梅夫人婦女會（The Helena May Institute）由前香港總督梅含理爵士的夫人成立，於1974年易名為 “The Helena May”，為途經香港或短暫留港的單身職業婦女提供住宿，同時為會員舉辦教育及社交活動。主樓建於1916年，設施包括辦公室、圖書館、閱讀室、餐廳、休息室、課室、舍監宿舍及客房。
The Blue Room is the favourite social venue for members. It is spacious and elegant, blending Western-style sofas with Chinese-style wooden furniture and blue and white porcelain decorations.
The dining room is located in the spacious lobby of the main building, exuding a century of elegance. It serves hotel-class international cuisine, made with fresh materials with care, at an affordable price.
Single standard room is 200 sq ft with shared bathroom. $630 per day and $12,690 per month. Towels and sheets are changed daily, and breakfast is included. There are floor-to-ceiling windows and a small balcony, open, airy and breezy.
The library has over 25,000 English books, the largest collection in a private library in Hong Kong. Available on loan to members at any time.
The main building of The Helena May was built in 1916 with over a century of history.
I used to pass by an elegant English-style mansion in Central and was drawn to its beige-white exterior walls and wooden doors, full of European colours. I would stop each time and savour the details. It turned out to be a Declared Monument with a history of over 100 years.
The Helena May Institute (renamed The Helena May in 1974) was established by Lady May, wife of the then Governor Sir Henry May, to provide accommodation for single working women passing through or staying for a short time in Hong Kong and to organise educational and social activities for its members. The Main Building was built in 1916, when it comprised an office, a library, a reading room, a dining room, a lounge, classrooms, matron’s quarters and bedrooms. The building was used during the Japanese Occupation (1941-1945) to house Japanese troops and to stable horses in 1941 and as the Hong Kong Public Library in 1944. It was taken over by the Royal Air Force (RAF) as their headquarters after the surrender of the Japanese in 1945 and derequisitioned from the RAF in 1946. The Institute reopened to members as a guesthouse for women in 1947, a role it continues to play today.
The building is in the Edwardian Classical Revival style with Beaux Arts, Baroque and Mannerist features. Comprising three storeys and a basement, it is built to a U-shaped plan. The main facade facing Garden Road is symmetrical with a central entrance porch and three tiers of open verandahs on the ground, first and second floors. The segmental arched pediment above the entrance porch is decorated with floral motifs and supported by Neo-classical columns with tasselled capitals.
The exterior of the main building, The Helena May was declared a monument in 1993.
The Helena May
35 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 2522 6766