InterContinental Hong Kong
What We Love
- Three-story windows in the lobby lounge offer views of the nightly "Symphony of Lights" show
- Lagoon-like outdoor swimming pool and trio of infinity hot tubs
- Unwavering standard of service
What To Know
- Public transport links are a 10-minute walk from the hotel
- Standard rooms are on the snug side
- WiFi costs extra unless you upgrade to Club InterContinental
- Handicap Accessible
The ground-floor lobby and lounge harness feng shui principles, with light and water merging through a huge wall of glass overlooking Victoria Harbour. Wavelike wood-paneled walls and split-level seating areas create a nautical feel, while contemporary artworks, puffy white sofas and a round-the-clock crowd of buzzy business types and cheerful holidaymakers keeps the vibe inviting.
Bed and Bath
Dark wood furnishings, luxe textures and a natural color palette amount to a fresh and restrained — if somewhat uninspired — style. Huge marble bathrooms with sunken tubs, separate showers and stacks of L’Occitane amenities add a regal touch. Two thirds of the guestrooms and all 92 Suites have magnificent harbor views. The remaining rooms, which are less expensive and slightly larger, overlook the outdoor swimming pool and pretty sun terrace.
The hotel has a fine collection of restaurants: Spoon by Alain Ducasse (two Michelin stars) serves seductive French cuisine, Yan Toh Heen (one Michelin star) delivers classic Cantonese dishes with panache, and never-out-of-fashion Nobu has an innovative Japanese menu. If guests don’t want to dress to the nines, try the Steak House and Harbourside. Sated, you can work off the extra calories with some laps in the outdoor pool — the largest in Hong Kong — or sign up for one of the hotel’s free tai chi or yoga classes. A Kerstin Florian facial at I-Spa will have you ready to hit the town again in no time.
In the Area
The hotel’s Kowloon-side location makes for an action-packed stay. Wander along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, posing with bronze Bruce Lees and taking in street performances on the Avenue of Stars. Then hit the shops on flashy Nathan Road. A more refined retail experience can be found at 1881 Heritage, a 120-year-old former marine police headquarters haloed by steel skyscrapers and brimming with luxury boutiques. When night falls, get high. The Philippe Stark–designed Felix, at top of the Peninsula Hotel, and Aqua, on the 30th floor of 1 Peking Road, are two of the glitziest bars-with-a-view in all of Hong Kong.
How to Get There
We arrived in our taxi and realized we had forgotten to change our chinese yen to HK dollars and the driver would not take yen. The attendants at the hotel sprang into action immediately, wallets open, and changed our money immediately at the exact exchange rate. That level of service was experienced again and again at this excellent hotel.
Location is great with our harbor view room having a splendid view over the water. Loved the pool on the hot days.
Breakfast is among the best I have had anywhere in the world.
We stayed here on IHG points, and thus had to book the lowest-level room with no harbor view, but we were upgraded at check-in to a larger no-view room. Upgrading the room to one with a view or getting IC Club access would each have separately cost an additional $100+ per day--too much for us. The room was huge, very comfortable bed, quite nice and perfectly clean although rather dated electronically (no USB outlets) with a large desk and beautiful bathroom with tub and separate shower. The staff in the spa and the front desk could not have been nicer or more accommodating. We arrived very early due to a 5:15 AM incoming flight, but were able to immediately drop off our luggage, shower in the spa area and be given a room by 10:30 AM, for which we were grateful. The spa, pool area and the Lobby Lounge are quite nice. The best thing about this hotel is the location--a short walk to the Star Ferry, an MTR stop, shopping and many things to see and do. There are several good restaurants of which we ate at two (Yan Toh Heen and the Harbourside Buffet) --both excellent.
The Intercontinental doesn't initially appear to be a top of the line 5-star. The exterior seems dated, the check-in process can be painful as you are made to stand in line, instead of offering a welcome drink you care given vouchers that can be traded for credit. We stayed in a Junior Suite which was spacious and had a stunning view of the HK Harbour and skyline but the room interiors again seem a bit old and worn. There is no Nespresso (or equivalent) and the carpets and sofa also seem tired.
Where the hotel completely redeems itself (and more) is with everything else. If the bedroom is understated, the bathrooms are opulent. A steam cum shower is an excessive touch, the jacuzzi bath is massive. We ordered room service and an entire table was brought up with an additional breadbasket and macaroons given complimentary to have with our salmon. The service is pretty fantastic, with everyone being polite and helpful.
The overall experience was great and the view from the rooms and lobby, I personally believe any other hotel would be hardpressed to match. Look forward to staying here again once the renovations are complete to bring the hotel more up to date.