If you’re planning a trip to Hong Kong and have never heard of the Madera Group, well, it’s about time. A relatively new entrant in the city’s hospitality scene, the group’s two hotels offers splendid facilities and fine service well beyond our expectations. The best part? One is on Hong Kong Island and one is in Kowloon, so visitors get the best of both sides of Hong Kong.
Hotel Madera Hong Kong
Conveniently located in the heart of Jordan, Hotel Madera Hong Kong makes a great base from which to explore the Kowloon side, be it Mongkok or Tsim Sha Tsui. Close to a host of tourist attractions, including the famous Temple Street Night Market and Ladies Market, think boundless shopping, dining, and entertainment options pretty much at your doorstep. Australian Dairy Company – possibly Hong Kong’s most famous cha chaan teng (casual restaurant) – is just a few minutes walk away as well.
Riding on the concept of harmony and synergy, the architectural design of the hotel is based on nature, featuring calming elements throughout the hotel like ‘Green’ plant walls. Boasting 88 luxurious hotel rooms, they range from the basic Deluxe Rooms up to the Lush Suites and Madera Penthouse. Prone to allergies? Look no further than Madera’s unique Hypo-Allergenic Rooms.
All rooms feature spectacular views of the city and are filled with the most lavish amenities, from background music, a jacuzzi, refillable Gilchrist & Soames toiletries for the eco-conscious, and an extensive pillow menu. And there’s our favourite: the complimentary Handy phone that allows you unlimited internet access anywhere in Hong Kong. Decor-wise, the smaller rooms (still relatively spacious by local standards) are mostly decked out in stylish art-deco style with a modern twist. The suites and higher room categories employ more wood and are Scandinavian-focused with lighter and warmer tones.
Hotel Madera is replete with cool facilities: its Café 1997 (named after the year the British handed Hong Kong over to China) is decked in British-colonial style and serves breakfast with a great coffee menu; the Horizonte Lounge and Panoramic Rooftop Bar offers near 360 degrees of the Hong Kong skyline; and a private Gaming Room allows you to destress with a 100-inch 3D Project Screen, surround sound stereo system, and lots of games available for loan.
On the ground floor, you’ll find a unique Antique Gallery displaying artefacts and a remake of 1960s Hong Kong life, fully equipped with interactive tablets that serve as e-guides. Some items are authentic vintages from the collection of the hotel’s owner, while the rest are mostly replicas. Open to the public as well, you’re hard-pressed finding such a huge collection anywhere else in the city.
The difference between Hotel Madera and Madera Hollywood is like that of apples and oranges.
If you’re on the island side of Hong Kong, this is where you want to be – Hollywood-style glamour, grandeur, chic living, and all that’s fancy. There are no rooms here, only one-bed room suites…all 38 of them. Opened in March earlier this year, Madera Hollywood is more boutique than traditional, bringing you back to a golden age where Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Frank Sinatra still walked the earth.
In fact, two entire floors are dedicated to the stars, aptly called the Chaplin (blue) and Monroe suites (pink). The rest are either Deluxe, Premier, Grand Deluxe, or Grand Premier Suites. Catering to the high-end luxury leisure travellers, even the smallest options are incredibly spacious, starting from 54 up to 70 square metres.
Designed in a Regency Moderne-style, you can expect bold and sophisticated elements and sprightly colour schemes in all its suites. Madera Hollywood is almost like a serviced apartment, its suites are completely furnished with a marble-top kitchenette, white wooden cupboards, a mini-fridge, washing machine, dryer, a large closet space, and the usual suspects. And we must say how large the toilets are, with two sinks that make washing up in the morning a lot faster. Like Hotel Madera, we see the same Gilchrist & Soames amenities, only this time, there’s no bathtub. But hey, the shower area is huge, and there’s a water back massager.
The number of facilities at Madera Hollywood are noticeably fewer. You can still enjoy a glass of wine or cup of coffee at the elegant Hollywood Lounge before you set out on your day and there’s a 24-hour gym with equipment by the world-famous brand Technogym, and that’s about it. But with so much riches to explore in the thriving SoHo district, you don’t need to be spending too much time in the hotel.
Take a quick stroll up Hollywood Street to the PMQ for artsy cafes and shops or walk down to Tai Kwun, famous art galleries, local markets, Lan Kwai Fong, and a plethora of antique stores. Whether it’s just for a quick sojourn or an extended stay, this is luxury and style at one of Hong Kong’s favourite districts.