Ovolo Hotels has enlisted a collection of local and international artists to transform a former industrial building into an interactive design stage. The new hotel property will showcase contemporary art against a backdrop of industrial-inspired interior design, channeling Hong Kong’s receding historic architecture in a bold and modern way.
A climax of urban archaeology, Ovolo Southside is Hong Kong’s maiden warehouse-to-hotel conversion. Originally designed in 1976, the former multi-use industrial building now features 162 open-plan guestrooms, a fully-equipped 24-hour gym and a collection of unique social spaces that echo the warehouse's past in subtle details.
A room with a view at Ovolo Southside — Photo courtesy of Ovolo Hotels
Ovolo is now set to become the new destination for the design-savvy traveler, whose search for a more authentic Hong Kong experience and longing for a sense of place has propelled them to the Southside district, the city’s artists’ quarter.
Ovolo Southside will also feature Ovolo Hotels’ renowned menu of first-to-market, all-inclusive services, a cornerstone of the Group’s core concept of effortless living. Styled for maximum guest convenience and comfort, the hotel offers free breakfast and happy hour social drinks daily, alongside free daily replenished in-room minibar, self-service laundry facilities and flexible check-out.
Ovolo Southside’s comparably small number of rooms compared with other Hong Kong hotels ensures a high level of service, catered to meet the needs of each individual guest. Smartly catering to modern tech demands, the hotel also provides free super-speed Wi-Fi for guests in the hotel, plus access to over 11,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across Hong Kong, whilst a robust AV system includes Apple TV and 3D Smart TVs in every room.
Ovolo’s social spaces are designed to facilitate a meeting of minds and satiate a passion for creativity and conversation. Inspired by the gatherings of Communist Party cadres, the B.I.G. room is an irreverent take on a Mao-style meeting room. This alternative space is unlike any other meeting room in Hong Kong; it's designed to be a powerhouse for inspiration.
Creating an ideological sphere to ease private dialogue, the room foregoes the conventional boardroom framework in favor of a collection of reclining leather armchairs lining padded walls of exquisite Chinese floral fabric. In this chameleon of a room, the armchairs can also be easily reconfigured to face a large projection wall, creating an intimate cinema for private screenings.
For larger gatherings, G.I.G. is Ovolo’s multimedia events space designed to host private parties, gallery events, fashion shows and product launches for up to 375 guests. Located in the former garage of the warehouse, this expansive room has retained its original truck turntable, now a centerpiece for the room and the ultimate rotating stage. A full-height, 18-meter projection wall and state-of-the-art sound system completes the room, setting the scene for high-impact, awe-inspiring events.
Ovolo Southside’s restaurants and bars echo the hotel’s signature design concept, alongside decadent menus and innovative cocktails. CIRQLE, the hotel’s fourth-floor restaurant, tantalizes diners with a menu of classic comfort foods and calorie-laden desserts in canteen-inspired surrounds, with an expansive open-air terrace overlooking the Southside.
When night falls, the hotel’s Lo Lounge comes to life, enticing revellers with the pumping sounds of a guest DJ, a pool table and an array of cocktails amid sleek utilitarian surrounds. ABOVE, located on the hotel’s rooftop, is pure eye-candy; it's an open-air bar clad with painted murals of Hong Kong in revolution, overlooking the revitalized playing fields of Wong Chuk Hang and leafy Shouson Hill, with the cable cars of Ocean Park beyond.
For more information on Hong Kong's Ovolo Southside, visit OvoloHotels.com.