex­plore the hotel’s five restau­rants and bars and wind down. We tested The Lobby Lounge and Hung Ton, en­joyed the wide va­ri­ety of in­ter­na­tional cuisines in Dock­yard, an ex­cit­ing, eclec­tic food mar­ket hall, tried the quick and easy Big

Bay Café and sipped de­li­cious, or­ganic, be­spoke cock­tails in the su­per-suave Red Su­gar bar, with the huge ter­race giv­ing 270-de­gree views. The ty­phoon cleared on our final day to give us a fix of the sights, sounds and smells that this Asian pow­er­house city delivers.

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