Hong Kong Hilton

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Hong Kong Hilton Hotel
Hong Kong Hilton Hotel.jpg
General information
Location 2 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong
Opening 1963
Closed 1 May 1995
Owner Hutchison Whampoa
Management Hilton Hotel Corporation
Technical details
Floor count 26
Other information
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.

History[edit]

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.[1]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert O'Halloran, The Hong Kong Hilton taken from Cornell Hotel & Restaurant Administration Quarterly, 1 August 1997

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Coordinates: 22°16′47″N 114°09′38″E / 22.27978°N 114.16050°E / 22.27978; 114.16050