Pros: Good size rooms for HK, well located, great view, professional and dilligent staff
Cons: Not all rooms will have the best views, there's construction work going on right next to the pools at present, everything's very expensive
Hong Kong is wonderful in October/November and this is the perfect location for a first visit. Yes it's expensive, but it rewards with large rooms (by HK standards) and the view is excellent. The hotel is 10 minutes on foot from the Star Ferry to cross the water, 25 minutes on foot to the ferry terminal to Macau and elsewhere, or 5 minutes from East Tsim Sha Tsui tube station - the hub to get pretty much anywhere you may need to.
As much as there's plenty to explore nearby, it's nice to spend a bit of time chilling in and around the property too: Sitting in the jacuzzi overlooking the east portion of the island skyline (the main part is obstructed by the hotel itself) with a cocktail was totally worth it. It's open until 10pm, so whether a sunset relax or a proper night time chill out, it's exactly what can't be done over in the UK or many other Western countries at this time of year... or ever, really.
It's not 100 per cent without issue though: the building site next to the hotel fires up at 8am and the machines are loud enough to rumble the windows; it's that unpleasant frequency that resonates. We put up with it for a day (there was no work at the weekend), then a random 3am party in the room opposite was the last straw - straight on the phone to the staff and they came up straight away to investigate. We were given a new room to sleep in that night and then offered a new room in a different location from the day after. The staff dealt with packing up and moving our things. As much as that sleep interference was a nuisance, the way it was dealt with makes it forgivable - the staff here seem to really care.
It's pricey though when considering the HK exchange rate. Expect to pay around £8 for a bottle of beer, or £12 for a cocktail. An hour massage was about £85, which was as expected somewhere like here. The rooms are, obviously, considerably more again for the night... but it felt worth it for the luxury.
There are few (arguably no) better places to stay, and as this Intercontinental is on the Kowloon side it's away from the claustrophobic mayhem of the island yet close enough to get there in minutes. Definitely worth a pop, even if just for a long weekend at the end of a longer trip. I'd happily stay again.
- 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