As I say this hotel is a bit out of the way, you don't walk out into a shopping mall nor are there lots of restaurants nearby, but what we did have was the best view of the harbour and a beautiful spacious room. So it depends what matters to you when looking for accommodation in Hong Kong which we found very expensive after having spend 2.5 weeks in Vietnam staying in beautiful hotels for under $100 a night including breakfast.
We were upgraded to the executive floor (28) which afforded us the most glorious harbour view with floor to ceiling windows. The room was wonderfully spacious with a lovely little desk area (mind you with the view right next to it, I couldn't have concentrated!), and a large bathroom with separate bath and shower. It was all very well maintained and clean, it was certainly one of the nicest hotel rooms we stayed in. However the rest of the hotel was quite average. The restaurant (only one) was great for breakfast with a wonderful buffet but it was on the 3rd floor so not a great view of the harbour, mainly of the road. The same restaurant at dinner was not so nice, we don't like dinner buffets - brings out the pig in us! but it was packed with people who did! We wish there had been another restaurant offering a la carte. We went down to the bar/cafe on the 1st floor for a coffee and pudding but this seems beyond the waiter and after 20 mins we gave up (we were the only customers).
The hotel was quite a walk from Central and whilst there was a shuttle bus, we only took it once and it dropped us at the wrong entrance and it took us ages to find the underground entrance. If you wanted to get the shuttle bus home you had to call them, we hadn't taken our mobile on hols with us. Instead we found it much better to get the bellboys to hail us a cab, as cabs were cheap but make sure you get a card from the bellboys with the hotel's name and address on it for taxi drivers because whilst most can speak English the odd one can't...
Overall the staff were very good and helpful, the room on the Executive floor faultless but the location and one restaurant let them down. So if you ate out and took cabs everywhere and stayed on the executive floor you would be fine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gazing over the Victoria Harbour, the Hong Kong Island Pacific Hotel is the centerpiece of outstanding waterfront landmarks in West Central, offering a superb retreat from the hustle and bustle of the downtown. The Hong Kong Island Pacific Hotel is one of the major Hong Kong Hotels of the area and a proven favourite Hong Kong base for discerning business travellers. The 343 room hotel is only 5 minutes walk to Sai Ying Pun Station and offers easy access to the Central business district and is only 15 minutes away from The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Serving as a relaxing retreat from the hectic pace of life in this vibrant city, the hotel offers boutique style accommodation at an affordable rate in a luxury environment. One of the world's great harbour views can be enjoyed from 80% of the hotel's accommodation, and all rooms and suites are configured to enjoy the optimum level of natural daylight through floor to ceiling windows. Plus, enjoy free WiFi access at our hotel. ... more less
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