Lodge and Residence Score: Okay11 ARTUS in Hong Kong
Words from Faye Bradley
After the success of the highly anticipated Victoria Dockside, Adrian Cheng’s foray into luxurious artisanal homes raised high hopes for city dwellers – and ended up being far from disappointed. The K11 ARTUS was officially opened in 2019 and is a luxury residence that welcomes creatives who want to withdraw. LLM – Faye Bradley, the Hong Kong resident of Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, checks into the full service residence for a night of utter bliss.
The K11 ARTUS is located on the Victoria Dockside by the water
The intimate and secluded K11 ARTUS next to the upscale K11 MUSEA shopping mall pays homage to art and traditional Chinese pieces for a modern-chic aesthetic. The property is Asia’s first luxury residence with the goal of promoting and preserving the rapidly disappearing craftsmanship. The works come from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Cheng’s great appreciation for these works of art is evident in the hotel’s decor, and there is even a dedicated room for it – the K11 Craft and Guild Foundation, which also donates to Chinese craftsmanship.
The residence designed by André Fu is elegant from head to toe. My guest and I entered through an inconspicuous lobby entrance, where the receptionist took us to the official check-in area by elevator. The refined room, which is flooded with daylight through the floor-to-ceiling windows, exudes luxury thanks to its art collection and contemporary furnishings. After an efficient registration we were escorted to the room where an impressive – to say the least – accommodation was waiting for us.
The 1 bedroom residences have a private balcony with great views over the city
There are different room types for short-term and long-term guests. We’d make fun of calling the luxury residence “home” for a long period of time, but of course that would come at a higher price. However, many business travelers who are frequently in Hong Kong tend to choose the latter so that they have a permanent place to stay in the city.
We stayed in the one bedroom residence in Grand Harbor, a humble, refined space with decadent views from the expansive balcony. One thing to keep in mind about Hong Kong property is the lack of balconies – especially large ones. Finding such a feature on K11 ARTUS made it even more of a gem.
The room is equipped with a semi-open kitchen, a king-size bed with a view of Victoria Harbor and a walk-in closet between the bathtub and the bathroom. Little bells and whistles like the magnifying glass (a souvenir to take away), a mini drawing pad (also to take away) and cool coffee table books complete the house. The care products are supplied by none other than the premium skin care cult favorite Aesop.
The on-site restaurant, The Commune, serves breakfast and lunch menus
The hotel’s restaurant, The Commune, serves breakfast and lunch menus for hotel guests and the general public. We had just missed lunch when we checked in and instead tried the in-room afternoon tea set – a pampering selection of both sweet and savory items for a warm welcome. Breakfast was hearty and included with most stays, offering classic western egg dishes or Chinese breakfasts. However, I think there could be more variety in the morning – especially with regards to the local cuisine which could cover more specialties (i.e. dim sum).
For dinner, we received a credit of HK $ 1,000 that we could spend on all K11 MUSEA restaurants that were ordered via the integrated menu in the room TV. It was a bit difficult to navigate but we managed and ended up trying a wide variety of restaurants from the mall. Highlights included hot chicken soup from Bot Noodle and dessert from A Happy Pancake – we hope to have more upscale restaurants on the menu for future stays.
The K11 ARTUS has an infinity pool on the roof and a sun terrace
As a residence-first concept – as opposed to a hotel – K11 ARTUS is well equipped and undoubtedly one of the best designed accommodations in Hong Kong. The residence is located next to sister hotel Rosewood Hong Kong and is happy to recommend spa treatments and dishes that are just a few steps away from its location. There’s a 24-hour exercise facility for guests looking to keep fit, while the rooftop has a spectacular infinity pool with panoramic views.
The residence is conveniently located next to the K11 MUSEA art and fashion center and is accessible from every angle. There is a bus stop right in front of the shopping center, where many public transport stops. Guests can take the MTR and exit through J to get to the K11 ARTUS. For those arriving in style, there is an elegant avenue for cars to be dropped off and picked up when needed.
In a nutshell
The K11 Craft and Guild Foundation shows works from the Ming and Qing dynasties
Victoria Dockside has earned well-deserved anticipation in Hong Kong with its plethora of new openings over the past two years – Rosewood Hotel, arts and cultural events, a redesigned Avenue of Stars, and more. Then there is K11 ARTUS, the luxurious craft house where creative people from all over the world are welcomed. The residence is another visually perfect masterpiece by Adrian Cheng. It sets standards in terms of design, service and homage to art.
I recommend the Breezy Staycations By The Water package, which includes a one night stay, daily breakfast for two at The Commune, an Artisan Lounge ARTISANAL afternoon tea set for two (worth HK $ 748 + 10%) and includes a choice of 60 people. Minute of personal training for two (worth HK $ 2,000) or private one-way transfer to / from a local destination and access to The Pool and The Gym until 6pm on check-out day.
Rooms can be booked from £ 396 per night.
Address: 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2107 3388
Photography courtesy of K11 ARTUS