Harilela Hotels Ltd today announces the opening of The Hari Hong Kong in Winter 2020. Poised to be the newest addition to Hong Kong’s legacy of great heritage hotel brands, The Hari Hong Kong seeks to inject modern luxury and social dynamism into the district, bridging the commercial pulse of Causeway Bay and the creative design scene of Wan Chai.
An independent hospitality brand, The Hari is the inspiration of Dr. Aron Harilela, Chairman and CEO of Harilela Hotels. After over four decades of owning and managing hotel properties, he has distilled the Group’s collective experience into an individual brand.
“We are excited to bring The Hari to Hong Kong. Our second property, the hotel represents a homecoming to the place I’ve always called home. Beyond a perfect night’s stay, The Hari Hong Kong aims to foster a deeper appreciation for the neighbourhood and city – it will be the best way for locals to get reacquainted with Hong Kong and for discerning travellers who want to do more than scratch the surface of the city,” says Dr. Harilela.
The brand-new hotel comprises 210 guest rooms including three signature rooftop suites showcasing a layered approach to the design created by Tara Bernerd, the Founder and CEO of Tara Bernerd & Partners, a leading international interior architecture and design practice based in London.
Having worked with Dr. Harilela for many years starting with The Hari London in 2009, Bernerd created a design narrative where Harilela’s layered tailoring inspired Bernerd’s material palettes – The Hari’s stylistic inclinations are, in essence, a design manifestation of Harilela as seen through Bernerd’s eyes.
More than just a place to stay, The Hari Hong Kong will serve as the community’s living room, boasting a variety of social spaces including a lobby lounge, Zoku, a Japanese restaurant and terrace bar, and Lucciola, an Italian restaurant.
Zoku, which means clan in Japanese, takes diners on a culinary journey highlighting fresh ingredients translated into popular Japanese favourites from robata grilled dishes, tempura to sushi. Split into a formal dining area with angled booth seating, bar lounge seating and a terrace bar, the restaurant’s palette of pink shades brilliantly counter khaki velvet banquettes, leathers, patterned fabrics and sculptural furniture.
Relaxed yet refined, Lucciola embodies the comfort of Italian dining. A gathering spot for friends and family alike, the restaurant will pay tribute to beloved regional classics. Lucciola is defined by a bold palette of ambers and green where timber-lined walls are contrasted by one long gallery wall finished in Tadelakt polished plaster.
“The decision to open The Hari Hong Kong after a year of protests and the pandemic represents a vote of confidence in Hong Kong’s future as a city,” comments Dr. Harilela. “I believe that Hong Kong will bounce back, we have foundations that you just can’t take away.”
The Hari Hong Kong is slated to open in Winter 2020.