Exploring a new city is always an adventure. When I travel, I am always eager to discover, try new things and walk back to a comfy bed. I can spend my day trekking or crossing rivers under the rain but one thing I don’t compromise on is my accommodation.
I recently visited Hong Kong and stayed at the Conrad Hong Kong, a hotel that ticked all my boxes.
Hong Kong is an autonomous territory, and former British colony, in southeastern China. Its vibrant, densely populated urban centre is a major port and global financial hub with a skyscraper-studded skyline. Central (the business district) features architectural landmarks like I.M. Pei’s Bank of China Tower. It is a major shopping destination, famed for its bespoke tailors and Temple Street Night Market to name a few.
This was my second trip to the Asian metropolis and, this time around, the focus of my trip was shopping and food. I decided to walk around the city and try as many dishes as I could as well as source the most exclusive fashion pieces possible. We got around to eat plenty of Dim Sums and buy the latest releases from Supreme and ASSC.
I landed in Hong Kong at 6am and reached the Conrad Hong Kong by 7:30am. I knew I had to make plans because it was too early to check-in. I was escorted to the executive lounge where I completed my check-in process and was offered a scrumptious breakfast. Shortly after finished my meal, I was told that my room would be ready by 11am, which is amazing, so I decided to explore the hotel’s surroundings. The amazing Conrad team gave me a map and circled landmarks and sights I would enjoy; with my map in hand I stepped out.
Located in the centre of Hong Kong’s business district, the Conrad Hong Kong hotel infuses contemporary elegance and smart luxury. The hotel has been awarded many acclaims, including the Award of Excellence by Smart Travel Asia magazine in 2011, and TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice award.
Situated above the Pacific Place shopping complex and near many business headquarters including the Bank of China and the Hong Kong Trade Center, the hotel is ideally located for guests looking to experience fast-paced life in this vibrant city. Guest rooms and suites feature luxurious amenities, such as marble bathrooms and high-speed internet, with sophisticated décor.
After a short tour of the adjacent mall, I came back to the hotel to finally get my room and enjoy a well-deserved shower. The Conrad Hong Kong hosted me in a wonderful King Bed Deluxe Harbour View Room, which as its name states had one of the best urban views I have had in a long time.
One thing you have to know about Hong Kong is that the standard room size is totally different from what we are used too in Dubai. However the Conrad offers some of the largest rooms in town, mine was around 42 sqm. Each room also offers a workstation, Nespresso coffeemaker, marble bathroom with amenities, and a fluffy bathrobe and slippers. Guests may also customize their stay with Hilton Honors mobile app.
The bed was exquisite and so confortable that I could not resist a quick nap before heading out for lunch. I decided to indulge and visited their flagship Italian restaurant, Nicholini’s.
Nicholini’s specializes in Northern Italian cuisine and delicious homemade pasta. Recent accolades include the Michelin Four Forks as well as ‘Ospitalita’ Italiana’ (Italian Hospitality Award) by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in 2013. The restaurant is renowned for its beef carpaccio, arugula, aged parmigiano reggiano and angel hair pasta with Maine lobster and fresh tomatoes. You can savour a dish of grilled langoustine, crunchy bread and tomato crust with spring onions and eggplant. As you dine, admire the spectacular view from the eighth floor location. Nicholini’s is open for both lunch and dinner.
After lunch I left the hotel and went to Victoria Peak, one of Hong Kong’s most famous touristic attractions. Once back I stopped by the pool for some laps before heading to the spa where I enjoyed a wonderful 60-minute body massage.
The next morning I had breakfast in my room before heading out to explore the city a little. I stopped by the concierge’s desk to get some of the city’s best addresses for shopping and headed out. Later that day I came back to the hotel to work a bit in the executive lounge where the staff recommended some places to visit before I left the next day.
Three to four days is not enough in Hong Kong but if you want to sleep well, eat well and be pampered throughout your stay the Conrad Hong Kong is definitely the place you should stay at. I would suggest booking an executive room for you to enjoy complimentary breakfast as well as the opportunity to discover some the city’s hidden gems without having to hire guide.
I have stayed at a lot of five stars around the world but the Conrad Hong Kong set new standards and I would totally recommend them to anyone visiting Hong Kong for the first time.
Conrad Hong Kong, thank you and see you very soon.
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