After a year-long renovation, the once-unremarkable Fleming in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district has reopened as a fashionable boutique hotel. Its retro maritime design could be out of filmmaker Wes Anderson’s symmetrical dreams, with a full commitment to style and no sacrifice to practicality. It’s a fun switch-up for the business traveller stuck in a rut of beige.
The location is convenient and lively. The hotel is on the edge of the district’s bar area and adjacent to the office towers of Harbour Road. The MTR is about a block away, and a few minutes’ walk will have you at the convention centre. Stroll a little longer and you’ll end up in glitzy Admiralty or bustling Causeway Bay.
The interiors were inspired by the classic green and white ferries that ply Hong Kong’s harbour, given a luxe edge. You’ll find portholes on doors, striped upholstery, wood panelling and round mirrors over brass sinks. Get work done at the wooden desks edged with brass tacks – you’ll feel like you’re on a steamship.
Apart from the rooms, The Fleming’s premises only has one other thing for guests, and that’s Osteria Marzia, a high-end restaurant that’s generated a lot of buzz with its menu focusing on the cuisine of southern Italy. Fitness facilities are available in the form of a free pass to the well-equipped Goji Studios gym nearby.