Hong Kong Hilton
|Hong Kong Hilton Hotel|
|Location||2 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong|
|Closed||1 May 1995|
|Management||Hilton Hotel Corporation|
|Design and construction|
|Architecture firm||Palmer and Turner|
|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 (the old address of the Information Service Department) and carpark 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 in Admiralty.
- Robert O'Halloran, The Hong Kong Hilton taken from Cornell Hotel & Restaurant Administration Quarterly, 1 August 1997
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