Island Shangri-La Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Island Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong
Top of the line but you pay for it
This hotel takes up the 38th to 56th floors of a tower on the top end of a shopping center that has 3 towers in it. All different hotels. The shopping center has lots of high end stores and even a McDonalds and Starbucks for the normal crew. You can walk from the hotel down through the shopping center to the main street with the old fashion double deck trolly going from one end of HK to the other. It's a neat ride for 2 HK dollars (25 cents US).
Eating in the Shangri-la hotel is very expensive, as is the hotel itself. $6 US for a cup of Coffee, breakfast at $24. Mcdonalds is a taste of home and priced like it too. If you go out of the front of the lobby across the street is a very long park with beautiful fountians, flowers, Koi ponds and lots of brides walking around on Saturdays. (marrage by the group every weekend) I counted 6 brides and grooms on my one pass through the park. There is a large net covered Avery with over 800 birds in it. I have never seen any of them in US zoos. The other end of the park is the Tram to the "The Peak". Nice place to stay if you have $300 US a night to spend
I can not speak more highly of the Island Shangri-La ... it is the BEST hotel I have ever stayed and throughtly deserves it's 6 star rating.
The little touches i.e. chinese tea in the room when you first check in are the things that you notice first. Then the amazing luxurious room is just a bonus ;-)
The bathroom with TV was just divine. Freestanding twin basins, bath and shower. I spent a few nights watching Oprah in the bath ... !
The bed was just so lovely with a menu for pillow selection and a lovely weighted duvet. Just Perfect for a good nights sleep.
Buffet breakfast is included and it's something special, choice of western or chinese.
Staff were so obliging and were more than happy to go the extra mile. The facilities are just awesome - a library, pool, gym and a many choices for food.
Location is above Pacific Place Shopping Mall and 5 min internal walk to the MTR station.
If you can afford to treat yourself - I would consider this little slice of heaven in the bustling city of Hong Kong.
Just returned from HK (Easter 2005) and a 8 night stay at the Island Shangri-La. One word - AMAZING
We decided to splash out this time as we had been on a budget the last couple of trips (we are a new start up) and had not felt relaxed after staying at two other hotels. We were not disappointed! It was peaceful, (rooms were sound proofed) with a refined atmosphere which was helped by the rooms are built around an atrium, a chinese garden with running stream at the bottom and a gigantic top to bottom silk mural as a background. You have to see it to appreciate the size of the mural.
We stayed on the 54th floor in a newly refurbished standard room. Even though it was the most basic room, the quality of the interior and the attention to detail was fantastic. I particularly liked the room service (food came not on a tray but a fully laid table), watching the English Premier League in the bath and the friendly but discreet service of all the staff.
I am not going to repeat the praise of all the other reviews but will try and add some helpful tips:-
Food - Their inhouse restaurants were top notch (though expensive). Nadaman was a quality Japanese teppenyaki, Cafe Too was excellant and runs a buffet dinner every night, with lots of locals coming to dine. Cheaper dining can be found in Pacfic Place, the shopping mall at the base of the hotel. The cheap eat is The Food Fare which serves up a variety of Asian cuisines. There is a good modern Thai called Thai Basil Cafe and chinese options in the form of Peking Garden and Zen restaurant - the latter being particularly good for Dim Sum. There is also an above average Shanghainese restaurant called "Ye Shanghai" (tucked away in the mall) which has live music on certain nights.
Entertainment - There is a cinema in the mall. Take a tram to Wanchai or the other direction to Sheung Wan and walk around the back streets to get some old Hong Kong flavour and market bargains without having to go across to Mongkok. Hong Kong park is also on the hotel's doorstep for a morning stroll. The nightlife can be found in Lan Kwai Fong and Soho in Central - events and listings can be found in HK magazine (free from Starbucks or Pacific Coffee Co.) or South China Morning Post . Taxi back from cnetral/soho is about $HK20-25. Hotel also offers a free shuttle to Central and if you are into your fashion, check out the flagship Lane Crawford at the new IFC mall for some retail therapy.
Shop around for competitive rates, prices do not have to be prohibitive. Its worth getting the buffet breakfast included. Internet is expensive in the business centre, but is free at the Pacific Coffee company just around the corner in the direction of Wanchai. If you are looking for Phillippe Stark style interiors and a designer hotel, then this will not be for you - but for good old fashion quality and service, this hotel can't be beaten!
Christmas at the Shangri-La
My wife and I stayed at the Shangri-la Christmas 2004 and enjoyed one of the best holidays ever spent away from home at this time of year.
Christmas in Hong Kong is celebrated by the locals as much as, if not more than at home in the UK.
But to stay at the Island Shangri-La really puts the icing on the cake.
The room we originally booked was not to our liking although very good, but once shown the Harbour view room on the 49th floor the upgrade rate requested was soon agreed.
The attention to detail by the staff created a feeling of almost like staying with family. How on earth do they remember to greet everyone by their name?.
Then as a bonus under the hotel is a vast shopping mall with direct access from the lobby where your purchases will be collected by the staff.
For that special occasion hire the Hotel limmo for the day, we did and saw the whole of the Island including the markets and beaches.
Night life in Hong Kong is in Central, take a taxi from the Hotel HK Dollar 15 great bars and restaurants.
I stayed at this hotel last year and it blew my mind! I can only say this hotel deserves more than 'excellent' . I have stayed at luxury hotels all over the world but never stayed anywhere that comes near the Island Shangri-la. My room was absolutely stunning. Everything was the finest quality from the silk drapes, magnificent furniture, breathtaking views (I was on the 49th floor), every conceivable extra of the very highest quality, total technological integration, outstanding service.
Some of the special things I remember in my gorgeous room include an internally lit showcase containing stunning artwork; the breathtaking black marble bathroom complete with built in plasma TV to watch from the bath, loo or bidet; beautiful linen and toiletries; phones galore; a vast mahogany desk that must have been easily six foot long with every kind of international powerpoint converter discretely built in for convenience (plus fax, IT connections etc.); a TV hidden in an amazing chest inset with brass work; a king plus bed for one with the whitest, freshest linen - this bed had built in controls for everything in the room (lighting, drapes, etc) so you could conceivably stay there all day and operate the whole works without getting up...
Within minutes of arrving, a complimentary wicker basket encasing a pot of green tea arrived. A fruit bowl was already awaiting me. My shoes were polished.
I had room service one evening and it really was like something you dream about but don't believe exists - beautifully set, exquisite food - lobster and caviar! Royalty could not have wished for more.
The staff also were exceptional, friendly, helpful, charming and discrete. The concierge was outstanding.
I almost forgot to mention the lobby with the tallest painting in the world - it runs up 39 stories; and of course there are breathtaking crystal chandaliers everywhere as well.
More... well the location is brilliant. Very easy to get to and from the airport. Walk through the charming, well lit park to the Peak terminal, loads of shopping on the doorstep. Simple to find a bus to take you to Aberdeen, or Stanley Market, or the funfair; or walk to the catch the ferry to Kowloon. Great variety of restaurants on site if you can't bear to leave the place. A very safe feel about the location.
If I had to live in a hotel for the rest of my life, this would be it. I love this hotel and can't recommend it highly enough. Just try it for a truly memorable experience of absolute luxury. It's totally brilliant!
I have never stayed at a hotel of this magnitude! Awesome! The breakfast buffet with the large shrimp, and everything you could name was awesome!
The room had sensored lighting. They also had two toilets, one that washed your "you know what." (I forgot what you call those things.)
They had tea and an fruit basket for me in the room.
I went with my church group. Though I would love to go again, an opportunity that grand will probably never happen again.
If not the best, definitely one of the best worldwide
This hotel may well deserve 6 or 7 stars, if they existed. Perfect in every aspect. Add to this, one of the most spacious and comfortable rooms I ever have stayed and a fantastic view from virtually every room, either on the bay or on Victoria Peak. The thirty-store painting in the inner court is one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. To try at least once in your life.
Maybe the Best Hotel in World
(Stayed third week of Sept 2003 - dlx Harbour View room)
I have stayed in many great hotels of the world and this one receives my highest rating. We arrived early for checkin (10AM) and our room of course wasn't ready but instead of letting us check our bags and sending us on our way for a few hours the hotel put us in a very nice room on the concierge floor to allow us to freshen up while waiting for our room -- besides having a room for a couple of hours they even brought us complementary tea and a welcome basket. When our room was ready they relocated us to a wonderfully large room by HK standards with a tremendous view straight at the Harbour. We had gotten our room with an internet special at what I considered was a greatly reduced rate due to the SARS scare so I expected a view from the side or partially obstructed but this was one of the best from the building. Again two or three minutes after arriving an attendant arrived with tea and a fruit basket (no charge). Every day a magnificent breakfast buffet was included with everything from fresh to order crepes to ham and eggs to sushi and noodles (there must have been 50 or 60 selections available). We dined a couple of times for dinnner and the food was always perfect (and pricey but no more than a good restaurant in NYC or San Francisco). The concierge always had excellent suggestions for dining outside the hotel (at all price levels). If you want a splurge in HK I would strongly recommend the Island Shangri-La.
Location is about 1000 feet from a Metro entrance or a bit less from the street car line. There is a beutiful park and aviary right outside that is a great place to people watch and accross the park is the start of the Peak Tram line which is a must when visiting HK.
Perfect Place on HK Island
We stayed in the Island Shangri-La in May and it was truly our best hotel experience ever. Extreemly large rooms with the finest furnishing and beautiful bathrooms. The best is the stunning atrium with the huge mural. Definately the best hotel in Hong Kong, not so busy and loud as the Peninsula (construction area around) and within easy reach of everything
Best hotel in Hong Kong 2004
Stayed here January 2004. The hotel kindly upgraded me to the newly renovated harbour view rooms which was very luxurious. A beautiful marbled bathroom with Plasma-TV in the wall and separate shower. Room had comfortable sitting area and stunning views. Health Club and pool facilities are top not to forget the famous Petrus restaurant on level 56 !!
Staff is extremely helpful and the doorman has always a smile for you
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What to do today? It is still raining. We had breakfast in our room. The porridge even though it was instant was very nice. Packed our backpacks and umbrellas and off we went. First task was to drop off my laundry. Cost $30 Hong Kong. Less than $5 and it would be ready by 2 pm.
We walked all the way to the centre of Hong Kong. Found the world' …
... tight rules. But that they have no solution akin to the USA’s ‘check at the gate,’ was in my case an egregious waste of my time and that of the young lady who led me through the hoops. I am afraid I was no fun either-I misread ‘boarding begins’ for ‘doors close’ and just griped the whole way until I saw my error. By the by, I still have an entry visa there good until October 13..
... it's really easy to get Western food here anyway, most shopping chains have Dairy Milk, Colman's mustard and Marmite). We were pretty lucky because for the first time ever, Hong Kong was hosting a Fabergé exhibition, including several eggs. It cost $10.
Now we're taking a rest from all the walking. It's been raining fairly heavily although it's still super hot. We were waiting for thunder storms but it hasn't turned out that badly. Might even try to learn some Cantonese.