Hospitality with a theme
As travellers have become more sophisticated, hotels are responding through versatile offers for guests, such as novel-theme suite ideas.
In Wan Chai, the Cosmopolitan Hotel has fashioned a new style of comfort with its Theme Suite Programmes, featuring select choices of Sony's 3D Entertainment Suites, OSIM Suites, Ocean Park Suite and A-Fontane Suites.
The hotel's general manager, Anita Chan, says: 'We have 19 suites; each is spaciously appointed and carefully assigned with an appropriate theme. Presently, eight suites have been fully furnished.
'Our goal is to complete the refurbishment work of the remaining suites by lining up with only those selected brands whose products cater to the needs of our guests, whether they are business or leisure travellers.'
Sony's 3D Entertainment Suite caters for travellers who appreciate 3D entertainment on the road. The suite features a 46-inch plasma 3D TV, Blu-ray player, PS3 with 3D function and home cinema system, which promises theatrical effects characterised by Dolby surround sound and distinctive images.
Likewise, the OSIM Suite aims to pamper the body and soul after a hard day.
The suite is stocked with various massage machines and purifiers, each catering to a particular part of the body. On the south side of Hong Kong Island, L'hotel Island South is the first hotel in Hong Kong to become a venue partner of the Hong Kong Global Geopark of China and has been nominated as the park's hotel since last year.
Selected guestrooms are branded 'Geo Room' and decorated with geopark themes.
Geopark videos are broadcast on an in-room TV channel and in the hotel lobby. Fossils are also on show in the lobby.
The hotel has also introduced a series of theme packages with guided tours and a 'geolicious menu'.
General manager Sylvia Chung says: 'We are committed to geo-conservation and facilitate the promotion of Hong Kong National Geopark by bringing in quality products and services to travellers from all over the world.
'This is supportive to the development of green tours within the tourism industry.'
Owen Yau, president of Travel Asia (HK), says while theme rooms are attractive for visitors, guests may have to pay more compared with ordinary rooms.
'Hoteliers can always consider upgrading guests to such rooms as a value-added service.
'Personally, I believe that a theme hotel sounds more attractive than theme suites,' he says.