First Look: Regent Hong Kong Unveils Reno by Designer Chi Wing Lo

Regent Hong Kong has unveiled the first look of its transformation as it starts preparing for its reopening this June. The hotel, set on the edge of the Victoria Harbour, called on Hong Kong-born, Milan-based designer Chi Wing Lo to upgrade the property. 

After being founded in 1970, Regent Hotels & Resorts joined the IHG Hotels & Resorts luxury and lifestyle collection in 2018. For two years, work was undertaken to reinvent a new era for the brand as a storied and heritage luxury icon. Regent Hong Kong brings these new brand foundations to life through daring design, innovative restaurants and bars, and immersive experiences. Chi Wing Lo and his team brought over 30 years of architecture, interior and furniture design to their very first hotel project. The design juxtaposes views of the bustling harbor with serene interiors layered with textured materials.

To celebrate the brand’s approach to framed views, the splendor of the harbor is augmented with textured ceilings and custom-designed furniture. One such example is the layered scene offered in guestrooms where purposefully positioned mirrored sliding doors reflect the waterfront, focusing the viewer’s eye on the cityscape.

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Chi Wing Lo’s design contributes to the contemplative spaciousness of the guestrooms, with walls minimized to create an open-plan layout. In select harbor-view rooms, a sliding door opens to reveal the view of the harbor from the curved, free-standing soaking tub. In others, a moongate design of Nero African granite leads to a one-of-a-kind bath and shower experience. 

Regent Hong Kong’s dining destination soft-launched in December, enabling guests to rediscover its restaurants, with each outlet bringing back all-time favorites and refreshed classics, besides new culinary journeys with sensory encounters inspired by Hong Kong’s culture and art. The restaurants at Regent Hong Kong include The Steak House, serving curated selections of meat and wine from around the world, alongside an elaborate salad bar; Harbourside, a buffet with a focus on Asian and Western cuisine; Lobby Lounge with views of Victoria Harbour, a meeting place for afternoon tea, with origin coffees and a selection of Chinese and Western teas, and Regent’s day to evening champagne ritual; and the two-Michelin-star Yan Toh Heen, which remained open during the renovation period—back with its original name, Lai Ching Heen, from when it first opened in 1984—offering Cantonese dishes.

Regent Hong Kong returns to Victoria Harbour after a full renovation and is set to be closely followed by the opening of Regent Bali Canggu in late 2023. Regent hotels are poised to open in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Kyoto and Sanya within the next few years.

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