InterContinental Grand Stanford
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So here I am finally getting around to writing about my last stop on my first round the world trip.
The time has flown by so fast since i left in June.
My travel book has been filled with incredible memories and comments from friends new and old that I will cherish forever along with a few memento's to mark various significant stops. …
Well, my friend Carlos Souza the DOS for the IC Hong Kong out did him self. I arrive at the HK airport with a 560 SLC mercedes limo waiting for me. Carlos is MOD this weekend, lucky him, and he greets me as i pull in to the hotel. Alongside him is the Guest services manager, Reiko, who promptly ushers me up stairs to my suite, by passing the front …
We slept in this morning and just enjoyed the view from our room. We leave for Hong Kong today and we've got a long row to hoe (so to speak). I woke up this morning and I decided that I must have the hand painted tea set that I discovered last night. The colors were so perfect and I just know I'll never find anything like it again. So, that is top …
This morning we got up on a mission to find better room and board. The Intercontinental Grandstanford just isn't a great hotel that warrants the price. It's a couple of blocks away from the Intercontinental Hong Kong which I hear is very nice, but the prices were not reasonable there. It's said that the best views of the city skyline and the …
We were up early as Rocky & the bus was picking us up at 7a.m. to catch our flight to Hong Kong. We had to have our bags outside our room by 6:30 for the bell boy to pick up (we are pretty spoiled) After our last breakfast at this wonderful hotel, we went to check out. What you do in China is to go to the front desk & hand in your keys. …
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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong
Good, but not Great Value in Hong Kong
I stayed at the IC Grand Stanford for four nights during February of 2006. I have traveled quite a bit internationally and would rate this a very strong 4 Star hotel. It is definitely not in the class of a Peninsula or Four Seasons, but considering its price and level of service I found it of good value. I've stayed at Five Star properties on HK Island and found them to be comparable, if not superior at the IC Grand Stanford.
Staff was very friendly and accommodating, with clean, quiet and well sized rooms. The recently renovated pool/gym on the roof are small, but very functional and nice. Breakfast brunch was very good (I preferred the Cafe on the first floor over the Club Lounge on the 18th Floor), and the Club Lounge had a beautiful view of HK Harbor.
I would not recommend the spa in the basement. It was over priced and the services hardly average.
Generally, rooms at this hotel are more reasonably priced than other hotels in HK because of its' location. There is no longer a ferry stop nearby, and in order to get onto HK Island you need to take a cab, the Metro, or the Star Ferry. Public transportation in HK is very inexpensive and plentiful, its just a bit of a hike. Metro stop is a good 10 minute walk away, and Star Ferry is a good 15 minute walk.
So if location is important (or you have limited time) I would suggest you stay at the other IC hotel in Kow Loon or on HK Island at the Conrad, Mandarin or Renaissance.
Finally, for 'larger' travelers (I am 6'4") be aware that the IC Grand Stanford is a fairly 'typical' Asian hotel and not designed for larger people from the West. I fit on the bed fine, but had to keep an eye out on the ceilings, and watch out for my knees with tables.
Very accommodating hotel
We arrived at the IC Grand Stanford on Christmas Day morning for one night, departing the following early evening.
I had emailed the hotel to ask for an early check in as our flight arrived at HK before 8am. When we arrived the reception desk told us that the room we had booked (delux harbour view) was not yet ready but that they were able to upgrade us to a Club level room at no extra cost (without the use of the Club facilities). This was great as it meant we could change etc before hitting HK. The room was good - spacious, clean and comfortable and we had a good harbour view. Note, however, that if you want a really good view of central HK island - then you really want to be staying at the IC near the Star Ferry, as the Grand Stanford is a little away from the "central" view.
I had booked a package that included buffet breakfast. Let me say that this was well worth it. The buffet is fantastic - anything and everything you can think off. All fresh and continually replenished. A meal to last you all day if you wish. The hotel also gave us late check out - which again was very helpful as we were then able to go straight to the airport after checking out.
The hotel is a 10-15 minute walk along the Avenue of the Stars from the Star Ferry and we found this ideal. The location is fine - please note however, that the high speed ferry which departs to Central from in front of the hotel ceased trading on 31 December.
I would happily go back to the Grand Stanford, if again I got a good deal on the internet.
Nicely decorated room
Our first time in Hong Kong, arriving on Christmas day for 3 nights stayed. The hotel is centrally located off Nathan Road. The staff were very nice and friendly. The client based is quite mixed which is normally a good sign for us. We were upgraded to harbour view room, which was fatanstic. Great view of the harbour. The bed were very comfortable to sleep in. The amenities were as expected from a hotel of the same rating. The room were kept very clean and fresh. The hotel is easily access to the ferry to Hong Kong. I can find no fault with the hotel.
Lovely comfy king size bed, crisp linen, feather duvet and pillows. Upgraded to harbour view room at no charge. Service instant and attentive. Would stay again. Slightly further out than some hotels but taxi ride very cheap.
Very good hotel
My wife and I, plus two sons, had two rooms at the IGS in early August 2005 and were very impressed with the hotel. We booked standard rooms, but because of the pool being closed and the renovation work to the front negotiated upgrades to rooms with a side harbour view on the fifth floor, which were excellent.
The standard of furnishing was very good, the beds were very comfortable, the bathroom was well fitted with good quality materials and the view of the harbour was fabulous. The maid service was very efficient as well.
We didn't eat in the hotel. The prices compared to what could be had in bars and restaurants a stone's throw from the hotel were pricey. For breakfast we generally went to the DeliFrance, a hundred yards or so from the hotel, which offers good quality at a good price. A reasonable breakfast costing about HK$30. Cheaper still is a sandwich from the 7 Eleven across the road, but no table to sit at.
The hotel has a pleasant bar on the ground floor, but again is more expensive than local bars and restaurants who all have two for one type happy hour offerings.
In terms of location the hotel suited us as it is in a quieter district than many Hong Kong hotels and we didn't mind the ten to fifteen minute walk to the Star Ferry terminal or the MTR station.
When we arrived (8.00pm) we caught the Airport Express train to Kowloon and then got a taxi to the hotel, HK$50. Returning to the Airport Express station we made use of the free shuttle service.
All in all a very nice hotel, but don't use the minibar! On check out we were charged HK$76 for a bottle of water (which we hadn't had) that could be bought in 7 Eleven for HK$6. A bit of a mark-up! Once we told the receptionist we hadn't had the water it was taken off our bill.
Great views, great service
Superb views of the harbour and HK Island. Insist on a Harbour View Room, it's worth paying extra.
Far enough away from Nathan Rd to be nice and quiet, yet a lively square withing a hundred yards for shops, restaurants, bars and clubs.
A short, safe walk from the Star Ferry terminal - you can use the shopping arcade/subway route, or walk along the waterfront which is stunning.
A fast ferry service runs from right outside the hotel to HK Island.
Very nice but slightly pricey restaurants - better value to be had outside.
Very clean and well maintained rooms.
Excellent, friendly service from all staff. My daughter left her DVDs in the safe, and I e-mailed the hotel, who sent them by post at their own cost to the UK, along with e very nice accompanying letter.
I would stay there again.
Nice hotel, undergoing renovations
Great hotel, beautiful rooms, immaculately clean, very comfortable beds, fantastic breakfast buffet, good harbour views, good location.
Undergoing renovations, pool closed in July, restaurants very expensive, mini bar outrageous $5 for can of coke.
(Go out of the lobby turn left, 150 yards on the left is a 7 Eleven. Stocks everything that you have in the mini bar for 10% of the cost.)
Great location overlooking the harbour but a bit further up then the main intercontinental.
We had an upgraded room to a queens side bed, it was lovely kept immaculate and with the most comfortable bed. Hotel staff where fantastic, the concierge booked lots of restaurants for us and everyone was really helpful.
We didnt eat in the hotel as food was quite expensive, but there was so much around to see and do.
A great hotel for a reasonable price
I was a very satified guest at this hotel. For a reasonable price, I got a nice view of the harbor. My sister got a view of a wall outside her window but she complaint and she was upgraded to a harbor view as well. The hotel is under complete renovation but it didn't brother me at all. They provided free transportation to and from the subways and main roads. However, there websites does say free transportation to and from the airport but we ended up paying $120 HK per person. The pool was closed until May so I didn't get a chance to see it. And I was too busy sightseeing and shopping to visit the gym. The service was great as well. Two nights the maids left fruits and chocolates in my room. The rooms was very nice. The bed was very comfortable with new comforters. The room size was not small at all like other HK hotels. The two full beds can be easily move together to make a king size bed. Overall this hotel did a good job to make our vacation very comfortable.
Excellent hotel, extremely good value for money if booked a little in advance. Rooms spacious and comfortable, clean. Staff very helpful, dvd player in my standard basic room, rooftop pool, good food, etc, etc..