The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is recognised as one of the world’s premier 5-star hotels, but does it live up to it’s elevated expectations?
Soaring above the renowned Hong Kong skyline is The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, which occupies level 102-118 of the city’s tallest building – a luxury development known as the International Commerce Centre (ICC). One of the perks of having the title of ‘highest hotel in the world’, it’s inevitable that guests will enjoy incredible panoramic views. The unique location on West Kowloon waterfront means that the hotel boasts unparalleled views of the city, Victoria Peak and the sparkling Victoria Harbour.
The elegant design is reflective of contemporary Hong Kong; inspired by the crossroads of ‘East meets West’ and celebrating the hotel’s place within an exciting modern city. Noticeable throughout the glitzy, glamorous hotel are fresh interpretations of traditional Chinese fittings and oriental accents. There’s an element of extravagance to each space, whether it be crystal chandeliers or glittering golden corridors, without compromising on sophistication. It’s not surprising that this is the hotel of choice for visiting celebrities and royal families.
After arriving at the sweeping driveway, I walked through the opulent entrance of the ICC Building that even has it’s own Pierre Herme store. I caught the lift up to the hotel lobby that sits at the dizzying height of the 103rd floor. I was readying myself to check-in at the lobby only to discover that my room came with executive benefits of a personalised check-in at The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge.
I was kindly escorted to the 116th floor where I was promptly checked-in by the lounge staff and then offered coffee and a selection of food from the exquisite buffet presentation. The floor-to-ceiling windows allowed for a breathtaking view over Victoria Harbour that was a perfect backdrop to the chic lounge.
After I had finished my delicious brunch and checked my emails using the free Wifi, I ventured up to my room on the 117th floor. The corridors were beautifully scented with a bespoke fragrance ‘Black Orchid’. My luggage was already waiting, as were a delightful selection of biscuits, macarons and petit fours. It was evident throughout the whole stay that the service is impeccable and each guest is given the royal treatment. In fact, later that afternoon a rich chocolate birthday cake complete with a candles and box of matches was specially delivered to our room. The staff had noticed it was my partner’s birthday. The Ritz-Carlton knows exactly how to make their guests feel special with personalised touches that go above and beyond.
Room: The Club Deluxe Victoria Harbour Room
My impression of the Ritz-Carlton was already soaring before I even set foot in the Club Deluxe Victoria Harbour Room. The vista of Victoria Harbour and the iconic Hong Kong island skyline alone would’ve impressed me, but the room itself was sumptuous and beautifully appointed with contemporary Oriental accents. Materials such as silk, leather and ornately carved timber create a luxurious finish. The padded seating by the window takes into consideration the gobsmacked guests who’ll want to spend a while gazing out the window.
Plush 400-thread count bed linen, down feather pillows and fluffy terry robes make it a most comfortable stay. The room features a king sized bed, 42 inch LCD television, a lounge chair, a writing desk, a fully stocked mini-bar and Nespresso coffee machine.
The spacious bathroom is kitted out with full-marble, double basins, a rainforest showerhead, a large separate bathtub, a television and Asprey bath amenities.
Now, here’s where it gets even better. The Club Deluxe Victoria Harbour Room includes 24-hour Club Lounge access.
The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge
Beyond the convenience of a personalised check-in; the lounge offers exclusive privileges such as a dedicated concierge who can assist with hard-to-get restaurant reservations, a special club level lift for extra security, a complimentary 1-hour pressing service upon arrival, tea and coffee served in-room throughout the day and even a complimentary limousine service around Kowloon.
There’s also free Wi-Fi, workstations, meeting rooms and a library for those who need to get some work done during their stay. One can also find a selection of newspapers and magazines.
For guests who are there to unwind or have a bite to eat – the dining area is set up like a sophisticated restaurant lounge. The table seating has prime access to views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. There is a central buffet food and beverage area that provides six different presentations daily; from a hearty breakfast up to a cheeky late night dessert. There is an ample selection of top-quality food – the breakfast was a fine spread with house-cooked Asian dishes, full English breakfast options and made-to-order eggs. There was a lovely array of fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals, breads and French pastries. Tea, coffee, fruit juices or even champagne were on offer.
Family fun: Ritz Kids
The Ritz-Carlton has all the luxuries an adult could desire but they also aspire to make the stay memorable for children. This family-orientated program welcomes youngsters and creates experiences like the ‘Ritz Kids Night Safari’, which involves the staff preparing an in-room tent from linens and a LED lantern for children to camp inside. There’s a whole host of special children’s amenities, a specific menu and plenty of options for activities.
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Around the hotel
There’s an indoor infinity swimming pool that makes you feel as though you are swimming in the clouds, an indoor and outdoor jacuzzi, a 24-hour state of the art fitness centre and an indulgent spa experience.
You know a hotel is first-rate when there is not only one, but two Michelin star restaurants. Tosca serves innovative Italian cuisine in a modern setting with striking décor including a Murano glass chandelier. Meanwhile, the two-star Tin Lung Heen specialises in authentic Cantonese cuisine and is precisely where you should dine if you want a taste traditional dim sum. For something extra exclusive, there’s Almas Caviar Bar which only seats seven.
There is a dedicated lift to get to the rooftop Ozone Bar; the highest bar in the world at a towering 490 metres above sea level. The swish, ultra-modern bar was designed by Tokyo-based interior designer Masamichi Katayama.
Ozone Bar serves extravagant cocktails and tasty tapas-style food to a bustling crowd who are eager to enjoy Hong Kong’s vibrant nightlife. The place is overflowing with trendy patrons enjoying the view from sunset and well into the evening. The outside deck claims one of the best views from a rooftop bar in the world and it’s worth sticking around to watch the light display over Hong Kong’s skyline.
The specialty cocktails are excellent, and you can’t leave without trying the theatrical ‘HK Skyline’. This signature cocktail is made with Zacapa 23 years, absinth, imperial oolong syrup, pink grapefruit, lime juice and Dom Perignon foam. The drink is presented on a garden of chocolate pebbles and covered by a glass dome, which is dramatically lifted off to reveal a plume of apple wood smoke. The result is a rich, smoky cocktail that will leave you wondering whether or not you are happily dizzy due to the views from the 118th floor.
Situated on West Kowloon waterfront; an upmarket neighbourhood with a luxury accommodation development, financial district and plenty of high-end shops. Although it’s not right in the heart of a vibrant cultural hub, it’s greatest advantage is the unrivalled view across the Hong Kong skyline, Victoria Peak and Victoria Harbour. It’s also easy to get across the harbour on the famous Star Ferry. The Hong Kong international Airport is a mere twenty minutes away and you can reach Central by taxi in an easy five minutes.
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is the absolute height of luxury and soars above other hotels in terms of unrivalled panoramic views, stunning design and world-class amenities. The Ritz-Carlton doesn’t rest on its laurels; the hotel will also impress guests with Michelin star restaurants and the world’s highest rooftop bar. The personalised service goes above and beyond. I thoroughly recommend this 5-star hotel. It is sure to be a high point of any trip to Hong Kong and a truly memorable experience.
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International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Hong Kong.
The writer was a guest of The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. My opinion is, and will always be, my own. The Portmanteau Press only includes content that aligns with the aesthetic, standard and values of the brand.