Hotel Review: A Weekend of Timeless Elegance at Island Shangri-La
Since it first opened its doors back in 1991, the Island Shangri-La has been one of the most popular luxury hotels in Hong Kong. Thanks to its location, views and decor, the property is the epitome of timeless luxury.
We recently stayed in one the hotel’s newly renovated Horizon Club rooms for a two-day staycation.
Located in Admiralty above Pacific Place, Island Shangri-La is conveniently positioned in the very heart of Hong Kong’s cosmopolitan centre, with easy access to every major attraction, restaurant and entertainment venue on the island. At the same time, its proximity to the city’s major transport links make the hotel easy to reach from everywhere else in the territory. Last but not least, the 56-storey skyscraper boosts stunning views of Victoria Harbour and the Central District.
Upon entering the hotel’s atrium, it’s impossible not to be mesmerised by the majestic Great Motherland of China, a 16-storey landscape silk painting deemed the largest in the world. The art piece, which is visible from the corridors, gives the space a unique and unforgettable sense tranquility timeless charm. Throughout the hotel, elements like Viennese chandeliers, European palatial touches, sumptuous carpets, contemporary technology, marble and an impressive collection Classic Chinese artworks, perfectly blend to create an impressive visual experience.
The new Horizon Club rooms are everything you’d want from a luxury hotel in 2021: spacious, comfortable, equipped with the latest technologies and heterogeneously designed. We particularly loved the contrast between the urban chic bathrooms, typical Shangri-La touches like the Chinese painting on the foldable door, and the vintage-style liquor cart.
Service & Facilities: 10/10
Every stay at the hotel is elevated by the Shangri-La staff’s personable service and effortlessly elegant savoir-faire, which contribute to make the group one of the most celebrated hospitality brands in the world. World-class facilities include a stunning swimming pool surrounded by Hong Kong’ skyscrapers, spa, sauna and a fitness centre.
Food & Drink: 10/10
Conde Nast Traveler has honoured Island Shangri-La as one of the great hotels in the world for dining – and righty so. Starting from the semi-buffet breakfast, which is located at Restaurant Petrus for Horizon Club guests and offers countless of perfectly executed options, to afternoon tea and cocktail to a meal in one of the hotel’s acclaimed restaurants, a stay at the property is a gourmet experience like no other.
We are big fans of Head Chef Romain Dupeyre’s innovative take on French fine dining at one-Michelin-star Petrus, where every lunch and dinner takes you on a culinary different journey. This time around, we loved the new spring lunch, which features some true gems, like fresh and Greek-inspired Crab with yogurt, mint and quinoa, and the earthy Beetroot Tortellini with pistachios and goat cheese.
For those looking for refined comfort food and perfectly executed cocktails in a chic environment, finally, Lobster Bar and Grill, is the place to be.
Perfect for: a staycation filled with timeless elegance, luxury and memorable food
Island Shangri-La, Supreme Ct Rd, Admiralty; +852 2877 3838