Book the Conrad Hong Kong here.
After 3 days in the 'burbs were were excited to get to downtown Hong Kong and see a bit of the 'action'.
I took a cab from the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin to the Conrad and paid about HKD300.
The Conrad tower is tall (61 floors) but does have a surprisingly small base. You'd expect a huge lobby from the initial impression of the tower but it's rather unexciting.
As Hilton Gold I knew I could expect free breakfast and free Internet. The two gambles are suites (unlikely with Hilton) and lounge access. The check-in agent had everything prepared for our upgrade to the executive level including lounge access. The room would be on the top floor (61st floor), two floors above the lounge.
The whole greeting and check-in process was very friendly and very efficient. I immediately saw the top-notch, warm service, this hotel is known for, shine through. People spoke excellent English and seemed very much up to their task.
The room was well set up but struck us as rather old fashioned and small but with high quality furniture.
The view was towards the South-East – so no harbor view but still terrific.
The bathroom was pretty big with a separate shower and bathtub.
The first 'adventure' to the lounge for evening appetizers was disappointing. It's really crowded with just about a dozen tables and lots of guests hungry for appetizers and free booze. The food was of pretty dire quality and many items we did not dare touch or eat. The wine and sparkling wine offered were ok but a far cry from our expectations for a Conrad.
I equally looked forward to the breakfast in the main restaurant and while it wasn't terrible it provided few high quality items. It covered all major points like pastries, breads, omelets but most weren't really great. The only item we loved was the grapefruit juice which was 'out of stock' from on day two in the whole hotel. We expected more from a 'Conrad'!
With that in mind the hotel really shines in terms of location – it's just steps away from Hong Kong Park which is a fantastic terraced city park and lots of green space (for Hong Kong at least). Also there is a shopping mall directly underneath (Pacific Place) and it's just 5 minutes to Wan Chai which is arguably the most interesting neighborhood in Hong Kong with lot's of independent shops, restaurants and galleries. I loved dining at Nha Trang, Classified and Chez Patrick.
The gym in the basement is well equipped and was surprisingly crowded most days. There is even a sauna and steam bath.
Book the Conrad Hong Kong here.
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