If you think dragons are a good judge of hotels, then think about this: Hong Kong has nine of them living up in the mountains and all of them visit the Intercontinental hotel Hong Kong every day.
Feng shui plays a highly influential role in Hong Kong architecture and the Intercontinental Hotel Hong Kong unique position and design, perched on stilts right beside Kowloon’s waterfront is intended to make sure those nine dragons can easily gain access to the harbour water to drink and bathe. For mere mortals like us, that means floor to ceiling three storey high windows everywhere (so the dragons can pass through them to the water, obviously) , and that means simply jaw-dropping panoramic views of one of the greatest harbours in the world and a front-row seat to Hong Kong’s nightly harbour light show projected onto the huge skyscraper skyline. Feng shui is evident everywhere here, from the enormous fountain that graces the front of the hotel to entice the dragons down, to the island-shaped reception where they can drop off some of their dragon wealth as they pass through.
Clearly, that wealth has gone into providing a level of guest accommodation that is simply quite extraordinary. Italian marble bathrooms, many with sunken whirlpool baths and steam showers, exquisite in-room furnishings and complimentary fresh fruit to top it all off. If you don’t fancy partaking in a gargantuan buffet breakfast at water level you can elect to use the club lounge for a more refined but equally delicious buffet together with afternoon tea, evening bites and free drinks all day.
Any room throughout the hotel can become a Club Room if you pay a daily surcharge of HK$1280 + 10% service per double occupancy room or HK$980 + 10% service per single occupancy room per night or alternatively by booking the “Club InterContinental Package” which includes accommodations with Club access. Benefits of Club InterContinental include complimentary breakfast buffet, afternoon tea, evening cocktails from 6-8pm, plus complimentary high-speed internet access and personalised concierge services.
Of course, a stunning building, three Michelin starred restaurants under one roof, (unique to Hong Kong) a world class spa and luxurious bedrooms containing every conceivable device known to man, do not on their own, make a wonderful hotel experience. However, if you combine all that with exceptional personal service the like of which you will have seldom experienced, and attention to the smallest of details and you have at your disposal one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. Fact. Those dragons have very good taste.
Rates from £260 per room per night.