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Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong - Hotel Review

A Stand-Out Among Hong Kong Hotels

by Evelyn Chen

The swimming pool at Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong
The swimming pool at Island Shangri-La

Amid Hong Kong’s crush of skyscrapers, the Island Shangri-La seems almost lost among the lanky buildings shrouded in haze. But look closer and you’ll spot the tallest hotel on Hong Kong Island.

The award-winning Shangri-La, located in the bustling Central financial district at the Pacific Place (a landmark Hong Kong address and one of the world’s largest downtown commercial and retail centers), stands out with rich interiors that combine the exoticism of the East with warm European elegance. The hotel houses an impressive silk-screened art piece — sixteen stories high — that has earned itself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest Chinese landscape painting. Despite an onslaught of upscale branded hotels throughout the city, the Shangri-La remains a hotel of choice for foreign dignitaries (including the Prince of Wales), celebrities (including Angelina Jolie and Gong Li) and jet-setting corporate executives.

While the hotel’s LCD televisions in its marble guest baths may have become a standard feature in many luxury hotels across Hong Kong, its “fleet” of 779 crystal chandeliers — one in each guest room — remains an accomplishment that no other local hotel can come close to matching. To raise the bar on the art of catering to VIPs, the Shangri-La was also the world’s first hotel in 2006 to include in its limousine service the Rolls Royce Phantom with an extended wheelbase. The Phantom, featuring an aluminum space frame chassis and boasting an excellent fuel economy for a car of its size, offers significantly more space for passengers.

Horizon Peak View Room at Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong
Restaurant Petrus at Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong
Horizon Peak View Room
Restaurant Petrus

If the exclusivity of its brand and the hotel’s impeccable service don’t draw you, consider the Shangri-La’s strong dining tradition. The intimate Restaurant Petrus, widely regarded as one of the best French restaurants in Hong Kong, boasts a wine list of premium Petrus selections and 2,000 other celebrated vintages. Located on the 56th level of the hotel, this award-winning dining room commands a breathtaking view of Victoria Harbour — it’s definitely the place to indulge in a lavish meal of foie gras and truffles. If price is not a consideration, the stylish Nadaman makes a great dining alternative for impressing your business partners. If you don’t have a palate for the freshest sashimi, flirt with alternative tastes and textures by ordering the Japanese style degustation menu called Kaiseki, an artistic and gracious style of dining said to be the ultimate Japanese cuisine. For die-hard Cantonese food fans, the Summer Palace offers some outstanding Cantonese dishes. Standouts include the steamed crab claw with winter melon in egg white sauce and chilled sago cream with fresh mango juice.

Available to club members and hotel guests, a luxuriant health club and swimming pool offer a variety of services that cater to today's health-conscious travelers. After a swim or a workout at the gym, enjoy a tête-à-tête at the hotel’s specialty delicatessen, Island Gourmet, for some of the best (and most expensive) cakes in town. You are now energized to enjoy the best of Hong Kong’s retail therapy — but that’s another story!


Island Shangri-La
Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road
Central, Hong Kong
852-2877-3838 | Reserve with KIWI Collection for the best rate!


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(Updated: 05/23/11 CT)

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