St. Regis Hong Kong Scheduled To Open January 1, 2019

A while back we learned that a St. Regis hotel is under construction in Hong Kong. While Hong Kong has a lot of amazing hotels, very few of them are points properties, so I’m thrilled to see St. Regis enter the market, as it’s one of my two favorite luxury chains that you can redeem points for (along with Park Hyatt).

The St. Regis Hong Kong will be located on Hong Kong Island (rather than Kowloon) in the Wan Chai area, and will be very close to the convention center, near the Grand Hyatt. Unfortunately it looks like the hotel won’t have much in the way of Hong Kong’s iconic views, given that much of the hotel will be obstructed by other buildings. Furthermore, views are generally better on the Kowloon side.

The hotel is expected to have 129 guest rooms, and feature high-end Chinese and French restaurants, a swimming pool, and more.

It has been nearly a year since I heard anything about this project, though it looks like the hotel is now visible on spg.com. According to Starwood, the St. Regis Hong Kong is scheduled to open on January 1, 2019. Initially the hotel was reported to open in late 2018, so that’s not too far off schedule. However, even as the opening date approaches, it’s common for hotels to still push back the date, so I wouldn’t count on that date sticking.

The hotel’s website has just a few renderings, though they’re only of the dining outlets, including the Chinese restaurant, French restaurant, and bar, so they’re not terribly insightful in terms of what we can expect from the hotel.

My guess is that this will be a Category 7 property and that a free night will cost 30,000-35,000 Starpoints, though we’ll have to wait and see to be sure. I guess it’s possible that it will also be a Category 6, but with how few rooms it has, I’m guessing rates will be high.

Personally this is my second most anticipated St. Regis opening. For whatever reason I’m really excited about the St. Regis Cairo opening. Right now spg.com says that the hotel will open on March 1, 2018, though the hotel isn’t accepting reservations yet. This hotel has been scheduled to open for years now, though keeps getting pushed back. I’m not especially optimistic about the opening date given that they’re not accepting reservations for any dates just a few weeks before it’s scheduled to open. Sometimes tells me this may be one of the cheapest St. Regis properties in the world.

(Tip of the hat to The Short Final)

Comments

  1. Hong Kong top hotels still remain pretty much off limits to the points crowd. Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, and Peninsula are hands down the nicest places to stay in the city. Next tier down would be Island Shangri-La. Finally below all those come Ritz, Grand Hyatt, JW Marriott, and Conrad. My bet is St. Regis falls in that group.

    Intercontinental actually has some of the nicest rooms in town too, but you must book the butler suites on the 4th floor and they retail for over a thousand USD a night. I don’t think Lucky ever stayed in them, but they’re essentially run as a totally separate hotel from the rest of the (mediocre to poor) rest of the Intercontinental.

    It’s an amazing city for hotels, just that the nicest ones are not really in any of the major points chains.

  2. @Bob Trial It’s very expensive, but the Upper House is really nice too, definitely in the same tier as Four Seasons, Peninsula and Mandarin Oriental.

  3. IMHO, the best hotel in HK is “Upper House” though it is not available on points.
    Make sure to get drinks at the “Cafe Gray Deluxe” on the 49th floor.

  4. Upper House for sure… a refreshing, intuitive take on relaxed luxury, none of the stuffy stodginess of the old chains/brands. Huge rooms with great views all around, great breakfasts, wonderful, genuine & sincere staff. Every stay has been effortless so far. Hard to leave the House…

  5. Landmark Mandarin Oriental up there too, as well ass Upper House as suggested above. So many incredible hotels there not part of loyalty programs.

  6. Can’t wait for the Rosewood in HKG… and the new one in LON for that matter. Did a 3-night stay at the Conrad a few months ago, and boy does that place need a refresh.

  7. As a resident of HK agree some of the top end hotels are stupidly expensive but that’s driven by the silly prices for real estate in HK.

    The issue with the Regis is the location. It’s on the side of the busiest road in HK and really in the middle of nowhere. Very few facilities except McDonalds and KFC in walking distance.

    Im sure it will do well but I predict guests won’t rush back because of the location. The Ritz, Mandarin, Four season and Upper House are all in better locations.

  8. This hotel has been going up for ages. It’s in an appalling location, boxed in by the other Wanchai towers (I used to work across the street), it looks bland as hell, and features no amenities nearby but some bland corporate food/pubs. That part of Wanchai North is of course cut off anyway by the main artery running across HK Island. The Grand Hyatt with iconic views and notable restaurants in its own right can get away with the Wanchai North location, but I have no idea at all what the St Regis can offer to compete, if they intend to be at an upper-level price bracket. Would choose a dozen other HK hotels before staying at this location.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *