August 09, 2017
One of Hong Kong's top hotels will close in early 2019 for a top-to-bottom renovation, designed to "return the property to its glory days as one of the best hotels in the world," according to its owner.

The Forbes five-star InterContinental Hong Kong will close for 12 to 16 months for an overhaul that will include all guest rooms and suites; all public areas, restaurants and event venues; and a redesign of the building's façade to provide a contemporary new look.

Overlooking Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island, the waterfront property originally was built as the Regent Hong Kong in 1980, and in 2013 became the first InterContinental property in the world to win a Forbes five-star rating. It is also the home of Yan Toh Heen, a two-Michelin-Star Cantonese restaurant, as well as the NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong, and the newly opened Rech, the first outpost of Alain Ducasse's Parisian seafood restaurant. 

Calling the property "the diamond in the 'Pearl of the Orient,'" Kenneth Gaw, president and managing director of Pioneer Global Group, which acquired the property in 2015, said it will become "a contemporary, iconic hotel for global travelers and will thrive as a world-class destination."

The property's general manager, Claus Pedersen, added, "Our employees will be part of our exciting renovation journey, so that we can maintain the exceptionally high service levels of our hotel and Michelin restaurants."

The 503-room property has 87 suites, including the five-bedroom, 7,000-square-foot Presidential Suite (above), featuring a 2,500-square-foot rooftop terrace with an infinity pool overlooking Victoria Harbour. Amenities include 24-hour butler service in all rooms and the use of free customized smartphones, the teak-decked outdoor Pool Terrace overlooking the harbor, and the feng shui-designed I-Spa, with private suites with their own sauna, steam-shower and Jacuzzi. 

The property's meetings facilities total 22,626 square feet, including an Italian Carrara white marble staircase, which connects the lobby with the pillarless, 9,500-square-foot ballroom accommodating up to 720 for banquets. The 11 function rooms all offer views of the harbor, the largest accommodating up to 300 for cocktails. 

The event facilities and restaurants are scheduled to reopen in late summer 2019, except Yan Toh Heen, which will remain open for dinner throughout the renovation. Other dining facilities include the Steak House winebar + grill, Harbourside, and the Lobby Lounge, featuring three-story windows with expansive views.