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“The InterContinental Grand Stanford caters to those who are looking to blend leisure and business in the same stay”

InterContinental Grand Stanford

Hong Kong is home to two InterContinental Hotels. Their flagship hotel is the Intercontinental Hong Kong (click here for my review) and then there is the InterContinental Grand Stanford, located just 5 minutes (by car) down the road.

The location is similar to their flagship, located on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour at Tsim Sha Tsui East. The Grand Stanford (click here) is close to shops, restaurants, MTR and the Guangzhou-Kowloon through Train Station, making it great for travellers that are planning a trip to the mainland.

Can People Watch All Day From The Grand Stanford

Check’n In

The Lobbys' 3 Tier Chandelier

Walking into the main lobby, we were greeted and taken upstairs to the club level on the 1st floor. The entrance and regular check-in was extremely busy, luckily the piano from the adjoining lounge peacefully mellowed out the crowds’ noise.

The Grand Stanford has just won the World Travel Awards for Asia’s Leading Business Hotel so the club level has been tailored towards the business traveller providing executive amenities to make traveling and business blend seamlessly together. I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a 5 star luxurious hotel, but I would certainly say it would be a 4 star hotel, with elite benefits (such as checkout at 4pm if club level), luxuriously appointed rooms, business centre and a great whiskey bar for after work meetings.

InterContinental Grand Stanford Lobby

The Room

Our room was the Premier Harbour View Room. It had a nice view of Victoria Harbour and you could ‘people watch’ the crowd walking up and down the harbour from your room.

There are 570 rooms in the hotel, so our room was not huge but it was functional, clean and had a nice view. Fit with a king bed, a desk, small hallway, there was not too much room to move around our luggage, the bathroom was also moderate but had a gorgeous stone & marble finish.

Food & Beverage & Tiffany’s Bar

There are 5 restaurants at the Grand Stanford. We ate at Café On M & Tiffany’s New York Bar. It was my experience at Tiffany’s New York Bar that made my stay.

Exuding the extravagant era of the roaring 20’s the bar is full of plush vintage furnishings, leather booths and antiques while holding one of Hong Kong’s largest Whiskey collections. In-between the whiskey tasting, dessert and having a long chat with the maître-d Elton (who by the way was an absolute champ) the live band absolutely killed it with their versions of R&B, Jazz and Motown classics.

Tiffany's, By Far My Favourite

Pool & Gym

Located on the 18th floor, the 24-hour fitness studio was well equipped with latest Life Fitness machines and looked out straight onto the rooftop pool. The rooftop pool had a mosaic finish and river washed stone edging, which was surrounded by deckchairs and umbrellas. Unfortunately the weather was pretty windy – so we weren’t able to use the pool.


  • Great view of Victoria Harbour
  • Great for people traveling for business
  • Tiffanys


  • Rooms were slightly too small for me
  • As it is a larger hotel, it is quite busy
Thanks For Having Me InterContinental Grand Stanford


We had a very comfortable stay at the InterContinental Grand Stanford and I loved Tiffany’s Bar. I would say this hotel leans more towards the business side of things then leisure, so keep that in mind when booking which InterContinental you want to stay it in Hong Kong.

InterContinental Grand Stanford
70 Mody Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
+852 2721 5161

Disclaimer: My stay at the Intercontinental Grand Stanford was provided complimentary in exchange for a review on the Krumbled website. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Have you stayed at InterContinental Grand Stanford? What do you think of the business facilities? If you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them below.

“East Hong Kong is a trendy luxury hotel that is a haven for business savvy people”

East Hong Kong

The masterminds behind East Hong Kong (Swire Group & CL3 architects) have gone above and beyond to provide guests with every imaginable convenience while sticking true to their laid back and casual attitude. East is not only a haven for business travellers but leisure seeking guests too.

East’s (click here) philosophy was to create an environment where there is a perfect balance of work and life, with every attention given to physical comfort, as well as comfort of the senses to create a balance of the body and soul. In East’s own words: “the yin and yang”.

Located in the heart of Taikoo, the surrounding area is renowned as an established business district. Given the convenient location of the MTR next door, the hotel is easily accessible by all parts of the city.

East Entrance

Check’n In

Our check-in process started before we even arrived at East. The hotels’ Audi Q7 (with wifi) picked us up from the lobby of the previous hotel. Drove us through the cityscape of Hong Kong, all the while pointing out landmarks and historical features and after about an hour dropped us right at the lobby. By the time we got there the team had already organized everything to head straight to the room, where surprisingly our bags were in our room before we were.

Simple & Clean Check-In

The hotel prides itself on being eco-friendly (big thumbs up) so check-in is paperless. Everything is done through computers and tablets. When checking out, all you need to do is walk out the door, and they will do the rest for you.

One thing that instantly grabbed my attention was the different pops of artwork throughout the hotel. The lobby is minimalistic and clean but every so often a beautiful pop of vibrant artwork can be seen which really energizes the place.

The Room

The hotel has 345 rooms. Of these rooms there are 6 expansive suites. We were lucky enough to be in one.

Our Harbour View suite was equipped with everything your heart could desire when staying at business targeted hotel. Everything was at a touch of button (think work station, apple TV, free wifi and ‘handy’ phone) but specifically hidden behind walls and panels to create a sense of personal space (This is East’s Ying & Yang element in full play).

East Suite Is Very 'Instagramable'
I Spent My Entire Stay Between Here & The Bed

Our suite overlooked Victoria Harbour with a complete wall of floor to ceiling windows. The suite was 60sqm of seamless natural decor. Bamboo finishes, limestone flooring, white marble bathroom and pops of art which created a gorgeous light, bright & fun filled ambience.

Sittin, Waitin, Wishin

If East had a middle name, it would be “wordplay”. In our suite, we had a limited edition resin dinosaur with “MADE IN CHINA” tagged across it’s neck (Think of him as your very own pet T-Rex for the stay) and this was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to East’s playful side.

Food & Beverage

Keeping on the wordplay trend, FEAST (Food By East) is a semi-buffet, a la carte all day dining restaurant. We had breakfast and also a light dinner here during our stay.

Then there is the funky rooftop bar called Sugar, which is the perfect spot to unwind after a long day, I even got to try ‘Betsy Beer’ (google it) another division of the Swire group family.

We also ate Mr & Mrs Fox, a 3 level rustic-meets-ritsy restaurant 5-minute walk from the hotel. The food and atmosphere was great and the place really had a community feel to it.

Swire Group actually owns all of the surrounding area (business towers, apartments and a shopping complex) with East being smack bang in the middle. So there are a multitude of good eats and bars all within a 5-minute walk from the hotel, which are ideal for business dinners, afternoon drinks or a hearty meal.

Pool & Gym

BEAST (Body by East) is open 24 hours and is well equipped with all the necessities for a hotel gym and has a nice view of the water too. The pool area was reasonably large, from here neighbouring buildings soared above and you could see people in their day to day lives.

Body By Beast

Around the corner from the pool you will find the hotels very own Veggie garden, full of luscious gorgeous fruit and vegetables, which is then prepared and used in meals downstairs.

East Vegetable Garden


  • Beautiful Spacious Room
  • Instagram worthy egg chair
  • Eco Friendly
  • Tech Savvy
  • Accessible
  • Laid Back


  • Slightly out of the way from the busier parts of Hong Kong


East Hong Kong is a contemporary hotel designed to cater for business travellers and nomads alike, with an emphasis on design, functionality and style. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

29 Tai Koo Shing Rd
Quarry Bay
Hong Kong
+852 3968 3968

Disclaimer: My stay at East Hong Kong was provided complimentary from the Swire Group in exchange for a hotel review on the Krumbled website. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Have you stayed at East Hong Kong before? What were your thoughts? If you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them below.

“Enjoy bang for your buck at the conveniently located Island Pacific Hotel, The old town of Hong Kong is just at your doorstep, so make sure you get out and explore it!”

Island Pacific Lobby

The Island Pacific Hotel (click here) offers travellers a conveniently positioned 3 star hotel which is only 10 minutes away from the Hong Kong Express Station, 5 minutes to Say Ying Pun MTR station and a 15 minute journey to Macau Ferry Terminal.

Check’n In

One of the main selling points for me was the location. Having just arrived into Hong Kong and seeing all the development and gentrification of the city, I wanted to experience the old, authentic parts of Hong Kong. Located further west of the island in Sheung Wan, the neighbourhood has maintained the look and feel of timeworn Hong Kong. Many of the street vendors still sell traditional Cantonese products, such as the many, many different types of dried seafood.

Exploring Some Of Old Hong Kong

Unfortunately in saying that, there is still a lot dried shark fin floating around these shops. Which is such a shame to see because of the inhumane way of harvesting it. Our guide Yan did say that the government was trying to outlaw this, which I guess is a positive but until it’s actually implemented, it’s just a nice thought.

The Room

We were in the harbour view room, the room was dated but substantial. It had all of the necessary amenities and fittings required for a pleasant business stay. The room had a standard bathroom (fit with shower and bath tub) along with a floor to ceiling mirror and a large vanity.

The room was spacious enough to spread out, and have a little setup for a working space ( if this isn’t enough, the business lounge has plenty of room with a lovely harbour or building view).

Food & Beverage

The buffet at Centre Street Kitchen provides you a host of food options that are both healthy and delicious.

Pool & Gym

The Island Pacific offers guests the use of the outdoor pool, gym and business centre and a free shuttle bus service to the city.

The Island Pacific's Outdoor Pool


  • Value for money
  • Lovely view with large windows
  • Business Centre


  • A little basic in some areas (Sino group is starting renovations in the near future and with the Olympian and Pottinger under their belt I’m excited to see what they have in store)
Couple Floors Up


The Island Pacific is a great hotel if you want a good affordable hotel (Hong Kong Standards) in the center of one of Hong Kong’s most untouched, authentic and cultural spots.

Island Pacific
152 Connaught Rd
Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Disclaimer: My stay at the Island Pacific was provided complimentary in exchange for a review on the Krumbled website. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Have you stayed at Island Pacific before? What do you think? If you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them below.

“The Olympian Hotel is a great option to unwind, just outside the manic speed of busy Hong Kong”

The Olympian Foyer

A luxurious boutique hotel located in West Kowloon, The Olympian Hotel Hong Kong (click here) is within walking distance of the Olympic MTR station and the Olympian City shopping centre.

Plush Velvet Furnishings & Floral Displays

Check’n In

Walking through the hotel, I felt as if I was one of the only guests there. With 3.3m high ceilings and larger then usual hallways on only 1 floor, we casually made our way down to our suite, passing by the gym and self-service laundry (that was a big plus for us).

3.3m Ceilings

The Olympian has been specifically built to maximize space for guests travelling to Hong Kong on longer than usual visits. Recently opening in March 2016 and with only 32 rooms to its’ name, The Olympians’ guests are afforded the luxury of a lot of additional living space to really stretch out in. With the limited amount of rooms on offer, a certain level of personalization comes along with it, which might not be found in the larger hotels.

The Room

Entering our room, immediately the sheer size of the room comes to mind, It’s enormous (for Hong Kong standards), equipped with a kitchen, (another unusual thing for Hong Kong), a seperate living area, a spacious bathroom and large bedroom with walk-in wardrobe. The stone bathroom had dual basins, bathtub, and a three-meter high rain shower (great to relax in after a long day walking around)

The View From The Room

Food & Beverage

Each room has a fully functioning kitchenette and there is a common area for a la carte breakfast and refreshments in the mornings.


Embracing the contemporary residence concept, the boutique hotel boasted a small gym, business center, kitchen area along with a self-service laundry area. The hotel is purpose built to be a ‘home away from home’ suitable for those who are after a mid to long-term stay in Hong Kong. Washing machines and driers are a great added bonus (there is also standard laundry service that is offered through the concierge team).

Office Space At The Olympian


  • Self service laundry area
  • Spaciousness of the room
  • Rain shower
  • Personalized stay


  • Not in the heart of HK
  • View is a little lackluster
  • Small gym
Sophisticated Style With An Oriental Touch


The Olympian Hotel is a wonderfully spacious hotel which caters towards those that are looking for an extremely personalized mid to long-term stay.

The Olympian Hotel
18 Hoi Fai Rd
Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong
+852 3199 8888

Disclaimer: My stay at the Olympian was provided complimentary in exchange for a review on the Krumbled website. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Have you stayed at The Olympian Hong Kong before? What did you think about the room size? If you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them below.

“With one of the most spectacular city skyline views I have ever seen, the InterContinental Hong Kong is arguably one of the cities’ most sought after hotels”

'The Pearl' InterContinental Hong Kongs' Feng Shui Fountain

The Intercontinental Hong Kong (click here) is the epitome of 5 star accommodation. Set in the heart of Tsim She Tsui, close to MTR and at its’ doorstep some of Hong Kong’s best luxury shopping. This is a hotel that has certainly won me over.

This Grand Marble Staircase Is Very Popular With Weddings

From the distance, the hotels’ facade is somewhat austere and lackluster, but pulling up to the entrance an extravagant, light bursting water feature glistens under the night time skyline. The Intercontinental Hong Kong is the flagship hotel for the Intercontinental Group in Asia. The hotel is surprisingly built out over Victoria Harbour, providing the hotel prime position for uninterrupted panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island.

Check’n In

We were greeted by the staff, who was dressed in classic all-white attire. They swiftly whisked us up to the reception and as we were staying on the club-room level, our check-in which was within each of the rooms. From start to finish this was extremely quick, which was great as we were traveling with 2 x 70 year olds who had been on a long flight.

Every minute detail has been carefully thought out to ensure a 5 star stay, including a meticulous Feng Sui overhaul of the entire hotel. One Hong Kong’s leading Feng Shui masters was called upon for consultation resulting in several ‘additions’ being incorporated into the award-winning hotels design thus ensuring the hotel’s continued good prosperity “feng shui”.

The Room

Our room was the Harbour View suite on the club level, which meant that we had the gorgeous view from the 11th floor.

The Beautiful View Of Hong Kong Island

The room had a small desk, king bed and a marble bathroom. Although, compared to other Intercontinental rooms that I have stayed in, our room was slightly smaller. I was traveling with lots of luggage as part of a month long trip, so I needed quite a lot of space.

Food & Beverage

The InterContinental Hong Kong houses 6 exceptional restaurants. We were fortunate enough to eat at Yan Toh Heen (click here) & The Harbourside for what I would say is probably the best buffet iv’e ever had.

We also had a wonderful high-tea at the Lobby Lounge. Looking through the three-storey wrap around windows onto Victoria Harbour while relaxing with a nice cup of tea & scones is something I highly recommend doing at least once.

Pool & Gym

The hotel’s amenities range from a 24hour fitness centre, an outdoor heated pool & spa.


  • Faultless panoramic view
  • The best hotel buffet I have ever had to date (March,2016)
  • Quality of food
  • Great service

Also a side note, the InterContinental Hong Kong is a large hotel with a high year-round occupancy rate. The staff (approximately 750 of them) provided an extremely high level of service, which was impeccable and could not be faulted.


  • Very very expensive laundry service
On The Steps At InterContinental Hong Kong


My stay at the Intercontinental Hong Kong was one of the most memorable stays I have ever had in Hong Kong. From the service, to the view, to the buffet I could not fault the hotel except for the $$$ laundry!

InterContinental Hong Kong
Tsim Sha Tsui
18 Salisbury Rd
Hong Kong
+852 2721 1211

Disclaimer: My stay at the Intercontinental Hong Kong was provided complimentary in exchange for a review on the Krumbled website. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Have you stayed at InterContinental Hong Kong before? What do you think of the view? If you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them below.