The Murray Hong Kong

Housed in a 1969 government building, The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel is located between Cotton Tree Drive and Garden Road.

The premises was converted from a government office block under a revitalisation project.

My N2 Grand room affords ample space at 50m2. I also appreciated the extra touches of luxury like in-room check-in rather than just a cold towel upon arrival.

I was also surprised by the turn-down amenities – a hydrating face mask made by the hotel. This will be changed regularly to items such as a chocolate bar and face mist.

Moreover, 75 per cent of rooms are 50m2 or bigger. All oversized accommodation features uniquely recessed windows allowing abundant daylight without direct heat from the morning sun.

MICE facilities
There are ample choices of indoor and outdoor venues for events with more than 1,900m2 of available space.

For instance, a dedicated MICE floor – Murray Room on 25th floor – provides 425m2 space for small to mid-scale events. Though there are no windows on this floor, the space benefits from great lighting equipment and event-friendly set-ups.

Event planners may also consider the Cotten Tree open-air terrace which can accommodate up to 150 people. The Arches is a semi al-fresco venue that can hold up to 500 guests. The property’s Garden Level, meanwhile, offers 150m2 of landscaped event space for a maximum of 125 guests.

Also on the second floor of the hotel are the multipurpose function rooms comprising a pre-function area and six rooms that range from 35-40m2, three of which can be combined for a larger space of 105m2.

Lastly, Popinjays on the hotel’s topmost 26th floor offers panoramic and spectacular views. The 355m2, 120-seat entertainment space includes an indoor dining area, a private dining room and a bar. For an exclusive experience, The Aviary, a private dining room with a glass facade, will be available for intimate events for up to 14 guests.

Other facilities
There are four other F&B options (The Tai Pan, Garden Lounge, Murray Lane and Guo Fu Lou), a spa, and an indoor lap pool.

I tested a concierge’s knowledge on private clubs and temples. He demonstrated his expertise and patience, giving a rare insider’s view rather than just mentioning off-the-mill touristy spots.

Room count 336

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