Hong Kong Hilton
|Hong Kong Hilton Hotel|
|Location||2 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong|
|Closed||1 May 1995|
|Management||Hilton Hotel Corporation|
|Number of rooms||750|
|demolished to make way for Cheung Kong Centre|
Hong Kong Hilton was a hotel in Central, Hong Kong. Built in 1963, the 26-storey hotel was initially the only 5-star hotel on the island side of the territory. It closed in May 1995, and was demolished soon thereafter along with Beaconsfield House to make way for a commercial development, the Cheung Kong Centre.
The 26-storey building was owned by Hutchison Whampoa, who licensed Hilton Hotels Group to operate it for 50 years. The 750-room hotel opened in 1963 and was one of the most prestigious in the colony, a favorite of tourists and dignitaries alike.
In January 1994, with about 20 years of the management contract to run, Hutchison announced the buyout of the remaining term for US$125 million. The hotel subsequently closed its doors on 1 May 1995, the landmark was to be torn down and rebuilt as a multi-storey commercial office complex and headquarters for Li Ka-shing's flagship holding company, Cheung Kong Holdings.
The Hong Kong Hilton had a staff of 850. Its employees were given an average of nine months' salary as part of their redundancy packages. Moreover, Hutchison also placed over 60% of its staff in the new Harbour Plaza Hotel in Hung Hom. Hilton Hotels still maintains a presence on Hong Kong Island, with the Conrad at Pacific Place.
- Robert O'Halloran, The Hong Kong Hilton taken from Cornell Hotel & Restaurant Administration Quarterly, 1 August 1997
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