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Jul 26, 2017
The setting, super-attentive staff and exciting culinary corners make this high-rise haven the star of an ever-expanding skyline, writes Steve Taylor.
While lofty neighbours crane and seemingly shuffle each other aside for a view of Victoria Harbour and Kowloon beyond, here’s the number-one ticket-holder coolly settled into the front-row seat, taking it all in. On the foreshore of Hong Kong Island, the Four Seasons makes the most of its vantage point in this frenetic city. From its cavernous foyer, through the rooms, restaurants and bars to its swirling summit, the hotel throws big generous frames around the kaleidoscope below. You can watch what Hong Kong does best: get busy – on the water, in the skies above, on the streets below and in the swish, deal-doing corners of this lustrous hotel.
We’re yet to see a domestic flat-screen as big, vibrant and enthralling as the window of Deluxe Harbour View Room 2601, a generous mid-level space of lacquered panels, pastels and plump furnishings. In a city with, reportedly, the smallest average apartment sizes in the world, you could swing a dragon in this room. Let’s face it though, how much time are you going to spend here when the Four Seasons is an escalator skip from the IFC (International Finance Centre) mall with its floors of luxury international brands? At the end of your spree, soak away the shopping miles in the tub of your marble bathroom complete with well, what do you know? A flat-screen TV, right there above your toes. By the time you emerge, you’ll catch the nightly laser show dancing across the Kowloon cityscape.
Number of guestrooms 399, across nine categories, from rooms with views of The Peak and the harbour to the Presidential Suite.
Check in/out 3pm/noon.
Food and drink Michelin stars shine here – three at the Lung King Heen, a Cantonese showcase and two at the stunning and sumptuous Caprice, now under the masterful baton of chef de cuisine Guillaume Galliot. The Caprice Bar is a sea of suits from 5pm but the Blue Bar on the ground level draws a more relaxed crowd.
Wellness The Spa, open 8am to 11pm, is a monument to relaxation and indulgence with steam rooms and private suites. The gym is expansive, fully loaded and even features a Pilates Reformer machine to reinstate your core after those in-flight contortions. It’s open 24 hours.
Business facilities Though there’s a smart, fully staffed Executive Club on the 45th floor as well as a business centre and meeting rooms, insiders say the stunning Pool Terrace on the 6th floor has become the discreet destination for dealmakers.
Mini Bar Ruinart Champagne, Tsingtao and Heineken beer, juices, coconut water, soft drinks.
Water in room Two complimentary 500-millilitre bottles of Fiji Water.
Pillow menu Yes, plus mattress-topper options.
Bath Yes, with a small flat-screen TV on the wall.
Bathrobe Fluffy and white.
Amenities L’Occitane body milk, shampoo and conditioner.
Club sandwich A very literal reading of the room-service staple. The hallmark ingredients wedged between crisp wheat toast, cut into four, and rolled in on a white-tablecloth covered trolley in 19 minutes flat. It’s good, but the lobster variant with egg frittata, avocado, lemon-infused ricotta, butter lettuce and cocktail sauce may be even better.
Housekeeping test An iron and ironing board delivered in nine minutes and 25 seconds along with an old-school tin of Fabulon to stiffen your collar for a day in the Hong Kong humidity and hurly burly.
Concierge test Staff throughout are helpful to a fault. The best tip: Check your luggage onto your flight at neighbouring Hong Kong MTR station. Shop and explore until you’re ready to take the 24-minute train trip to the airport. ($HK100/$AU16.15).
Ask for A harbour-view room.
Tariff From $HK4,250 ($AU686) plus 10 per cent service charge.
Our rating Five stars.
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