The RITZ-CARLTON HONG KONG Haute Above All
Perched high above the sea level in the iconic building of International Commerce Centre (ICC), The-Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is not only nestled in the tallest building of the city but also the highest Ritz-Carlton in the world. mylifestylenews writes.
Built in the modern design of glass and steel drawing plentiful natural light and making the most of the stunning views, the ultra high ceiling and airy lobby - a lower lobby that was elevated to a 9th floor of height from a hilly driveway, very much differ from a regular architecture building construction to maximize the stunning views of the Victoria harbor being enjoyed from the West Kowloon perspective.
The hotel reception is located on the 102nd floor of the ICC building. With a speedy 80 seconds elevator ride, the pressure in your ears will tell you how fast the elevator moves and within a blink of the eye, it takes you on a journey by entering a different world of timeless luxury. We were escorted and went straight up to the 116th floor to check-in at the Club Lounge.
The Club Lounge is modern and fashionably elegant “haute” above Hong Kong where a ceiling mural and panoramic city view are among the first things to capture everyone's attention the moment you enter. This inclination to look outwards pulls at you throughout the stay, as nearly every area of the hotel embraces its location among the clouds.
Being Club Room guest, the benefits are huge. Besides the sweeping view of Victoria Harbor and the skyline from upper floors to experience the city from a different perspective, the 2-hour access to the Club Lounge offers five exquisite food and beverage presentations daily. Almost a full-board meal from each of its spread – breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, cocktail hour and even after cocktail hours starting after 11pm, you may help yourself with the beverages and yes including the alcoholic beverages which are in good selection and quality from the unlocked refrigerator and wine dispenser for your limitless consumption as well as some snacks prepared to satisfy your midnight hunger.
French champagne is also served throughout the day upon request and one need not to wait until cocktail hour that is different to so many other hotels’ practice. This is an absolute bonus for such added benefits for those who enjoy their bubbly at anytime. The dedicated Club Concierge not only looks after your needs during your stay but their warm hospitality makes you feel extremely welcome by organizing anything that ensures your stay is hassle free. They do make things possible!
Besides the complimentary use of the business center services and the express check out service, a complimentary limousine service is offered to take you around designated Kowloon areas upon advance booking. It is rather quite a popular activity and on a first come first served basis. Staying with The Ritz-Carlton is also about creating memories. Our 700sqf spacious Club Deluxe Victoria Harbor room was not only designed in a modern contemporary harmony tone with natural material enchanting the calming and luxury atmosphere. White marble bathroom flooring brighten up the area with a sense of elegance, together with a big bathtub and walk-in shower that comes with an absolute joyous high water pressure. Premium toiletries from Asprey with a generous supply that distinguish the The Ritz-Carlton brand image to haute standard and not forgetting the spectacular city and Victoria Harbor views.
Another highlight for its facilities is the sky high indoor infinity pool with a mirror ceiling and LED wall displaying highlights of Hong Kong’s whereabouts and other exciting travel visuals. The indoor temperature controlled pool is a good length, with one side of the window facing the west part of the city with a romantic sunset view when weather is permitting. There is also an outdoor heated Jacuzzi for you to look out further to the other side of the harbor view as well as an indoor cold and hot tub for further relaxation.
Couple size lounges along the narrow pavement by the pool are limited. Other curved sun lounges and outdoor patio chairs with plush cushion were also cramped on the elevated wooden platform by the pool next to the faux fireplace to create warm mood to the entire pool side.
Memories are meant to be created by bringing home the unforgettable moments. The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong re-energizes the contemporary ambiance and transports you to a place of tranquility with a sense of luxe, the skyline and the mesmerizing Victoria Harbor reach into the horizon, a view to admire at all times, absorbing the energetic vibe by having a haute city life and sought-after serenity at your disposal.
A hearty and delicious breakfast above all levels.
Finding a familiar home away from home and awestruck by the upgrades from a bustling life to a well deserved well-being with warm service and personal touches that are synonymous with its brand of timeless luxury, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is " haute" above all with its finest intriguing indulgence.
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 4.5/5
Room Amenities: 4/5
Food & Beverages: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5
Club Lounge Facilities
International Commerce Centre
1, Austin Road West
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2263 2263
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