Atop the Airport Express station, next to the harbour, and directly connected to ifc, Central’s smartest mall.
Some 399 extra sumptuous rooms and suites, decorated either Western style or contemporary Chinese, facing either the harbour or the city (not a view to be written off out of hand).
The pool! The pool! Stretch out every single one of the syllables of “infinity” and “panorama”. And watching the lobby’s crisper-than-crisp bell staff is a spectator sport.
Eating and drinking
Never mind the galaxy of Michelin stars: take a look at the clientele hunkering down in the artisanal French cheese cellar, and browsing contemporary Cantonese cuisine or Chef Masakazu’s kaiseki – quite the best recommendation of all.
French Spiderman Alain Robert sneaked into the spa to start his legendary free-climb ascent of the hotel’s exterior in April 2008. No joke to say he must have been tempted to stay put in the treatment room.
Nigh invisible unless you decree otherwise. Trying to catch out the concierge is an exercise in frustration.
Who stays there
A broad clientele with savoir faire, vivre and much else as well as plenty of money (their own or their employer’s) in common.
Coughing up HK$800/1,000 per day (single/couple) for Executive Club Lounge access grants a more than a touch of extra panache.
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Quintessence of upper crust hospitality
- You can't really dress down