InterContinental Hong Kong Closes On April 20, 2020

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InterContinental Hong Kong today announced that it would close its doors on April 20, 2020, to commence much-needed renovations, and reopen in 2022 using its original brand Regent.

InterContinental Hong Kong

IHG bought Regent Hotels in 2018 (read more here), and InterContinental Hong Kong was supposed to become Regent Hong Kong next year, but it seems that the renovations will take a bit longer than initially planned.

You can access InterContinental Hong Kong’s website here.

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Here’s the announcement from InterContinental Hong Kong:

InterContinental Hong Kong is ready for its biggest renovation in 30 years. The hotel closure is now scheduled for April 20, 2020, with the reopening as the Regent Hong Kong in 2022.

The hotel has been planning a spectacular transformation that will position it as one of the top hotels not only in Asia, but also as one of the world’s most iconic hotels. The total transformation will span all guest rooms and suites including bathrooms, all public areas, restaurants and event venues, as well as a refresh of the building façade with a contemporary new look.

Yan Toh Heen, the hotel’s 1-Michelin star Cantonese restaurant, will remain open throughout the renovation, with access via the adjoining K11 Musea.

Following a global search for a design visionary for the flagship property’s major transformation and re-opening as the Regent, Hong Kong-born Chi Wing Lo has been appointed as the architect / designer.

Goodwin Gaw, Chairman and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners, which led the acquisition of the hotel in 2015 on behalf of a consortium of investors, shared, “We are thrilled to work with Chi Wing Lo, who has over 30 years of experience in the United States, Greece and Italy. His designs combine superb craftsmanship and ingenuity with an innovative use of materials and a unique and timeless aesthetic. He is now exclusively devoting his time to the design creation and return of the legendary Regent Hong Kong.”

Gaw continued, “On behalf of the owning companies, we are committed to returning the property back to its glory days as one of the most prestigious hotels in the world. Following this exciting transformation and rebranding, the hotel will once again become an iconic flagship property for Regent Hotels & Resorts and a jewel of Hong Kong.”

InterContinental Hong Kong is internationally-acclaimed as one of the world’s leading hotels, with a coveted Five-Star rating from the Forbes Travel Guide. It is famous for its unrivalled panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong’s skyline. The 503-room hotel opened in 1980 as the Regent Hong Kong which was owned by IHG up to 2015, and has operated under the InterContinental brand since 2001. For four decades the hotel has had a loyal following and special place in the hearts of both the local Hong Kong community and global travellers who frequent the property for its acclaimed dining, accommodation, harbour views, and its outstanding service.

IHG acquired a majority stake in Regent Hotels and Resorts in March 2018, and has been working together with the owners to renovate the hotel and reopen the property as the Regent Hong Kong. The Regent Hong Kong was not only a great hotel, it was also part of the memory of all Hong Kong people.

InterContinental Hong Kong colleagues will be supported with opportunities, wherever possible, within IHG properties after the hotel closes. They will also be given priority to re-join the hotel when it re-opens and be part of the transformation for its re-opening and relaunch.

About InterContinental Hong Kong

Internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s top hotels for business and leisure, InterContinental Hong Kong is prized for its unrivalled views of the Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island and for its outstanding service, celebrated restaurants and facilities. It was the first InterContinental Hotel & Resort globally to achieve the exclusive Five-Star ranking by the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide in 2013, retaining this prestigious rating for eight consecutive years.

Originally built as The Regent Hong Kong in 1980, the hotel re-branded to InterContinental Hong Kong in June 2001 as the Asia-Pacific flagship property for IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group). The hotel is acclaimed as a destination for exceptional dining with the 1-Michelin star Yan Toh Heen, NOBU, THE STEAK HOUSE winebar + grill and Harbourside.

Conclusion

InterContinental Hong Kong location is excellent, but service to Royal Ambassador members, when I was one, was extremely lacking. I guess that they got so many one time guests that they didn’t need to care of Ambassador/Royal Ambassadors at all.

The InterContinental Grand Stanford that will be the only IC branded property in the city was previously Crowne Plaza. I do like their service in the club, and the views are excellent. The rooms are more fitting to its previous branding than IC.

It is interesting to see how InterContinental will reborn as a Regent in 2022 when it is scheduled to reopen. The hotel has very good luck with the timing of its renovations, considering that the demand for hotel accommodation is minimal right now.

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