It is joined onto a vast mall and office complex, and surrounded by infinitely more interesting streets – some of which are allied to specific trades - that have changed little in two or three decades. The MTR station is somewhere around the hotel’s foundations.
There are 665 rooms and suites, and while some are larger than others, they all dazzle with floor-to-ceiling windows and Cisco telephony (and IT butlers to explain things). There’s even a charger for your laptop inside the safe. The slightly heavy Chinese influenced décor sits very well with an otherwise modern ambience.
It’s almost difficult to see where the hotel ends and the mall begins – and the vast fourth-floor lobby hums all day. Numerous objets d’art are distributed around the hotel (take the iPod tour).
Eating and drinking
Very much first-rate, even if you overlook the Chinese restaurant’s Michelin asterisk. Chill by the waterfall in The Backyard, or get a charge from Portal which blurs the line between work and play ever so gently. Tokoro (Japanese) is well worth a try.
There is a really good spa, heated rooftop pool, and a highly encouraging fitness studio.
The switched-on bell staff on the ground floor are a great introduction – and it just gets better.
Who stays there
Split between those drawn by the tech side, and others who love nothing more than to take a leap into a very exciting, albeit gritty, part of Hong Kong.
Deals on offer are usually tied to the more expensive rooms.
- Business travellers
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Hi-tech high jinks
- Super busy area