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Hong Kong Business Travel Guide

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Find the best executive suites, business restaurants and after-hours activities

At the edge of nominally Communist China sits Hong Kong, an unabashed province of capitalist competition. Making money (and spending it) is a beloved pastime for residents and the many annual visitors who flock here, giving Hong Kong its uniquely cosmopolitan feel. From investment bankers, telecom heads and manufacturing mavens to real estate barons and private entrepreneurs, H.K. offers something for every level of business traveler. Expect executive-friendly hotels, some of the finest restaurants in the world and plenty of off-the-clock adventures — it's all possible in Hong Kong.


Where to Stay - Hong Kong Business Hotels


east Hong Kong
29 Tai Koo Shing Rd.
Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong
852 3968 3968

A stylish room at east Hong Kong

This sleek business hotel is located in Island East, close to the hundreds of local and international corporations that have moved away from Hong Kong's pricey business district. Rooms are stocked with the latest tech and include free Wi-Fi, plus an HD LCD TV with satellite and i-cable channels, walk-in rain shower, cool contemporary art, mini bar and safe. Floor-to-ceiling windows deliver views of Hong Kong's busy harbor, while an outdoor lap pool, 24-hour fitness facility and easy MTR access are added perks. At night, explore the chic rooftop lounge Sugar Bar+Deck+Lounge, or dine at the casual yet industrial Feast



InterContinental Hong Kong

18 Salisbury Rd.
Kowloon, Hong Kong

Executive Suite at InterContinental Hong Kong

The InterContinental Hong Kong takes its business hotel status seriously, offering 503 guest rooms, 87 suites, 24-hour business services and harbor view meeting rooms. One notable amenity is the Club InterContinental Executive Lounge, which provides food, dedicated concierge and unrivaled connectivity. Guests and others on expense accounts flock to the hotel's restaurants, SPOON by Alain Ducasse, Nobu and Yan Toh Heen, plus their in-house Steak House with an excellent wine list and wonderful wait staff.



The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

International Commerce Centre
1 Austin Rd. W. (Lin Cheung Rd.)
Kowloon, Hong Kong
852-1263-1263

Grand Victoria Harbour Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Not only is The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong the tallest building in the city, it's the tallest hotel in the world. The swanky hotel inhabits the 102nd to 118th floor of the International Commerce Centre in Kowloon, making it ground zero for business travelers in the area. Comprising 312 guest rooms and suites that feature Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs, The Ritz-Carlton provides guests with expansive windows overlooking Victoria Harbour. The six food and beverage venues include upscale Chinese and Italian options, though the highlight is the rooftop al fresco bar OZONE, serving Asian-style tapas.


The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hotel Hong Kong
15 Queen's Road Central
Hong Kong
852-1132-0188

A room at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hotel Hong Kong

More intimate than its much larger sibling across the street, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental hosts only 113 clubby rooms and suites, each with sleek lines reminiscent of a luxury car. Average room size here is 540 square feet, making them some of the island's roomiest, while workspaces are equally generous and well equipped. Staff provides excellent service on par with Hong Kong most established top-of-the-line properties, and the 21,000-square-foot Oriental Spa deserves it stellar reputation as the island's most restorative urban escape. Lunch in the street-facing MO Bar draws shopping bag-laden ladies, while after work bespoke-suited bankers trade market tips and dance with glamour girls.


Where to Dine - Hong Kong Business Restaurants


Bloom
LKF Tower
33 Wyndham St., 5/F & 6/F
Central

 
Wind down at darkly sexy, New York-style speakeasy Bloom

Bloom is inspired by early 20th-century American speakeasies and pre-World War II supper clubs. Inside, the sexy bar welcomes patrons with an inviting wood-paneled lounge space with iron grills and glass chandeliers. Forgotten classics fill the well-researched cocktail menu, while the seafood-heavy menu bounces from geoduck clams in makrut lime, lemon grass and chili to a creative oyster shooter in Champagne, with tarragon and lavender oil.


Felix
The Peninsula Hong Kong
Salisbury Rd.
Kowloon
852-1315-3188


Enjoy incredible views at Starck-designed Felix, the rooftop restaurant on the 28th floor of The Peninsula Tower

Designer Philippe Starck made his name in Hong Kong with this eye-popping penthouse dining room of zinc cylinders, aluminum walls and curving glass façades. Begin at the bar for first-rate fruit martinis and unusual riffs on bellinis, then head to the dinner table for contemporary Gallic-inspired fare from the kitchen of French-trained Japanese chef Yoshiharu Kaji, who entertains palates with items like pan-fried goose liver with rhubarb.


Hugo's
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong
18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon
852- 3721-7733
 

Hugo's, the city's most venerable dining destination since 1969

A Hong Kong institution since 1969, this classic European restaurant earned its reputation as a favorite of Western expatriates and visiting business travelers who return often to take advantage of the well-priced, three-course executive lunch. French chef Renaud Marin commands the open kitchen while the knowledgeable waitstaff prepares dishes from tableside trolleys. Start with a selection of Brittany rosé and Irish oysters, then move into meatier mains like organic Welsh lamb loin with sautéed potatoes and mint peas, or roast Australian Black Angus rib. Hugo's is most famous for its old-school desserts, particularly the crêpe Suzette and chocolate bonbons, served with a theatrical flourish on billowing dry ice.


The Krug Room
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
5 Connaught Rd.
Central
852-1825-4014

 

Dishes at The Krug Room are designed to complement Krug Champagne

The Krug Room at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong boasts one of the largest collections of Krug Champagne outside of France, and dishes (with names like "Golden Caviar, Black Cod and Rain" and "Bath Time") are designed to complement the bubbly. The eatery's singular table seats only up to ten, with prime views of the kitchen where six sous chefs work their magic under the tutelage of German executive chef Uwe Opocensky, a protégé of Alain Ducasse who honed his skills also at elBulli. Limousine service is available to deliver lucky diners to and from this ultimate gourmand's picnic.


The Principal
9 Star St.
WanChai
852-1563-34444

 

Impress associates with the European-leaning dishes  at The Principal on Hong Kong's hottest dining street

This chic eatery in a former schoolhouse keeps its interiors to the academic theme, with plaid banquettes and private rooms named The Study and The Library. Wines here are a lesson in global geography, with around 700 varieties available to pair with food from chef Jonay Armas. His European-leaning dishes demonstrate cleverness in the kitchen, particularly the free-range 63°C egg, cooked just one degree below its solidification point. The Iberico suckling pig, however, is cooked for 12 hours — just until the mouthwatering meat falls off the bone. Armas' seven-course Sunday brunch menu offers a rare opportunity in Hong Kong to spend most of the day focused entirely away from the office.


Off the Clock - Hong Kong Business Entertainment


OZONE, the highest bar in the world


OZONE

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
International Commerce Centre
1 Austin Rd. W. (Lin Cheung Rd.)
Kowloon
852-1263-1263

Impress colleagues at the world's highest bar, topping off at 1,607 feet above sea level. Head for the signature Dragontini made with vodka, yuzu and raspberries, while admiring captivating Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbour views beyond. Views are accompanied by Japanese-inspired bites like the addictive mini Wagyu burgers and chocolate tartlettes, which will remind anyone how close they must be to heaven.


Happy Valley Racecourse
1 Sports Rd.
Happy Valley
852-1966-8111
www.happyvalleyracecourse.com

In Hong Kong, horce racing is a must-see cultural event, particularly at the Happy Valley Racecourse, where the first race was run in 1846. Today's track is a modern marvel, with enormous video screens, computer betting and room for 35,000 spectators. In season (September through June), mingle with locals in the standing room only section, or shell out for access to the exclusive Hong Kong Jockey Club Members' Enclosure. Races happen on Wednesday evenings and the occasional Saturday and Sunday afternoons.


Hong Kong Global Geopark of China
www.geopark.gov.hk

More than 40 percent of Hong Kong is made up of nature parks, including this one designated a UNESCO Global Geopark. Eight distinct geographic areas showcase Hong Kong's oldest and youngest rocks, ranging from 400 million to 65 million years old. Hong Kong's high flyers hop aboard a helicopter for private tours over High Island Reservoir, before continuing on to Devil's Fist on Bluff Island and the steep shale rock cliffs and finely layered mudstones of Ping Chau Island, once a hideout for opium and gun smugglers.


BESPOKE SHOPPING

Sam's Tailor
Burlington House Ground Floor
94 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon
852-1367-9430
www.samstailor.biz

Tailor to everyone from former U.S. President Bill Clinton to former NBA giant Yao Ming, Sam is actually Manu Melwani, famous for impeccably tailored suits and speedy turnaround.

Shanghai Tang
G/F 1 Duddell St.
Central
852-1525-7333
www.shanghaitang.com

Go native with a tailor-made Mandarin collared suit or cheongsam from Shanghai Tang in the highest quality silks embellished with brocade. Cigar smoking icon David Tang snagged the island's finest fingers when he launched this world famous brand.

Elissa Cohen
209 Hankow Centre
5-15 Hankow Rd.
Tsim Sha Tsui
852-1312 0811
www.elissacohen.com

Make an appointment with jeweler to the tai-tais, Elissa Cohen to select the ultimate Hong Kong souvenir. The bling queen maintains a world-class selection of precious stones and China's finest pearls. Choose from eye-catching collections, or work with her to come up with your own designs.



The Octopus Card makes getting around Hong Kong easy with these transportation payment cardsA multipurpose transportation payment card that looks like a credit card and fits into your wallet just as handily, Octopus eases anyone's way around Hong Kong. This being ultra efficient Hong Kong, what started as a time-saving way to pay fares for public transport including the swift underground MTR (www.mtr.com.h) has expanded to include small-value payments in select retail outlets. Find out more at www.octopus.com.hk




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