The Excelsior Hong Kong

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Address: 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, , China

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4

Hong Kong Island’s biggest hotel – and some would say one of the best.

Peter Sellers fans will recognise the frontage from Revenge of the Pink Panther, as will anyone who’s visited Hong Kong since 1973 when the hotel first opened. History buffs know that this was the first site to be auctioned in 1841, and it subsequently became the warehouse for the mighty trading firm of Jardine Matheson. But the main point is that this is a grand hotel that very much delivers Instant Hong Kong.

 

Location
3.9
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
3.2
90%
Service
4.1
90%
Value for money
3.6
90%
Bedrooms
3.6
90%
Public areas
3.3
90%

Location

That Noon Day Gun is out front, there’s piles of shopping (plus MTR) at the back, and Victoria Park is a few steps east.

 

Bedrooms

The hotel is housed in a long, thin building, so the windows of rooms at the sides are angled to provide a harbour view. With 864 rooms and 22 suites, The Excelsior is a whopper. Expect plenty of marble, ditto WiFi and everything from iPod docking station to an ironing board.

 

Public areas

The lobby is busy with a capital B, and feels it despite the high atrium.

 

Eating and drinking

The Dickens Bar is an institution that has survived the vagaries of fashion simply by being the best sort of ersatz Brit pub. ToTT’s is one of the city’s most exciting skyscraper lounges/terraces, with panoramas, menu, cellar and entertainment that vie with each other for excellence. Both are essential ports-of-call on long or short visits.

 

Leisure facilities

Spa services, and a fitness centre, but no pool. Boooo.

 

Service

Considering the number of faces and suitcases that constantly pass in and out – truly excellent. The (rather regal) Sikh doormen are always up for a photo op.

 

Who stays there

Strong Japanese market, airline crew, younger business men and women, older tourists.

 

Price advice

Local shopping coupons handed out with some packages.

 

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Mature travellers
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Puts the excel in Excelsior
  • People, people, people
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