Hong Kong – Island Shangri-La


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The Island Shangri-La Hotel on Hong Kong Island is the flagship property for Shangri-La Hotels. This means extraordinary service and attention to detail, done flawlessly, 24-7.  The staff seamlessly sees to your every need with grace and care.  Views are of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, in Wan Chai, only one MTR (metro) stop away.  Their welcome amenity of beautifully presented hot tea, cool towels, and chocolate and fruit welcomes weary guests.  The turn down service features Evian water, slippers, replacement fruit and sometimes a plate of cookies.  The toiletry products are from L’Occitane plus they provide a multitude of bath amenities of the highest quality.  The swimming pool, spa and gym are an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and finally, the Island Shangri-La lobby flowers, which change with unbelievable frequency, are as stunning as they are exotic.

If you are lucky enough to be a part of their Golden Circle Membership and have been invited to their concierge lounge or Restaurant Petrus for breakfast, it might just become the favorite part of your Hong Kong day.  Breakfast is a lavish spread with white glove service, 56 floors high.  The view from the 56th floor at Restaurant Petrus is mesmerizing and if you’d like to join them for dinner, Restaurant Petrus offers some of the finest French dining found in Hong Kong and has been awarded a coveted Michelin Star.

If you’ve spent time in Hong Kong, you know that the Hong Kong Metro or “MTR” is world class.  It’s one of the best ways to get around to explore this cosmopolitan city.  If you’ve never traveled the MTR, the system is super easy to navigate!  The first thing you’ll need to recognize and remember is the MTR symbol which can be difficult to locate among the signs and billboards littering your vision.

Before your journey, purchase an Octopus Card and research which MTR exit puts you closest to your destination.  Each MTR stop has several exit choices.  Note:  The Octopus Card can only be purchased with CASH and requires a deposit, currently 50HKD before you fill it with currency.  When you return your card, you receive a refund for your deposit.  The Octopus Card can be purchased and returned to any MTR booth.

The MTR stop for Island Shangri-La is Admiralty, located in the neighborhood known as Central.  Though technically in Central, it is actually one MTR stop from “Central,” a lively, vivid, bustling and seemingly always-awake part of the city.  This has its merits… or may not be what you’re looking for…  In addition to shopping and dining, Central has a very busy nightclub and bar scene in the Lan Kwai Fong area.  The Island Shangri-La, To/From Central, is a 15-20 minute walk through above the city walkways or is a quick MTR ride.  If you enjoy the nightclub and bar scene, you might want to choose a hotel who’s metro stop “IS” Central, putting you closer to the action.

Adjacent to The Island Shangri-La is Hong Kong Park, which offers a lovely ambiance for strolling, bird watching, and turtle gazing and dining.  If you’re looking for shopping, the hotel elevator banks drop you right into Pacific Place, which offers unparalleled choices for your every shopping need.  Note:  While Pacific Place offers several options for dining, you’re better off selecting something outside of the mall.  Mall dining is, after all, mall dining…and there are far better options elsewhere.

Speaking of dining, the hotel is a top rated spot for high tea and should NOT be missed.  Tea takes place in their extraordinary lobby on the finest of patterned china and heavy silver service.  Tea is a top rated Hong Kong pastime and it’s served here particularly well.

The hotel is thoughtfully considering a room’s renovation by gathering feedback on 2 rooms, which they’ve renovated, in contrasting styles.  Though their guest accommodations could use a renovation, the service standards are so high that one stops noticing the dated colors and furnishings of their current standard.  Once The Island Shangri-La completes this renovation, their place as one of the top hotels in the world will be hard to challenge.