Review – Intercontinental Hong Kong

The last time I was here a couple years ago, there was a lot of construction going on at the hotel and the area was kind of a pain to get around.  However, I was pleasantly surprised by the hotel and the staff (and the location along the harbor can’t be beat).

Unfortunately I tried to check in when I arrived but my room wasn’t ready and the check in agent advised me to come back in a couple hours.  I was given an opportunity to pay for an upgrade to a harbor view room. I declined since I wasn’t in any rush to check in.

After grabbing some food and walking around the city for a while, I was ready to check in so I came back to the hotel but unfortunately my room still wasn’t ready so I just sat in the lobby to rest up a bit and avoid the heat and humidity (I was also dead tired at this point since I hadn’t really gone to sleep yet).  When my room was ready, the check in staff was so apologetic and unbeknownst to me, I had been upgraded to a harbor view room without cost.

I’m usually not one who really cares about the view. I don’t really spend that much time in my room other than to sleep and work so for me, it don’t matter if I’m looking out on a construction site or the ocean. However, I will say the views at night from these rooms are absolutely gorgeous. If you want to watch the nightly light show without all the crowds from the comfort of your room, I’d advise to strongly consider upgrading to the harbor view room.

The downstairs bar is a great place to sit and watch the nightly light show that starts at 8pm.  The hotel also has a Michelin star restaurant adjacent to the lobby which looks stunning (sadly I didn’t get a chance to eat there).

This was just a one night stay before I switch hotels but I had a free night certificate to use and I think the hotel represents amazing value for it’s location and rooms.  Also, if you want a front row seat to the nightly light show, I can’t imagine there is a better place to stay. In my opinion, the views are far better from the Kowloon side looking across the harbor vs. the other way.

Night view of Hong Kong Island from the Intercontinental

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