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Farewell to the Excelsior Hong Kong (and the Dickens Bar in particular)

Farewell to the Excelsior Hong Kong (and the Dickens Bar in particular)

Old Oct 9, 18, 7:31 am
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Farewell to the Excelsior Hong Kong (and the Dickens Bar in particular)

Yes I know it's not strictly BA related, but for many years it has been the BA crew's home from home and as there are a few who frequent FT, I'm sure there are plenty of readers who have fond memories of staying at the Excelsior, and in particular the famous Dickens Bar.

Time and tide wait for no man, particularly in Hong Kong where nostalgia cannot stand in the way of commercial gain.

So, on 31st March 2019, the hotel will be no more.

Sad. So many great nights in there, often with newly arrived BA crew. Many tales to tell, but I'm too polite to share them on this forum.

Cheers to the Dickens. Thanks for the memories.
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Old Oct 9, 18, 7:40 am
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Nice eulogy

Stayed there on my first-ever trip to HKG (and that’s a good few years ago now ......)

Was pleased to see it still going strong when I happened to pass by it in a taxi a while back, but now sorry to hear it is not long for this world.
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Old Oct 9, 18, 8:57 am
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That's a real shame, spent my longest ever hotel stay there once 43 nights. Hopefully BA will find a hotel in town for the crew, rather than one of the newer soulless hotels near the airport.
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Old Oct 9, 18, 9:00 am
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Originally Posted by Lgwfan View Post
That's a real shame, spent my longest ever hotel stay there once 43 nights. Hopefully BA will find a hotel in town for the crew, rather than one of the newer soulless hotels near the airport.
BA crew moved out of there ages ago. At least 4 or so years.
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Old Oct 9, 18, 9:02 am
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Originally Posted by BingBongBoy View Post
BA crew moved out of there ages ago. At least 4 or so years.
Does your private jet fly to HKG ?
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Old Oct 9, 18, 9:24 am
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I stayed there last month and thought the place was a total sh-thole badly in need of a refurb.
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Old Oct 9, 18, 9:32 am
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Originally Posted by justin_krusty View Post
I stayed there last month and thought the place was a total sh-thole badly in need of a refurb.
hence the decision to flatten it and build a commercial complex rather than do a refurb.
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Old Oct 9, 18, 9:39 am
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Originally Posted by BingBongBoy View Post
BA crew moved out of there ages ago. At least 4 or so years.
Correct me if I am wrong, but the new one isn't a million miles away right?
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Old Oct 9, 18, 9:39 am
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I remember it from when I was little. That hotel is almost as old as Hong Kong itself. Those were the days, the early 1970s, when it was amazing watching from where we lived (Tai Hang Road) planes take off from Kai Tak. The dirtiest were Cathay Pacific, leaving immense amounts of smoke behind them, quite a reputation they had back then.
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Old Oct 9, 18, 9:58 am
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Originally Posted by Lgwfan View Post
That's a real shame, spent my longest ever hotel stay there once 43 nights. Hopefully BA will find a hotel in town for the crew, rather than one of the newer soulless hotels near the airport.
Because of the need to ensure a decent sleep, BA will not place aircrew in airport hotels. The challenge, quite possibly, is finding somewhere in a city as busy as HK which doesn't face similar noise pollution issues!
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Old Oct 9, 18, 10:13 am
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Somewhere I still have marshmallow tin, in the shape of the hotel tower. Indeed it was an interesting place, but what goes on downroutes best stays downroute......
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Old Oct 9, 18, 10:58 am
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maybe a farewell do shall be in way...
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Old Oct 9, 18, 11:07 am
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I visited a few years back and recalled the rooms have been renovated and looked fairly new.
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Old Oct 9, 18, 12:29 pm
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Whos going to fire the Noon Day Gun? I believe its currently a hotel employee.
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Old Oct 9, 18, 12:40 pm
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We stayed there on the first leg of our honeymoon in 93. On the 28th floor. It was bonkers watching the traffic at 3am looking like London rush hour.

And the brilliant view of Kai Tak.

Very fond memories of the place.
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