The district’s called Western – but it really is pretty Oriental. It’s towards the end of the tram line, in a traditionally commercial (so apothecaries, seed merchants and the like rather than yet-another-mall) area that’s extremely photogenic.
There are 280 rooms – and every one’s a winner, harbour view or not. Muted tones and clean lines, and thank heaven that somebody thought to put large comfortable cushions on the window seats. Complimentary WiFi of course. Occupants of the five suites can access the Traders Lounge if they don’t feel like rustling up something in their kitchenette.
A little bit squished – a flyover shoots past one side of the building. The lobby’s on the first floor.
Eating and drinking
If the ceiling is a little low in Café 508, maybe that’s because nobody spends more time standing up than they have to. All day and very much all right Asian and international buffet, that attracts Hong Kong residents as much as hotel guests.
It may only be 16 metres long, but while up to your chin in the rooftop pool, you can see all the way over the city to the Nine Dragons, as the mountains of Kowloon are called. The gym is next to the pool, and enjoys similar panoramas.
Who stays there
Executives who’ve worked out you don’t need to stay in Central to do business there, and a sizeable proportion of leisure travellers who love the “real” Hong Kong.
Enrolling in the Golden Circle loyalty programme – which extends across the Shangri-La chain – provides instant benefits.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Instant Hong Kong
- Some way from the centre