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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 Jan 13, 11, 7:11 am
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Originally Posted by uproared View Post
I stayed at the IC Hong Kong on points and had a great stay.

Was welcomed by the manager, offered a harbour view room for a nominal fee (not the amount being quoted here, about the cost of 1 breakfast at the IC) after I emailed them, and received complementary mini-bar.
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Old Jan 13, 11, 7:51 am
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Originally Posted by WilcoRoger View Post
2/ Friends & Family - no Ambassador privileges (confirmed by the hotel in writing!) Options Superior harbour view at 1600HKD or Deluxe harbour view at 2100HKD/night
That does not accord with my experience in October. I did not get a room upgrade (was told once occupancy is above a certain level they don't ugrade F&F - so it's still possible). But I did get a gift of fruit & tea and a 4pm late checkout. In fact the late c/o was proactively offered before I even asked.

The treatment I received is also the official IC line on how Ambs should be treated on F&F. (See that thread for confirmation.)
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Old Jan 13, 11, 9:10 am
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Originally Posted by uproared View Post
Was welcomed by the manager, offered a harbour view room for a nominal fee (not the amount being quoted here, about the cost of 1 breakfast at the IC) after I emailed them, and received complementary mini-bar.
There must be something more to the story. Pretty much everyone else here, myself included, gets none of that as RA's on award stays. Maybe you are a very regular paying customer or have some other considerations.
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Old Jan 13, 11, 10:48 am
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Originally Posted by Cheetah_SA View Post
That does not accord with my experience in October. I did not get a room upgrade (was told once occupancy is above a certain level they don't ugrade F&F - so it's still possible).
good point, what I meant was that no room upg for F&F bookings (this was confirmed by the hotel), didn't think of the rest of the privileges. Sorry for the sloppy wording.
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Old Jan 13, 11, 10:58 pm
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Originally Posted by stimpy View Post
There must be something more to the story. Pretty much everyone else here, myself included, gets none of that as RA's on award stays. Maybe you are a very regular paying customer or have some other considerations.
Actually, nothing more to the story.

I had never stayed there before (revenue or award).

When I made the reservation I emailed them and asked whether I could pay a supplement to upgrade to a harbour view room, to which they replied that they were expecting to be fully booked and could not offer it. About 1 month later they sent me another email offering the upgrade. Ended up spending a bit at the IC HK (e.g. meals, airport limo, etc.), but nothing significant.

In fact, something similar happened at the IC Bora Bora. I was booked on points, emailed them regarding an upgrade and they replied with the fee schedule (expensive!) and then about a month later they emailed me to offer a complementary upgrade to a diamond OWB. I also received complementary minibar at that property.
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Old Jan 14, 11, 6:31 am
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With regard to the main IC Hotel on the harbour, what is the real difference between "deluxe" and "Superior" harbour view rooms? One is a bit larger according to website.

I've stayed here 3 times in the past, but don't recall my room type. Once was upgraded to Jr. Suite corner room overlooking the pool.

Perhaps someone has an email for me to contact hotel directly?
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Old Jan 14, 11, 9:57 am
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Originally Posted by cbechdel View Post
With regard to the main IC Hotel on the harbour, what is the real difference between "deluxe" and "Superior" harbour view rooms? One is a bit larger according to website.

I've stayed here 3 times in the past, but don't recall my room type. Once was upgraded to Jr. Suite corner room overlooking the pool.

Perhaps someone has an email for me to contact hotel directly?
AFAIK 33 sqm vs 40 sqm - quite a difference, I think
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Old Jan 14, 11, 1:46 pm
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Originally Posted by WilcoRoger View Post
AFAIK 33 sqm vs 40 sqm - quite a difference, I think
Considering that the bathroom has about 10 sqm in both room types, the difference in size of the rest of the room is even more substantial. BTW: I booked a Superior Suite under the Ambassador Weekend Rate (Yes, it was available) and today they confirmed an upgrade to an Executive Suite with full harbour view.
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Old Jan 24, 11, 2:14 am
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This is getting weird - just checked my F&F booking (booked Deluxe Harbour view) now it shows Superior Junior Suite.
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Old Jan 24, 11, 5:01 am
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Originally Posted by WilcoRoger View Post
This is getting weird - just checked my F&F booking (booked Deluxe Harbour view) now it shows Superior Junior Suite.
Careful. Do request a deluxe junior suite - which is the standard upgrade from a deluxe harbour view room. Superior junior suites (xx00-rooms) have an awkward partial harbour view that might/will disappoint.
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Old Jan 24, 11, 7:55 am
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Originally Posted by WilcoRoger View Post
This is getting weird - just checked my F&F booking (booked Deluxe Harbour view) now it shows Superior Junior Suite.
Originally Posted by Chinatrvl View Post
Careful. Do request a deluxe junior suite - which is the standard upgrade from a deluxe harbour view room. Superior junior suites (xx00-rooms) have an awkward partial harbour view that might/will disappoint.
I agree to Chinatrvl. I would not want the Upgrade to a Superior Junior Suite. But I would complain at checkin - after all Deluxe Harbour view rooms are gone.
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Old Jan 24, 11, 9:48 am
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Originally Posted by Chinatrvl View Post
Careful. Do request a deluxe junior suite - which is the standard upgrade from a deluxe harbour view room. Superior junior suites (xx00-rooms) have an awkward partial harbour view that might/will disappoint.
Agree. I had refused upgrades to these 00 type rooms (there is a similar layout on the other end). The rooms are actually facing the street. There is a side window where you can see part of the harbor. (This btw is often te upgrade for a street view room).
You will be better of with a regular room and full view.
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Old Jan 24, 11, 11:19 pm
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I don't know about -00 junior suites, but I recently was in room 701 which is a superior junior suite, in fact a corner suite, which had excellent views. It is angled, which cuts you off from anything to the left of the convention center. But the rest of the island is in clear view. Plus you get full wraparound views of Kowloon. And this time of the year the sunset is directly in front of you.
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Old Jan 25, 11, 1:19 am
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Thanks for the head-ups!

I guess we'll just have a look at the jr suite on offer and I will let the missus have the final word if we should move from the deluxe harbour view to the jun.suite. Maybe she will have enjoyed enough of the view for two nights and will prefer the jr. suite for the rest of the stay

At the moment we look forward to

Amb weekend sup harbour view -> deluxe harbour view

followed by

F&F deluxe harbour view -> jr suite
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Old Jan 25, 11, 1:33 am
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Originally Posted by Unterwegs View Post
Agree. I had refused upgrades to these 00 type rooms (there is a similar layout on the other end). The rooms are actually facing the street. There is a side window where you can see part of the harbor. (This btw is often te upgrade for a street view room).
You will be better of with a regular room and full view.
To be clear, the 01 junior suite (at least 701 I can speak to) faces Central. The slightly smaller window on the right side of the room and the bathroom window face Kowloon.

Oh, and I should say that 701 was an RA upgrade from a Superior Harbor AMBWeekend BOGO booking.
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