The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a spectacular city and I've been fortunate enough to not only visit but stay at the spectacular Ritz-Carlton. There are numerous 5-star luxury hotels in Hong Kong, but you feel a real sense of elegance when you arrive in the lobby on the 103rd floor of the International Commerce Centre. The Ritz-Carlton hosts the top 16 floors of the 7th tallest building in the world and the tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong. The location gives guests spectacular views of the city along with Victoria Harbor and in this post I'll be reviewing the hotel from start to finish.
My friends and I stayed at the Royal Plaza Hotel for the first two nights in Hong Kong, (more on this in the near future). We took the metro over to Kowloon station which has a direct connection to the International Commerce Center where The Ritz-Carlton is located.
Upon entering the hotel, we were greeted and taken up to the 9th floor where the first lobby is located. This is where you can sit and relax while you wait for check-in if you arrive very early or the entrance if you come via car. We took the second elevator up to the 103rd floor where the check-in lobby is located. The elevator is incredibly quick and takes just over a minute to reach the 103rd floor.
The moment I stepped off the elevator I was greeted and directed towards check-in. My luggage was quickly taken and shortly after delivered to my room. The staff were incredibly welcoming and kindly walked me through the check-in process while offering up lemon tea, (which was quite good). The hotel check-in personnel informed us that we were upgraded to a harbor view room, which was fantastic. They wanted to upgrade us further but unfortunately, their larger room had 1 king and there were 4 of us so we stuck with the two beds and good views.
Due to the fact they couldn't get us a higher upgrade, (as if that wasn't already enough), we were given complimentary drink vouchers for Ozone, (the world's highest bar on the 118th floor), and complimentary buffet breakfast for two, all in all about $250 USD worth of extras. They really know how to make a guest happy here. After check-in, I was soon off to the 107th floor where my bags arrived shortly after me.
People often generalize the Ritz-Carlton staff as having some of the best hospitality out there. After staying at this hotel, I can defiantly see why. Each staff member went above and beyond to personalize out stay and be of assistance in any way they could. Staying here I experienced true world-class hospitality and I can't say enough positive things about the workers here.
Deluxe Victoria Harbor Room:
Our upgraded room was located 1,300 feet above Hong Kong and had spectacular views of Victoria Harbor. This was one of the nicest hotels I've ever stayed at and the rooms certainly expressed that. Some of the in-room amenities included 400-thread count bed linens, separate marble tub and shower, two TVs, (one in the bathtub one in the room), luxury Asprey bath amenities, etc.
The view from our room was absolutely breathtaking. The beds were extremely comfortable and came with a good selection of pillows available for housekeeping to bring you. I really enjoyed having all of the room controls beside the beds. It made it very easy to turn all the lights off, shut the blinds, turn on do not disturb, etc.
The bathroom was incredibly luxurious and made from almost entirely imported marble. There was a separate shower and very nice bathtub that even had a TV in it. The his & hers features made it perfect for multiple people getting ready at once.
The mini-fridge came fully stocked with all kinds of goodies.
Fitness Center & Spa:
I never got a chance to check out the spa, but the fitness center was amazing. The swimming pool is located on the 118th floor and has insane views of the Hong Kong skyline. You can enjoy the view easily thanks to the sitting-edges of the infinity pool and the mirrored ceiling. There is also a hot tub, cold tub, sauna, and outdoor terrace pool.
The Ritz-Carlton has 4 elegant restaurants in beautifully designed venues along with a futuristic-looking bar set on the top floor of the hotel, (the highest bar in the world). The Michelin-starred restaurants all overlook the gorgeous Hong Kong skyline. I got to enjoy dinner and breakfast with my lovely girlfriend at The lounge and bar. I didn't eat at Tosca or Tin Lung Heen but I've posted photos of each below.
Dinner and breakfast were both very good. The lounge is a uniquely designed restaurant and had some excellent options on the menu.
The breakfast buffet was one of the best I've had in my life. Endless choices accompanied by window seating made for a great experience.
The Ozone bar is located on the top floor also has some spectacular views. Upon check-in, we were given free drink vouchers so we headed up later that night to check out the posh rooftop bar.
The dining experience was overall fantastic. I've never been to a hotel that's had this many great dining options. You certainly won't go hungry with multiple Michelin-starred restaurants just a couple floors away!
This is my new favorite hotel in the world. Everything about this property from start to finish was flawless. The hotel itself is insane, beautiful all around, the rooms are stunning, restaurants impeccable, and the staff members are all incredible. This hotel is often recognized as one of the world's best city hotels, best hotels in Asia, and one of the top Ritz-Carlton properties in the world. It seems like this hotel is constantly winning awards and now can now defiantly see why. Room rates can very easily be $700+ a night. That being said, there are very few times I can see justifying that kind of cost for a hotel, this being one of those few times.