Since 1969, the impressive arches and angled window bays of the Murray Building have made it
an iconic part of the Hong Kong cityscape — and belied its humdrum role
as a government office bureau.
Following the building’s purchase by Wharf Hotels and a five-year renovation by Foster + Partners, The Murray reopened in January as a five-star Niccolo Hotel.
Perfectly situated in the heart of Central, it forgoes gaudy trappings and sets its style sights on a sleek, modern design that feels in line with current business culture.
The Murray’s 336 rooms marry form and function, providing a minimalist aesthetic without sacrificing comfort. Marble siding, cool tones and soft furnishings make for a chilled atmosphere. Every room is fitted with a large bathtub and an espresso machine and guests are guaranteed at least two of those wonderful diagonal windows, providing excellent light and views.
The flagship Niccolo Room on the 25th floor may accommodate fewer numbers than other venues (240 for banquets), but it makes up for that in innovation. The space boasts a ceiling of LED displays, allowing the creation of many different moods or themes, while walls lined with concealable 65-inch flat-screen TVs provide great visibility for presentations. Seven boardrooms are also available.
Other event spaces take advantage of the building’s distinct features. The Arches, a wide sheltered loggia circling the structure, is a blank slate for galas of up to 310 people. Outside, Cotton Tree Terrace and Murray Lawns are circled by beautiful artworks and greenery and can each host 100 people.
Rooftop restaurant Popinjays is the obvious attraction, offering 220-degree views of the Harbour, The Peak and the surrounding skyline. The Aviary dining space can be sectioned off for a gathering of 14 guests.
The Garden Lounge specialises in afternoon tea, while international fare is available at The Tai Pan. Modern Cantonese restaurant Guo Fu Lou is due to open in Q2 2018 and will include a 48-seat terrace. Casual cocktails can also be had at the cosy ground-floor Murray Lane bar.