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Aerial view of the lobby.
The transformed lobby space inspires calm while upgrading the arrival experience. Inspired by nature, there is preserved moss on the green wall and natural lighting in an open floor concept. The emphasis is on stone, wood, moss and other natural materials.
A large touchscreen features a groundbreaking virtual concierge to assist guests with real-time flight details, weather, tourist hotspots and popular restaurants in Wan Chai, transportation options and hotel details.
Patrons can interact with the virtual concierge, asking about attractions nearby, or the weather at each location. The concierge can even calculate the distance and time to get to a destination by taxi.
“One of the key elements that we’ve created is the new central seating feature, which was designed to forge a social interaction,” Greg Farrell, Executive Director of Aedas Interiors explains.
The furniture in the lobby was developed with the notion of connecting people and encouraging conversation. Visitors can either sit at the long wooden bench located in the middle of the lobby, or recline on one of the exclusive cushions designed to mimic the appearance of boulders.
The black slate-like appearance of the reception desks adds to the natural theme, with the independent stations enabling hotel staff to serve guests on a more personal and accessible level.