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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
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.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Great, central location
- Public areas double as a tourist attraction