Check In: Conrad Hong Kong, a Chic Urban Oasis
Pacific Place in Admiralty is definitely at no shortage of hotel options, hosting four renowned luxury hotels in its perimeter. Conrad Hong Kong is a Hilton venture, offering everything you need in the heart of the city. Its tribute to Chinese culture is prominent throughout the property, with its recurring gold colour palette upon interiors and furnishings, and its overall lighting, while the impressive Asian artwork is a showcase for some of the region's most talented artists. We checked into the King Executive Harbour Suite for an urban staycation and some well-deserved R&R.
The property is connected directly to the luxury shopping mall, allowing a seamless transition between MTR, mall and hotel. If you're arriving by taxi or car, there's an impressive grand entrance to welcome you directly to the lobby area.
We checked in on a Sunday afternoon which meant that it was rather busy, but since we opted for club access, we were able to start our journey in the Club Lounge for a quicker, more efficient start to the staycation. Here, we tucked into some afternoon snacks and a coffee for a mid-day booster. Its sky-high location boasts a picture-perfect panoramic view of the harbour which elevates the experience, plus, its intimate appeal makes it an ideal spot for business travellers to work in.
The Club Lounge is open all day but guests should maximise the three time slots for breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails and canapes to get the best of the facilities.
There's a distinct oriental charm in the Conrad Hong Kong's design. We were particularly impressed by the corridors leading to the rooms, adorned in deep woods and ochres and decorative touches like the paintings and chic lamps.
There are a range of rooms and suites to choose from at Conrad Hong Kong, but if you're travelling as a two or three, it's definitely worth upgrading to the suite. Our King Executive Harbour Suite with club access was a 753 square foot abode equipped with a stunning harbour view from the living area and a jungle scene from the bedroom. The suite has one king-sized bed, a guest bathroom, a master marble bathroom, swish living room and spacious bedroom.
The lavish furnishings complemented with antiques made this suite feel sultry and in some ways, a tribute to its history with Chinese elements. Although the room was chic in many ways, however, there are some features that felt outdated, especially the low-speed WiFi (at least during our stay) and some of the furniture which looked a bit too worn in. Nonetheless, its airy and welcoming façade made us feel like we could settle in quickly into this home away from home.
The Pacific Bar at sunset is beautiful. We opted to have our gin experience after dinner, but we passed through the chic, sun-kissed lounge which sits between two restaurants.
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For Northern Italian cuisine, head to Nicholini's, whether you are a hotel guest or not. The hotel's signature restaurant specialises in homemade pastas and indulgent meat dishes. Perched on the eighth floor of the hotel, Nicholini's offers an extensive food and drinks menu, though, we tried the set as part of our staycation.
Other restaurants at Conrad Hong Kong include Brasserie on the Eighth for French Continental cuisine, Southeast Asian dining at Garden Cafe, exquisite Cantonese bites at Golden Leaf and the Lobby Lounge for all-day dining.
After our meal, we headed back through to the Pacific Bar to pick from the extensive list of gin brands served from an old-fashioned trolley. It's a great way to prolong an evening and feels ambiant thanks to its dim lighting come evening and cool city views. We tried the Hong Kong-born Perfume Trees gin tonic and a classic Tanqueray Ten tonic for a post-dinner nightcap.
Besides Conrad's convenient location and plush accommodation, guests can also make use of the outdoor swimming pool, well-equipped gym, the array of dining options and top-notch service. In a city brimming with endless hotel options, it's always helpful having a go-to that can be relied on along with its plethora of sister properties worldwide. Conrad is an urban gem ideal for couples, families and business travellers looking for an all-in-one hotel.
Conrad Hong Kong, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2521 3838
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