The Beat Stays: Le Meridien Hong Kong, Smart Living Meets Hotel in Solitude
October 19, 2023
Le Méridien Hong Kong, Cyberport joins Hong Kong’s landmark business park as a stylish and fitting hotel option for tourists in need of solitude and working professionals seeking a balanced environment of comfort and collaboration.
Cyberport caters to the city’s digital technology community, and thus, the French hotel supports the local ecosystem to breed innovation, style, and business to host guests from all over the world to meet. We experienced Le Meridien for a weekday night stay. Here are our thoughts.
Venue & Neighbourhood
Following an 18-month renovation that concluded in late 2022, Le Méridien has been restored with a chic and sleek look, perfect for travelers seeking a serene living experience away from the bustling central Hong Kong, as well as for businesspeople in need of a professional environment.
Cyberport is a hub for fintech, AI, blockchain, and big data business, rather than a direct offering for local tourism. Unfortunately, the neighbourhood is void of real thrill, beyond a cinema, local seafront park, and a few independent restaurants. Treat your stay at Le Meridien Hong Kong as a beacon for comfort, instead of an avenue to explore the neighbourhood.
If you are seeking experiences beyond the hotel, Central is a 12 minutes' drive away with their complimentary hourly shuttle and Ocean Park and Water World is a 10-minute taxi ride away. Ferries to Lamma Island can be found in Aberdeen.
Le Meridien’s renovation was crucial in embracing a complete transformation to modern living and family-centric hotel experiences in Cyberport. Rooms were cleaned up for a sleeker look, and it shows! Our west-facing corner room is expansive at 380 square feet, capturing an almighty view of Hong Kong’s southern island dwellings with the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Warm sunlight fills the room in late afternoon, embraced by the warm teal and burgundy accents painting the white space. The bleach white bathroom makes way for a metaphorical washing of outside elements to rest comfortably in the room.
The king bed served well for a night's sleep to calm my body for a plump rest in the room. It should be noted that whilst the bed takes up most of the room, the L-shaped space beside the TV and desk may unintentionally invite harmful evil feng shui elements to fill the room’s emptiness. I wished there was a rug near the room’s pillar to colour the floor and fill the space.
The transformation into a chic, sustainable lifestyle hotel for Le Meridien reflects the development of a dining destination at Cyberport, notably the introduction of fine-dining Cantonese restaurant Nam Fong, Japanese izakaya Umami, all-day restaurant Southside Bistro, and bar Latitude 22.
During our weekday stay, we enjoyed a dinner at Umami, deep-diving into the regionality and colour of Japan’s signature izakaya culture. Our favourites included deep-fried horse mackerel, tangy and salty, the pungent pink rock salt grilled lamb shop, deep in rich gamey flavours, and the tuna maki, a perfect exhibition of the fresh fare served in the ground floor restaurant. Service was slow during dinner service and, with 10 small tables to cater to, this felt not excusable.
Le Meridien’s business profile is strong, hosting 15 event rooms and over 1,800 square metres of total space is a key attraction to the hotel, fostering inspiration and innovation for your next meet or business events. On the flipside, the hotel’s pool, garden or Nam Fong play host for a great wedding venue.
The hotel’s outdoor swimming pool has been a strong addition since their opening, serving a dreamy escape from the blue glass of Hong Kong’s business centre to the ocean blue of the pool and sky. Open from early morning till after dinner, every visit must be accompanied by a dip to shake off the stress that Hong Kong loads onto you!
I was happy to see art introduced into the discussion at Le Meridien, highlighting the ornate ink work from Hong Kong’s ink master and artist Hilde Merterns in her three-month solo exhibition “Rhythm of Strokes.” The new embrace of artistic expression is refreshing, and I look forward to more unique expressions.
Growing up in Pokfulam beside Cyberport, I am reassured to see the Le Meridien Hong Kong in a new light, renovating to embrace a new theme and approach to hotelling for the future. Besides my small reservations of the hotel room, dining at Le Meridien is superb and resting in the hotel is comforting.
Operated under the Marriott brand, each contact point of service is thoughtful and considerate for the guests arriving for a day besides the pool, on a debut visit to Hong Kong, or for business. If you account for the 12-minute shuttle bus drives to Central, staying at Le Meridien Hong Kong should suit any traveller.
Where: Le Meridien Hong Kong, 100 Cyberport Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
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