The Landmark Mandarin Oriental
A stylish boutique hotel from a chain known for its grandeur.
In a daring act of brand extension, the venerable Mandarin Oriental took a big step into the world of design and boutique hotels with their 2005 opening: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. This property takes part of its name from the famous shopping building it inhabits. The emphasis is on style, which draws a huge customer base of fashion buyers, executives and designers, but the hotel also has the polish of its parent property with fabulous private dining rooms, dedicated concierge services and top-notch room amenities aplenty, including in-house business cards and one of the best desk setups in any hotel in town. The deep browns, creams and polished woods in the 113 guest rooms are the work of Los Angeles-based Peter Remedios; he's also responsible for the more exotic stylings of the spa. Adam Tihany's playful hand is at work in MO Bar, where it's wise to try the newfangled high tea (wasabi in salmon finger sandwiches) in a setting of moss green chairs and a sculpted white glass bar meant to evoke a drawbridge. Tihany can also take credit for the lobby and the French restaurant, Amber, where 4,320 copper rods hang from the ceiling. All in all, this hotel is a fine alternative for those wanting style without sacrificing the infrastructure of a traditional luxury lodging.