Editor's review: Hotel Pravo

Hotel Pravo

I first visited Hotel Pravo more than three years ago, when I attended a private tour by its designer Miho Hirabayashi of FAK3. Miho and her business partner Johnny Wong spent a great deal of time ensuring that the property’s various themes were well articulated through the tiniest detail—not easy for a former commercial building with non-standard floor plates and a series of terraces on the upper levels. At the time, Pravo wasn’t quite finished and the owner was still seeking an operator. 

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Fast forward to 2017. Singapore-based CapitaLand’s serviced residence arm, Ascott, was signed to manage Pravo, and the hotel officially opened in December 2015. Ascott already operates three Citadines and one Somerset in Hong Kong; Pravo is like the fashion-forward sister to the operator’s more traditional serviced apartment offerings. Additionally, Pravo is primarily a short-stay property; only up to 12 percent of guests are long-stays, though any of the 92 studios (classified as standard and superior rooms) and one bedrooms (classified as deluxe, premier and luxury suites) can function as serviced apartments.

Hotel Pravo

I arrived at the corner of Ashley and Peking Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, and sliding glass doors opened into a dark and moody reception lobby. A plush purple velvet wing chair’s hue was picked up in adjacent throw cushions and lighting discreetly imbedded in the round black marble topped counter. The ambience likened New York’s former glamorous nightclub turned broadway theatre, Studio 54, and I looked forward to checking out my premier suite.

Hotel Pravo

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Surrounding me were people speaking French, Mandarin, Cantonese and English. As Pravo wears both hotel and serviced apartment hats, the former tends to attract PRC and Asian millennials travelling for leisure, while the latter comprises mostly of corporate guests from the States and Australia. Location is both groups’ main criteria for choosing Pravo—it is an easy walk to the shopping destinations of Harbour City, Canton Road and T Galleria Duty Free, and only a block away from the MTR. Ashley Road offers an international smorgasbord of restaurant options, though I did appreciate the in-room dining menu that includes continental breakfast choices.

My accommodation was compact, yet efficiently laid out and beautifully appointed. It was situated at the south end of the building, which gave me a great view of 1881 Heritage with Victoria Harbour in the distance. The theme was luxury (others include masculine, feminine, light and dark), and it was indeed very luxe. Cream-coloured marble walls were offset by a black marble diamond pattern in the living area; this motif carried through to the bathroom where the diamonds continued along the floor and up the shower wall.

Hotel Pravo

Hotel Pravo

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I loved the soaking tub and separate shower stall, and admired little touches such as the floral-patterned area rug that also subtly appears on the bedroom’s headboard. The Freedy phone provided, with its free, unlimited mobile data and local calls, was also appreciated. The pantry was stocked with lovely teas, Nespresso capsules and drinking vessels, with additional crockery available upon request.

As I settled in bed with a good book and a view of Hong Kong’s skyline by night, I made a mental note to thank Johnny and Miho for putting together a hip and chic home that enhances what the city’s accommodations have to offer.

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