A New Page
Artisanal coffee and community are at the heart of this new Hong Kong hotel
In the vibrant district of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, a modern hotel with architecture designed by P&T Architects and interior designed by KplusK associates, has recently opened. Page148 offers comfortable, cosy rooms across 20 floors in a location ripe for urban explorers. ‘Page148 is a page number and each hotel is a new chapter in your travel journal,’ explains Elaine Fok, creative director and partner at Spectra Partnership, who took the design lead.
Page148 – also named after its location at 148 Austin Road – marks the Butterfly Hospitality Group’s inaugural Page hotel, with a London location slated to open later this year. ‘At the core of the design we have three inspirations; people, sustainability and inspirational travel,’ says Philip Chan, business development manager at Butterfly Hospitality Group.
Communicating these design inspirations from the outset, the check-in lobby has been transformed into Page Common, an artisanal coffee house. Here, check-in takes places via a mobile process, and a large wooden table encourages conversation and community within a welcoming and creative space. Coffee culture is so important to the brand that the cafe was opened months before the hotel rooms. ‘I enjoy working in coffee shops myself and Hong Kong is experiencing an artisanal coffee boom. Coffee inspires us to travel, and we wanted this to contribute to the energy of the hotel,’ Chan explains.
The hotel replaced an old residential building, but retains and celebrates the site’s original distinct curve. The large windows in each room offer plenty of natural light and fantastic views, and the colour palette is comforting with neutral, beige shades, champagne silver and copper accents, while rustic copper finishes and black marble add textural detail. Artwork by local paper artist POSTalk features throughout the hotel, while in the rooms custom-made furniture is paired with Marshall speakers.
Text / Babette Radclyffe-Thomas
Images / Philip Chan and Elaine Fok