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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental Hong Kong
Best views in town--and rooms are being renovated!
We recently enjoyed several nights at the InterContinental in Hong Kong. From our harborside room, we enjoyed a stunning view of busy Victoria Harbour and the Central skyline. The InterContinental is one of my favorite hotels in the world just because of this view--I love sleeping with the curtains open and awaking in the middle of the night with jet lag to watch the skyline and the early fishing boats.
There are plenty of other reasons why this hotel remains one of the most celebrated and venerated by travel industry insiders and publications. The service is exceptional from the front-desk check-in to room service to bell hops and spa attendants. The concierge desk was especially helpful. We were met with a smile and an offer of assistance at every turn. Our meals in various hotel restaurants and through room service were outstanding. As someone with severe food allergies, I was especially appreciative of the careful attention wait and kitchen staff paid to my dietary requirements.
The lobby continues to be the most gorgeous in Hong Kong, largely because of the stunning harbor view, which truly pops into the lobby through the massive walls of glass fronting the lobby lounge. This is a heavenly spot for enjoying afternoon tea or a night cap. You won't get a view like this anywhere else--none of the Hong Kong Central hotels can compete (and many of their views will soon be blocked completely by new construction on "reclaimed" land along the waterfront), and the nearby Sheraton and Peninsula are two critical blocks further from the harbor.
While the hotel is in Kowloon, the walk to the Star Ferry (which costs about US 50 cents one-way) is short and fun along the promenade. The hotel itself is adjacent to a large shopping mall, but it's much more fun to walk up the "Golden Mile (Nathan Street) to the Temple Street Night Market for some shopping or to the Kowloon Park for bird and people watching.
Our only gripe about the hotel is that while the outdoor pool and "spa pools" are wonderful--a true oasis--the changing rooms are small and not especially stylish.
As others have reported, guest rooms are in need of updating. Good news: while we were there, the InterContintental kicked off its renovation, scheduled for completion in September, 2005. The current rooms are generous in size, have massive bathrooms with large soaking tubs and separate showers with dreamy shower pressure, and a separate toilet room. While there isn't much to complain about--decor is tasteful, beds are comfy, bath and desk amenities are lovely--the rooms, and especially the bathrooms, are starting to look a little retro (the peach marble baths look like they belong in an old episode of "Dallas"). According to info from the management, the new rooms will be Asian fusion in design with plasma TVs, high-speed internet (rooms currently have high-speed internet, but new rooms will be faster), and stylish new granite baths with spa features, including steam showers in most rooms. I am already planning ahead for a trip to Hong Kong to enjoy the new rooms next fall! With this renovation, the InterContintental will undoubtedly enjoy a solid spot as the top hotel in Hong Kong (in my opinion, the views and service already put it well ahead of the Mandarin Oriental and the Ritz--I'm not sure any hotel can topple the venerable Peninsula). Hopefully, the aleady steep prices won't go through the roof once the new rooms are complete. But paying for harborside is worth every penny!
IC Hong Kong
The IC in Hong Kong does have great views, without a doubt. But like other posters, the hotel needs some capital investment to bring certain parts of it up to date. In many places, including my room, the carpet was getting on the tatty/ragged side, with obvious worn patches and stains.
For the price point at which I paid per night ($400+) I would expect more investment in the property to reattract return business. The service is very good, and lounge views are super - but somehow the hotel has a worn feel to it, and it's as if the management don't want to replace something unless absolutely necessary. I don't think you'd get this at the Peninsula, across the street on Salisbury Ave.
Despite the flaws, the pool and spa are very nice, as is the evening buffet and the Club Intercontinental area which provides free snacks, tea and booze throughout the day. There is an $80 per day charge for the Club, if you don't for some reason get it for free or included in your room rate.
After 3 nights at Island Shangri-La, I booked 6 nights at the Intercontinetal as we wanted to try Kowloon.
I think the view is the only thing going for it, the hotel desperately needs refurbishment. We booked a deluxe room which wasn't that big and not very clean. Everything generally was a bit worn and tatty, right down to the room service menu. The subdued lighting throught the hotel did not hide the frayed edges of the wall paper and how old the lift was. Also, there was a loud humming noise throughout the night and drilling first thing in the morning due to the East Rail building works. When we asked for a room change, the staff though polite, did nothing but put us in the same room but 10 floors lower.
We checked out next day and headed straight back to Isalnd Shangri-La. I think this hotel is fine if you book one of the better room/suites and if you do not mind a bit of noise. But for the money, I would rather stay elsewhere.
Nice staff but rooms are small
Hotel was ok. Stayed three separate times on this trip in March 05. First time I was given a king bed with harbor view. Room was a little small. Next two times I was given two twin beds. I asked for a change, but this was all they had. Rooms were not all that clean either.
Generally service in the hotel was very good and, of course, the view from the lounge is the best in Kowloon.
Best View in the World
Dec 2004 & Feb 2005 - Have stayed here on 2 occasions and this hotel just gets better and better. Booked rooms with Harbour Views, well worth it. Room service sitting by your window is a must, never had room service like it. Afternoon Tea overlooking the magnificent harbour is something else, I felt like a Queen. Beats the Peninsula any day. My favourite place in the whole world.
Best Views in Hong Kong!
Stayed at the Intercontinental for 5 nights in November 2004 and had a great time. Didn't book a harbour view room but felt that the hotel was still good value. The room that we had was spacious and well furnished and had a nice view of the pool. The bathroom was also well equipped although the decor was perhaps slightly dated for a 5* hotel.
Having visited the top floor bars at the Peninsula and the Sheraton, I can definitely say that the InterCon has the best views of the Hong Kong skyline - fantastic at any time of day. Even without a harbour view room, there are plenty of opportunities to catch the view from the public areas of the hotel. We visited the Alain Ducasse "Spoon" restaurant in the hotel which was fab and had a few cocktails in the hotel bar - great for viewing the nightly light show over Hong Kong Island. The pool area is nice and spacious, but the best bit is the 3 spa pools, again with amazing views over to Hong Kong Island. The hotel is in a convenient location, just a short walk from the underground station and the star ferry pier (which is by far the best way to travel!). Its also nice to have a walk along the promenade which is just in front of the hotel. The staff in the hotel were helpful and friendly and the concierge was able to assist with any questions which we had about HK.
Kowloon itself was great, with lots of shops, bars and restaurants. Re bars, would highly recommend Chasers bar in Knutsford Terrace (Kowloon) and its sister bar Insomnia (in Lan Kwai Fong) - both friendly places with great resident bands.
Spectacular view. Excellent hotel.
I just returned from a trip to Hong Kong. My harbor view junior suite room was well worth the price. The view of the harbor was spectacular. It was great to just sit in room and take in the view of the harbor and the Hong Kong skyline. I was there in December and the skyline was beautifully decorated for Christmas. The view from my room rivaled the view from Victoria Peak. The hotel is in a great location. The Star Ferry, Nathan Road, and the train stations were all minutes from hotel. There is a really nice walking promenade right outside hotel and by the harbor. The breakfast buffet that was included in my room rate was great. They had anything and everything you could want for breakfast. They have a seafood buffet at night that is expensive, but includes all the lobster you can eat. My room included the Intercontinental lounge where they serve food and drinks throughout the day and at 6PM they serve wine and cocktails. The lounge had laptops that allowed you to access the internet which I did frequently. The concierge desk was well staffed and knew all the answer to any question I asked. This is a top notch hotel that treats you like you want to be treated. I highly recommend hotel and the view.
Stay for the view.
The impression I had from guide books was that the preferred area to stay in while in Hong Kong is on Hong Kong Island. The fact that most of the five star hotels are located on the Island made me feel even more sure that Hong Kong Island was the way to go. Thank goodness I did not listen to the books or myself. The views from Kowloon are outstanding and ten times better than from Hong Kong Island. Furthermore, I feel the InterContinental is the hotel with the best views since it sits right on the water directly across from the stunning Island skyline. The hotel is only about fifteen floors high so you feel really close to all the boat traffic on the busy harbour. As for the hotel, it has its own stunning lobby and many nice restaurants that take advantage of the view. The breakfast buffet was very good, the best of the four hotels on our China trip. We had a deluxe harbour view room. These rooms are larger than standard rooms and have head on views of the skyline. The room was very nice but in need of about two more pieces of furniture to fill out what you can consider a spacious room. The bathroom was very large, all marble with separate everything. Although the bathroom was great, you could tell it is from the 80's. New fixtures would help jazz it up and help hide its age. The pool area is very nice with a big outdoor pool, bar, and three spa pools overlooking the harbour and city. I did not like that there was no locker room to change so the hotel requested that you arrive from your room in a hotel bathrobe and slippers. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the location was great. Kowloon is much nicer than guide books lead you to believe. Skip Nathan Road and head to Canton Road instead. The hotel is set back from the road so it is easy to leave the craziness of the city behind yet the Star Ferry is only a five minute walk away along the promenade.
Just returned from a week at the InterContinental, and could not have had a more wonderful stay. Spacious & very well appointed rooms, along with a great view. The breakfast buffet was the best I have ever seen! Staff was incredibly courteous. I reseached many hotels in Hong Kong before deciding on the InterCon. I definitely made the right choice.
A view to die for
Probably the best hotel view in the world. The harbor side of the hotel is wall-to-wall glass windows with a stunning view of Hong Kong harbor, the beautiful high-rise skyline on the opposite side of the water, and all the boats sailing by. The lobby has the same breathtaking view from a lower perspective.
The hotel was a touch more luxurious when Regent owned it, now that Intercontinental is in charge it is a bit less ritzy, but still very nice.
It is not worth the price to stay in this hotel if you do not get the harbor view rooms. The rooms themselves are comfortable, but nothing you would write home about, and the backside has a view of an unattractive street, which is often torn up since much of Hong Kong seems to be a permanent construction zone.
If you can't get harbor view, stay at the Peninsula, just a short distance away. But if you do get harbor view, make sure to take some time to enjoy it by sitting in your room with a bottle of champagne. Very romantic.