The Island Shangri-La Hong Kong is located in a perfect location on Hong Kong Island and offers some of the best views of the city. The hotel has been carefully designed to provide guests a luxury experience to the highest standards. The hotel comes complete with elegant furnishings throughout, an outdoor pool, gym, other wellbeing facilities, as well as a selection of fantastic restaurants for dining.
The Island Shangri-La Hong Kong has 531 rooms and 34 suites. The regular guest rooms are from floors 39-51, and the Horizon Club guest rooms are on floors 52-55. Because of this elevation all rooms provide an excellent view, and face either towards Hong Kong Harbour or Victoria Peak. Prices start from 360USD (+10% service charge) per night for a Deluxe Peak View room, and 873 USD (+10% service charge) per night for an Executive Suite.
One of the many impressive features of the hotel, is the stunning indoor silk mural called the Great Motherland of China, which you would see as you go to your room. This mural is the largest in the world and covers 16 floors of the atrium, and is even in the Guinness Book of World Records. It’s hard to get a good angle for a picture, but hopefully the image below will give you an idea of what it looks like.
Horizon Harbour View Room
I stayed in a Horizon Harbour View Room during my visit. This room is located on the 52nd floor and had fantastic views towards Hong Kong Harbour and the Kowloon district. The room was spacious and had a large bedroom with connecting bathroom. Throughout the room was beautiful asian style decor and warm tones. In the room is a huge bed with lots of pillows, as well as arm chairs and a large desk area. A few of the amenities in the room include a large 46” television, Nespresso coffee machine, tea making facilities, mini-bar, Bose iPod dock, safe and many more features.
Bathroom – Within the bathroom is a separate bathtub and shower, two sinks, toilet and bidet. The Island Shangri-La provides you with a large selection of toiletries by L’Occitane en Provence, including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion. You will also find plenty of spares such as toothbrush, razor, hairband, comb, ear buds and various other useful items.
One of the highlights of this bathroom was the built in LCD TV allowing you to watch shows whilst relaxing in the bath.
Head to www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/…horizon-harbour-view-room to read more about this room.
Views from the Rooms
Here are some of the views that you may get from your room. The rooms face either towards Hong Kong Harbour or towards Victoria Peak.
I had a look at one of the suites during my stay. The pictures below are of a Harbour View Suite which comes with a separate bedroom and lounge. The hotel also has a Shangri-La Suite and a Presidential Suite, but these weren’t available during my visit.
- Club Guests can benefit from a more private continental buffet breakfast in the lounge, or A la carte breakfast in Restaurant Petrus, which is also located on level 56.
- Complimentary drinks and snacks throughout the day in the Club Lounge.
- Complimentary selection of wine, cocktails, beers, soft drinks and delicious canapés in the evening.
- Various mini-bar items complementary such as soft drinks, beer, and snacks (excluding spirits).
- A large pot of Chinese Tea to welcome you to your room.
- Pressing service for one suit or dress.
- Portable WiFi device for use outside the hotel (available upon request).
- Butler Call button.
- Late checkout until 4pm (when available).
- Wake up calls and hot drinks delivered to your room.
- Daily use of the Horizon Club Lounge for up to 2 hours (when available).
Within the Island Shangri-La are eight different restaurants. These include Summer Palace which serves Cantonese Cuisine and is a Michelin star restaurant. Restaurant Petrus serving French. Nadaman serving Thai. Island Gourmet which is a patisserie. Cafe TOO for international. Lobster Bar and Grill which serves Seafood. And finally in the beautiful main lobby you can enjoy exclusive teas and cocktails. The lobby also has many food items available including sandwiches, burgers, noodles, rice dishes, salads and also breakfast.
While staying at the hotel I visited Restaurant Petrus for breakfast which is on the 56th floor. Here I enjoyed a traditional Japanese breakfast, which consisted of delicious grilled fish with an omelette, vegetables, miso soup, rice and pickles. A few of the other dishes available for breakfast include various egg dishes, pastries, pancakes, french toast, dumplings, congee and Dim sum. If you are staying as a Club guest an A La Carte breakfast such as this would be included in your room rate.
On the 8th floor are fitness facilities including an outdoor pool, gym, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms. There are also various treatments available such as massages, facials, reflexology, body scrubs, as well as two person options. Head to www.shangri-la.com/hongkong….health-leisure and click on “view brochure” to read more.
The hotel has a large outdoor pool, which is open from early morning until 10:00pm. For me this was the perfect way to end my busy day, by taking a swim and then relaxing at the side of the pool and with the lights of the city all around. Despite being in the middle of a busy city it felt very peaceful.
For those wanting to stay fit whilst travelling the Island Shangri-La Hong Kong has cardio machines, free weights and also fixed machines. The gym is even open 24 hours a day.
To read more about staying fit whilst travelling head to my article: Travel Tips: How to Stay Fit Whilst Travelling
Other Notes on the Hotel
WiFi – WiFi is included for all guests. I found it fast and reliable throughout the hotel.
Transfers – There are various transfer options available and in a range of vehicles from a Mercedes Benz S350 to a Rolls-Royce Phantom. Prices range from HK$1,150 to HK$2,000. The cars even have wifi.
Public transport – Close by is Admiralty Station which has connections to three of the subway lines (MTR), The Island Line, South Island Line and Tsuen Wan Line. For those wishing to use the MTR to get from the airport, you take the Airport Express line to Hong Kong and then switch onto the Island Line (dark blue) or Tsuen Wan Line (red), and then it’ll be one stop to Admiralty station.
Check-in and Check-out times – The standard check-in time is at 14:00, and the standard check-out time is 12:00 noon.
Plug sockets – The main socket type was Type G and 220v. If you are coming from a country that doesn’t use that plug type, I recommend purchasing the Skross PRO World Travel Adapter which takes most plug inputs and works in most countries around the world. You should also ensure your devices are the correct voltage as some countries have devices with lower voltages. I use www.power-plugs-sockets.com to check local voltage and frequency.
Interesting Facts About the Hotel
The Island Shangri-La Hong Kong provided me with some interesting facts about the hotel. Here are some of my favourites:
- The hotel has a total of 779 Austrian and Venetian crystal chandeliers.
- The most expensive wine available at the hotel is Chateau Petrus 1947 costing HK$424,000 for a magnum.
- There are over 1,520 references of wine and more than 20,000 bottles in the hotel’s wine cellars.
- The hotel operator answers 2,000 calls per day on average.
- There are 773 staff covering a 24 hour operation in three shifts.
- The fleet of Mercedes Benz limousines cost HK$15,000,000.
- Over 75,000 guest meals are served each month.
Things to See and Do Nearby
Close by the hotel you will find the Peak Tram which takes you up to Victoria Peak and is one of Hong Kong’s most popular attractions. This is around 10-15 minutes walk away or a short taxi ride.
Next to the hotel is Hong Kong Park which is a nice place to relax. At the park you’ll find some small waterfalls and lots of turtles.
For those that like shopping the hotel is built on top of Pacific Place, which is a large mall with shops, restaurants and a cinema. Some of the shops you’ll find include Versace, Vertu, Ted Baker London, Zara, Tiffany & Co. Prada and many more.
If you wanted to go further afield in Hong Kong, then it’s easy to get around using the MTR. A few other highlights include Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Tian Tan Buddha, Avenue of Stars and Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck. For more information on Hong Kong read: City Breaks: Hong Kong in 48-72 Hours
The Island Shangri-La Hong Kong provides a perfect Hong Kong luxury experience and would suit guests travelling for both business or leisure. The hotel is well equipped and in a prime location. For more information head to the link below.
Hotel website: www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/islandshangrila
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Disclosure: I was hosted as a guest at Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong. All comments, words and opinions truly reflect my personal opinion.