World’s “most woke hotel” Eaton Workshop opens in Hong Kong

by | Jan 10, 2019 | Design

How Hong Kong’s Eaton Workshop hospitality concept brings conscious cool to the city

Katherine Lo’s latest hospitality offering in her hometown of Hong Kong brings the consciousness trend to the city. Inspired by her favourite director Wong Kar-wai, the Eaton Workshop puts progressiveness front and centre to create a hip yet conscious space that promotes collectivism and wellbeing. We find out more.

Pedigree and purpose

The Eaton Workshop is a new concept in hospitality. Developed by activist and filmmaker Katherine Lo, whose father Lo Ka Shui is the chair of the Langham Hospitality Group, Eaton is plugged as a “global purpose-driven company and creative lab at the intersection of culture, media, hospitality, wellness, and progressive social change … a new inclusive gathering place for changemakers and creatives.”

Eaton consists of distinct parts — hotel, house, media, wellness, and impact, according to the brand’s website.

Lo wanted to create a hotel that was solely her vision, while at the same time respecting the ideals of hospitality that she had been raised with. And so the Eaton Workshop was born.

The concept hotel is now open in Washington D.C. and Hong Kong, with further properties to open in Seattle, Toronto and San Francisco in the near future.

What sets it apart

The offering of Eaton Workshop Hong Kong is as varied as it is enthralling.

Part hotel, part working club, part cultural hub, the hotel offers both guests and the public a chance to get away from the city and be part of something more meaningful. This is a property with a progressive attitude and a social conscience that it wears on its sleeve.

Art exhibits by queer artists greet guests as they enter, and formerly banned LGBTQ books are on sale in the lobby.

The hotel hosted a number of talks as part of a human rights festival in the city recently, and all of this points to what locals want to see in Hong Kong, as it represents how much the city has changed in recent years.

It provides an escape from the consumer and commercial-heavy identity of Hong Kong, and there is also a heavy focus on wellness and mindfulness, as well as creativity.

Guests are offered complimentary tai chi classes as part of their stay, and many of the toiletries and products available for guests to use are sustainably sourced, packaged and sold.

Guests are encouraged to take part in the activities organised in the hotel, and in doing so will meet locals who are engaged with activism and social movements in the city.

Eaton House provides a workspace where creatives, innovators and progressive thinkers can come together to share ideas and discuss strategies for creating a better world.  

Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway by Langham Hospitality Group:

 

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