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Four Seasons Hong Kong

Hotel Review

January 26, 2017

I have been a regular guest at the FSHK for the past few years, staying there on average for a week twice a year.  It is truly one of my favorite hotels.  Absolutely exceptional management team provides seamless service from the moment of your arrival.  

The FSHK journey begins at the airport, where guests are greeted and ushered to the car, avoiding crowds and traffic, and then one is put into a comfortably air-conditioned vehicle equipped with Wi-Fi, cold towels and water.  In about 40 minutes you are in Central, HK.  The location is excellent! Walking distance to most office buildings (if you are in town on business), shops, restaurants, galleries, and it is right on the water front which gives amazing harbor view rooms. 

The suite floors are warm, cozy and spacious. I have stayed in the same room each time (4101).  This room has a huge floor to ceiling window facing the harbor and Kowloon, first row seat for the evening ICC laser show, and expansive view of the entire harbor.  The room itself is large, warm and contemporary in style.  Has working desk and all necessities, king bed with excellent sheets and pillows, plenty of closet space, and very big bathroom with a tub, shower, and double sink vanity. Important to note that the hair dryers are professional grade as  well (having long hair it is quite disappointing to arrive to a well suited hotel with cheap and flimsy hairdryers that seem to barely blow the hot air).

View from the room

Things setting them apart:

1. The Executive Lounge

The 45th floor Executive lounge – simply superb! Excellent breakfast served each morning with a vast variety of both western and traditional Chinese morning selections.  Afternoon tea service is a good way to catch a break in between of a busy day.  Full bar is always available, which is pleasant to unwind with a glass of wine looking out at the harbor view. Accessible 24 hours a day. Concierge is available to take care of any dinner reservations or tours.

2. Dining Options

Speaking of dinner … FSHK hosts the restaurants to dine at during your visit to HK: Caprice, Lung King Heen and Inagiku.

I loooove the bar at the Caprice, less formal, however still elegant, it is excellent for impromptu lunch or cheese and cold cuts platers paired with wine.  The main dining room is exquisite, rich and sparkly just like the food.  Their tasting menu is divine.

Lunch at the Caprice bar

A must during the visit is the Peking Duck dinner at Lung King Heen.  It is a big dish which is generally served for 4-6 people, but if you are just a couple still do it but order nothing else.  Call in advance and make a reservation and reserve your duck! The duck is served in 2 courses and is excellent with a bottle of Dom or Krug.

Duck and Dom dinner

Inagiku is heaven for the sashimi admires. It is a Japanese restaurant with a full menu; however my always favorite is the deluxe Sashimi Platter, the sea urchin custard and Japanese prawns tempura. Saki helps wash it down pretty well.

Deluxe sashimi platter and Japanese prawns tempura

Overall in room dining is also well balanced with a wide variety from Western to Asian selections.

3. The Spa and Pool

The spa and the pool are amazing amenity to enjoy and battle the 12 hour jet lag.  Luxurious Chinese Wellness ritual is a must to try, inclusive collection of massages to choose from, youthful facials are all at your disposal to get refreshed and help adjust to the local time zone.  The infinity pool emerges into the harbor is excellent start to a busy day.

Prior to staying at FSHK, I stayed at the Peninsula on Kowloon side, and even thou we all know how rich the hotel is, in my opinion it does not come close to FSHK in its service and attendance. 

FSHK management team accomplished a perfect balance of always professional and courteous service of their staff to attend to every guest’s wish and desires, yet not have the ‘in-your-face’ service.  The detail oriented management keeps track of guests’ habits and likes, and if you to come back you’ll notice the accustomed way the room was set up for you (you preferred Nespresso coffee, no nuts in treats, extra water bottles).  I happened to be there once on my birthday and it was a very pleasant surprise to come back to the room after long day of meetings to find a birthday cake with candles and a card full of kind wishes :)

So if I would to recommend a place to stay in Hong Kong it is Four Seasons and totally worth the money spent!

 

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