Hong Kong Travel Guide

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Hong Kong's Pottinger Hotel Blends Old World and New World

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  Site Where: 21 Stanley Street, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
June 23, 2014 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Rising from Hong Kong's oldest historic stone slab street is the city's newest addition to the bustling hotel scene. The Pottinger is a perfect balance of Eastern service and sensibility with Western amenities.

Located in the vibrant neighborhood of Central, Pottinger offers 68 guest rooms that showcase Hong Kong's romantic rich heritage, reflecting the wealth of its diverse culture. The standard rooms are perfect enough, but the seven suites, each named after streets in the neighborhood, are a bit more special with bespoke decor. Besides a calming and relaxing palate, all rooms include free wifi, bottled water and toiletries by Acca Kappa.

While the rooms might be elegantly appointed, each room also displays photography from Chinese artist, Fan Ho. The artist is best known for stunning black & white shots from around Central so they may offer up some inspiration to capture your own Hong Kong memories.

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Inside the Executive Club Lounge at the Four Seasons Hong Kong

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  Site Where: 8 Finance Street, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
May 28, 2014 at 9:38 AM | by | Comment (1)

Over on Jaunted, you can get our inside looks at some of the world’s best airline lounges, so we thought we’d do something similar here and start talking about some of the hotel lounges we’ve frequented for our series on Hotel Club Lounges. Today, we're having a look inside the Executive Club Lounge at the Four Seasons Hong Kong.

Set within the International Finance Centre, the Four Seasons sits nearly on the water’s edge on Hong Kong Island. Before we zoomed up to the 45th floor to peek inside the hotel’s Executive Club Lounge, we had breakfast in The Lounge downstairs, which had us pleasantly surprised for its relatively affordable menu. Hong Kong’s luxury hotels are notoriously expensive, so we wouldn’t have thought scrambled eggs on toasted English muffins with bacon and avocado, a fresh orange juice, and a latte would take the total only up to just over US$20. It was delicious too, and the free WiFi for 2 hours helped us take care of a few things as well.

Stepping out of the lift on level 45, you turn to face the reception desk at the end of a short hallway. We liked the dramatic black high-gloss walls, the sculpture, and the colorful painting at the back. The hotel has 399 rooms and suites, with some categories having either a Western or contemporary Chinese design. Club access costs HKD1,400 (about $180) a night for two people, and is included with Club Rooms and Suites.

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5 Awesome Room Amenities at the Revamped Peninsula Kong Kong

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  Site Where: Salisbury Road, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
May 14, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

We knew Peninsula Hotels was spending some serious money to refresh its Hong Kong flagship, and that lovers of tech would be well looked after. Having just stopped by the hotel, we now know what those proprietary bedside tablets look like in their natural environment, and spotted a number of other cool room amenities – including the futuristic-looking thing above.

We honestly had no clue what it was, but in this case we’re not the target audience. Ladies, any guesses? Read on to find out.

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Does Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Deliver on Pretty Guestrooms and More?

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  Site Where: 246 Queen's Road East, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
May 9, 2014 at 11:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Does the Hotel Indigo make us covet its guestrooms and manage to stand out in the Hong Kong hotel crowd? A HotelChatter Review

Guess the Hotel revealed! The blue staircase and blue pool did indeed belong to the Hotel Indigo Hong Kong, which is where we laid our head during a short stopover in the city. Hong Kong has an impressive hotel game, and our expectations were high given what Indigo pulled off further north in Shanghai. Read on to find out what we thought.

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A 'Wander'-ful Design Team Interprets a Chinese Fairy Tale at The Mira Moon

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  Site Where: 388 Jaffe Road, Hong Kong
March 4, 2014 at 2:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Mira Moon in Hong Kong is 100 percent hotel haute couture and we all look good in it. This hotel unabashedly shows off its own sense of style and we, as the guests, become the necessary accessory.

In case you're not sure what we're talking about, this is the sister hotel developed by the Miramar Group, after the Mira Hong Kong, another visual journey (and hide-out for NSA leaker, Edward Snowden.) We think they may have outdone themselves with this one.

The hotel takes its name from the traditional Chinese "Moon Festival" which is celebrated in the Autumn. This is a festival of good fortune, honoring the Goddess of Immortality who has inspired many a Chinese fairy tale. It has also inspired a dream team of designers, who took this happy fairy tale and turned it into a one-of-kind, high fashion boutique hotel. Who else could pull this off better than Wanders & yoo?

Keep reading below for more on Wanders & yoo

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Shangri-La Starts a 'Points for Charity' Effort, But Who Really Benefits?

October 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM | by | Comment (1)

With the holiday season just a month or so away (sorry to be the bearer of bad news), Shangri-La is giving members of its Golden Circle rewards program the opportunity to help out two Hong Kong based charities, Oxfam Hong Kong (which aids poverty and disaster relief) and MedArt (which brings care to those in long-term confinement, such as prisons, psychiatric institutions, hospices, homes for the elderly, etc).

For every 1,000 points given by a member, Golden Circle will donate $20 to one of the charities on the member’s behalf. The minimum donation starts at 2,000 points and can be increased by increments of 1,000 up until a maximum of 10,000, equivalent to a $200 cash donation. Members may donate by visiting the “Redeem Points” section on Golden Circle's website.

The donated points are forfeited from your account in exchange for the donation made by Golden Circle. How much these points are actually worth varies. For example, at a Shangri-La "collection A" hotel, a standard room is worth 1,000 points/night. At the highest tier of hotels, "collection G," a standard room is worth 20,000 points. So, a guest who donates 2,000 points sacrifices a two-night stay and the hotel donates $40 to charity.

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Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong Celebrates 50 Years With 50 Ways to Pamper You

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  Site Where: 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong
August 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Here's the latest happening in the luxury hotel world as told by JustLuxe.com. Got a question about luxury hotels, the travel biz, and where to stay? Send it in and we'll have JustLuxe answer it.

The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong sent us a sweet summer reminder that it’s celebrating its 50th birthday all year long – and everyone’s invited, as long as your “splurge travel” budget can handle it. With special spa treatments and commemorative cognac, dining promotions in all 10 F&B venues and champagne flowing from every direction, the hotel is wooing travelers on every front.

The list of “50 Fantastic Years” promotions goes on and on, so here’s the Cliff Notes verision of the MO, HK Glorious Excess.

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What is This at The Peninsula Hong Kong?

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  Site Where: Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
May 15, 2013 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotels that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

There's quite a bit to explore at any Peninsula hotel, from bedside digital control panels to butler boxes, but the flagship property in Hong Kong has a few extra secrets waiting to be discovered. Take, for instance, this small slit of a window found not in a guest room or restaurant, but in The Peninsula Hong Kong's shopping arcade.

Pass the Goyard boutique (the only one in HK!), beyond Chanel and other big brands with guarded doors lies this peekaboo spot to tickle your curiosity.

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The Coolest Hotel Instagram of The Day Goes To...

Where: Hong Kong
February 11, 2013 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Happy New Year from Shangri-La Hotels!

Of course, a Hong Kong-based hotel portfolio would get a little loud about the Chinese New Year. It's the most important holiday in, not only the Chinese culture, but also a good portion of Asia. And with the number of hotels Shangri-La has opened in China, it's pretty fitting.

Shangri-La has welcomed the 'Year of the Snake' via their Instagram account. While the name sounds vicious, there's nothing poisonous about this serpent—he's made of flowers coiled around a tree in one of their properties.

Officially, Hong Kong celebrates the holiday starting today, the 11th, but many other Asian countries take part in the holiday from the 9th to the 13th. With a wealth of customs that accompany the special time of year, we can only hope for the traditional red envelope filled with monatary gifts when checking into our hotel on the New Year.

[Photo: Shangri-La Instagram]

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Enter The Dragon With Hong Kong's New Hotel Indigo

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  Site Where: 246 Queens Road East, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
February 6, 2013 at 9:43 AM | by | Comment (1)

Again, here we are announcing another Chinese hotel. This time, Hong Kong gets to cut the tape on Hotel Indigo Hong Kong the first urban brand that will bring edgy design and funky rooms to the city.

The boutique brand will feature a burnished bronze "dragon" that will wrap around the facade of the new building acting as a screen for shielding the interior from heat and harnessing solar power.

Each of the 138 rooms is individually designed to reflect the flare of the historic Wan Chai neighborhood. Keeping with Hong Kong's colonial heritage, the rooms will marry both Asian and European influences with a modern touch. Along with the unique design, the entire property will offer complimentary WiFi throughout.

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Mandarin Oriental HK Throws Year-Long 50th Birthday Bash

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  Site Where: 5 Connaught Road, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
December 17, 2012 at 1:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Mandarin Oriental is in a serious party-mood these days. We’ve already talked about the $60,000 New Year’s Eve package that lets you ring in 2013 baller-style in Las Vegas, but next year will bring a whole range of celebrations on the other side of the world when Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong turns the big five-o.

Difficult as it may be to imagine, given the maze of skyscrapers in the city today, but when the hotel opened in 1963, its 27 floors made it the tallest building on Hong Kong Island, and the first in Asia with bathtubs in every room.

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The Revamped Peninsula Hong Kong Unveils Serious Tech Toys

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  Site Where: Salisbury Road, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
September 17, 2012 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

A Grand Deluxe Harbour View Suite

At the start of this year, we talked about the planned renovations at The Peninsula Hong Kong, set to overhaul all guestrooms to the tune of HK$450 million ($58 million) .

Six months or so later, the first phase, covering all rooms in the Peninsula Tower, is complete. We love the warm colors and the artwork on the wall in the Harbour View room; inspired by Chinese ink paintings, these are three-dimensional branches, leaves, and blossoms made of laser-cut bronze-lacquered stainless steel. Flora and fauna inspired details show up throughout, with a Grand Deluxe Suite having a similar design woven into the carpet.

Changes in décor may be the first thing you notice, but in-room technology is where the hotel has gotten serious with its upgrades.

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