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“The best place to stay if you are an Indian craving for Indian food.”

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Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong
Ranked #14 of 726 Hotels in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 June 2012

This is the second time I am staying at this place. The hotel has itself not done any major facelift form the last time. I stayed here 4 years back and it’s the same now too. It’s definitely a very nice hotel and the interiors are grand and on par with any 5 star property that you can compare it with if not for the swimming pool and the spa.

There are a few downs here though there are many plus points staying here. I think I will start with the best things of this place first.

(1) As an Indian who is very particular about my Indian meal at least once a day, I guess this is the best place any Indian can opt for. It’s in the heart of Kowloon and has a nice Indian restaurant (The woodlands) rite next to it. So after a full day or shopping or sightseeing I was still able to get back and have a nice Indian meal before I hit it off to my room.

(2) The next best thing about this place is, its bang opposite to the harbour so it has a really awesome view of the hongkong harbour if you choose a Harbour view room. Yes the higher floors are better and yes it’s a bit more expensive but its well worth the view ill say.
It’s very close to the avenue of stars but if you take a harbour view room, you don’t have to go down for a walk in the nights for the light show as you get everything from your room.

(3) The room that I took was on the 21st floor (that’s the highest floor that they had there) and I opted for a harbour view room. The executive floors that are the 19th to the 21st floors get free complimentary Wi Fi.

(4) The bed is super comfy and is really pleasing to sleep after a hard day’s work shopping out. The room cleanings were done spic and promptly. The water bottles were filled everyday and were enough for the day. (4 bottles of water for a solo traveller)

(5) The bath was also great with a nice bath tub and a flat screen in the bath room and also had a nice separate shower area. The toilet essentials were refilled everyday and my towels were changed everyday too.

(6) The breakfast at the executive lounge (on the 21st floor) was great, though I noticed that the spread was limited compared to that of the spread that was kept at the coffee lounge on the ground floor lobby level. But I guess both were great in its own way. The service of the staff was just perfect.

(7) The harbour city mall the largest in Honkkong is just 10 mins walk from the hotel and the night market is also like 10 mins by taxi. So there is lots of shopping to go about near the hotel.

(8) The metro train station is like bang opp to the hotel (just less than 20mts). So if you don’t feel like taking a cab, just hop in to the metro and you are really connected to the rest of the city. The weekends are crazy in Hongkong and you can hardly get cabs on the weekends. I guess that’s when the metro comes in very handy. I guess that’s when I realised the metro is much more connected and is very cheap compared to the cabs.

Ok now for the small negative points...

(1) For a hotel of this grand status, I guess you would expect a nice swimming pool. Well that’s where I was disappointed. They have an indoor pool in the basement. It’s really very small and is in the oddest of places. The gym is just next to this small swimming pool and its all like put together and not really a nice place to swim.

(2) The spa is also like makeshift camp inside the gym. I used the spa once and took a 90 min message. The treatment was nice but the location and the ambiance of the spa was definitely not 5 star. The change room and the shower were closer to the gym so I had to change and walk all the way through the gym to get in to the treatment room.

I have also stayed in the Intercontinental that’s just opp to this place and they really had a cool swimming pool on the roof overlooking the harbour view. I think this is one thing they need to facelift definitely if they want to have a spa and a health club/ swimming pool equalling to their competitors.

I guess if you are a traveller who doesn’t mind staying without a lavish swimming pool or a great grand spa then this is a lovely place. If the ones that I have mentioned are a MUST on your list then I guess you would be a bit disappointed here. Over all I think this a nice place to stay and the service of the staff is top-notch.

Room Tip: Go for the Harbour view and on the higher floors to have a great view of the Hong Kong skyline and t...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

I enjoyed a really great four-night stay at the Shangri-La Kowloon in late May.
Checkin was exceedingly friendly and efficient, which was very welcome after a grueling 16 hour flight from NYC.
It was a pleasure to walk in to the room and have a spectacular view of the harbor with the lights of Hong Kong island across the water.
The room was large and nicely equipped. The bed was incredibly comfortable.
Breakfast buffets were among the best we have had anywhere. The main restaurant (where the buffet is) was less satisfying at dinner, with relatively slow service and mediocre food. But there are so many good dining options in Hong Kong that we only ate one dinner there.
We had tea one afternoon off the lobby and it was very pleasant.

The location is excellent with easy access to the waterfront, shopping, and dining. There is a subway stop across the street which made it easy for us to get around Hong Kong. Don't be afraid of the subway! It's clean and very efficient, with English signage everywhere.

I would consider staying here again on a future trip, although I am tempted to try the Peninsula or possibly a hotel on Hong Kong Island.

Room Tip: Absolutely choose a harbor-view room.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

A fabulous hotel to stay at in Kowloon. From the moment we arrived to the monet we left the hotel was luxurious and the service was fantastic, everything is taken care of before you even think about it. We went for the harbour room and were not dissapointed as the views were uninterupted and not to be missed.
We also ate in one of the restaurants and the food was excellent however the buffet breakfast was not to be missed and truely offered food to suit absolutely any taste.. We didnt want to eat until supper time!

Conveniently located for restaurants and shopping we will definatley stay here again on our next trip to Hong Kong.

Room Tip: Definately go for a harbour view room
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

Had a great buffet lunch at the hotel last month, amazing varieties and tons for you to eat. Dessert was amazing and you really don't need any dinner that night. We had a great time

Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

Only stayed for 1 night but this is a really nice hotel in a great location. 1 min walk to the water-front, 5 mins to the shops. Rooms are very luxurious and the staff are very attentive.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

Address: 64 Mody Road | Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Region: China > Hong Kong > Tsim Sha Tsui
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Hong Kong
#9 Family Hotel in Hong Kong
#12 Spa Hotel in Hong Kong
#13 Business Hotel in Hong Kong
#14 Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong
Price Range: €216 - €527 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong 5*
Number of rooms: 688
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located along the legendary Victoria Harbour, the award-winning Kowloon Shangri-La boasts 688 spacious and elegant guestrooms with modern conveniences and luxurious comfort. Five acclaimed food and beverage outlets, including a Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, together with a sophisticated lounge and a chic bar, offer a range of exquisite cuisines. The Mass Transit Railway is just right next door, and the Airport Express stations and Star Ferry are only minutes away from the hotel, enhancing its already prime location as the hub of business, shopping and entertainment. ... more   less 
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