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  1. undathesea

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    Anyone stay at the Island Shangri La, the Four Seasons, or the Conrad on Hong Kong Island?

    Any preferences?

    Any reason to stay in Kowloon/TST other than the view?

    Also, can I upgrade at the hotel to get into the Executive Lounge and if so... which is the best?

    I'm using Amex FHR to book and those three are on the list.

    Our preference is always the Four Seasons... but we're thinking maybe one of the other hotels might provide a better experience in Hong Kong.
     
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  2. Beebs17

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    I’ve stayed at the Ritz Carlton in the ICC and the Four Seasons. The Ritz has phenomenal views, as it occupies the top floors of one of the tallest buildings in Asia. There’s a mall connected to it as well, and it’s easy to get to with the Airport Express connection in the mall, as well as an easy ride to IFC. But it is somewhat isolated.

    I stayed at the Four Seasons twice. It’s the same as every Four Seasons globally, which is extremely luxurious. Rooms are top notch, as is service, but I can’t remember a FS I’ve been to that doesn’t have those traits. Location is pretty decent in Central, but, my perspective is one that was visiting clients, so their offices were all in central. Kowloon was an issue because not every taxi wants to take the Western tunnel which goes to the ICC.

    So I’m an advocate of the FS, it’s rare that you will ever go wrong at one of their properties.
     
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    Good... I booked the Four Seasons yesterday. We're heading to Phuket for five nights and then on the way back we have a single night in Hong Kong I was thinking of staying in Kowloon that night for the view across the harbor. I was already thinking the Ritz or Peninsula hotel. Maybe I'll just book the Ritz though.

    Does the FS HK have a free house car for guests to make short trips (I know others FS hotels do)? I would assume they hand out free water like crazy as well?

    Thanks for the info.
     
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    The Ritz has some of the most phenomenal views in the city, as long as it’s not foggy/smoggy and you can actually see down from floor 100+. They also have a Pierre Herme in the lobby (which we never had in NY), so it was nice to try their macarons. But, I really did hate the location of the Ritz, I only stayed there because my company had offices in the same building.

    The FS does have a house car, but, good luck with using it. They’ll always say it’s occupied. Taxis are plentiful and pretty cheap, and English is spoken, so you could just go that route, it’s probably easier.
     
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    Well... the only reason I was thinking about the Ritz was staying in Kowloon one night before we returned and I wanted the view looking back across the harbor to the Island. I've been to HK before but the wife and kid haven't. And, that's an incredible view. I'm booking through Amex FHR and the Intercontinental isn't on there but maybe we'll consider that instead. I'm thinking the kid needs to have a custom suit made in TST and the IC is pretty close to there for pickup.

    Thanks again for the info. My wife is pretty persuasive and If I manage to get the house car, I'll report back!
     
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    If you stay at the Ritz, make sure the kid brings a bathing suit, the pool on floor 108, or whatever it is, I believe the highest pool in the world, it’s pretty incredible.
     
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    Sounds like you are going to have a very nice trip to Hong Kong. One thing about driving in Hong Kong is that you need to be real careful since they are driving on the wrong side of the street as compare to the US. I guess you know that since you have been there before.Traffic would be very heavy too, my son visited Hong Kong when my niece got marry there, he missed the wedding by taking the taxi there. He turned around by taking the MTR, Mass Transit Railway and knew enough to take the MTR everywhere he went instead of taking the taxi after that, but I guess it depends on where you are going, taking taxi might be better in some location. Hope you have safe and pleasant flights, enjoy Hong Kong and enjoy the food there too.
     
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    It's been a good 20 years since I spent time there... but I remember the traffic well.

    We don't intend to drive at all. We'll probably use the MTR mostly and cab when we get tired or find it necessary.

    I actually looked at hiring a car to take us to the hotel. But we get in around 515am and since we can't check into the hotel until at least noon (with FHR), I figured it would be a great opportunity to figure out the MTR without many people around. We have a metro in DC and I use it for commuting... so we're all pretty familiar with metro transit... but I'm sure the MTR will pose its own challenges.
     
  9. 44inarow

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    If you're familiar with subway transport in general, you should be fine. I haven't taken the MTR specifically, but it took me less than a day to figure out the Beijing Subway (including getting a Yikatong card, which my local friends insisted would be impossible for me), so I have a feeling you won't have a problem in Hong Kong.
     
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    You might already know about Octopus Card since you have been in Hong Kong before., I want to mention it anyway just in case. It is like the Yikatong card that 44inarow mentioned, it would help greatly to pay for the transit while you are in Hong Kong. BTW, the kids might enjoy Hong Kong Disney if you have time to go.
     
  11. undathesea

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    The kiddo is 17. The wife seemed "meh" about Disney HK when I asked her about it.

    The Octopus is definitely on the list of the first things to do in HK... along with a SIM card.

    Anyone have any experience with the Klook app? Seems their SIM card offers are pretty good. Was planning to use them for both HK and Phuket.
     
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    We just flew into Phuket from our stay in Hong Kong and I'm happy to report that the Four Seasons in HK is now my favorite Four Seasons property (wife still like Maui better)

    We stayed in a grand harbor suite with access to the executive club and it was awesome. Everyone is over the top friendly and helpful like all Four Seasons properties but there's just something special going on there in HK.

    Very convenient to the airport express (with in-town check-in), the hong kong and central stations, ferries, and local buses.

    We did use the house car in the morning yesterday to get us to the in-town check-in for our departure... but we didn't find a need for it otherwise.

    I loved the Four Seasons so much, I decided that we should stay there again on our final night in Asia when we fly back to Hong Kong next week.
     
  13. undathesea

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    Here's the view from the room on the first night. I grabbed a drink at the executive lounge, turned off the lights, and sat in the chair mesmerized by the view.

    And, yes, those are my feet in the bottom right hand corner of the picture.
     
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    I am glad that you enjoyed your time in Hong Kong. Do you have any food picture. I love the food in Hong Kong.
     
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    Unfortunately no. The wife and son were so exhausted that we rarely made it out of the FS to eat. It was a shame since I'm a big fan of street food and really wanted them to try some. But, I can report that the Blue Bar at the FS was awesome. Ate there many times.
     
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    The HK street food is indeed pretty great, but if you're eating at the FS then it's not like you're taking the low road or anything (as compared to, say, the trip my parents took to Paris where they stayed at a Holiday Inn or something and ate crappy hotel restaurant pizza every time because they are the absolute least adventurous eaters imaginable).
     
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    Favorite FS? I think you need to visit the ones in Kona and Anguilla first before you can make that statement. They are all phenomenal, but the one in Kona is absolutely incredible.
     
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    That's an awesome view. I definitely could stare at that for awhile.
     
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