Hong Kong’s Le Meridien hotel has reopened following an 18-month revamp. Asia Family Traveller headed over for a look.
New-look rooms with a view at Le Meridien, Cyberport.
There’s a lot to love about Hong Kong’s Le Meridien, Cyberport hotel. Tucked away in the leafy environs of Hong Kong Island’s Southside district, it soaks up water views across the Lamma Channel plus lots of green space. It’s just minutes from some of Hong Kong Island’s best hiking trails, but also a mere 15-minute taxi ride from the hustle and bustle of Central.
Last year, the hotel closed its doors after a short stint as a quarantine hotel to undergo an 18-month makeover. The transformation includes newly designed guest rooms, restaurants and events spaces.
Sustainability has played a major role in the refurbishment, with a huge focus on reducing plastic waste, both front-of-house and behind the scenes. The hotel has partnered with Tesla to implement a fleet of electric vehicles for guest transfer and the property has received World Wildlife Fund accreditation for its sustainably-sourced food.
The sleek guest rooms channel a mid-century vibe but with twenty-first century technology, including smart room controls and LED lighting for best practice energy saving. Plastic water bottles have been replaced with neat, in-room Waterlogic slim water taps. Le Meridien has also teamed up with apothecary-led beauty brand Malin+Goetz who have created a range of bespoke products for guests; large, refillable pump-style bottles replace the single-use, mini-sized plastic toiletry bottles of old. And Illy coffee machines are provided in all rooms.
Families can take advantage of connecting rooms, with one room specially designed for children with low height basins and desks, child-friendly decor and amenities such as fun in-room teepee set-ups.
Family rooms with child-friendly amenities and decor have been launched.
The new-look dining spaces opened earlier this autumn, including a Cantonese restaurant by award-winning Michelin starred chef Quentin Leung. Japanese izakaya Unami is back, with plenty of donburi, sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki and tempura, paired with Japanese whiskey and sake. And the new Southside Bistro offers classic French brasserie dishes, pan-Asian favourites and a weekend buffet.
Again, the redesign has been environmentally driven, with zero food waste initiatives across all dining spaces. Seafood is sustainable, eggs cage-free and there’s a generous menu of plant-based options. The hotel has also partnered with O-Park, Hong Kong’s first organic resources recovery centre, to turn food waste into biogas and compost. The hotel team is also working with local charities for daily food donations.
The hotel's smart farm provides its restaurants and bars with herbs and veggies.
A highlight of the hotel’s food and beverage preparation is a smart hydroponics green wall on level four. Micro-greens and herbs are nurtured for use across the hotel’s restaurants and bars; homegrown greens currently feature in the tabbouleh salad in Southside Bistro, the grilled amadai in homemade sauce with mashed lily at Umami and the hotel’s Latitude 22 cocktail. Guests are offered a takeaway plant or herbs on checking out.
Club membership packages
Swishy facilities include the hotel’s oasis-style outdoor pool, two fitness hubs and plenty of green spaces around the hotel. The hotel has also launched a brand new membership app, Club LM with special packages across dining, gym and pool access for local residents.
The hotel is offering a special launch package, LM Experience, including accommodation for two and breakfast and afternoon tea at Southside Bistro. Christmas celebration packages including breakfast, in-room amenities and decoration and a wine-pairing dinner are also available. Details can be found online.
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