As a companion piece to Ali Swanson’s fabulous guest blog yesterday, I just had to include this photo of an old beauty–Hong Kong’s own Metropole Hotel.
Hong Kong has actually been home to several Metropole hotels over the centuries. (The most recent Metropole was re-named the Metropark after that property suffered the infamous honor of being the place where the SARS virus spread to hotel guests who took it around the world.)
If I wasn’t already obsessed with Hong Kong, just looking at this gorgeous photo from 1904 would have done the job.
My friends at Gwolu.com believe this Metropole stood on today’s King’s Road (formerly Shaukiwan Road) in North Point.
Here’s an excerpt from a blurb about the Metropole, dated 1904:
Out on the Shaukiwan Road, three miles from Hongkong, stands the Metropole Hotel. The proprietor, by introducing Saturday evening theatrical performances, and by a careful supervision of the refreshments dispensed, has made the Hotel a fashionable resort. Visitors can be sure of receiving courteous treatment and excellent refreshments there. A special feature of the Hotel is the celerity with which special Tiffins with Dinners are served.
I’m not exactly sure what they were advertising back then, but it sounds good to me!