In our latest 'Suite Life' blog, where we profile the best hotel upgrades around the world, we cast our spotlight upon Hong Kong.
Island Shangri-La – Presidential Suite
Set in the heart of the city, Island Shangri-La is European elegance meets old school luxe. The hotel was opened in 1991 and it tells – but that’s not a criticism. Its high ceilings, lavish décor (it boats 779 Australian and Venetian chandeliers) and eight quality restaurants, attract a loyal demographic that welcome opulence as it was, over more modern, tech-centric alternatives.
A standout feature is The Great Motherland of China, the world’s largest silk mural that measures 16 stories high and lines the inner atrium of the hotel.
Island has six suites on offer to its customers, however it’s the Presidential Suite that’s the pick of the bunch. Providing over 2,200 square feet of luxury including a dining room, kitchen, bathroom and sauna, the suite provides stunning 50-story views across the Victoria Harbour and beyond.
Upper House – Studio 80
Upper House is a hotel with a difference. It sits within 11 floors of the Pacific Place (the same complex as Shangri-La) and offers equally impressive views over the harbour. All 117 rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and are at least 730 square feet, among the largest standard room size in the city.
The hotel was designed by Andre Fu who’s distinctive ability to bring calm simplicity to interior spaces feature throughout Upper House. All aspects of the hotel look to complement Fu’s philosophy, with a wide range of original art and sculptures in sandstone, ceramics, marble and bronze.
The hotel’s only restaurant, Café Gray Deluxe, is just as popular with locals as it is with visiting business travel clientele and provides exceptional food in a European styled menu and top notch service for a delightful culinary evening.
The hotel’s Studio 80 Harbour View provides expansive views across the Wan Chai district, green mountains and Victoria Harbour. Customers are treated to a king-size bed, desk, an impressively large bathroom and a luxurious, freestanding limestone-clad bath with fantastic views.
Conrad – King Chairman Suite
Despite a number of much newer luxury hotels populating the city skyline in recent years, the Conrad remains one of the top stays in Hong Kong. The hotel spans floors 40-58 in the heart of HK’s businesses district and provides wonderful views of the harbour, peak or in our suite of choice, both. Offering six restaurants including Michelin star-winning Golden Leaf and one of the city’s best Italian’s in Nicholini’s, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining.
A standout feature of the Conrad is its outdoor heated swimming pool with a steam room, whirlpool and popular massage service for those staying at the hotel.
The Conrad’s King Chairman Suite is the only room that provides views of both the Victoria Harbour and Victoria Peak. The suite boasts 1,300 square feet in size and features a luxurious marble bathroom, dining room, living room and bedroom. Residents also gain exclusive access to the Executive Lounge on the 59th floor, one of the most sought-after spots to watch the sunset over a cocktail in Hong Kong.