Kerry Hotel Hong Kong

Prologue

Kerry Hotel Hong Kong is the latest outpost for Shangri-La’s upper upscale brand with a focus on family, lifestyle, and curated “inspirational experiences”. Debuting only several months prior and garnering rave reviews since, we were keen to find out for ourselves the hype around the property, billed as Hong Kong’s first ever urban resort and the first new opening on the Kowloon waterfront since 1995. A post-cruise stay after disembarking the Ovation of the Seas presented the perfect opportunity to spend a night here before flying out of the city.

 

Location / Accessibility

Located in Hung Hom on the southeastern tip of the Kowloon peninsula, the hotel is positioned away from the main tourist areas of Tsim Sha Tsui and Central. While taxis are plentiful and the hotel benefits from the Whampoa MTR station and Hung Hom Pier (for ferries to North Point) at its doorstep, accessibility definitely pales in comparison to hotels in the heart of town. On a brighter note, the waterfront location of Kerry Hotel Hong Kong affords it a quieter, more relaxed vibe and panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island opposite – until recently limited to the city’s most expensive properties.

 

Arrival Experience

 

Our taxi pulled up at the porte cochere after a short drive from the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal where we got off the ship. Stepping into the expansive lobby awash with natural light from the massive floor-to-ceiling windows, we caught a whiff of the hotel’s signature scent of citrus and wood that contributed to a sense of calm and elegance in conjunction to the manicured gardens and the harbour beyond. Designer Andre Fu together with Hong Kong-based Rocco Design takes inspiration from the movement of water for the design philosophy, using a gentle palette of ivory and mineral blue for the fluid interior architecture.

 

The reception desk was set back against the accent 50-meter Turkish Onyx marble wall and was fairly busy when we arrived around midday, staffed by young and spirited associates who were clearly excited to be part of the newly-opened property. We were promptly attended to by a female associate who warmly welcomed us to the hotel and swiftly checked us in while also introducing the property and the neighbourhood upon learning that it was our first visit there.

 

Guestrooms

 

This is a large property with 546 guestrooms and suites spread across a 16-storey curved building and the therapeutic vibes of the public spaces carries onto the accommodation floors. For our one-night visit, we were staying in the Deluxe City View Room, halfway down the long central hallway on the ninth floor.

 

Land-scarce Hong Kong’s hotel rooms are often small and the Kerry Hotel Hong Kong scores here with sizable spaces in a city where shoebox apartments typically sell for millions of dollars. Although it is the lead-in category at the hotel, the Deluxe rooms average 42 square meters and offer plenty of space to fit a pair of double beds and a small desk.

 

Lending to the sense of space is the floor-to-ceiling window that affords a view of the Whampoa neighbourhood. While the nearest apartment block was still some distance away, this was definitely the poorer view at the hotel and we’d make sure to book the higher categories guestrooms with harbour views on future visits.

 

  

The marble bathroom was spacious, well-lit and modern with the design paying attention to small details, such as the phone shelf and telephone beside the water closet. Deluxe rooms do not come with a bathtub, but this is compensated by the powerful rainforest shower and house branded bath products. A range of disposable amenities including dental and grooming kits, shower caps and personal hygiene products are also provided to guests.

 

Heading back into the room, there was a workdesk by the far wall and television. While having a round table probably fits better with the overall interior decor, in our opinion this was a poor choice and we much rather prefer an elliptical desk. The electrical outlets would also better serve travellers if they were universal outlets as opposed to the British standard plugs adopted in Hong Kong.

 

 

Storage space was abundant with the usual complement of bedside drawers and a large open wardrobe by the main door.

 

Every room is also equipped with a Nespresso capsule coffee maker and a selection of teas. Also complimentary is the first round of minibar snacks and beverages, a Kerry Hotels brand standard.

 

Dining

Kerry Hotel Hong Kong boasts several dining venues within its premises, amongst them the all-day dining Big Wave Bay. We had meant to try the buffet breakfast offering, but ended up sleeping in and ordering an oriental-style congee and dim sum brunch from the in-room dining menu instead. Served shortly after we placed the order, the food was simple, tasty and comforting, but at the same time not very exciting considering that the hotel’s Hung Tong Cantonese restaurant offers some innovative interpretations of traditional dim sum.

 

We also had the opportunity to try out Dockyard, a gourmet food hall concept that is definitely an exception rather than the norm for a 5-star hotel. The industrial-styled space draws not only hotel guests but also residents living or working in the Hung Hom neighbourhood, offering a variety of cuisines ranging from local eats to Southeast Asian and Indian casual dining. Orders and payments are processed digitally via a mobile application (although diners may also do the same in-person at the cashier).

 

 

Not to be missed is Red Sugar, the hotel’s signature rooftop bar that has quickly gained a reputation for being one of Hong Kong’s top happy hour spots. We made sure to stop by for drinks after dinner and found a busy New York-style speakeasy, complete with dark corners, fantastic music and an impressive list of oak barrel-aged cocktails, craft beers and wines, matched only by the bar’s piece-de-resistance – an outdoor wraparound terrace offering stellar 270-degree view of the harbour and Hong Kong’s world famous skyline.

 

Facilities

 

Enjoying the same view is Kerry Hotel Hong Kong’s free-form infinity pool. While long enough to swim laps in, we found the pool rather small for a property of its size and we are told it gets pretty crowded during the day (especially during the summer months). Owing to the weather turning colder when we visited in October, there was considerably less people using the pool allowing us to enjoy a tranquil, relaxing time watching the setting sun.

 

Guests also enjoy 24-hour access to the large, well-equipped fitness center. While we did not utilize the facility during our stay, the attention to detail here – towels and water at each machine – left us thoroughly impressed!

 

Service / Staff

While we did not interact with many of the associates in our time at the hotel, those we did encounter were friendly and clearly enthusiastic about working there. The attentiveness that Shangri-La properties have become known for over the years remain, yet service is executed in a less uptight manner. From walking into Red Sugar to wanting a taxi to the airport, it was great to have someone readily available to assist and take care of things.

 

Verdict

Kerry Hotel Hong Kong is a lovely property that punches well above its weight to rival more established, luxurious hotels in the city. The product is top notch and the Shangri-La DNA is evident throughout the entire experience albeit in an understated manner. While the location away from the heart of town may be a challenge to some, it is for this very reason the hotel lives up to its claim as the first urban retreat in one of the fastest-paced cities in the world. Definitely worth trying!

 

Kerry Hotel Hong Kong

38 Hung Luen Road

Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon

Hong Kong

+852 2252 5888

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