As soon as you enter the hotel – through the red entrance with neon lights and a cute statue of an alpaca – your eyes are immediately drawn towards the centre of the hotel where a slice of the action stands before you as a triple-height atrium. A 15ft tall chandelier adds warmth to the area with its light, revealing the food hall and the hotel’s cha chaan teng-inspired eatery The Astor. The retro yet modern design pays homage to 1950s and 60s Hong Kong but still manages to feel sleek and inviting. Bright coloured tiles are contrasted with terrazzo, while primary pops of red, blue and yellow add a sense of fun and youth throughout the hotel’s interior.
For those who haven’t been to the hotel, the meandering corridors, staircases and lifts, which are on the side of the building, can be confusing to navigate. But it does seem to create more usable space and lends itself to great views as you go up and down the lifts. The staff are all knowledgeable and utterly friendly, so it’s definitely much easier to ask than convince yourself that you know the way. Trust me on this one.