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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 88 Queensway, 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[1]
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]
Height
Architectural 213.1 m[5]
Tip 213.1 m[5]
Top floor 197.8 m[5]
Technical details
Floor count 57
Design and construction
Architect Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd.
Developer Swire Properties
Structural engineer Leslie E. Robertson Associates[5]
Other designers Leese Robertson Freeman Designers Limited (interior designer)
Other information
Number of rooms 531
Number of suites 34
Number of restaurants 8
Website
Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong
References
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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 Admiralty, Hong Kong and is the sister hotel to the Kowloon Shangri-La in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon.[6] It is housed in a 213-metre, 57-storey skyscraper opened on 1 March 1991.[5]

History[edit]

The Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong was opened on 1 March 1991 as part of Pacific Place, a complex of office towers, hotels and a shopping centre at 88 Queensway in Admiralty. The hotel was part of phase two out of three, the initial phase having opened in 1988, and the final third phase in 2004.[7] 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 metres tall.[7] The hotel also contains eight restaurants, a business centre, a 24-hour health club, a 645-square-metre ballroom, and seven function rooms. The bottom half of the tower contains office space known as "Two Pacific Place".[7]

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.

Design and construction[edit]

Hotel lobby

The hotel's interior was designed by Leese Robertson Freeman Designers. 771 Viennese chandeliers are used throughout the interior, while carpets are provided by Tai Ping,[8] 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.[9]

Features[edit]

Art Collection[edit]

The Great Motherland of China, which contains 250 panels, is the centrepiece of the hotel's art collection. It scales an internal wall of over 16 storys and can only be seen by guests riding the elevator in the centre of the hotel.[10] The hotel also holds over 900 artworks and hosts art fairs and auctions. It was created by 40 artists from Beijing over six months.[8][11]

As well as auctions in its ballroom by the likes of Bonhams that focus on contemporary Asian art,[12] 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.[13]

Rooms and suites[edit]

The hotel has 531 standard rooms of 479 square feet, 17 executive suites at 880 square feet,[14] 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.[14] The rooms are all scented with the hotel's own brand fragrance, which it has made available for sale.[10]

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.[15] Summer Palace maintained its 2-star Michelin Guide rating in the 2014 edition.[16]

Health Club[edit]

Located on Level 8, the Health Club offers yoga and pilates circuit classes. Treatments 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.[17] The club contains five treatment rooms, two for women, two for couples and one for men.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Island Shangri-La at Emporis
  2. ^ a b c "Fast Facts". Island Shangri-La. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Swire Properties Limited". Swire Pacific. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  4. ^ "Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong. Press Kit" (PDF). Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Island Shangri-La". CTBUH Skyscraper Database. 
  6. ^ a b "Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong". TripAdvisor. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  7. ^ a b c "HK Island ShangriLa Hotel". Simtropolis. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  8. ^ a b "Island Shangri-La Hong Kong Review". Frommer's. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  9. ^ James Wilkinson (2013-05-31). "Video: Island Shangri-La Hong Kong". Hotel Management. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  10. ^ a b "Hong Kong's Island Shangri-la: The Comfort Of Home". Travel Blackboard. 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  11. ^ Winston, Steve (2013-07-26). "Spotlight: Top 10 Hotel Art Collections". World Property Channel. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  12. ^ "Bonhams Hong Kong Contemporary Asian Art Auction". Absolutearts.com. 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  13. ^ "Bank Art Fair". My Art Guides. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  14. ^ a b Barry Hertz (2013-01-19). "Room Keys: Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong". National Post. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  15. ^ Lim, Le-Min (2 December 2008). "Michelin Hong Kong Gives 3 Stars to 2 Restaurants (Update1)". Bloomberg. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  16. ^ Meredith McBride (6 December 2013). "2014 Michelin guide in a nutshell". Timeout2. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  17. ^ 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. 

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