The Fleming

Wan Chai, Hong Kong Book from HK$1,280

The ultimate in modern business living, in a stylish and welcoming retreat for jet-set dealmakers, close to the Star Ferry
This is a smart, sleek business hotel, perfect for unwinding after a hectic day of negotiations in the bustling city. Formerly a block of serviced apartments, it retains the air of an executive refuge. This heritage explains why, in a city where the high-rise squeeze is inescapable, the lobby area and rooms are generously proportioned. Ranged over 14 floors, The Fleming - the product of managing director John Hui’s 15 years of living in hotels, as Hong Kong’s No.1 tennis player - is spotless and contemporary, all Italian marble, frosted glass and soft cream carpets.

The lobby is light and stylish, with high ceilings, a fluorescent green reception desk and orange abstract oil paintings. Fresh flower displays take the edge off some of those hard angles; friendly staff help to create a warm and relaxed atmosphere. The innovation of Her Space, the women-only floor, enables females to relax in a safe environment with plenty of feminine flourishes, while the His Space offers lots of gadgets. Whether or not the primary purpose for your Hong Kong visit pays off, a stay here will ensure it’s not a wasted journey.

Highs

  • Rooms are spic and span, and wonderfully comfortable (although some find the beds too firm); relatively spacious bathrooms
  • Service is impeccable, and always with a smile, ensuring the experience is far from the typical impersonal hotel
  • All travel needs catered for, from speedy communications links to free nearby gym membership
  • Long-term contracts are available, and Deluxe and Executive rooms benefit from full kitchenettes for self-catering
  • Steps from Causeway Bay and Star Ferry, one block from nearest subway station; can take train with one change all way to airport

Lows

  • Hotel closed for refurb 31 May 2016 for 9 months
  • Located in Wanchai, it’s a little removed from Central - but perfect for events at the Convention and Exhibition Centre across the road
  • Although spacious, Executive rooms lack a separate living area
  • WiFi isn't included in the rate
  • Some feel the room décor is bland

Best time to go

Hong Kong is temperate for most of the year, although it can get very muggy in summer (July and August), with temperatures soaring to nearly 40C. Try to avoid typhoon season, which falls around July to September.

Our top tips

If you’ve never been to Hong Kong before, tacking a weekend on to a work trip is a must, to give you a chance to get out and about to explore the city. The Fleming is particularly well geared up for longer-term stays.

Great for...

City Style
Family
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 66
  • Restaurant (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 31 May 2016 - 1 Feb 2017
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

The sleek modern décor of the rooms lets you instantly start to unwind on arrival. It is minimalist - perhaps verging on unimaginative - but meets its market perfectly. Everything is pristine, from the snowy white bedding to the sparkling bathroom. Flop onto the large bed or into the boxy armchairs, and enjoy some of the fresh fruit laid out for you.

There are 4 room options - Standard, Superior, Deluxe and Executive. All share the same style; the larger Deluxe and Executive rooms have kingsize beds and also come with kitchenettes - complete with microwaves, sinks, all the key utensils and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Relatively spacious bathrooms have massage showers. Deluxe and Executive rooms have a yoga mat; Executive rooms also have a slipper tub.

Every room has a framed print of old Hong Kong, providing an opportunity to marvel over how much the skyline has changed in recent years. A small angular copper statuette in a wall recess adds another touch of personality. A delightful toy gift, left on your pillow by the turndown service, confirms the impression that this hotel is a world away from its larger and more institutional competitors.

There are male and female only floors; if these are of interest to you, please specify on enquiry.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

Cubix, the small restaurant, is cool and relaxed. The décor is simple and modern, saved from being functional by the funky boxy light arrangement on the ceiling and walls.

Breakfast is a self-service buffet with fresh pastries and bagels, fruit platters, cereals, yoghurt, salads, smoked salmon, cold cuts, and hot items such as baked beans, ham, bacon, sausage, patties and eggs every which way - all are delicious. The juices are freshly squeezed and the coffee just-roasted. All in all, a very good start to the day!

Being in the heart of such a culinarily-blessed city, the restaurant tends to be neglected by guests in the evening, which is a shame as the food is top-notch. At night the interior design comes into its own, creating a cosy, intimate space with mood lighting.

The menu is simple and Western in orientation, with a selection of classics - spaghetti bolognaise, grilled New Zealand rib-eye steak or gourmet sandwiches. But the highlight is the selection of tapas dishes - the deep-fried camembert, lime bait and gambas al ajillo all come highly recommended. If you’re not tempted by the impressive wine list, the juices are really delicious - try the Bright Spark (cranberry, apple, lime and bitters) or the Adrian (ginger ale, apple and lime).

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cooking classes
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Take the century-old tram - the world’s steepest - up to Victoria Peak to marvel at the incredible skyline
  • Catch the nearby Star Ferry from Wanchai over to Kowloon and watch the awesome Symphony of Light for free from the viewing platform by the ferry terminal, at 8pm every evening
  • Work out the stress with an exercise class, yoga class, in the sauna or on the machines at the California Fitness gym across the road, membership of which is complimentary for The Fleming’s guests
  • Shop, shop, shop - every conceivable brand is represented here and it would be a crime not to take advantage
  • If sightseeing doesn’t appeal, a quiet night in with a DVD on the large television, and a bottle of wine, can be perfect therapy
  • There are also 3 museums 20 minutes' drive away to visit: Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Cultural Centre
  • Take a cooking course in Towngas Cooking Centre, which has classes in both Cantonese and English

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Tennis
  • Yoga

Kids

There's actually a lot for children in Hong Kong, and you can get to see it all on cheap punctual public transport. Restaurants are exciting and varied, there's an outdoor escalator and plethora of skywalks to discover.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

All rooms can fit an extra bed for a child or a baby cot

Babysitting:

Available by arrangement

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Climb (by taxi or tram) The Peak for superlative views across the city and the Mount Austin playground
  • Beaches on the south or east coast of the island, busiest at weekends; Deep Water Bay is the closest to Central, there's also Repulse Bay and Shek O, the latter considered best for families with mini-golf and bikes to rent
  • Ferry ride to Discovery Bay on Lantau Island
  • Hong Kong consists of more than 200 islands, offering hiking, botanic gardens, aviaries, countryside, bike rides
  • Hong Kong Museum of History
  • Museum of Coastal Defence
  • Maritime Museum

Distances:

  • Shops: 1 minute walk
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
7/
Food
8/
Service
8/
Value
8/
Overall

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