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An Afternoon at The Clipper Lounge

Clipper Lounge

Afternoon tea is not just a time for tea and scones in the former British colony of Hong Kong; it is an age-old institution – a long-established time to slow down, and meet friends. For generations, Hong Kong matriarchs have been coming to the mezzanine floor of the Mandarin to watch moments pass at the Clipper Lounge. It seems as though this classic 1960s lounge is a cut above the rest. But really, what makes it so special?

Clipper Lounge
Clipper Lounge
Clipper Lounge

An answer is not too difficult to find. As soon as you settle down onto the plush seats overlooking the quiet lobby, you feel as though the clock winded back to the elegant 1960s. The dark wood accents, golden wall reliefs, deep brown emperador marble walls, and cascading chandeliers recreate that bygone era before your very eyes. Nostalgia has somehow taken tangible form. The grandeur of the past is now easily accessible through the glass doors of Hong Kong Island’s grand dame.

Maybe, Clipper Lounge’s real charm lies in this impeccable storytelling.

Clipper Lounge
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
5 Connaught Road Central
Central, Hong Kong 

This story is written solely for the intents and purposes of Passport Out Asia
Illustration by Alexandra Nea

William @ Passport Out

William is a content manager at The Passport Out

  1. Chris Newberg

    November 6, 2016 12:29 am

    stayed at the mo hong kong with my wife weeks back and she loved the afternoon tea. we’d come here every afternoon just for this. quiet, simple and nostalgic place.
    im glad passport out visited the same place we enjoyed !

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 25, 2016 7:07 pm

      Hi, Chris! We are suckers for storied tea lounges (and cafes) like this. I’m glad we share the same sentiments! By the way, how would you rate your stay in a scale of 1-10? I think people below would love to know!

  2. Laura(mommywanderlust)

    November 6, 2016 1:29 am

    Your photos and that illustration is fab! Will u be reviewing the hotel too? Looking forward to that! Been wanting to stay there for a long time!

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 25, 2016 7:04 pm

      Thanks, Laura! We’re glad you like the feature. We won’t be publishing a review of the hotel this time.

  3. BernieJ1959

    November 6, 2016 1:37 am

    savory line up is a favorite though the sweets were very good too. i always go back with my daughter. a tradition everytime i visit hk

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 25, 2016 7:03 pm

      They just go so well with the tea, right?! Say hi to your daughter from us! Thanks for sharing your thoughts here!

  4. @katiestarr

    November 6, 2016 1:38 am

    Your Photos!!!!! So on point!!!! 👌🏻💖

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 25, 2016 7:02 pm

      Glad you think so! ☺️

  5. Kandl86

    November 6, 2016 2:10 am

    very beautiful
    will you be featuring the hotel rooms as well? i am looking forward for that.
    I don’t believe other sites when all they do is praise mediocre service. I love your reviews. very genuine.

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 25, 2016 7:01 pm

      We’re really flattered you trust our reviews, but I fear we won’t be releasing one on The Mandarin Oriental HK this time. Thanks for dropping by!

  6. Cacinda Khoo

    November 6, 2016 3:07 pm

    My mother used to bring me here on weekends before I studied in the uk. This story reminds me of my childhood. Beautiful one.

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 25, 2016 6:59 pm

      Glad we were able to call those memories back, and make you smile (perhaps)! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Cacinda!

  7. anthonytravels88

    November 6, 2016 3:38 pm

    great images! i adore your film photos very much. esp. On your instagram

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 25, 2016 6:58 pm

      Glad you like the photos, Anthony! Thanks for dropping by here, as well.

  8. AlexanderLam

    November 6, 2016 4:05 pm

    Nice story! Better than fourseasons or pen?

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 25, 2016 6:57 pm

      Hi, Alexander! It comes down to the kind of ambience you like and the activities you have lined up for the day, really. The Pen’s afternoon tea is a good option if you plan to shop in Tsim Sha Tsui afterwards, and if you don’t mind rubbing elbows with tourists. Four Seasons, on the other hand, would be ideal if you have a meeting in the Central area, or if you want to see and be seen, I guess. We especially love The Mandarin’s Rose Petal Jam and scones, so The Mandarin all the way for us.

  9. Sanjay S.

    November 6, 2016 5:23 pm

    Fantastic service from the moment you sit down. Great food, and civilized people. Best one yet in HK

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 25, 2016 7:08 pm

      We’re totally with you, Sanjay!

  10. NickAldridge

    November 6, 2016 6:19 pm

    im with the guys on top – looking forward to your feature and review of mo. ive heard good and bad things.

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 25, 2016 7:09 pm

      I fear we won’t be releasing a review anytime soon. Thanks for sharing your thoughts anyway, Nick!

  11. Arden Teo

    November 7, 2016 4:08 pm

    Hands down, the best article for this lounge for sure – beautiful and precise

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 25, 2016 6:52 pm

      We’re really glad – and very flattered – you think so, Arden! Thanks for dropping by here.

  12. markuswarne88

    November 7, 2016 4:12 pm

    Wow! staying at landmark mandarin now but that looks like a classic. Heading down one of these days

    • Jillian at Passport Out

      November 25, 2016 6:07 pm

      The Mandarin sure is this side of the bay’s grand dame! Landmark Mandarin is more of like its granddaughter. How did you like your stay there, Markus?

  13. 藤原 竜也

    November 8, 2016 2:31 am

    わあー。。。 すごいね!

  14. 藤原 竜也

    November 8, 2016 2:32 am


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      November 25, 2016 6:06 pm


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