Hotel Review: InterContinental, Hong Kong

Our first stop in Asia was Hong Kong, and we had booked two nights at the InterContinental to kick things off.

Arrival from the airport was very easy. Looking up transport options beforehand, we knew that there was a bus that could take us almost directly to the hotel from the airport and cost about $8 total (for two). As we exited the baggage claim area, we followed the signs toward the buses and then asked a nice lady at the information desk which one to take. She directed us to the A21, which was parked right outside. After about half an hour, we were in the city. The bus dropped us off directly across the street, so it was very convenient.

Easy to find and a comfortable, cheap ride to the city!

The best and worst part about the InterCon is its location. It is directly on the waterfront, which meant it had some of the most incredible views of the harbor. Unfortunately, however, most of the waterfront was under construction while we were there and so it was not as pleasant as I’m sure it will be once the construction is finished.

The approach.

The lobby was grand an inviting, and we were able to quickly check in and head to our room.

Nicely decorated, although dimly lit, hallways.

We were upgraded to a 450 sqft. Delux Room (I had requested an upgrade beforehand), which was decently spacious with nice features and a good layout.

Bed and desk area with view of “Plaza”, AKA the construction.

The view wasn’t great from our room, as the building next door was under construction and in various forms of disrepair. It was noisy during the day, but they stopped jack-hammering at a decent hour so all was well.

Outlook from the bed.
Facing the door and bathroom from the office/bed area.

One of the coolest things about the room was that they offered free use of a smart phone! It was loaded with a local SIM card so you could take it out and look up directions, make local calls, etc. It’s a really great asset, although the interface was a bit wonky to deal with so I just popped out the SIM card, put it into my phone, and got free data for the entire time were there. Score!

Free phone!

We didn’t have lounge access or free breakfast here (IHG Platinum status doesn’t get you much!), so we didn’t spend much time in the restaurants on site. However, they had a full buffet for every meal as well as a lounge area with snacks and drinks (which were very pricey). Both spots had a wonderful view of the Hong Kong harbor, so one night we used our “welcome drink” tickets (which you get at check-in for having any kind of status) at the lounge to have a glass of wine and enjoy the boats drifting by. It was a very nice setting.

Buffet below, lounge on top, view in the back.
Lounge area with check-in counters behind.

The other facility I got a lot of use and value out of at this hotel was the gym. See my review here.

Summary

We booked two nights here using our Free Night Certificates that are awarded to holders of the IHG credit card (one of my favorites) and we were very excited about this stay. Rates go for about $300/nt during our time, so the $49 annual fee on the IHG card was definitely worth it! The view of the harbor was beautiful, the staff was friendly, and our room was more than adequate. If it wasn’t for all the construction going on, this place would have been perfect. Either way, I highly recommend a stay on your next visit!

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