The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong hotel is easy to find. Simply look up the sky and identify the tallest building on the Kowloon side – yes, that’s it! Well, isn’t that the ICC (International Commerce Centre)? You are not wrong. The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong shoots up from the 102 floor up to the top of ICC. It was the world’s highest hotel when it was opened in 2011 and was beaten down the rank by its Marriot counterpart in Dubai. But who cares? The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is tall enough to stun you with its breath-taking views of the Victoria Harbour.
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The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is everything you would expect from a Ritz-Carlton hotel – and more. The hotel facilities and service levels are top-notched. The hotel starts from the 102nd floor so you won’t even have to worry asking a room in the high floors. If you are meeting you friends at the lobby, remember to be specific whether you are meeting them at the 9th floor entrance or the main lobby on the 102nd floor.
The best selling point of the hotel is of course its view. The deluxe rooms give you a sweeping city and Lion Rock Mountain view, the deluxe harbor room gives you a spectacular habour view. Both are just amazing! What I love most is the Nespresso coffee machine in every room – it simply make leaving the room even harder. Do NOT forget to visit the pool and the gym on the 118th floor. Swimming and running over all these skyscrapers – feel like in a Jackie Chen movie!
One little draw-back is that the location of the hotel is not extremely convenient. Though it is connected directly to the giant Elements shopping mall and the Kowloon MTR station, the ‘connection’ is indeed quite a long walk in the maze and the metro line brings you nowhere but the airport. The best way to commute from the hotel would be taxi. The location of the hotel is very central just with poor connection, so taxi fees are very reasonable.
If you are looking up reviews online, do check the dates of the reviews so not to confuse yourself with the former Ritz-Carlton Hotel Hong Kong in Central that closed down in 2008.
Drinking on the Ozone
Bar Ozone, as its name says, locates at the top (118th) floor of Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, making it the highest bar in the world. If you are not staying at the hotel, at least make Ozone a visit! Indulge yourselves with signature cocktails and exotic Asian tapas with DJ beats and a 270-degree view of the Hong Kong city and Victoria Harbor. You might have heard of the Sky 100 observation deck, which is indeed on the 100th floor, right downstairs from Ritz. With the price of the entrance ticket to Sky 100, you may better get yourself half a drink at Ozone, where an outdoor terrace is also available. The bar is absolutely cool and is popular among the locals. Make a dinner booking will ensure you a table. Dress code for men applies after 9pm.
A truly ‘high’ tea
High tea, the British saying of a luxury afternoon tea, may be best for its name at Cafe 103 or the Lounge and Bar of Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. The 103 cafe, formerly named as the ‘Chocolate Library’, specializes in a signature chocolate afternoon tea and lunch or dinner buffet. The Lounge and Bar at the 102nd floor sets the atmosphere with giant chandlers and live band performance. Both present all sorts of beautiful tea canapes together with a selection of specialty teas that will surely melt a lady’s heart. Price level at around HKD300 per person with drinks and service charges included. Do make a phone reservation and request a window seat.