I'm currently sat in room 410 - looking out over dusk on Victoria Harbour. I have stayed here about five times - but the last time was about 4 years ago. Even then, I much preferred it to the Peninsula and Mandarin Oriental (where I have also been privileged to stay in) since it is brighter, more spacious and the stunning views from public areas. However, Hong Kong changes so quickly, I thought it may have become out-dated.
Not so. Whilst rooms are not the most up to date (they are about to begin a refurbishment programme), everything else seems so current. Service is fantastic - better than ever - particularly in Harbourside which has to offer one of the best breakfasts in the world.
Staff are increadibly efficient and friendly - not snooty at all which you sometimes find in Hong Kong. The outdoor pool is the best I know in Hong Kong (although the spa pool is now closed - probably because of the building work next door - which is a shame), the gym is well equipped, and relatively quiet. Spa and massage facilities are great, although it would be good to have a sauna or steam room. You can hire your own suite with steam/sauna and jacuzzi for HK190 for half an hour when booking a treatment - which seems reasonable (inexpensive if you are a couple) but it would be good to have one for general use.
There is a brilliant choice of restaurants and, of course, one of the most impressive bar/lobbies in the world.
Prices are high but comparable to anything at this level in HK. If I'm travelling alone, i don't mind much about the view, but with spouse and/or family, you really need to go for a harbour view room. It is one of the most privileged spots in the world and great to enjoy it for a few days in your own little 'apartment.'
I think the location is perfect. Whilst many people prefer to stay on Hong Kong Island (where most of the sights and attractions are), I prefer to enjoy the view of the Island from the Kowloon side, and just pop over when I need to. The Star Ferry is just a 5 minute walk away along the promenade, and there is a metro station practically underneath the hotel. Short taxi to Airport Express Station, or there is a complimentary bus that runs from the station to just behind the Sheraton Towers (get off at that stop) which is just opposite.
HK is not one of my favourite cities. However, this is one of my favourite hotels and reason alone to want to return soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Deemed one of the world's top hotels, InterContinental Hong Kong is renowned for its dramatic location on the Kowloon waterfront, with spectacular views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. Located in the Tsim Sha Tsui area, the hotel is convenient to Kowloon's business, entertainment and shopping districts. A wide range of excursions and activities are within a short distance and getting around every part of the city is easy. ... more less
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