If you look at the picture above you are probably thinking one of two things:
- Wow, somehow they managed to sneak onto the set of the new Starwars film George Lucas is filming in Hong Kong; or
- Why have Tom and Jen put up a picture of some weird nightclub they went to in the 1980’s when they must have both still been kids?
Well disturbingly both of those thoughts are wrong. This is in fact Hong Kong’s newest, most glamourous, highest, blingest, hotel – the Ritz-Carlton. Their website says the hotel enables you to “experience the vibrant energy and breathtaking beauty of China“. Hmmm.
However, this is what happens when you entrust the interior design of what is meant to be a luxurious hotel to the Japanese “architects” responsible for Bathing Ape or BAPE stores. I.e. deliquent schoolkids who previous work is designing concrete housings for over fluroscent streetwear. You get shock and awe, but in a bad way.
When you eat or drink in the Ritz’s Lounge & Bar or Ozone (their top floor bar), you should be enjoying the view out over Hong Kong’s seductive skyline from the highest bars in the world. You don’t need much else. Really, you just need them to be a “frame” which doesn’t distract from the view. However at the Ritz, the interiors shout and scream “tacky” to such an extent that you are focused on the inward horror rather than the skyline.
And the picutures above are all from the Lounge Bar which is actually the Ritz’s most refined effort. If you want to raze your eyes with LED lighting, curves, synethic materials thrown together with wood and stone, bad drinks, a waste in every way, go up to the Ozone bar. It is so actively full of visual deitrus you are hard pressed to see out of the windows.
The Lounge Bar, despite looking like a big red Christmas tree is somewhat better as it least it isn’t full of thugs in football shirts and people trying to compete on who has the most garish Gucci handbag.
Still the picture above is what you should be focusing on if the Ritz didn’t try its damndest to ruin it.
- Price – your eyeballs
- The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong