Hong Kong now has a boutique hotel that befits such a metropolitan location! A Work of Substance has created a stunning new look for the property that first opened in 2006. Take a look inside
You might fancy indulging your weekend with new brunches or karaoke bars, but who doesn’t love a good staycation in Hong Kong? Blending slick design from the wonderfully talented A Work of Substance design studio, a stellar food offering from Black Sheep Restaurants and great service, The Fleming in Wan Chai is a lovely design led boutique hotel that guarantees a little touch of luxe for your weekend getaway.
A Work of Substance transforms The Fleming
I never went to the old The Fleming, so I can’t really speak to the past, but the recently overhauled version of the Wan Chai boutique hotel is a testament to great collaboration and letting creatives flourish in a city that is almost always about the money. Maxime Dautresme – winner of numerous awards for his talented design eye – and the team at A Work of Substance has worked closely with the hotel to create a property that embraces 50s and 60s Hong Kong; the Star Ferry in particular.
Walk in through the gorgeous bottle green entranceway, and step into the lifts, where – on the first floor – you will find reception. As you check in, keep an eye out for the seats that reference the ferry’s changeable starred seats or peek down into Osteria Marzia, the coastal Italian restaurant that is part of the hotel and managed by Black Sheep Restaurants.
In the rooms, the homage to the Star Ferry continues, with leather door handles, blue tones and even a desk that looks like the white and wood materials used on the famed boats. To modernise the design, A Work of Substance has added touches of brass and gold (my favourite colour!), adding a splash of luxe without being ostentatious.
Tell me more about the food!
Well, I have actually only tried a small sampling of the food available at Osteria Marzia, but my sources tell me that the dinner menu is phenomenal, and great for pescaterians like me. From what I did try – the zucchini fries rocked, and the calamari by Head Chef Luca Marinelli blew my mind.
They also have a fantastic sommelier in Devon Lochhead (previously at Carbone) who is finding some great bottles from vineyards in Coastal Italy itself; I appreciate this extreme attention to detail.
This will be the first time that Black Sheep has offered breakfast at a restaurant, so expect a selected offering of dishes, such as frittata, fresh fruit, muesli etc.
Would I go back?
Yes. While there is no swimming pool or spa, guests do have access to Goji Studios around the corner – so if you want a nice in-room staycation, you won’t be disappointed. Otherwise, tell your international friends who love beautiful things about the property, and crash their stay – I promise, it will be worth it!
The Fleming, 41 Fleming Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 3607 2225, 香港灣仔菲林明道41號
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