Ever so posh, everything is so muted! Colours, service, rooms and the warmth of the hospitality. Everyone walks around with a hushed look. But that's not to say it is not nice - just that I can't see anyone with kids feeling comnfortable here. Unless your kids are angelic and behave - very well!!
The hotel is very well supported by different restaurants and small spots for the evening drink as well as for high tea. One is spoilt for choice and needs a lot of time and many days there to actually experience the different outets. but personally I found only the Chinese restaurant and the side cafe for afternoon tea good for the food. Breakfast is an expensive affair and while it has an amazing variety of food, the quality is not exactly the same for the different offerings. I noticed that the counters with the more exotic dishes from the region, such as Indian and Malaysian food, were not very well taken care of. The food was cold and some looked suspiciously like left overs! BUT in terms of Chinese food it really looked superb, served freshly cooked with loads of choices. Pastries and breads were also fairly decent.
One thing noticeable and commendable is the hotel's attempt to include details that would really help Muslims - the use of pork and / or pork byproducts in dishes is carefully noted in the menu and in the details on the counters where the dishes are laid out. In addition, there were notes about the level of spiciness in the relevant dishes in the menu.
Food apart, the one big plus about the hotel is its location. It is connected to a big shopping area. And the hotel is very good about advertising the easiest way to the shopping complex. Just take the elevator down and you enter an enormous shopping area with all the branded goods - not the cheap shopping that Hong Kong is so famous for. It is an interesting place to visit though with an interesting variety of eateries.
As for Hong Kong itself, the haze or the pollution is really getting worse and i for one, would never visit with children for a hoilday. Besides the fact that it is so 'crowded' everywhere, it is not the kind of place where you enjoy walks, as you would say in Singapore. It is smoky and you feel almost claustrophobic with the buldings so tightly packed.
That was why after a few hours out, returning to the Shangri-La was like returning to a private and heavenly haven!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Island Shangri-La Hong Kong is a welcoming luxury hotel in the heart of the city. It soars 56 floors above Hong Kong's most prestigious shopping, cultural and business addresses, with memorable views of the Peak and Victoria Harbour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Island Shangri La Hotel
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- Shangri La Hotel Hong Kong
- Island Shangri-La Hong Kong