Cover The Hari Hong Kong will open in Wan Chai this December (Photo: The Hari)

The Hari Hong Kong is set to open in Wan Chai on December 12, and is poised to be the newest addition to Hong Kong’s legacy of great heritage hotel brands

News first broke of The Hari back in the summer, and now it has been confirmed that the new luxury hotel will open in the heart of Wan Chai on December 12, 2020. While some may not consider 2020 to be the best year to be opening a new hotel, chairman and CEO of Harilela Group Aron Harilela disagrees, commenting “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.”
 
Speaking of the opening, Harilela––who was our August cover star––states, “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.”
 
With one location already under the brand’s belt––The Hari London opened in August 2016––the second opening hopes to bring the charm and elegance of the London property to Hong Kong, while injecting the Wan Chai district with a touch of modern luxury and social dynamism.

Above First Look: The Hari Hong Kong. (Videography: Aaron Luk, Studio 21; Editing Kevin Cheung/Tatler Hong Kong)

The new hotel will comprise of 210 guest rooms including three signature rooftop suites, with the spacious rooms complemented by marble bathrooms, each complete with its own rainfall shower. Throughout the hotel, acclaimed British Interior designer Tara Bernerd showcases a layered approach to the design, with the material palettes in the hotel said to be inspired by Harilela’s layered approach to tailoring.

The Hari will also feature several social spaces, including a lobby lounge; Zoku, a Japanese restaurant and terrace bar; and Lucciola, an Italian restaurant.

Zoku, which means clan in Japanese, promises to take diners on a culinary journey through Japan. The menu is set to highlight fresh ingredients translated into popular Japanese favourites––featuring everything from robata grilled dishes, tempura to sushi. The restaurant will feature a formal dining area with booth seating, a bar lounge and a terrace bar; with the pink palette contrasting luxuriously with the khaki velvet banquettes, leathers, patterned fabrics and sculptural furniture.
 
The second restaurant housed inside The Hari will be Lucciola––a relaxed yet refined gathering spot for friends and family. Embodying the comfort of Italian dining, the menu will pay tribute to beloved regional classics of the country. Along with its food, Lucciola will be defined by its bold palette of ambers and green.
 
The Hari, 330 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
 
See also: How Aron Harilela Is Leading The New Wave Of Luxury Hospitality With His Hotel Project, The Hari