The past couple of times I’d been in Hong Kong I stayed at the InterContinental Grand Stanford on Mody Road in East Tsim Sha Tsui which is the smaller sister hotel of the InterContinental Hong Kong.
The InterContinental Hong Kong is on Salisbury Road right on the Kowloon waterfront overlooking Victoria Harbour and is close to Tsim Sha Tsui and East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR stations, is a short walk to the Star Ferry, and just across the road from the Peninsula Hotel and Nathan Road. It was very central.
This is the flagship InterContinental Hotel in Hong Kong and from the moment you drive upto the front door you can see it oozing opulence.
I was staying at the hotel for 2 nights using my Priority Club points so I didn’t expect to get the presedential suite but I was overawed by the suite I did get. I didn’t get a view of the harbour but I did get to look out onto the green oasis that was the pool and bar area of the hotel.
The room was large with a work area with a selection of international news papers, a very comfortable king bed and a reasonable sized bathroom with serarate bath and shower. Bathroom amenities were the standard ones that were also in use at the InterContinental Grand Stanford up the road.
Since I was staying on points I didn’t get the free mini bar that I normally get as a Royal Ambassador.
On the first evening my colleague and I were pretty tired so decided not to venture too far from the hotel. We decided to have a couple of drinks in the lobby bar at the hotel that overlooks the harbour. We had a couple of drinks and some snacks before venturing out to try to see the light show that Hong Kong puts on each evening but it was raining so we didn’t last long. I’d seen it before so didn’t care that I’d missed it again.
On the Saturday afternoon afer some touring around in the morning and a quiet lunch, we decided to try the afternoon High Tea that the hotel was famous for. There was a queue for tables when we arrived as the afternoon tea is very popular with locals as well as tourists. Being resident in the hotel we managed to jump the queue a little and were seated in about 15 minutes and then spent the next hour or so eating cucumber sandwiches washed down with coffee. Very relaxing and all the while we had the great view of watching life going on on Victoria Harbour out the large windows. There was so much food that we didn’t even bother going out for dinner. My colleague crashed and I went out for a couple of beers at a bar I knew up near the other InterCon hotel.
On the Sunday we decided to try breakfast at the Peninsula across the road. Service left a little to be desired but the food was nice.
And then it was time to head back to Melbourne. After a late checkout we used the hotel limo to get to the airport for our evening flight home.
Would I stay at the InterContinental Hong Kong again? Definite yes!