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First look: Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East

27 Sep 2012

The Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East will soft open on September 28, the second of IHG’s “meeting hotel” brand properties in the city.

The 359-room hotel is located in the Tseung Kwan O district on the far east side of the Kowloon Peninsula. It is directly above Tseung Kwan O MTR station, from where it is three stops to Hong Kong Island’s growing business district Quarry Bay or about 20 minutes to the business district in Central with one change of trains. 

The hotel is also four stops from the Kwun Tong district on the east side of Kowloon. This area’s emerging role as a new CBD was one of the main reasons for opening a Crowne Plaza in this location, according to the hotel’s general manager Dominique Berhouet.

“The central business district of Hong Kong is expanding out to Kwun Tong,” he said. “So with migration of businesses out from Central to Kwun Tong, due to the lower rentals for office space here, we are going to be taking advantage of that by positioning our hotel here.”

Berhouet added that the hotel expects 20 to 25 per cent of its business to come from the MICE industry. It has extensive meetings facilities including a 1,080 sqm pillarless ballroom that can be sub-divided, along with eight smaller meeting rooms which can be joined and offer ample natural light through large windows. There is also an outdoor garden which can seat around 128 people. 

Berhouet said that the hotel’s proximity to the green country park areas of Sai Kung also made it attractive to MICE organisers, as it allows for outdoor team building activities. The hotel is adjacent to a soon-to-be-opened Holiday Inn Express hotel, which will offer MICE organisers flexibility to another accommodation option at a different price point. 

The hotel has 120 superior rooms and 160 deluxe rooms, both measuring 30 sqm. These rooms all have bathrooms with separate walk-in rain showers and bathtubs. Each is fitted with an iHome docking station and HD television, along with a workstation with an ergonomically designed Herman Miller chair. 

The five club suites are 60 sqm in size, with the space almost equally split between the bedroom and the lounge room, separated by a walk-in closet in between. They have Bose docking stations, larger televisions and bathrooms with televisions. Guests staying in these rooms have access to a small club lounge on the 47th floor, where they check in and check out. All of the rooms offer views out over the hills, with the east-facing rooms offering the best views across Sai Kung.

The hotel has wifi throughout which is free for Club room guests, or available to others for a fee of HK$100 per 24 hours. A business centre will offer several desktop computers, along with fax and printing services. There is a 24-hour gym with stairs leading up to the 25-metre-long outdoor swimming pool on the floor above. There is also a Sense of Touch Spa. On the 31st floor there is an outdoor terrace with wicker lounge seating.

There are three options for eating. Cielo is an Italian restaurant on the hotel’s highest 47th floor, with a large outdoor terrace providing views looking out to the east side of the Victoria Harbour. Tsz Yuet Heen is a Chinese restaurant serving dim sum and other dishes and headed by a former Michelin-starred chef. Chef’s table provides an “East-meets-West” a la carte menu. 

For more information, visit www.crowneplaza.com

Nicholas Olczak

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