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Intercontinental Hong Kong - 香港洲際酒店
18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel. (Hong Kong): +852-2721-1211
Website (link)

NOTE: This property was supposed close ~12 months for refurbishment sometime after Chinese New Year (5 Feb) in 2020. It seems the moved the date (again). Rooms are currently (Sep19) bookable in Aug20)


500 rooms including 87 suites; best Hong Kong and Victoria Harbour viewsviews
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(starting price ~HKD 2,249.10 / $288 USD)
Check in: 2pm (“Early check in unavailable”). It seems that with Royal Ambassador status they let you check in early.
Check out: 12pm (“Late check out unavailable” but not so IME - with Amassador or Royal Ambassador late checkout seems possible.
One complimentary parking space per room, valet parking available (HKD80 per hour for non-restaurant patrons or per additional hour)
Service Animals allowed
2 accessible guestrooms on the low floor of the hotel
Executive rooms
Club Intercontinental Executive Lounge (generally significant extra charge)
Complimentary customized Android smartphone capable of WiFi hot spot use in room (no need to buy local SIM) - seems no longer to be true as of Sep19
Link to 5 page PDF Hotel information sheet

Transportation:

From / to HKG airport:
Hotel limo (Mercedes) HKD $900 + 10% (courtesy WiFi Hot spot, water, reading material)
Hong Kong Cityflyer A21 stops at both ICHK and ICGS - 33HKD (see link for map of stops)
(ICHK) Stops on Salisbury Road outside hotel, take the MTR underpass to cross road.
(ICGS) Stops on Mody Road
https://www.hongkong.net/transportat...irport/bus/a21
Train charge (one way): 90.00 HKD (train to Kowloon Station + MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui or taxi, ~90 min), discounts for more than 1 person traveling together,you can buy ticket at arrival train station. Taxi from train station to hotel approx 40 HK$. Train every 12 min, 20 min traveltime, plus 10-15 min for taxi to hotel
Urban (red) Taxi charge (one way): 300.00 HKD (~$38 USD / 30min) (link to HKG Taxi rate charts)
Private transfer ~$99-$110 USD / 30min one way ( link)

Dining:

Lobby Lounge: 7 am - 1230 am
Harbourside: 6 am - 1230 am, casual dining (breakfast and lunch buffet, seafood dinner buffet 6 - 1030 pm, Sunday Champagne brunch 1130 am - 3 pm)
NOBU Restaurant: 1200 - 230 pm, 6 - 11 pm (new style Japanese)
Rech by Alain Ducasse: 6 pm - 11 pm (French seafood)
The Steakhouse Winebar and Grill: 6 - 11 pm (International beef & wines)
Yan Toh Heen: 12- 3 pm, 6 - 1130pm (2 Michelin stars Cantonese)

Services:

Concierge 24 hrs (Louis Baleros, Chief Concierge)
House Doctor available
Full Business Centre (staffed, secretarial services)
Fitness Centre
Spa
Limousine service
Laundry daily same day service

“The outdoor swimming pool will undergo annual maintenance from January 22 - February 8, 2018 inclusive, with the outdoor spa pool.” and “The outdoor spa pools will undergo annual maintenance from February 26 - March 8, 2018 inclusive, with the outdoor swimming p” (sic).
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Old Dec 21, 15, 4:19 pm
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The area in front of the art museum or science centre (or whatever it is) is closed for 2 years?

Walk round to the star ferry port then, or the other other way toward t-s-t east. Or just go wandering, that's what I do.
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Old Dec 27, 15, 8:24 am
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Originally Posted by jedicat666 View Post
1. Yes, you can pay for a cash upgrade to HV @ HKD600+10%
and also club access for 2 @ HKD1036+10% (Which i recommend)
*Note : These prices are only if you are Platinum/Spire, add another 30% if you are not.

2. For IHG, you do only receive benefits on qualified nights. Since yours is an award night, it is not eligible for benefits.

At times, properties might, if you are lucky, provide you benefits even though you have an award night however this is rare, and extremely rare for this property (IC HK) in particular.
I'm Spire and they tried to charge me HKD800+10% for just HV (not club). On NYE they charged HKD3000+10%.

Maybe these are specially high rates for holiday season?
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Old Dec 27, 15, 11:01 am
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Originally Posted by mcdullhk88 View Post
I'm Spire and they tried to charge me HKD800+10% for just HV (not club). On NYE they charged HKD3000+10%.

Maybe these are specially high rates for holiday season?
Chinese New Year night, tues 9th Feb - wed 10th would also be a very big upsell difference !
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Old Dec 28, 15, 1:29 pm
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I've read back a few pages here, but I'm hoping for a more recent datapoint... I'm planning a trip with a good friend who's a Royal Ambassador. If we end up staying here on my Chase free night cert, will his RA benefits be honored? I'm most interested in getting a decent view and club access, less so the 2 category upgrade.

Thx,
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Old Dec 28, 15, 1:52 pm
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Originally Posted by CLG View Post
I've read back a few pages here, but I'm hoping for a more recent datapoint... I'm planning a trip with a good friend who's a Royal Ambassador. If we end up staying here on my Chase free night cert, will his RA benefits be honored? I'm most interested in getting a decent view and club access, less so the 2 category upgrade.

Thx,
-CLG
I would assume not. They are very stingy about giving any freebies away when they don't need to. Maybe if you put the reservation in your friend's name?
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Old Dec 28, 15, 5:03 pm
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Originally Posted by CLG View Post
I've read back a few pages here, but I'm hoping for a more recent datapoint... I'm planning a trip with a good friend who's a Royal Ambassador. If we end up staying here on my Chase free night cert, will his RA benefits be honored? I'm most interested in getting a decent view and club access, less so the 2 category upgrade.

Thx,
-CLG
My data point is from August. On a two-night stay, first of which was booked with someone else's points, and second with mine (I'm an RA), the treatment blew my mind - upgrade, club, etc. for both nights.

But I would expect you MUST have at least one night booked under the RAs name, otherwise I see no reason for them to.
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Old Dec 29, 15, 11:55 am
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Just an FYI post: I used my Chase free night cert for a 1 night stay on Nov. 10th. I am Spire. I had emailed the hotel ahead of time requesting any benefits they could extend, but hopefully a nice view. At check in I was told I had been given a harbor view room - awesome. It ended up being a perfectly centrally located view going for $550/night.

We were each given a welcome drink coupon. We were offered 30% off club access but on a one night stay where we already had plans for the evening we declined.

As others have noted, the property feels a little isolated and the construction was evident, but not intrusive. We just walked 10 minutes to the Star Ferry and took that to the island. The underground walk between the IC and the Hyatt Regency TST is about 10 minutes and with A/C moving walkways isn't too bad.
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Old Dec 29, 15, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Pseudo Nim View Post
But I would expect you MUST have at least one night booked under the RAs name, otherwise I see no reason for them to.
Yes, I would put his name & number on the rez, too. Just wanted to see if it was worth the effort to use the free night cert if we had to buy-up to Club, etc...

Thanks for the feedback!

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Old Jan 12, 16, 9:52 pm
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Originally Posted by supermintyfresh View Post
Anyone have any experience getting a Reward Night stay upgraded as Plat (non Amb) to harbour view or club (wishful thinking)? Would consider getting Amb but heard that even for award nights, it is not guaranteed.
I was just there, stayed one night free on an award redemption (Chase free night). I have Platinum Status. I was upgraded to a Superior Harbor View Room and was given two free drink coupons for the bar.

You chances will be based on many factors. How you present yourself and asking nicely for an upgrade. My original room would have been a courtyard view standard room. I asked about possible free upgrades and paid upgrades. After getting prices, the check-in desk clerk called his manager and got me approved for a free upgrade to the eventual room.

Guarantees are not something you get unless you pay. Rooms can always be sold out at a higher category.
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Old Jan 21, 16, 4:08 pm
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What is the cost of buffet breakfast at Harbourside? Trying to decide whether it makes sense to buy an upgrade to the Club or just eat breakfast at Harbourside
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Old Jan 21, 16, 4:12 pm
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Old Jan 22, 16, 7:17 am
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Does anybody have a feeling for how IC Hong Kong manages yield?

I have a award backup right not, but as pricing (for November) is right now I'd rather book a cash stay and upgrade into a suite (ambassador).

However I plan to book a Virtuoso rate and I prefer not to have my TA rebook (if prices drop).

When should most likely pull the trigger?
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Old Jan 22, 16, 3:32 pm
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I think I'm gonna book a 2 night cash stay at the IC for the end of March, plenty of availability right now since it's low season.

I want to get the HV room but is there a better way to do it than just booking it directly with IHG for $380/night?

Room prices: https://www.dropbox.com/s/m6w2m0lpdy...18.53.png?dl=0

1. If I bought the AMB ($200/year), this would get me a guaranteed upgrade so I could book a deluxe room for $330/night and then I'd get upgraded to an HV room right? Is that how that would/should work?

2. I saw someone mention Virtuoso. I called an agent but waiting to hear back, seems like they have a good deal going on right now for IC though: upgrade on arrival, free bfast for two, $100 food credit and club access. I'm assuming it's more expensive to book with them though than via booking directly.
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Old Jan 23, 16, 1:00 am
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Originally Posted by wholeinone04 View Post
I think I'm gonna book a 2 night cash stay at the IC for the end of March, plenty of availability right now since it's low season.

I want to get the HV room but is there a better way to do it than just booking it directly with IHG for $380/night?

Room prices: https://www.dropbox.com/s/m6w2m0lpdy...18.53.png?dl=0

1. If I bought the AMB ($200/year), this would get me a guaranteed upgrade so I could book a deluxe room for $330/night and then I'd get upgraded to an HV room right? Is that how that would/should work?

2. I saw someone mention Virtuoso. I called an agent but waiting to hear back, seems like they have a good deal going on right now for IC though: upgrade on arrival, free bfast for two, $100 food credit and club access. I'm assuming it's more expensive to book with them though than via booking directly.
Virtuoso rates on ICs are usually 10% below best-available-rate (and higher than advance purchase), but of course it's worth to double check.


And, yes for question 1.
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Old Jan 23, 16, 12:40 pm
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Originally Posted by chrisljo View Post
Virtuoso rates on ICs are usually 10% below best-available-rate (and higher than advance purchase), but of course it's worth to double check.


And, yes for question 1.
Wow nice, so why would anyone not do the virtuoso rate?
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