Island Shangri-La opened in 1991, sitting above prime Pacific Place real estate making it one of the most popular choices for both business and leisure travellers. Elegant yet understated in design, the décor throughout the hotel nods to a unique combination of old-school glamour meets Chinese heritage. We check into the newly-renovated Horizon Club Rooms for a refreshing re-visit of this longstanding property.
Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong is located within Admiralty business district, between an upscale shopping mall, Pacific Place, and multiple five-star hotels in what's become a hospitality haven. There's plenty to see and do in the area, and if you're looking to eat well, this is the place for it. You can explore the plethora of nearby restaurants or make the most of some of the hotel's most renowned eateries, from the coveted Petrus to the popular Lobster Bar & Grill.
Check-in was busy, but straightforward and we were greeted with great service. On the way to the room, we marvelled at the iconic 16-storey silk painting "Great Motherland of China" which cannot be missed. Our room, the Horizon Harbour View Room offered a spacious, chic stay comprising 479 square feet of luxurious amenities and sumptuous décor. The workspace corner was especially helpful as a remote worker and paired with the skyline views, certainly made for not a bad home office space.
The bathroom was also generous considering the accommodation was a room not suite, but we thought the bath area was a bit cramped being next to the shower. Sadly, the weather was a bit glum on the day of our visit, but it cleared in the morning and we were able to embrace the phenomenal views of the harbour from the huge windows.
The minibar area is a highlight too, offering Nespresso coffee and filtered tap water whenever you need it. We loved the cocktail and tea trolley which makes a fun option especially for staycation-ers – especially amid the lockdown at which this article was posted.
Of course, a huge part of our stay was having access to the Horizon Club, a retreat for snacking and drinking – and for those on business, working. We made the most of the afternoon tea upon arrival and the two hour unlimited cocktail (and Veuve Cliquot champagne) slot. Since we stayed at the hotel during the 6pm lockdowns, we were unable to check out the myriad of facilities like the spa, swimming pool and gym, but we've heard only good things and will return at the next given chance.
The hotel breakfasts that we've tried in Hong Kong have been surprisingly consistent in quality and Island Shangri-La was no exception. A breakfast buffet spread fit for a king, there's pretty much something for everyone at Cafe TOO.
Whether you're on a romantic break or simply need some solo time in the heart of the city, Island Shangri-La provides top-notch service and facilities to cater to city dwellers. The newly-refurbished rooms provide an exciting reason to return to this humble abode and despite the ongoing restrictions, the hotel does its best to offer a hospitable stay in a beautiful setting.
Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong, Supreme Ct Rd, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2877 3838
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