When this hotel opened, a feng shui fountain was placed outside to keep the money flowing in. It’s obviously working because this award-winning hotel has had no problems attracting visitors with enough cash to enjoy its Michelin-starred restaurants, spectacular views and general aura of monied exclusivity.
The hotel manages the feat of being right in the heart of the city but slightly removed from its chaos. It has its own entrance to the International Finance Centre (IFC) mall, which links, by walkway, to the Central Ferry Piers, Central Business District, Central-Mid-Levels escalator and Macau ferry terminal. It’s also above the Airport Express and Central MTR station.
Style & character
Dazzling – quite literally. The huge glass lobby is the antithesis of the more hushed, dark-wooded luxury hotels in, say, Europe. Light from the harbour’s reflection is a feature in all the restaurants. There’s a constant sense of water, and not just from the fountain – the hotel has a superb infinity pool with underwater music, and a great spa. The echoing space means the lobby can be a bit clattery at busy times.
Service & facilities
Luxurious cosseting is the norm here. The staff will organise tours (including culinary and artistic), proffer advice, sympathy, water, cold towels… As well as the infinity pool, there’s a lap pool, plunge pool and whirlpool. The gym is open 24 hours and complimentary tai chi classes are arranged at weekends. If you really want to spoil yourself, upgrade to the Executive Club for an additional HK$1,650 (£160) per night for two people, and avail of even more attention, plus free dining, in the 45th floor lounge.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
The hotel has 399 crisply decorated, bright rooms, including 54 suites. Book a harbour-view room if you can, but even if you have a Peak-view, there’s no need to feel hard-done-by – you’ll still have one of the largest hotel rooms in Hong Kong (at 45 square-metres, bigger than the average Hong Kong flat) and the city view is wonderful, especially at night. All the bathrooms have deep baths and walk-in showers.
Food & drink
There are four places to dine and two bars. Lung King Heen was the world’s first Chinese restaurant to earn three Michelin stars (which it still has). Caprice has two Michelin stars and amazing décor; it’s like dining inside a particularly sumptuous jewellery box. Book ahead for both, ideally when you’re making your reservation. Otherwise, IFC has plenty of dining options in a much lower price range.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes. There are eight special-access rooms.
Yes, very. If you let them know in advance, the hotel will arrange child-sized bathrobes. It also has in-room children’s menus, baby sitters and can organise family-tailored outings.
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