Hong Kong: A whirlwind tour
Our World | On 13, Jul 2011
Last week I took you round two of the Langham properties in Hong Kong. This week I thought I’d give you a little insight into some of the other fabulous hotels I viewed during my recent.
Hotels come in all shapes, sizes and styles in this great city. If you have a favourite hotel chain, then rest assured they are somewhere in HK. From the W hotel to Ritz-Carlton the breadth of choice here is fantastic. Right let’s get to it then.
Island Shangri La was first on the agenda (with an early start) and was well worth a visit. Most hotels in HK will boast about their views but not many can match this splendid hotel. The Island Shangri La has to be applauded for its design, maximising the views of the harbour as well as the peak. The overall look and feel to the hotel is very ‘Orient Express’ and it tends to attract more meetings and conferences than incentives.
The W hotel is ultra modern with a funky twist and is perfectly placed to hold meetings of all sizes. Whether held internally or at the nearby ICC there is plenty of flexible space which can be adapted to meet all your exacting needs. The hotel also benefits from being right in the heart of some great nightlife and with that in mind; a young audience would really enjoy this area for an incentive.
Finally the Ritz-Carlton; obviously built for the high end of the market this newly opened hotel has everything you would want from a 5* property. Meeting space is a plenty and very versatile however with the ICC situated below, you truly can hold any type of meeting at this property. Even bed space isn’t a problem as the W hotel (just mentioned) is next door and can easily be used for any overspill you may have.
For the incentive market it would be great also, but then most hotels in HK can cover the needs of the incentive sector as the area itself has so much to offer. The new shiny buildings sparkle in the sunlight and attractions such as the world’s highest bar allow for some breathtaking views. This hotel offers glitz and glamour a plenty and really wouldn’t look or feel out of place in London or New York. In my opinion this hotel has really added something to Hong Kong, aligning it with other major cities around the world and giving it a foothold to really start competing on!
The range of hotels within Hong Kong is great and if your event is flexible on dates then you can honestly get a great deal. At a push, the only problem I can see with this great destination is during their peak seasons (April, May, October and November). As all major cities, hotel room rates increase, however my concern is that HK’s tend to be quite high and therefore could price a fantastic destination out of contention.
Away from hotels there are a few things that should be experienced. An evening cruise on a traditional sailing boat is enchanting. You get to see the light display from the buildings at night and take some fantastic snapshots as a memento of your time in this great city. There is also a great restaurant at the top of the Peak (Pearl) that serves some fantastic food, particularly if you want a break from Chinese food (god knows why you would, it’s delicious everywhere you go). Get to the Peak just as the sun sets and you can slowly watch the city transform. For a group of about 80 pax this restaurant can be hired exclusively and would make a great gala dinner venue. I cannot do justice to the view you gain from Pearl, in this article; all I can do is urge you to go!
So what did I learn from my time in Hong Kong? It’s safe, easy to access and breathtaking. Whether you want an action packed experience or to dive into the local culture and absorb as much as possible then Hong Kong is the place for you. Hong Kong is so eager to welcome all types of group, the language barrier isn’t a problem at all and the things you can do and see are too many to mention.
Hong Kong brought a massive smile to my face and I know it could do the same for you.