Hong Kong’s Four-Star Hotels’ Top Floor Elevators Offer Larger Than Life Views

Written by Staff Writer

All images courtesy Forty Seven Hong Kong

While waiting for the lift to be ready at the four-star Forty Seven Hong Kong hotel, guests can glimpse the nine acres of gardens outside, before being whisked down a path to the rooftop bar.

The hotel, which opened in 2000, occupies the top floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building — The Peak — overlooking the Central District.

Alighting on the skyward terrace (pictured below), the city’s night landscape lights up and the city’s skyline dominates the vast windows of the hotel’s 366-square-meter rooftop.

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Luxury has its price, however. The bar is by arrangement only — guests can visit the rooftop for 10 Hong Kong dollars ($1.40).

Only 39 of Hong Kong’s 58 four-star hotels — a mere three — actually have the top floor, according to Hong Kong Travel Research, a tourism research firm.

But still, the ground floor of the Forty Seven Hong Kong has a chance to steal the show.

Located just 30 meters below the 77-story hotel, the Causeway Bay and Crossrail arrival gates, across the hotel’s main gateway, provide a striking, urban vista of what its patrons can see.

Hidden treasure

Located just 30 meters below the top floor, the Causeway Bay and Crossrail arrival gates offer a striking panorama.

Chef Jerry Ma has gained international fame for his famed Cantonese food that is prepared from scratch for customers at the hotel.

The hotel was on the trail of its cupcake flavor when the cupcake sensation was still in its infancy.

Executive chef Johnny Wong said it took over a year to develop the flavor — which is still available for sale on the hotel’s hotel store.

Last year, the hotel lost one of its key chefs, Christopher Chung, and hired his successor, Andrew Ng, who specializes in southern Chinese flavors.

Instead of reinventing the menu, Ng has simply taken the recipes that Chung had developed for the restaurant and revamped them for the hotel bar menu.

The menu changes weekly, but guests can expect to enjoy at least three signature drinks, such as the Yucatan Torte (a locally famous cocktail), and an extensive selection of whiskies and cognacs.

The adventurous traveler

A back garden with a view of Hong Kong’s Central District, is more than a little reminiscent of Shangri-La’s The Palm in Sydney. Courtesy Forty Seven Hong Kong

As a way to make each guest feel at home, the luxury hotel has made its lobby, which sits on the ground floor, resemble a large cosy living room with cosy chairs, comfy couches and mugs filled with freshly poured tea.

The adjoining resident store has a large selection of jewelry and watches and the hotel even arranges its mail collection on one of the hotel’s five elevators.

According to the hotel’s assistant manager Anthony Go, guests are attracted to Forty Seven Hong Kong because of its youthful aura and charm.

“I love the millennial vibe in the hotel,” Go said. “A lot of people have social media profiles and they are comfortable with meeting and greeting other guests.”

It’s always a long line outside the hotel’s parking garage so in case you don’t make the cut to hang out in its rooftop bar, which opens on Sundays and Thursday evenings, you’ll be able to enjoy the view for free from the hotel’s main reception area.

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