5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, China
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- Culture vultures, Foodies, Mature travellers, Relaxation, Shopping
Best for Food - Expert review of Mandarin Oriental
One of Asia’s true grande dames, the refined and genteel Mandarin is beloved by everyone from tai-pans and tai-tais to pop stars, politicians and royalty. Firmly rooted in Eastern culture this is Hong Kong at the top of its service game. Baroness Thatcher signed the hotel’s Union flag when she stayed during the handover, while half of the world’s media was camped out on its roof…. you get the picture.
At the heart of Central’s busy shopping and business district.
During a major 2006 refurb the building’s balconies were ripped out and ‘enclosed’ to accommodate 590 larger and stylishly overhauled rooms. There are multilingual butlers on every floor and iPod docking stations as standard. My bells-and-whistles bathtub commanded harbour views through a wall of glass.
Acres of Chinese-influenced black marble and gold leaf. A statue of Fu Shen, the deity of happiness, observes around 150 arrivals each day from behind the reservations desk.
What began as the 1963 Saddle and Sirloin is now the Conran-spruced Mandarin Grill. Of the two legendary watering holes (the other being the Captain’s Bar) The Chinnery is fun for its 120–plus single-malt collection – one of Asia’s largest. The top-floor Pierre brings the Michelin-starred cuisine of Pierre Gagnaire to Hong Kong and, for the ultimate in no-expense spared private dining, book the Krug Room. The Mandarin’s own-recipe rose petal jam is shipped around the world.
Boutique shops, barber, beauty salon, three floors of spa, a fitness centre and an indoor pool.
The devil’s in the detail, from the tea in a bone china cup, in-room check-in, to the personal preferences that are noted down.
Everybody from Kissinger, Nixon, Prince Rainier III, Jackie Onassis, Kate Moss, Prince, Bowie and Westlife have ruffled a bedsheet. But don’t let that deter you. No-one’s a stranger here.
Top hotel - top dollar. Search out the best package deals if you can.
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- Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking, Swimming Pool