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If you want to talk about hotel hotspots, the conversation isn't complete with some mention of both Hong Kong and Macau. Both are leading the world's way in terms of super-high hotels, super-techy hotels, super-expensive hotels and, just in general, hotels that reach high into other superlatives.
Nonetheless, it is kinda an ordeal to reach Hong Kong. It's a 16-hour plane ride from New York and, if you want to travel in any kind of comfort, you can plan on spending thousands and thousands of dollars, and before booking any hotels.
Jaunted.com to the rescue! Our sister site is giving away a roundtrip ticket in Cathay Pacific's new Premium Economy class from US or Canada to Hong Kong, and it could be your stepping stone to sipping tea in the lobby of the original Peninsula Hotel. Or perhaps grab a cocktail in the Clipper Lounge at the original Mandarin Oriental. All hotel geeking out, all the time.
Alright so you've just got a layover at the awesome Hong Kong International Airport and you're desperate for a little taste of Hong Kong without having to go outside. OR maybe you're at the airport, leaving Hong Kong, but ran out of time to visit The Peninsula Hotel. It's all good, because, as we found out while zipping through HKG last week, the hotel has its own boutique right in Terminal 1.
The Peninsula Boutique specializes in little edible treats, perfectly packaged, ready to tote home as gifts. This means boxed chocolates and truffles of all varieties, including mix-your-own, containers of cookies and macarons, and a healthy selections of tins of tea.
True story: last night we wandered around the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. Little did we know that we were sun set with Lady Gaga, who had arrived to the Ritz-Carlton just the day before, in order to prep for her "Born This Way Ball" performances later this week.
Naturally the Mother Monster's arrival had to be grandiose; Gaga turned out in a dress made of purple hair (her own hair extensions braided into it) and greeted fans at the main entrance to the hotel before heading up to a suite in the high altitudes.
We've previously peeked into one of the Ritz-Carlton's specialty suites, this one on the 116th floor, but we're guessing Lady Gaga is going even higher. Our money is on 118.
You know how much we obsess over the kind of toiletries we find in hotel bathrooms so when we stayed at the Upper House in Hong Kong last year, we kind of didn't know what to do with ourselves when we opened up their toiletry kit.
The kit, given to every guest in every room category, featured REN facial and body products along with a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, nail kit and even nail polish remover. Toiletry overload! In a totally awesome way of course.
But the best part of it all was a plastic "Airline Security Bag" in case you want to stash some of these toiletries in your carry-on for the flight home. Being religious users of plastic baggies with TSA-approved sizes, this was an especially nice touch.
So we have to ask...have you ever seen this sort of "toiletry" before? Let us know where in comments below! Or just dish out your favorite hotel toiletry finds. We can never get enough of those!
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So we're not entirely sure what crossed the mind of Swiss jeweler Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele when she absentmindedly left her £1 million emerald ring in a bathroom at Four Seasons Hong Kong last week. According to the Daily Mail, Gruosi-Scheufele left the ring, which was bought by her parents in 1963, in the bathroom at the hotel's fourth-floor ballroom during an event. A busy, busy event, with lots of people rushing in and out of the bathroom. By the time she raced back to the bathroom (six minutes later), the ring was nowhere to be found. Quick work!
The hotel is attached to Pacific Place, one of many luxury shopping malls in the city. It's also across the way (via an indoor walkway) from the Island Shangri-La Hotel, another traditional luxury hotel.
Since rooms go for about $573 a night here, we made do with peeping in on some of the other parts of the hotel. Sadly, we didn't get inside a room but you can always study those here.
When HotelChatter popped into the Peninsula Hong Kong just over a year ago, there wasn't much that we didn't like at the hotel from the welcome amenities to the in-room telescopes, the bedside tech control panel and the white-gloved service.
But all this "classic lushness" may have been a little too "classic" as the hotel has just announced the start of a major guestroom redesign which will update all 297 rooms in both of the hotel's towers.
Conceived by The Peninsula Hotels in-house design team, the newly enhanced rooms showcase the finest materials and craftsmanship, boasting a bespoke luxury residential feel. With an accent on Classic Modernity, simplicity and chic elegance, the new room aesthetic melds the distinctive design touches and practicality present in today’s luxury yachts, motorcars, and private jets, taking The Peninsula guest experience to the next level.
We've already told you about the glorious bathrooms in the specialty suites at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, the tallest hotel in the world. But down in the other guestrooms, the amenities are just as nice.
For instance, there are Asprey Purple Rain toiletries lining the bathtub and under the sink vanity is a dedicated toiletry drawer which features golden boxes of dental kits (2), a shaving kit, a hairbrush, an emery board, cotton pads, Q-tips, shower cap and mouthwash.
We love luxury hotels but we can't always afford to stay in them. Thankfully, hotels these days are way more than just rooms for paying hotel guests. Between visiting the lobbies, bars, restaurants, and spas inside these upper echelon hotels, it's practically as good as staying the night. Here's our latest installment of how to quench your champagne tastes on a Coca-Cola budget with a Hotel Day Trip.
You don't have to be a paying hotel guest to enjoy the swank luxury of The Upper House in Hong Kong which sits atop the J.W. Marriott at Pacific Place (There's no connection between the two hotels, just FYI.)
Here's how you can fake it and enjoy some of the best public hotel spaces Hong Kong has to offer while saving yourself about $515 a night:
1. Lay Out on The Lawn: Up on Level 6 (just after you ride escalators up to the elevator bank), there's a rooftop lounge with real grass, a rarity for Hong Kong. Here you can order coffee or cocktails, read the paper, flip through a magazine or check your email using the hotel's free WiFi. No room key necessary!
A couple of these come from the hotels clustered at Pacific Place but we've also got one from Kowloon and the Tai Koo Shing nabe. We actually had quite a few more but we lost our camera in a red taxi the night before we left. Maybe the return of our camera (or at least our memory stick full of hotel rooms, hotel Christmas trees, hotel exteriors, hotel cocktails, an interview with a hotel concierge and a daytrip to Macau) will be our Christmas miracle this year. Yeah, we won't count on it.
Here's hoping you all get a little something naughty and nice under your Christmas tree this weekend! We'll be back on Tuesday with more hotel news and reviews as well as the annual HotelChatter year-end awards! Now excuse us, there's some egg nog that needs to be drunk.
We got a chance to tour the East Hotel in Hong Kong in the city's Taikoo Shing district which bills itself as a "business hotel with a life" and while the hanging chairs in the suites definitely topped our list of Things We Liked, there's so much more to explore.
Our contributing editor, JetsetCD, did a thorough review of the hotel last year so be sure to read her play-by-play of an overnight stay if you're interested in booking a room here. But for now, allow us to pull out a few of our favorite things about East:
Imagine our surprise yesterday when we stumbled out of the maze of assorted stalls of the Wan Chai Market--which sell clothing, jewelry, toys alongside meat and live, still-flapping-in-a-box fish--came face-to-face with this--the construction site for the upcoming Hotel Indigo Hong Kong.
The project was first announced back in 2009 and the dragon-wrapped hotel on the bustling Queen's Road East will open sometime next year. What's that you say, a dragon-wrapped hotel? Yes, the hotel's exterior will feature a "conspicuous dragon in burnished bronze" that will also function as an eco-screen to counteract hot spots and solar gain.
Inside there will be 150 Feng Shui-designed rooms and since Hotel Indigo is all about the local neighborhood, we're guessing the history of the Wan Chai 'hood will be featured prominently throughout.