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Editor's review: Gateway Apartments in Tsim Sha Tsui

Gateway Apartments

As the Star Ferry pulled into the old docks in Tsim Sha Tsui, the unmistakable entrance of Harbour City beckoned in the distance. This is my first time at Gateway Apartments but I’ve done my homework: there are 499 suites spread over 14 floors and two towers. Room sizes vary with studios starting at 712 square feet and the three-bedroom penthouse measuring almost 3,000 square feet. Gateway Apartments is known for being luxurious however, little is known about their eco-friendly initiatives, but they are just as important.

I found myself early to my check in at the Hampton Court tower. The process was akin to arriving at a five-star hotel, complete with warm greetings, smiles and clear instructions. My one-bedroom unit on the 36th floor, measuring just over 1,000 square feet, was very modern, well maintained and welcoming. Minimal art gave way to stunning views through almost floor-to-ceiling windows. Kowloon Park, K11 and the east of the city stretched out to my left while the Cultural Centre, the Peninsula Hotel and the Hong Kong Harbour glittered in the sun to my right. The views are the same from the living room and the bedroom, but watching helicopters land on top of the Peninsula Hotel from my bed was something I never thought I’d do. The space felt homier than a hotel suite, but it still had a five-star hotel vibe.

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Gateway Apartments


Gateway Apartments

The bed sheets are laundered every second day, the leasing and operations manager Marvis Tam tells me as she escorts me up to their two-bedroom unit to see, although of course everything is washed for new arrivals. They also encourage their residents to put the towels in for laundering when they need to, so not every day perhaps. This is all part of a move towards making Gateway Apartments a residence that embraces environmentally conscious living.

As we walk around the unit Marvis talks me through all the measures that have been implemented to support this. With regards to the fittings, they use energy-saving and LED light bulbs, optional screens are fitted on the windows to encourage less use of the air conditioning, while the shower heads and faucets are fitted with water limiters to reduce water consumption by 25 percent. Cleaning wise, they use only environmentally-friendly products, sterilise the toilet water with an ozone filter that doesn’t rely on chemicals and do any required touch ups before new residents arrive with non-toxic paint. Once residents arrive, they are greeted with a card that outlines a few of the eco-friendly practices the management provides that they can partake in if they wish, with about fifty percent of residents taking part. New arrivals will find a separate bin for recyclable materials, an ordinary bin that uses recyclable liners, reusable shopping bags, notepads made from sustainable sources and are gifted with a selection of environmentally-friendly dish and clothes detergents from Seventh Generation. In addition to this, there is a Food Waste Collection Program, where food scraps are collected from participating apartments, liquidised and pumped back into the sea.


Gateway Apartments


Gateway Apartments

On a more macro level, management has installed timers in the lifts so only one of three is operational after midnight, while hallways are lit by alternative lighting to support energy saving measures. The crowning glory of the serviced apartment’s environmentally-friendly efforts has to be the 200 solar panels it has installed on its roof to support the heating of the building’s water. According to Gateway, this three-million-dollar investment offsets nearly 160 tons of carbon dioxide andother greenhouse gases annually, which is equivalent to planting seven thousand trees. It’s not a surprise then that they have been recognised by the Government, HSBC and has won Best Eco-friendly Serviced Apartment in Squarefoot’s annual Best of the Best Awards for their environmental efforts.


Gateway Apartments

I mulled over this information during breakfast the next day at the exclusive Pacific Club, which gives Gateway residents access to a luxury gym, pool, spas, kids’ playroom, restaurants and other facilities. As I sat in the Island View restaurant, I wondered if more luxury serviced residences would follow inGateway’s environmentally-conscious direction, and if they did, how that may impact the wider attitude towards eco-living in Hong Kong. For now though, they are certainly setting the standard and it was refreshing to see.

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