48 Hours at the InterContinental Hongkong
Hongkong. Although I have already been there in 2009, this city is something special. You land on the airport and you feel like you arrived in a familiar place in Asia. While there are signs in Chinese letters, English is still a major language and therefore feels like in a European country, more than 10 flight hours out of Europe! After getting my bags, I was soon moving over to the Limousine Lounge where also the InterContinental has an office.
After a few minutes of walking the drive began and within eye-catching 20 minutes, I was arriving at one of my favourite hotels in entire Asia: the best located InterContinental Hongkong (please remember that there is a second InterContinental called Grand Stanford – in case you are wondering). Well, normally I am personally not the one who is staying at InterContinental in my spare time (we have a designated hotel inspector for this kind), however this property is my first choice when it comes to Hotel locations and Club Lounges in Hongkong!
The white dressed bellmen were indicating to the Club Lounge since I booked a Club Room and mentioned this directly – they took care of the luggage immediately. Being positioned on the second floor, the Club Lounge at the InterContinental is truly one of the best lounges I have seen so far and more like a lounge at a Ritz-Carlton property. They serve Perrier-Jouet champagne and complimentary cocktails during Happy Hour and serve excellent hors d’oeuvres. Once I was coming back to the hotel I was passing by the Lounge to see their presentations. Beside the extensive breakfast with a selective breakfast menu, I really appreciated the nice Tea Time where they served fine finger food and sweets – actually the best macarons I had during my Asia trip.
My room was a “Deluxe Harbourview Room” – one of their many rooms overlooking Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. Should your wallet not be big enough for one of their eye-catching suites (really worth the surcharge), this is the room category to go for. I wouldn’t call my room vast, however beside the twin beds, there was a small chaise longue, a writing desk with a comfortable chair, big television with Bose surround system (much appreciated), a marble bathroom with a separated toilet, deep bath tub, walk-in shower and happily Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries (from Club rooms onwards – otherwise Agraria as usually), and last but not least a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking Hong Kong Island – the highlight of the hotel!
During my stay in Hongkong, I had the pleasure to have lunch at the two-Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Yan To Keen. It was a wonderful experience and beside the wonderful interiors, I was again impressed of how they opted the views into their interior spaces. I enjoyed my meeting with Carole and tried best Chinese dishes at a very upscale level. Although I am normally not in love with Cantonese cuisine, I really much liked the food at this restaurant as it was so super fresh and wonderfully decorated.
I really like the InterContinental Hongkong in general, however as Cesar Ritz already said: It’s all about location and this hotel has got the pole position and is definitely out of the competition! Stay here for the true Hong Kong Experience.
I was guest of the InterContinental Hongkong however all above written expresses my personal opinion.