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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.
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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.
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
There's no doubt that the Chinese New Year is one of the most auspicious times of the year in most parts of Asia so it makes perfect sense for Peninsula Hotels, a hotel brand that originated in Hong Kong, to have some special celebrations to welcome in the Year of the Horse. And here's how they are doing it:
The nine luxury properties are hosting "Ten Perfect Treats" to help Chinese New Year first-timers and veterans of the celebration get into the mood of the happiest cultural season. Treats involve decor, food, arts, activities and packages amongst other events.
The Peninsula Hong Kong will be the center of good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity. This Saturday, the flagship property will host a Sun Terrace party with free champagne to watch the fireworks over Victoria Harbour. Once the show is over, you can fill your belly with traditional new year treats at one of the hotel's seven restaurants.
After the jump, see how some of the other Peninsulas are getting festive.
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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Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*
· Kimpton's Mid-Atlantic Hotels Will Be Home for The Holidays: 12 of Kimpton's Mid-Atlantic Hotels are offering special "Early Bird" rates for stays from November 22 – December 1 in a special flash 72-hour flash sale beginning on September 24. Rates will start at $95 a night. Go here to book and enter the promo code TURKEY. The sale will kick off promptly at 12:00am on 9/24 and will end at 11:59 p.m. EST on 9/26. Participating hotels include the Donovan House and the Palomar in DC, along with the Monaco Alexandria in Virginia and the Monaco Baltimore.
· Love Thy Neighbor (and Thyself) at the Eau Palm Beach: Eau Palm Beach, the former Ritz-Carlton, has just introduced a new “Love thy Neighbor” package exclusively for Florida residents with rooms starting at $199 and an add-on spa package with $200 worth of spa credit for just $100. The deal is good through December 13th (before the out-of-towners start to arrive) and includes a Champagne welcome, high speed internet access and complimentary newspaper. Go here to book. The spa should be booked separately by calling 1.855.580.3933 with the code word LOVE. Guests must show Florida identification upon arrival.
· Marriott Hotels Rates Fall for Fall in NYC: Travelzoo has a deal for up to 45 percent off for Marriott Hotels in the pricey Big Apple. The Renaissance Times Square is usually going for $449 but if you book on Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 and 27, you can get it for just $233 a night. Two other Marriott hotels in Manhattan are also discounted but again, only for certain dates so make sure to cross-check those with your travel plans.
· Passport to Bourbon Country from 21c Museum Hotel Louisville: The funky museum hotel is offering a "Just Add Bourbon" package for National Bourbon Month that includes overnight accommodations, two cocktails at the Proof on Main hotel bar, two passports to the Urban Bourbon Trail in Louisville, breakfast for two at Proof on Main hotel restaurant and a Whiskey Lovers Kit from the hotel shop to take home. Rates start at $291 a night. Go here to book. (The package is also available at the 21c Museum Hotels in Bentonville, Ark. and Cincinnati as well.)
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.
We've long been suspicious of the in-room hotel safe after personally encountering safes that simply didn't work and after hearing several tales of the safe getting robbed, like this one. But if you were still trusting the hotel safe to keep your valuables protected, this story may really cause you to think again.
At the posh Peninsula Hong Kong, one of the most high-tech hotels in the world, a man wearing hotel slippers tricked the staff into thinking he was a guest, not only gaining access to a hotel room but also getting the password to the in-room safe. Here's how he did it:
"Speaking in English, he told hotel staff that he had lost his room key and demanded another one," the [South China Morning Post] cited a Hong Kong police officer as saying, adding that the man provided details of the 47-year-old male occupant including name and birthdate, without saying how he had obtained such information.
After entering the room, the man "telephoned the front desk from the room saying he had forgotten the password of the safe and asked for assistance to open it", the officer was quoted by the SCMP as saying.
The thief managed to walk away with about $4,900 in cash, a computer, a wallet and a piece of luggage. So far, no arrests have been made but we're pretty sure that couple will never, ever, ever, use the hotel safe again. Or maybe, Hong Kong just needs to beef up their hotel security. After all, a HotelChatter tipster was able to uncover where NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was hiding out, thanks to a very nice hotel operator.
Traveling with some pretty nice stuff but don't want to use the hotel safe? Read our tips after the jump!
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What’s Out: Chocolates on your pillow
What’s In: Over the top, fun and experiential turn-down services
Everyone loves coming back to their room after a nice dinner out to find that little chocolate sitting on their pillow, right? If you like that, though, you’re going to love this. Some hotels are going out of their way to make sure that you have really sweet dreams with these OTT nighty-night rituals.
Hotel Vermont offers a special “bedtime menu” that includes such delights as a selection of Vermont flannel pyjamas to snuggle up in on a brisk night, local Lunaroma aromatherapy products from which you can choose, a Vermont teddy bear (your choice of six) to sleep with or take home, a selection of bedtime stories for the little ones, a locally-inspired Hot Toddy selection, and 10-15 minute in-room meditation sessions via TV or download.
In Fairmont Gold rooms at Boston’s Fairmont Battery Wharf, you get a message in a bottle with top things to do in Boston during that particular time of the year.
Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport is more than an ordinary airport hotel. It’s known by some to be the original beer hotel and has an enormous beer selection featuring over 100 beers, a poolside bar dedicated solely to local beers, monthly beer appreciation nights and it even has a Beer Advisory Board and a Director of Brewer Relations. If all of that beer surrounding you has made you thirsty for more, you can order a Beer Club Package that includes stocking the in-room mini fridge with your choice of three of your favorite beers and a nightly beer turndown with souvenir glass.
Three more hotels with bedtime treats follow!
If you ever need to track down someone in a hotel, it helps to put someone who works in a hotel on the job. When we guessed the whereabouts of the PRISM whistleblower, Edward Snowden, this morning, we threw out a couple of not-so-serious hotel guesses. But someone reading our story took it very seriously.
Our own Macau Deepthroat, as we call him, noticed the interview setting that Snowden did for the Guardian UK looked very similar to the rooms at The Mira Hong Kong in Kowloon Park. A quick Google image search confirmed this for him. Then MD went to the next level. Here's what he did:
With this bit of information I called to the hotel and claimed that I had sent a fax to Mr Snowden but it had never reached his room. The friendly operator confirmed then that Mr Edward Snowden had checked out at 12:30 pm and explained that this may have been the reason why he never received my fax message. I thanked her and ended the call.
I then called a second time to the hotel, this time I asked for the reservations department and pretended to be interested in extending Mr Edward Snowden's stay as he had to remain in Hong Kong due to unforeseen circumstances. I only provide the name and the fact that he had checked out of a Parkview Room today and a second later the reservations agent happily provides me the room number (on 10th floor) and quotes the rates for an extension of stay...
As I work in hotels, I know how to play the game and get the information one wants...
Where Snowden has gone is anyone's guess but we're sure the CIA and the NSA are on it. Meanwhile, the Mira might need to have a conversation with their "friendly" operators.