This new standard of hospitality is integral to a rebirth that dares the culturally-curious to pass it by. From the original Mondrian opened in the heart of Los Angeles, to properties in New York, Miami, London, Cannes, Doha and Seoul, the brand has always transformed and defined the neighbourhoods in which they are found through a commitment to creativity, art and the unexpected. The Hong Kong incarnation continues in this tradition, arriving with a promise to shake things up.
A statement that can only be born from this moment in time, Mondrian Hong Kong will bring its surrounding culture to life through a celebration of the people and progressive thought that characterise the city – past and present. This mission creates an experience that is undeniably authentic and relevant. It’s also core to the brand, forged through collaboration with a roster of iconic dreamers and visionary designers.
“Entering the Chinese market is an incredible milestone in our expansion and as with all Mondrian locations globally, community and culture will be essential,” commented Chadi Farhat, Brand COO for Mondrian, Ennismore. “Introducing the brand through personal stories and a variety of perspectives is a powerful way to foster a meaningful connection with the local community and engage travelers with an experience that is truly inspiring.”
Diversity and inclusion form the fabric of Mondrian Hong Kong. The leader at its helm, Dirk Dalichau is weaving a dazzling tapestry of diverse human potential into over-the-horizon thinking and a commitment to disruption that has become his calling card.
“Inspired. By People isn’t just sentiment for us; it’s a promise and an ethos we live and breathe,” said Dalichau. “There is no doubt in my mind the more diversity the better, race, cultural, sexual, gender, religion. You are just a better team for it. So, it’s a massive philosophy for us. I find endless inspiration in people and their stories.”
The journey begins with an impeccable location. Mondrian Hong Kong taps the beating pulse of Tsim Sha Tsui’s vitality, boasting immediate MTR access and proximity to the arts and culture scene. Its immersive, gallery-like interiors belong amid this landscape, featuring designs from the wild imagination of Karin Krautgartner. Each of its 324 rooms serve as a personal outlook, perched high above the bustling waters of Victoria Harbor.
Stories of creative minds further abound in a Joyce Wang-designed, sophisticated nose-to-tail steakhouse by Italian culinary philosopher and maverick Dario Cecchini; one of the first bars in Asia to use the cutting-edge Tayer cocktail workstation system developed by two award-winning bartenders for the ultimate freedom in cocktail craft; art that mirrors life in the city, and a 40th floor rooftop space given over to cultural happenings, performative innovations and unexpected collaborations.
“The vision is the hotel as progressive and imaginative community, a place to connect, have fun, be challenged, experiment and come away inspired,” continued Dalichau. “I couldn’t be more excited about the timing. Travel and business is beginning to boom again, Hong Kong is buzzing, Kowloon is transforming, the centre of gravity is shifting, the whole West Kowloon Cultural District is amazing and the nightlife is truly 24-7.”
In Hong Kong, as with all the properties in the portfolio, design is at the centre of the Mondrian experience with hotels designed by some of the world’s most famous architects and designers, including Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders. With ten properties in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, London, Doha, Mexico City, Cannes, Seoul, Singapore and Ibiza, the brand is experiencing tremendous growth with upcoming openings in Bordeaux, Australia’s Gold Coast and more.
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