Hong Kong Room with The View
I recently returned after a one week stay at the Intercontinental Hong Kong, this place shows the rest of the world how to run a luxury hotel. As Ambassador Club member we were meet at the airport and whisked into the night after a 18 hour flight directly to our room for check-in. Great touch after a long flight. The View is by far the best in Hong Kong, the nightly laser/light show is not to be missed. The Buffet breakfast is probably one of the best in the World, The dinner is also impressive. The Bar with the View is amongst the best in the world for view,service,facilites,live music. It is convenient to everything. The pool and spa is world-class also. If it sounds like I am impressed by this place-you are correct. The steak house restaurant is great, and I am from Texas-where we know beef! Over-all this place rocks...
be wary of the 'Spoon' restaurant: overpriced and poor cooking
We booked ourselves into the Spoon restaurant for my Birthday and despit my husband informing all staff that it was a special occassion, not one person extended any congratulations.
We booked ourselves into the "sexy sunset" dinner - times for which were misadvertised in the local paper "where." We literally had our food thrown at us which, we would not have minded had it been any good. The scallops to start were stone cold and very undergarnished, the garden as a main is little more than a bowl of steamed side veggies that in any other hotel you wuld have as a side dish. The tuna was well cooked but was a VERY bad piece of meat. Dessert was terrible - all I can say is thank god for the decent wine lovely company and stunning views. It is the only thing lifting this restaurant out of the doldrums.
Beware - it is very overpriced, £140 all in and that was at 40% of the normal price. Avoid at all costs and, instead, make use of the drinks facility in the lobby where the views are equally as stunning - but it is much kinder to your wallet and stomach!
As an alternative for a special occassion I canot recommend the Peak Lookout restaurant enough. It makes spoon look like MacDonalds!
Room with the View
We booked the contemporary harbour view room and were not disappointed with the room or the view. The hotel is right on the waterfront on the Kowloon side and must have the best site of any of the hotels.
The beds were wonderfully comfortable with matresses so thick it took some effort in climbing up into bed. The room was elegantly decorated with large flat screen, desk and "day bed" sofa in the window. The curtains and blinds were electrically operated and allowed for spectacular theatricals at night, revealing the Hong Kong Island flood-light cityscape.
Unlike the bedroom, the bathroom was probably un-renovated, 70's style but none the worse for that, being rather luxurious in a marble/sunken bath sort of way.
The staff throughout the hotel were very professional, attentive yet warm.
The buffet breakfast in the Harbourview Restaurant was a lesson to all other hotels in such matters in its qulaity and range. The only problem was controlling ones understandable greed to maintain some semblance of elegance befitting the hotel. Buffet breakfast costs circa £ 20 each but worth it.
The only downside was the Spoon Restaurant. The welcome letter in the room included a suggestion to eat at The Spoon for a special price - the horribly named "Sexy Sunset Menu". This was neither sexy nor was there much evidence of the menu when we sat down. We needed to ask specifically for the menu and at this point, the somewhat overwhelming attention given by our waitress noticably dropped a gear, and with a rather forced smile, we were handed over to some more junior person. (Hold onto your white napkin as the staff can try to change it for a black napkin to "match with your clothes" - it is good to avoid being dragged into these typical theme nonsenses). The food was certainly produced to a budget, the veal shank was tasteless, the scallop salad indeed cold - this was pointed out to us in advance as being intentional, but one felt the firm hand of economy in the kitchen. The dessert was fine. The wine was fine - expensive as wine is in Hong Kong. The view from the table was great but the taste that remained afterwards (having paid a decent price nonetheless) was that rather bad taste in the mouth where you have been entertained as a second class citizen.
Perhaps I should have not spent so much time on this negative aspect of the trip as the hotel itself was wonderful. Read the first part of this report again and try some of the other restaurants. The Harbourview does what appeared a very popular buffet lunch and dinner as well
All about the view
Stayed 2 nights and hated to leave! We were so happy with the room--perfect view of the harbor (and the sound and light show which is on every night at 8), unbelievable breakfast which was included in the rate, even a dock for the ipod and great tv to watch the Academy awards. Location was excellent--Star Ferry within walking distance, and many many shopping opportunities near by. Lobby bar for the afternoon tea (also included in our rate)was just so relaxing and there is a separate section for non-smokers. Would definitely stay there again!
The Best Location in Hong Kong
I stayed at the Intercontinental HK (used to be the Regent)for the second time in March 2006. The first time had been in 1985 and it was just as incredible as I had remembered....maybe even better!!!!! While most people think of the Peninsula Hotel (across the street!) as having the best location, I disagree. All of the 'harbour view' rooms at the Intercontinental have floor to ceiling windows facing the most incredible view of the very active harbour and the Central district across the water. The 24 hour butler service was amazing, the concierge was always helpful with reservations, directions, etc. Have the hotel pick you up at the airport....well worh the US$100 after the 16 hr flight from JFK (on Cathay Pacific, of course!) The rooms are magnificent, restaurants too. The breakfast buffet is one of the best in the world! It is lacking nothing!!! Tea in the lobby is a must too! Hong Kong is an extremely easy city to navigate.....the MTR system is clean, efficient, safe......DO use it. And the TST stop is just a very short walk from the hotel. Yes, the hotel is very expensive, but very worth it. My only complaint is that they charge US$20 per day for internet connection. That seems ridiculous! Would I go back to Hong Kong? In a heartbeat! Would I return to the Intercontinental? Absolutely!
Hong Kong was a short stop over for us for 2 nights, our expectations were truely met and all our needs catered for at this Hotel.
This has got to be one of the best hotels i have ever stayed in based on the service alone!
The harbourside contemporary room with a view was breathtaking. The room has all of the mod cons that you rarely see in other hotels- Bose surround sound, Ipod docking station and sharp aquos lcd tv.
Location is the best, with everything on your doorstep, you even get discount at the adjoining shopping mall!!!!
hong kong Trip
"brief about Kowloon and Hong kong Island"
Hong Kong is very amazing country, Hong Kong Island is more modern than and fancy than Kowloon, ( I Like it More too) even the luxuries malls and hotel there. Kowloon have two main street - Nathan road and Canton road. you will find every thing there from smallest shop to the malls and famous design brand names, also there are many restaurant. Between them there are Kowloon Park which it have The Park Lane Shoppers Boulevard. Also you can walk and shop between the divided streets like Mody road.
"shopping and Living in Hong kong"
I visited for shopping in Kowloon Sogo, New World Center, Tsim Sha Tsim Center, Empire, harbor City and Langham. except Harbor City and Langham which they are modern and have famous brand names, the others are normal and cheap.
In Hong Kong Island there are many shopping district too. I went to Time square, Pacific Place, IFC mall and Land Mark, which is close to Prince's Building, Alexandra House and Edinburgh Tower and many shopping area and malls.
I lived in Sheraton Kowloon, Good view, price and service too. Others recommend to me Intercontinental Grand Standford, Intercontinental Hong Kong, Shangri-La Kowloon, Peninsula and Marco Polo. All are have a good view and service and close to every thing. Same in Hong Kong Island there are many hotels like this. I choose to stay in kowloon side to enjoy watching Hong kong Island high building view.
"Where To go and Eat"
Ocean park, have animals shows, aquariums and some attraction games.
The Peak, where you can enjoy watching the city from skyline on the top and visited Madam Tussaud museam, enjoying have a meal with a view on the city, also there are caffe's, play ground area for child, and some shoppe's. also riding the famous Peak tram to take to the top.
Disney Land in Hong Kong, but it's small and just for child, not to much attraction for adults like other Disney lands.
I suggest to take the big bus tour, they have a nice trip and will show you many things in a good price throw Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. also they have tickets to the tram and madam Tussuad (no need to stay in the queue)
and some great deals.
There are other tour packages which is fantastic (you can check with the concierge in your hotel)
other things to see is clock tower and avenue of stars. Do not miss the Laser Show at 8:00 p.m every day on the Bay, it's comes with a lovely sound music if you were close to it.
For eating i tried Hairy Crab, the Quarterdeck in ocean term in harbor city, the Bubba Gump in the Peak and Peking Duck. those that i recommend and taste it.