Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, this iconic building, formerly the Marine Police Headquarters, offers skyline views above, exquisite gardens below, and a piece of history everywhere you look.
With beautifully appointed suites, we’re one of the few hotels in Hong Kong that can lay claim to being truly boutique. And in a fast-paced city, House 1881 is also an urban sanctuary, where the past is reimagined, and time really does stand still.
With food as sumptuous as the surroundings, we offer seasonal menus from our chefs in the vibrant, destination restaurants.
Take your pick from our tree-lined Courtyard to the intimate Champagne Gallery. House 1881 is an architectural landmark, a tribute to our heritage, and a captivating space in which to belong. Whether it’s a wedding or a corporate get-together, we look forward to hosting you, and your guests.
At House 1881 our past is as intriguing as our future…
House 1881 is where past and present combine. This landmark building is one of the oldest surviving colonial buildings in Hong Kong, overlooking the harbour, and built on what used to be a tree covered hill. Formerly the Marine Police Headquarters, it was officially declared a national monument in 1994, and is now protected under Hong Kong’s Antiquities and Monuments Office. The Marine Police used it as a base from the 1880’s right the way up until 1996. Then in 2003, the Government invited applications for a creative restoration project.
What followed was an extensive renovation taking seven years to complete. In total 75 historical items were required to be preserved – from gas lamps to fireplaces; chimneys to rainwater hoppers.
In 2009 it then relaunched as Hullett House, a luxurious hotel, so named after Richmond William Hullett, a 19th century English academic who lived and worked in Asia. A dedicated botanist, it was Mr Hullett who discovered a variety of Bauhinia, later adopted as the floral emblem of Hong Kong and which now appears on Hong Kong’s flag and coins. Hullett House was designed to evoke memories of a generation gone by, celebrating the traditions of a city’s unique heritage and culture. But it also reflects a modern, progressive city, incorporating an exclusive retail and corporate events element. In 2018 insurance brand FWD took over the lease, renaming the property House 1881, in honour of its decades-old heritage.
With its distinctive white-stucco façade, House 1881 sets itself apart from the high rises and sky scrapers. It’s a building with character, enriched by a fascinating and illustrious past. At FWD we’re proud to be part of this history, and that House 1881 remains loved and recognised as one of the richest architectural jewels in Hong Kong.
FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Japan.
In Hong Kong, FWD offers life and medical insurance, general insurance, employee benefits, and financial planning. The life insurance and general insurance operating entities have been assigned strong financial strength ratings by international rating agencies — FWD Life Insurance Company (Bermuda) Limited is rated “A3” by Moody’s and “A” by Fitch; and FWD General Insurance Company Limited is rated “A” by Fitch.
FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences, with easy-to-understand products, supported by digital technology. Through this customer-led approach, FWD aims to become a leading pan-Asian insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.
Established in Asia in 2013, FWD is the insurance business of investment group, Pacific Century Group.
About House 1881 and FWD
House 1881 is a cultural landmark and the former Hong Kong Marine Police Headquarters. Comprising a boutique hotel and unique dining concepts, this historic site reflects FWD’s mission to ‘Celebrate Living’ by providing enriching and interactive experiences.
The property’s historic courtyard and surrounding gardens showcase its legacy and heritage value to both locals and tourists alike. House 1881 offers FWD a unique opportunity to engage with the community in meaningful ways through cultural activities and events while preserving one of Hong Kong’s iconic landmarks.