InterContinental Grand Stanford, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

I’ve been staying at the InterContinental Grand Stanford in East Tsim Sha Tsui for around 13 years. Probably stayed here 20 times, maybe more, over the years.

Back when I started staying here it was slightly run down, but still a good hotel. The good news is that it’s recently been refurbished, especially the bathrooms, to bring it back upto a great standard.

The location is away from the touristy areas of Nathan Road and the rest of Tsim Sha Tsui but close enough to walk in less than 15 minutes. There’s a decent number of restaurants and bars in the area, and heaps of high end watch stores if that’s what floats your boat.

I used to take a taxi from the airport but this trip I decided to get smarter and take the Airport Express that dropped me off at Kowloon Station from where you can jump on a courtesy hotel transfer bus to many of the local hotels.

After landing from Amsterdam pretty much on time around 6:30am, I was walking into the hotel close to 8:30am.

Luckily my room was ready and I’d been upgraded to a harbour view room that gave me panoramic views of Hong Kong Island across to Wan Chai and Causeway bay, and of the water traffic on this very busy harbour.

The beds and pillows here are always top quality and you’ll get a very sound sleep.

The new bathrooms are very modern but still have the same amenities as have always been provided.

One thing that has changed over the years is that you no longer get a complimentary newspaper every morning. I used to enjoy reading the South China Morning Post to see what was happening while I was visiting.

Great hotel!