An “artisanal residence” in Hong Kong, K11 Artus in Tsim Sha Tsui combines as a residence and a hotel for short stays as well.
Date of stay: November 2021
Room: Two Bedroom Harbour Residence (#1907) and Grand Harbour One Residence (#807)
Reviewed by: Chinmoy Lad
PHOTOS AND VIDEOS by CHINMOYLAD
IDEAL FOR GUESTS LOOKING FOR:
- Outdoor lounging space. Famed for its signature curved balconies, the residences at K11 Artus offer outdoor spaces and fresh air for its residents – not a common feature for serviced residences in the city. For Hong Kong, the balconies are also quite spacious, allowing for outdoor lounging such as morning coffees in the balcony and so on.
- Location. As part of the Victoria Dockside complex comprising of Rosewood Hong Kong and K11 Musea, an arts, dining and fashion hub, K11 Artus offers one of Kowloon’s premier locations. The property is connected to the MTR station through the K11 Musea mall, with Rosewood just next door through a covered walkway.
- Views. The balconies and the location afford the property spectacular views over Victoria Harbour, though many apartments are east-southeast facing. The signature suites face west-southwest, overlooking the main part of the skyline.
- Room options. The property offers studios through to 3-bedroom units and penthouses. The studios are generously sized, considering, although the ‘divider’ is bizarrely placed between the living area and the kitchen/dining area, instead of in between the living area and the bed. This aside, the units are generally pretty standard in layout throughout the various units.
WE ESPECIALLY LOVED THE:
- Grand Harbour One Residence. Penthouse/specialty suites aside, this was a standout unit at K11 Artus. Although this unit type is commonly available, with a bed facing the harbour view and a stunning bath to match, there is a special set on the 8th floor that has an extended balcony space, almost a mini-terrace.
- Food options. As the property is connected to the mall mentioned earlier, guests can order F&B from any restaurant within the mall easily via the TV-app and have it charged to incidentals. Bizarrely, you cannot order in-room dining from the K11 Artus’ own restaurant, The Commune.
Food at The Commune was also quite good in the multiple meals we had there from breakfast to lunch to tea.
- Pool. An infinity edge pool with plenty of lounging space, although the pool doesn’t overlook the harbour (it looks back into the city), it’s quite the view. Additionally, unlike other pools in the city, it’s not busy/crowded even in the peak of summer due to the pool being exclusive to residents/hotel guests.
- Facilities. For a serviced residence, there are quite some interesting facilities at K11 Artus. The residential feel starts with the front desk area, which is called “The Living Room”, featuring a large chess set, a Fussball table, piano and more. There is a library, a mini-museum centred around arts and crafts (as is the central theme of K11 Artus), as well as art pieces throughout the property. There is a well equipped gym and studio as well. The property does not have a spa, but guests can make appointments at Asaya next door at Rosewood Hong Kong.
- Penthouses/specialty suites. The three penthouses, with expansive views over Victoria Harbour, outdoor entertainment and lounging spaces, are particularly spectacular. Each has been individually designed by either Joyce Wang Studio, Fiona Barratt Interiors and Nemaworkshop.
POINTS TO NOTE:
- Privacy. While the balconies are a great feature, only a select number offer true privacy (understandable given Hong Kong’s density). If this is of importance, it is key to note this prior to any requests regarding the units.
- Design. The overall look and feel of the property, and especially the unique building exterior, is stunning. However, personally, we weren’t big fans of the interior design. In particular, there were many tones that blended into each other, and the only contrasts were the strange yellow hued wall linings and furnishings. As such, it was surprising to find that the property was largely designed by one of our favourites, Andre Fu.
- Space. While the residences are certainly spacious for the city, considering the price range K11 Artus is competing in, we do think there is less space – both in the living spaces as well as in the bedrooms – in comparison to its competition, at least in the 1 and 2-bedroom units, most of which have a small living area in front of the TV, and extended dining space (which doubles as a lounging area with the informal table/seating). The 3-bedrooms as well as the penthouses/signature suites do offer much more space in all aspects.
- Hotel guests. Although the property is primarily a residence, like a few other similar properties in the city, the property also operates as a hotel for short term stays. However, K11 Artus manages this very, very well – keeping the inventory for short term stays very low, thus maintaining the more residential aspect of the venue. This is reflected in the common areas, front desk and spaces such as the pool and gym not being overcrowded even during key periods.
RESIDENCES FACT SHEET
- LOCATION: Tsim Sha Tsui
- OPENED: 2019
- RESIDENCE SUITES: 287
- RATES FROM: HKD $56,000/month up for Studio
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