As soon as the doors were opened for me by a porter dressed in immaculate indian garments, I was stunned.
The lobby was huge, softly coloured in beige and white, with elaborate Swarovski crystal chandeliers adorning the ceiling like a star-studded night. And a harp player strummed her instrument at the top of the staircase, fusing the air with gentle tones.
The main reception floor is on the 42nd floor and check-in was swift and hassle-free.
To/from the airport
The hotel is about 45 minutes drive from Hong Kong airport. The hotel can also be reached from the airport by the efficient metro service.
Location, location, location
The surrounding area is quiet with a few eateries and shops, but for nightlife it is best to head into Knutsford Terrace or in Lan Kwai Fong, which are the main areas for bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Fortress Hill station is an approximate 2-minute walk from the hotel and will get you to most places of interest.
I stayed in a Deluxe Harbour View Room and the great thing about this property is that ALL of the rooms face the harbour.
The bathroom was stocked with Crabtree and Evelyn toiletries and there was a rainforest shower head which added a refreshing tropical feel to the shower.
The layout of the room was spacious and modern with a plush living area and a large flat-screen Panasonic TV. The colours were warm and gentle and beautiful pictures of Hong Kong adorned the walls.
Dinner at the Le 188 Degree restaurant and bar on the top floor comes highly recommended. Meals are well prepared and thoughtfully presented with a wide selection of wines and very delicious desserts.
What struck me was that I didn’t feel as though I was eating in a restaurant. The seats were like plush sofas and the ambience and huge windows overlooking the harbour created a very relaxed, homely feel.
Despite the lavishness of this place, the staff provided true and personalised Asian hospitality, creating an ambience that is warm and welcoming without any trace of superiority.
The hotel also features a huge conference room, also with Swarovski crystal chandeliers, a great fitness centre, pool and spa.
What’s the damage?
£125 – £235 per room per night subject to tax. Special packages and offers are available on the hotel website.
For further information and to book, visit: www.harbourgrand.com
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