This past week I spent a couple of nights in my favorite city in the world – Hong Kong.
There’s simply no other city in the world that’s quite as exciting to me as Hong Kong, and if it weren’t so expensive I’d probably move there in a heartbeat. Not only is the city my favorite, but I also love the skyline more than any other in the world.
While it’s usually way out of my budget, I couldn’t help but try the new Ritz Carlton this time around, which is now the tallest hotel in the world (I stayed at the second tallest hotel in the world, the Park Hyatt Shanghai, a few weeks ago). You only live once, and when you split the cost with someone else it’s not completely, totally out-of-this-world outrageously expensive.
Anyway, reader cyby asked me whether I preferred the view from the InterContinental or the Ritz Carlton, and it got me thinking. For those of you not familiar with Hong Kong hotels, below is the Hong Kong skyline taken from Victoria Peak. The arrow on the left points to the Ritz Carlton, which takes up the top few floors of the International Commerce Centre. The arrow on the right points to the InterContinental, which is a 16 story building with a prime location right on the Avenue of Stars.
So how do the views compare?
Well, at the InterContinental you literally feel like you’re on a cruise ship in Victoria Harbor. The catch is that this assumes you have a harbor view room. The best rooms in this hotel are the junior suites ending in XX16, as they’re located right in the center of the hotel. The issue is that if you don’t get a harbor view room, the views aren’t good at all, since they just face the streets of Kowloon.
The below picture was taken from junior suite 1416, which is probably about as good as the views get from this hotel. The bad thing about staying in this room is that I really didn’t want to go outside, since it was the perfect place to watch the city.
As far as the Ritz Carlton goes, it’s literally like having a bird’s eye view of the city. The good news is that no matter which room you’re in you’ll have at least some good views, since you’re so high up. Furthermore, you really have panoramic views of the entire city, including both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. here’s the view on a nice day:
The bad news? Here’s the view when the weather isn’t nice:
The full Ritz Carlton review will be coming shortly (and I mean that this time, because it’s already written, it just has to be posted in sequence).
In the meantime, I’m curious — which view would you rather have?