June 24, 2001
I stayed at this hotel during a December 1997 visit to Hong Kong. My plane had arrived early in the morning and the hotel had no room ready for me. The receptionist asked me to wait in a lounge while he made a ‘special effort’ to find one. He did --- but when the bill came I discovered he’d ‘upgraded’ me to an ‘executive floor’ for an extra $50 or more --- considerably more after Hong Kong piled its hotel tax on top of that.
My room was certainly large and comfortable, though the view was dominated by a nearby, somewhat dilapidated office high-rise instead of the cityscape I was hoping for. The main dining room --- reviewed separately --- was very good and very expensive. A routine American-style breakfast in one of the several food-court restaurants on the lower level was severely overpriced at more than U.S. $17. My total bill, room for one night, dinner, bar and breakfast, came to more than $300. And that was 3-1/2 years ago!
That’s a long time to assume that a hotel review is still current, but I walked by the property in August 2000 and it appeared to be little changed. The lobby is patially surrounded by shops and it’s easy to walk by without recognizing it as a Holiday Inn. This is a quality property, but if you want to pay up for location, you might as well go all the way and pick one of hotels that’s actually ON the waterfront.
From journal Hong Kong Highlights --- at a Reasonable Price