My wife and I used to live in Hong Kong, and we still travel there quite frequently, and we have stayed at pretty much every 5-star hotel in HK and Kowloon. The Island Shangrila is our favorite. It's not the most luxurious (Four Seasons, Landmark Mandarin, Peninsula, Ritz Carlton probably has it beat on pure opulence), but it's the most "balanced" and comfortable hotel in HK.
Convenience: Connected to Pacific Place, but also easy walking distance to locations in Central. Pacific Place is not the biggest shopping mall, but the best place to hang out. IFC and others are too "busy."
Rooms: Not the biggest, but still ok. A nitpick here is no separate shower stall in standard room.
Restaurants: Good generally, but breakfast buffet could use some improvement. Another nitpick is the Summer Palace, the main Chinese restaurant - beautiful place but inferior cuisine in my mind to other hotels. But you can get around this by going to Golden Leaf next door at the Conrad.
Pool: Great pool. Four Seasons much bigger and better, but still the Shang pool is very good, and at least it's better than the Conrad. Nothing better than a nice dinner at Golden Leaf followed by a dip in the pool before going to bed.
All of this doesn't seem like a ringing endorsement, but we find Island Shang to be the best choice near Pacific Place, which is the best place to stay when staying on the HK side. Conrad good too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Island Shangri-La Hong Kong is a welcoming luxury hotel in the heart of the city. It soars 56 floors above Hong Kong's most prestigious shopping, cultural and business addresses, with memorable views of the Peak and Victoria Harbour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Island Shangri La Hotel
- Hotel Island Shangri La
- Shangri La Hotel Hong Kong
- Island Shangri-La Hong Kong