My wife and I began a round-the-world trip in Hong Kong. I had first visited there in 1964 and she visited there for the first time in 1994. We've stayed at a number of hotels both on Hong Kong Island (Victoria) and in Kowloon. Some of the hotels we've visited are long gone due to the relentless march of building construction throughout Hong Kong.
This was our second visit to the InterContinental Hong Kong and liked it equally as well as our first visit. The hotel is modern with clean lines but hints of Asia and old China throughout. Nothing is overdone or overstated. Where else would you find a fountain and pool in the court yard and glass doors and windows overlooking the harbor so that the "dragon can come down from the mountain and enter the sea"? The IC's location is a real plus since it sits on Salisbury Road near the junction of Nathan Road and all of the shopping you could want. It's also next door to two fine cultural attractions and a block or so from the Peninsula Hotel...the grande dame of HK. We also like it's proximity to the Star Ferry for a quick trip across the harbor (harbor) to Victoria and the many great restaurants, hotels, and shopping malls located there (we're retired so we're not particularly interested in the various banks or business centers).
The IC has many fine restaurants and, arguably, the best views of Victoria...on a clear day...and Victoria Peak. We recommend that you opt for a harbor view room even if you have to pay a surcharge. The views are spectacular during the day and you have a front row seat for the laser and light show that occurs every evening around 8 pm...simply terrific.
We also recommend that you purchase the IC Club access where you can enjoy free Wi-Fi, wonderful breakfasts, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The Club also has a dedicated concierge and you can make dinner reservations, check out, etc. at the concierge desk in the club.
It's really great value for money...it's not cheap but it makes a huge difference in your enjoyment of Hong Kong.
In terms of the rooms...ours was large, well equipped (all of the stuff business folks look for such as fax machines, internet, superb phone system, etc. Our room was spotless and kept that way throughout our visit (we were there for 5 days). The staff works hard to make you feel welcome and this is particularly true of the team that looks after you in the Club...after your first visit, you are always addressed by your name and your favorite beverage appears without having to order it...amazing attention to detail.
We used the hotel's car service to transfer to and from the airport...it's pricey but we arrive at midnight and our onward flight to Hanoi was at 10 pm on a Sunday...we didn't want to have to search for a taxi or try to find one large enough to fit us and our luggage. The hotel E-Class Mercedes did this quite well (we didn't opt for the S-Class or the Rolls since we would have had to visit one of the banks for a loan!).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Hong Kong Hotel Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Intercontinental