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Mandarin Oriental HK Throws Year-Long 50th Birthday Bash

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  Site Where: 5 Connaught Road, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
December 17, 2012 at 1:41 PM | by | ()

Mandarin Oriental is in a serious party-mood these days. We’ve already talked about the $60,000 New Year’s Eve package that lets you ring in 2013 baller-style in Las Vegas, but next year will bring a whole range of celebrations on the other side of the world when Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong turns the big five-o.

Difficult as it may be to imagine, given the maze of skyscrapers in the city today, but when the hotel opened in 1963, its 27 floors made it the tallest building on Hong Kong Island, and the first in Asia with bathtubs in every room.

The swinging sixties will be the theme for a series of special dishes in the hotel’s restaurants, like Baked Alaska or a Julia Child-inspired Beef Bourguignon in the Krug Room. If dinner at one of the ten restaurants at the hotel isn’t enough, a “Food Safari” evening allows you to sample three Michelin-starred chefs in one go.

A number of celebrity chefs will visit the hotel during the year, the first being Daniel Humm, of Eleven Madison Park New York, from March 13 to 17. A photography exhibit in the Clipper Lounge will showcase historic images of the hotel, both on the walls and in the afternoon tea cakes.

Festivities will begin in earnest during Chinese New Year (which falls on February 10). A “Golden Celebration” package is available from February 1 and includes overnight accommodation, bottle of sparkling wine, $50 spa credit, and special 50th anniversary gift. Rates start from HK$4,399 ($568) for a minimum of two nights in a Superior room. A view of the harbor is about HK$900 ($116) more.

[Photos: Mandarin Oriental]

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