THE RITZ-CARLTON HONG KONG - Timeless Luxury Urban Staycation

aking up with the magnificent Victoria Harbour view and skyline of Hong
Kong from 102nd floor and above may not be your everyday routine, yet, a timeless luxury urban staycation at the majestic Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong will have your dreams come true with endless wow factor experiences from its outstanding luxury hospitality. For such a lifetime experience, you have to set your foot in there at least once. mylifestylenews writes.

Making a home away from home is always a craving when you are on the road for a long trip and you cannot get any better than having a well look after staycation with top class quality facilities, amenities and hospitality that is at your disposal, not to mention having a more strategic and amazing location with everything at your fingertips underneath the hotel. The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is well situated at a prestigious address with ever-ready mindful hospitality to impress as well as some refined and Michelin star’s wine and dine experiences that lives up to the hyperbole, so all we can recommend is make a booking post haste and indulge to the max when you can and while you can.

You can’t possibly miss the handsome edifice of this tallest building in Hong Kong – the International Commerce Centre (ICC) well situated in West Kowloon, as part of the Union Square project on top of the Kowloon station. While it was the 4th tallest building in the world when its construction was completed in late 2010, it also houses the finest Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong offering sweeping views of the city and beyond with luxury accommodations highlighting the enviable feature with almost floor to ceiling large windows and an uninterrupted majestic vista.

Opened in 2011, the luxury hotel occupies 16 floors from 102 to 118 of the ICC with more than a decade of service and operation and the timeless hotel certainly lives up to its name and endlessly strives to provide that top notch service to its esteemed guests as well as the many Ritz-Carlton return guests from around the globe.

The lift from the ground (elevated) level whizzes upward swiftly and silently with a speedy 80 seconds smooth ride to the 103rd floor where the reception check-in takes place, you are entering into a different world of timeless luxury.
Second to none, having your check-in done at this exclusive urban luxury hotel provides a dramatic elevated lobby and high ceiling with an eye-catching mural.

 you are booked with the Club rooms (highly recommended for its perks and facilities), the lobby hostess will be escorting you to level 116 for a more exclusive check-in. While a glass of champagne is poured and you have the magnificent panoramic views of Hong Kong’s skyline and Victoria Harbour, suddenly you realize that the world is just under your two feet.  A totally unrivalled arrival experience.

The club lounge is in a class of its own, not only being the tallest luxury hotel club lounge in the city but also the panoramic Victoria Harbour view to marvel. The 24 hours free flow of inclusive beverages consists of numerous selection of premium beers and wines as well as French champagne throughout the day from breakfast through to late evening, which is enough to get you hydrated with bubbles throughout your stay.

In addition, the exclusive club lounge also serves up a storm on its sumptuous buffet spread with a live cooking station to delight your demanding taste buds over breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, canapes as well as dinner setting seemingly stopping you from leaving the entire premises with such hospitality on offer.

Pick the right spot and glue yourself to the large sofa to enjoy the sun rise above all ground as well as the golden sunset while the weather permits is what you wish to be doing by upgrading yourself to enjoy the club benefits.

Rising grandly above the waterfront, the eponymous Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong offers Deluxe Victoria Harbour and Club Deluxe Victoria Harbour room view lodgings, as well as One and Two-bedroom Suites and Club Level accommodation offering additional space, services and five star amenities. Our 70sqm Club Deluxe Victoria Harbour Room affording us endless pleasure in the Club Lounge and the room itself had those majestic views, giving us ringside seats to watch the ever changing weather and sometimes we disappeared into the clouds and felt as though we had been enveloped!

Home Suite Home is here. If crashing into the flat-ironed 400-thread count smooth and light as silk bed linen is not enough to give you a sweet dream awakening, you may consider having a bubbly hot bath in the white bright marble bath with an array of Diptyque bath amenities to rejuvenate and enhance your body and soul which is another definite bonus luxury add-on to make your staycation experience even more special and unforgettable. Despite the rooms are ‘of a certain luxurious style’ and do have a very masculine dark feel to them while perfectly comfortable, the colour scheme and style is beginning to look a little outdated and an uplift upgrade to be considered moving forward would elevate the staycation experience in which we look forward to a future visit.

Dining options and experiences in The Ritz-Carlton Hong King are never in short supply and be ready to be spoile
d for choice and you may have trouble wondering how and where to start. The concierge team are well familiar with many of their starred restaurants and bars that offer one of the most stunning locations for dining experiences to chill, unwind and to “dine” for. 

There are a lot of “WOW elements as you survey the scene in each F&B outlet, so be prepared to be amazed, before any food or beverage has touched the lips!

We popped over to Tin Lung Heen for lunch with a prior reservation to sample some of the most authentic Canton cuisine, especially known for its multiple award winning dishes such as Steamed Crab Claw, Double-Boiled Chicken Soup, among many other signature dishes from its beautifully and yummy-licious full on menu.

modern high-tech gym and indoor temperature controlled infinity pool on 118th floor are a must enjoy amenity, particularly the pool deck – imagine sitting in the piping hot jacuzzi on the outdoor terrace in cool weather watching clouds float by, or dive into the highest indoor infinity lap pool in the region with a mirrored ceiling as well as an LED wall displaying highlights of Hong Kong’s whereabouts and other exciting travel visuals.

With one side of the window facing the west part of the city, romantic sunset view awaits when weather is permitting, it will take your breath away.

Breakfast is our pick of the meals at the club lounge with the bright sunrise view without a price tag. Go for the local delicacies from the live cooking station that brings you one of the best flavours in town. We spent endless hours in the club lounge to enjoy every offering they provided and honestly could not fault the quality of the food, the beverage selection, or the service provided. It seems every team member has the same dedicated approach, but Leo, the Club Lounge Manager and Te, a trainee left home from Myanmar to master his hospitality skill, were the standouts for us, that made our time spent there an absolute highlight and such a luxurious offering really puts the cherry on top!

The food is one thing but the luxury staycation is worth it for the unbeatable view in the entire city. Like it or not, all good things must come to an end. All’s well that ends well and we have to bid farewell with a heavy heart for the stunning, bustling and twinkling sky-high day and night Victoria Harbour view with fond memories and stories of unforgettable experiences to share when we get home. We could talk endlessly about why this hotel has become a favourite, but ‘the proof is in the pudding’ – if you haven’t had ‘a taste’ and experienced it yet, you must not delay.

Tried & Tested:
Location: 5/5
Design & Decor: 4.5/5
Room Amenities: 4.5/5
Housekeeping: 4.5/5
Food & Beverages: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5
Experience: 4.5/5

 International Commerce Centre
1, Austin Road West
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2263 2263

Reviews are based on actual day of visit and experience. mylifestylenews reserves the right of final decision in case of any disputes. All images are photographed by mylifestylenews team without any photoshop enhancement and are the property owned by mylifestylenews unless otherwise stated. 

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