For my stay in Hong Kong I had some of the free nights certificates from the Into the Nights promotion left and I wanted to try the Intercontinental Hong Kong for the superb views from the hotel towards the Hong Kong skyline.
The hotel sits right at the reclaimed southern edge of Kowloon and while you assume it’s a premium spot there is not as much around there in direct proximity.
Nathan Rd with its endless shopping malls ends right next to it and the Avenue of the Stars is directly outside (though it remains largely invisible from inside the hotel courtesy of an architectural trick).
The check-in was friendly but came with the elevated bureaucracy that I encounter in many 5 Star hotels. Passport was copied, towel given, lots of typing on a keyboard – supervisor called. I did not say or do anything throughout the whole ‘interaction’. I always wonder why a check-in in an expensive hotel takes 3x as long as in a budget hotel.
My IHG status gave me free WiFi and free drinks at the lobby bar – no room upgrade to a Skyline view 🙁 The Lobby bar has a fantastic view towards the Hong Island skyline. Too bad my time in Hong Kong saw a lot of haze and rain.
Since it was a really hot day I decided to explore the pools and jacuzzi. The jacuzzi has a gorgeous view towards Victoria harbor. The pool itself looks towards the construction site next door and is just not really pretty right now.
I liked the rooms – they are on the small side but have a large and very well equipped bathroom.
The free WiFi was really fast and worked flawlessly for my entire stay.
In conclusion the hotel felt a bit too old-school, ‘too luxurious’ and just too much for me. It’s decidedly not trendy but old school and makes everything more difficult. This does not mean service is bad – on the opposite – friendly employees that are well trained and fluent in English are to be found here but it’s just not what I’d like to see from a top end hotel.
Cash rates were US$300 at the time of my stay.
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