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InterContinental Hong Kong

Address: 18 Salisbury Rd.

Neighborhood: Tsim Sha Tsui

City: Hong Kong

Phone: 011-852-2721-1211

Website: www.intercontinental.com

Expert Review

With the best views anywhere in Hong Kong, the InterContinental sits on pylons along Victoria Harbour’s edge, providing picture-perfect views of the sampans and ferries chugging past and the towering skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island – true whether you’re in the guest rooms, three-story lobby, or in one of the three differently heated infinity-edge rooftop whirlpools on the roof (the larger pool for swimming doesn’t have the same quality views, but it does have underwater music). After undergoing a $70-million renovation in 2008, the 495 rooms have 37-inch LCD TVs, BOSE entertainment systems, marble bathrooms with separate shower and tubs, and 24-hour butler service; upgrade to the Club InterContinental for access to the second-floor lounge, where free Wi-Fi and local calls and a breakfast buffet, day-long snacks, and evening cocktails are among the perks. Or really go all out and book the Presidential Suite, a five-bedroom duplex, which at 7,000 square feet (including a private gym and 2,500-square-foot terrace with outdoor infinity-edge pool and Jacuzzi) is the largest in the city. But even without the suite’s private dining room, anyone can enjoy the InterCon’s restaurants, which include the Michelin-starred Yan Toh Heen (complete with hand-carved jade table settings and 18th-century Chinese tapestries) and Michelin-starred SPOON by Alain Ducasse (with eel-skin-covered French Provençal chairs and 550 blown-glass spoons from Murano suspended from the ceiling). Not enough? There’s also a NOBU (with bamboo-embedded terrazzo walls and 450,000 pencil sea urchin spines pointing down from its ceiling), and the only charcoal-grilled steakhouse in Hong Kong, featuring Japanese and Australian Wagyu, Argentinian, Canadian, and American beef. Otherwise, there’s a spa and 24-hour fitness center, and morning Tai Chi classes on the rooftop, just in case you overeat.

Tags: luxury | business | expensive | spa | swimming pool | great location | views | waterfront | patio

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