Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

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Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong
港島香格里拉大酒店
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Island Shangri-La, Hong-Kong - Tower.jpg
The tower housing the Island Shangri-La.
General information
Status Complete
Type Hotel
Architectural style High-rise
Address Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°16′38″N 114°9′51″E / 22.27722°N 114.16417°E / 22.27722; 114.16417
Construction started 1986[1]
Completed 1991
Opening 1 March 1991[2]
Owner Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts[citation needed]
Swire Properties (20%)[3]
Management Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited[4]
Technical details
Floor count 57[5]
Design and construction
Architect Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd.
Developer Swire Properties
Structural engineer Leslie E. Robertson Associates[5]
Other information
Number of rooms 531
Number of suites 34
Website
Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong (Chinese: 港島香格里拉大酒店) is a five-star luxury hotel[6] of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. It is located in the Admiralty area of Hong Kong and is the sister hotel to the Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong, on Mody Road in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon.[6] It was opened on 1 March 1991.

The hotel has been named the "Best Business Hotel in Hong Kong" for three consecutive years (2011-2013)[7] by Business Traveller.[8]

History[edit]

The Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong, was opened on 1 March 1991 in the second phase of development of Pacific Place, a complex of office towers, hotels and a shopping centre situated at 88 Queensway, in Admiralty, Hong Kong. The hotel was part of phase two out of three, the initial phase having opened in 1988, and the final third phase in 2004.[9] It contains 565 guestrooms which start at USD $606 per night, of which 34 are suites which start at USD $1,041 per night.,[2] spread through the top half of the tallest tower of the complex, which is 213 meters high.[9] The hotel also contains eight restaurants, a business centre, a 24-hour health club, a 645-square-metre ballroom and seven function rooms, as well as a fleet of limousines. The bottom half of the tower contains office space known as "Two Pacific Place".[9]

Pacific Place contains two other luxury hotels, the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong and the Conrad Hong Kong. The complex is directly connected to Admiralty Station, part of Hong Hong's Mass Transit Railway that opened in 1979 and is located in Admiralty, at the eastern extension of Hong Kong's central business district.

Design and construction[edit]

Hotel lobby

The hotel's interior was designed by Leese Robertson Freeman Designers and features a 16-story silk mural in the atrium — titled "The Great Motherland of China" — the largest indoor Chinese silk mural.[4] The silk painting, created by 40 artists from Beijing,[10] can be viewed from an internal glass elevator that accompanies the entrée journey from the 41st to 56th floor.[11] 771 Viennese chandeliers are used throughout the interior, while carpets are provided by Tai Ping,[10] whose hand-knotted carpets are handwoven in independent factories in China and Nepal.

The proximity of the Hong Kong Park, covering 80,000 m² has meant that the hotel has become popular with leisure travellers who are able to jog there in the mornings, according to former VP and GM Wolfgang Krueger.[12]

Features[edit]

"The Great Motherland of China" mural.

Art Collection[edit]

"The Great Motherland of China," which contains 250 panels and took six months for the 40 artists to complete,[13] is the centrepiece of the hotel's art collection. It scales an internal wall of over 20 floors and can only be seen by guests riding the elevator in the centre of the hotel. The hotel also holds over 900 artworks and hosts art fairs and auctions.

As well as auctions in its ballroom by the likes of Bonhams that focus on contemporary Asian art,[14] the hotel was also selected as the venue for art entrepreneur Dong Myeong Kim's Bank Art Fair, which showcased over 100 emerging Korean artists on floors 41 and 42 as part of Art Basel Hong Kong from 23–26 May 2013.[15]

Rooms and suites[edit]

The hotel has 531 standard rooms of 479 square feet, 17 executive suites at 880 square feet,[16] 14 Harbour View Suites at 944 square feet, two speciality suites at 1,416 square feet and a Presidential Suite of 2,253 square feet. Each has floor to ceiling glass windows with views of either the Victoria Harbour, or Victoria Peak.[16] The rooms are all scented with the hotel's own brand fragrance, which it has made available for sale.[11]

Restaurants[edit]

The hotel contains eight restaurants. Fine dining facilities includes the two-Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Summer Palace and the former one-Michelin-starred French cuisine Restaurant Petrus, both of which received the recognition in the guide's inaugural 2009 Hong Kong and Macau edition.[17] Summer Palace maintained its 2-star Michelin Guide rating in the 2014 edition.[18]

cafe TOO
  • cafe TOO - Buffet
  • Island Gourmet - Patisserie
  • Lobby Lounge - International
  • Lobster Bar and Grill
  • Nadaman - Japanese
  • Restaurant Petrus - French
  • Summer Palace - Cantonese
  • Waterwide Terrace - Al Fresco dining

Health Club[edit]

Located on Level 8, the Health Club offers yoga and pilates circuit classes. Treatment's include the signature Caviar Crystal Soothing Treatment, using the European approach of entrusting selected products such as jojoba, almond, peppermint and rosemary oil for spa treatments in order to be unobtrusive.[19] The club contains five treatment rooms, two for women, two for couples and one for men.[19]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shangri-La Hotel". emporis.com. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  2. ^ a b c "Fast Facts". Island Shangri-La. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Swire Properties Limited". Swire Pacific. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong. Press Kit". Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  5. ^ a b "Shangri-La Hotel". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  6. ^ a b "Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong". TripAdvisor. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  7. ^ a b "Recognition of exceptional hospitality". Island Shangri-La. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  8. ^ a b c "2012 Business Traveller China Awards". Business Traveller (Asia Pacific) Retrieved=2013-04-23. 
  9. ^ a b c "HK Island ShangriLa Hotel". Simtropolis. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  10. ^ a b "Island Shangri-La Hong Kong Review". Frommer's. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  11. ^ a b "Hong Kong's Island Shangri-la: The Comfort Of Home". Travel Blackboard. 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  12. ^ James Wilkinson (2013-05-31). "Video: Island Shangri-La Hong Kong". Hotel Management. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  13. ^ Steve WInston (2013-07-26). "Spotlight: Top 10 Hotel Art Collections". World Property Channel. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  14. ^ "Bonhams Hong Kong Contemporary Asian Art Auction". Absolutearts.com. 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  15. ^ "Bank Art Fair". My Art Guides. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  16. ^ a b Barry Hertz (2013-01-19). "Room Keys: Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong". National Post. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  17. ^ Lim, Le-Min (2 December 2008). "Michelin Hong Kong Gives 3 Stars to 2 Restaurants (Update1)". Bloomberg. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  18. ^ Meredith McBride (6 December 2013). "2014 Michelin guide in a nutshell". Timeout2. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  19. ^ a b Mei Mei Song (2012-04-13). "Review: Caviar Crystal Smoothing Facial at the Island Shangri-la Hong Kong". Tatler. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  20. ^ "Travelers' Choice Award 2013 - Top 25 Luxury Hotels in China". TripAdvisor Retrieved=2013-04-23. 
  21. ^ "2012 Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards". Business Traveller (Asia Pacific) Retrieved=2013-04-23. 
  22. ^ "2011 Business Traveller China Awards". Business Traveller (China) Retrieved=2013-04-23. 
  23. ^ "Travel + Leisure - Best Hotels in China". Travel + Leisure (China) Retrieved=2013-04-23. 
  24. ^ "Travel + Leisure - Best Hotels in Asia". Travel + Leisure (USA) Retrieved=2013-04-23. 

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