IC Hong Kong Master Thread (closed for renovation until 2022)

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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
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AS OF APRIL 20TH, 2020, INTERCONTINENTAL HONG KONG HAS CEASED OPERATIONS IN ORDER TO COMMENCE A TWO-YEAR RENOVATION PROGRAM. IT WILL RELAUNCH AT A TO-BE-DETERMINED DATE IN 2022 AS REGENT HONG KONG.

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 17, 19, 2:07 am
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currently in house. all is quiet. booked classic club room and upgrded to plaza view.
this is my first time here as spire amb not RA so a lot different in recognition.given 2 drinks and 135HK f and b which bought one tomato soup.
was given a lovely silk shoe bag as gift which is very nice.
the club now uses Rothschild champagne instead of Perrier Jouet.
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Old Dec 17, 19, 3:52 am
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When I was there a few days ago they told me that currently the closing for renovations is planned for after Chinese new year 2021.
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Old Dec 17, 19, 5:41 am
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Originally Posted by Unterwegs View Post
When I was there a few days ago they told me that currently the closing for renovations is planned for after Chinese new year 2021.
Thanks, can't help but think the owner of this hotel is a bit stupid unless they are milking the hotel for all it's worth now as they believe Hong Kong is going to basically collapse next year. They should really have brought the renovation date forward once the protests started to drag on to try to minimize lost revenue, not pushed them back yet again until half way through 2021.
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Old Dec 17, 19, 7:08 am
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Originally Posted by lost_in_translation View Post
Thanks, can't help but think the owner of this hotel is a bit stupid unless they are milking the hotel for all it's worth now as they believe Hong Kong is going to basically collapse next year. They should really have brought the renovation date forward once the protests started to drag on to try to minimize lost revenue, not pushed them back yet again until half way through 2021.
Like most plans, sounds great on paper but not workable.

The NY and LNY is the highest revenue days for IC-HK due to all the harbourview rooms and the firework displays. We did a fireworks party about 10 years ago and the suite rented for 50,000HKD with another 30,000 in f and b commitment.
The original plan was closing after LNY 2019, then 2020 and now 2021.

You can't just close the place and call in a crew like getting a taxi. The contractor has to have their trades committed and ready, supplies ordered and delivery scheduled.

There is a very high demand for construction crew in HK at the present time. The delay might not be an option for the hotel.
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Old Dec 17, 19, 8:28 am
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Once the hotel is renovated it will become a Regent with no Ambassador benefits. And for those guests who “frequent the intercontinental” will not go as it does not count towards consideration for RA status
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Old Dec 17, 19, 8:29 am
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Originally Posted by tentseller View Post
Like most plans, sounds great on paper but not workable.

The NY and LNY is the highest revenue days for IC-HK due to all the harbourview rooms and the firework displays. We did a fireworks party about 10 years ago and the suite rented for 50,000HKD with another 30,000 in f and b commitment.
The original plan was closing after LNY 2019, then 2020 and now 2021.

You can't just close the place and call in a crew like getting a taxi. The contractor has to have their trades committed and ready, supplies ordered and delivery scheduled.

There is a very high demand for construction crew in HK at the present time. The delay might not be an option for the hotel.
I'm not saying they should have closed overnight once the protests started! I suppose I didn't consider the extent of the concentration to a single night but I still can't help but feel they should have started planning to close after CNY 2020 instead (which no doubt will have revenues massively down on previous years also if lots of Chinese tourists have been put off by the current situation).
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Originally Posted by lost_in_translation View Post
I'm not saying they should have closed overnight once the protests started! I suppose I didn't consider the extent of the concentration to a single night but I still can't help but feel they should have started planning to close after CNY 2020 instead (which no doubt will have revenues massively down on previous years also if lots of Chinese tourists have been put off by the current situation).
At the present time, since about 10 years ago, all construction and renovation schedules are at the mercy of the contractor.
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Old Dec 17, 19, 11:06 am
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Originally Posted by Unterwegs View Post
When I was there a few days ago they told me that currently the closing for renovations is planned for after Chinese new year 2021.
Do you have the exact date on when the hotel will close for renovation?
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Old Dec 17, 19, 11:11 am
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Once the hotel is renovated it will become a Regent with no Ambassador benefits. And for those guests who “frequent the intercontinental” will not go as it does not count towards consideration for RA status
So will the Regent recognize any sort of elite status from IHG?
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Old Dec 17, 19, 12:22 pm
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Do you have the exact date on when the hotel will close for renovation?
It seems they don't have a fixed date yet. Also with this years NY fireworks cancelled (fear of protests, just read the South China Morning Post) there seems to be a lot of uncertainity for the future of Hong Kong and such a reluctance of commitments more than a year out.
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Old Dec 19, 19, 7:41 am
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Simple question - cocktail hour - what times at the club lounge?
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Old Dec 19, 19, 7:59 am
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6p-8:30p

I was planning to watch the NY fireworks at the hotel but need new plans now as fireworks are cancelled for the second time in a row. I think it’s more of a strategy to put the blame on the movement so they loose support of the public. Bad for the hotel to kill two of the biggest nights

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Simple question - cocktail hour - what times at the club lounge?
Thanks.
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Old Dec 23, 19, 9:21 am
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Is the club level worth it? Any oenophile know what wines are served during happy hour at the club?

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Old Dec 23, 19, 8:58 pm
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the Club level is worth it for the service and Champagne (Moet?)

the wines served are better than most ICs in Asia as they spend +/- USD 15 a bottle rather than maybe $8

it seems they rotate the wines but I have never been wow-ed by any wine I drank there
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Old Dec 23, 19, 11:15 pm
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Originally Posted by saint77 View Post
the Club level is worth it for the service and Champagne (Moet?)

the wines served are better than most ICs in Asia as they spend +/- USD 15 a bottle rather than maybe $8

it seems they rotate the wines but I have never been wow-ed by any wine I drank there
Jacquart, thankfully no Moet. The other IC has Moet.
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