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You already know it’s easy to pig out at breakfast and phone home from the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong, but those aren’t the only innovative things that this teaching hotel is doing. Friends of friends are falling over themselves about the amenities at the Icon - and during our recent stay, we realised why. So here you go - not 10, but 11 things that make the Icon, well, iconic.
A little while ago we showed you the ingenious breakfast signs at the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong, which you put on your table to help staff determine whether you’re done or still gorging, while you’re away from the table. Today, let’s look at something even more ingenious: phones with free international calls and internet that sit in every single room.
Yes, a hotel in one country that allows you to phone other countries - landlines and mobiles - for free. And not just from your room, either - you can make those calls from wherever you like in Hong Kong, whether on the harbor front, up Victoria Peak or in the Hello Kitty Cafe. The phone is synced to your room, so if you need to take a call, just tell them to call the hotel and it’ll come straight through. Handy, right? Literally - they're actually made by handy, a new Hong Kong-based smartphone rental company.
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You know the scenario. You’re going for it at the breakfast buffet, possibly trip number 3. If you’re with someone else, they stay while you go up. If you’re not, there’s a moment of anxiety as you’re away. What if they clear my stuff away while I’m gone? Oh, the humiliation of realizing they thought I’d already eaten enough! Let me just leave my phone there, so they realize I’m coming back. Cross fingers nobody steals it.
Heavenly views for less at Dorsett Mongkok
There tend to be two givens about Hong Kong hotels: they will have wonderful views, and they will be expensive. Which is why we’re rather attracted to this deal from Dorsett Hotels: book two nights at any Hong Kong Dorsett between May 3 and June 30, and they’ll give you a third entirely free.
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Are we the only ones who steal a glance at the brand of chinaware used in a hotel, and make a quick judgment of the overall experience based on the label embossed under a tea cup?
During a recent afternoon tea at Palm Court in The Langham in Hong Kong, this contributor did exactly that. The chinaware is designed by Wedgwood exclusively for The Langham hotels worldwide, which says something about this hotel brand’s attitude towards afternoon tea.
Those who know their Langhams will know that the original Palm Court is at The Langham London, which has been serving English afternoon tea as early as 150 years ago. The Palm Court at The Langham in Hong Kong is inspired by its London cousin. It was launched in September 2014 as part of the hotel’s $30 million renovation program, which also covered 230 rooms and suites and the completion of Artesian Bar, another concept inspired by The Langham London.
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We are fans of cool hotel art, and even more so when it’s a contemporary and quirky installation on a historic hotel façade, like the one you see here displayed at the The Peninsula Hong Kong.
As part of the recent Art Basel Hong Kong, the hotel is playing host to a special prop from the 1969 movie, The Italian Job. A life-sized replica of the Harrington Legionnaire coach featured in the movie has been mounted on the parapet of the hotel’s seventh floor Sun Terrace. It looks like it’s precariously balancing off The Pen’s Grade I-listed heritage façade, and can be seen from as far as the Avenue of Stars harbour front promenade.
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Late last week, luxury hotel brand Langham Hotels dropped the news that they would be creating a new brand of hotel--Cordis Hotels and Resorts, with the first hotel opening very soon--in May in Hong Kong.
Best of all, this is not a millennial brand.
Cordis comes from the Latin word for heart, hence the heart-shaped logo and the brand's emphasis on "intuitive service, connectivity, sophistication and a sense of community." Cordis Hotels won't be a high end as Langham Hotels (just a notch below, according to Langham folk) but they do promise to be "vibrant" and "modern" and even, "family-friendly."
Seven more Cordis Hotels are set to open in Asia within the next three years, and Langham will hopes to open Cordis in other cosmopolitan cities such as London, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok, and wait for it, Orlando.
As big fans of Langham, we're loving the idea of a Langham experience on a more accessible level, and that they are catering to families is a huge plus for this writer. So we hope they come stateside soon.
But we may have spoken too soon about millennials. Word from Hotel News Now is that Langham is developing a lifestyle brand for millennials. Sigh.
[Photo: Cordis Hotels]
That goal is another step closer with the addition of The Park Lane Hong Kong, the first hotel that isn’t called just “Pullman” (officially, it’s The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman hotel). The 826-room hotel is number 91 for the brand, with a full renovation being completed to bring the hotel up to date. A few more interesting stats? It’s the 600th hotel in Asia Pacific for Accor, with an average of one Accor hotel opening per week in the region at the moment. Holy cow, that’s a lot of hotels.
While the announcement talks about this “full renovation program”, it mentions specifically the Park Lane and Premier Suites, executive floors, dining outlets, lobby, and executive lounge. Images on the current website vary between and within room types, with above a Deluxe Room with that looks slightly more modern (hardwood floors, light wood) than some others. We'll wait until it's joined Pullman officially (that happens on January 1) to form an opinion on them.
The view from a room at The Upper House
One of Hong Kong's most luxurious hotels, The Upper House, was forced to cancel its Anniversary Party, which was scheduled for Wednesday, October 1, due to the pro-democracy demonstrations in the city's Admiralty and Central districts.
The demonstrations began over the weekend and have carried on today, forcing the city to cancel its fireworks show in honor of National China Day. A central issue for the protestors are the 2017 elections for the city's chief executives. Hong Kong, formerly a British colony, was promised full "universal suffrage" but then China said only candidates fully-vetted by a Beijing-friendly committee could participate. A police crackdown on Sunday involved the use of tear gas, pepper spray and batons but only resulted in having the opposite effect as people, outrage by the use of force, joined the protests .
As the demonstrations continue, more and more of Hong Kong's hotels are being affected. Here's a snapshot taken about an hour ago of the Mandarin Oriental Landmark Hotel:
Hong Kong's top Mandarin hotel is barricaded by protesters. Road access is blocked pic.twitter.com/Bt5NS08atg— Richard Frost (@frostyhk) September 29, 2014
Indeed the hotel has even pulled down steel gates over its entrance:
Not your usual Mandarin Hotel welcome in Hong Kong pic.twitter.com/jVjymRq8MB— Richard Frost (@frostyhk) September 29, 2014
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.
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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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.