Hong Kong hotels are always in a constant state of enhancement. These six properties are the latest to show off a new face and feel.
GLOUCESTER LUK KWOK
This reliable four-star player in Wanchai has lots of history behind it – it starred in the iconic The World of Suzy Wong – having opened in the 1930s and rebuilt in the 1980s. In the second decade of the millennium, it has again undergone reinvention with a rebrand and new facilities.
What was renovated All 196 guestrooms have been brought up to today's standards in comfort and technology which includes high-speed internet access, international news and finance channels and satellite TV. The lobby has also been completely refurbished.
What to expect The same friendly and warm service that accounts for a high repeat guest factor, but provided in a fresh smart setting.
HOLIDAY INN GOLDEN MILE
An unbeatable location in the centre of Hong Kong's best shopping and dining attractions, this hospitality icon just keeps getting better, especially with the continuing global revamp of the Holiday Inn brand.
What was renovated Premier Rooms were refitted with new fixtures, fittings, furnitures and bathroom as well as technology amenities such as 32-inch wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, high-speed internet access, universal power outlets, interactive connections and mood lighting. For families and groups, the triple occupancy room comes with three twin-size beds.
What to expect A new look and feel from an old friend.
THE KOWLOON HOTEL
Situated in the heart of Tsimshatsui with direct connections to two MTR lines, the 25-year-old Kowloon Hotel continues to unveil results of a major refurbishment that's costing its owners HK$140 million (US$17.96 million).
What was renovated Visitors can enjoy a brand-new lobby with chic cream and black marble stone tiles, shaded mirror panels and decorative golden copper feature walls. The business centre has been relocated to the ground floor for greater accessibility. The Harbour Club Lounge on the 17th Floor has been upgraded to provide services such as free high-speed wireless broadband internet access, coffee and tea, continental breakfast, evening cocktails among others. In addition, a brand new Coffee Corner is now located in the lobby, providing freshly brewed coffee and home-made crêpes. Meanwhile, room inventory will be increased to 737 and all of them will be given a facelift with new contemporary interiors in brown and black hues.
What to expect Room inventory is in the process of being increased to 737, with existing units to undergo a facelift. The final product will be contemporary in feel interpreted in brown and black hues.
REGAL RIVERSIDE HOTEL
Overlooking Shing Mun River in suburban Shatin, this 1,138-room hotel is set in a green hillside environment away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s commercial districts. It's a 35-minute car ride from Hong Kong International Airport and a short walk to Sha Tin Wai MTR Station
What was renovated The hotel has added 280 guestrooms to its Regal iClub inventory, now bringing the total inventory to 431 guestrooms, occupying five floors. The price tag – an estimated cost of HK$200 million (US$25.66 million).
What to expect All guestrooms exude a trendy air and feature glass partitions. Another highlight is the use of colour themes such as gold, red, blue, green, purple and pearl. Room amenities include broadband internet connectivity, an LCD flat-panel TV and iPod speakers. Additional benefits consist of a welcome dessert, discount on in-room minibar items, electronic safe deposit box, daily newspaper, complimentary local calls and brand-name toiletries.
RENAISSANCE HARBOUR VIEW
One of the two hotels adjacent to the perennially busy Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, this 21-year-old hotel, boasting great vistas of the Victoria Harbour, is constantly reinventing itself.
What was renovated The enhancement work started in 2008 with phase one that covered the hotel's upper and lower lobby all-day Cafe Renaissance and 200 guestrooms from the 12th to the 20th floor.
What to expect Phase two, completing by year-end, increases room inventory to 929 and sees the integration of the Oasis and Concord Rooms with the pillarless ballroom allowing bigger events to take place among other new amenities. State-of-the-art technology will be a given feature of the entire establishmentl.
THE ROYAL PACIFIC HOTEL & TOWERS
Located along Canton Road (Hong Kong's version of Rodeo Drive, studded with some of the ritziest retail options around town), this unassuming hotel is a shopper's dream address. For those with the gambler's instinct, Macau is just a ferry ride away via the China-Macau Ferry Terminal that's directly linked to the property.
What was renovated The Pacific Grand Rooms and Deluxe Harbour View Rooms in the upper four storeys of the Towers wing were rolled out late last year featuring floor-to-ceiling windows to better frame the panorama of Hong Kong's vibrant harbour scenes. Each of the 104 units come with iPod docking stations, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, broadband internet access, roomy work station, white goose feather duvets with a pillow menu.
What to expect More guestrooms in the Towers wing will be refreshed and from February 1, 2011, internet access will be free of charge.
Margie T Logarta and Gigi Onag