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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.

    Pros:

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

    Cons:

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

    Overall:

    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

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    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.

    “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.

    Pros:

    • 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.

    Cons:

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

    Overall:

    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

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    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.

    “The timeless charm of the Peranakan era is showcased throughout the InterContinental Singapore, blending heritage inspired furnishings with modern day comfort” #InterContinentalLife

    InterContinetal welcoming plate

    InterContinental Singapore (click here) is a luxurious hotel located amongst some of Singapore’s most historical iconic arts and cultural districts of Bugis and Bras Basah. Built into Bugis Junction, which also boasts over 200 retail and dining outlets, the InterContinental Singapore is spoilt for choice when it comes to convenience.

    Perfectly Restored Pernaken Shops

    Pulling up to the InterContinental Singapore, the hotels’ design immediately grabbed my attention. The InterContinental pays homage to the distinctive character of the vibrant precinct and preserves the iconic style of shop houses from the 1920’s, which is clearly recognizable in the hotel’s facade.

    InterContinetal Facade

    Check’n In

    Check in was swift. Straight from stepping foot out of the taxi and being greeted by the concierge we were ushered through the lobby to the club check-in. I immediately noticed to the left a striking piece of art behind a relaxed lounge area, which I presume would have been based off an old school Peranakan home.

    The charming Peranakan theme is synonymously carried through in the hotel
    InterContental Artwork

    Continuing our walk to the lifts with the cheerful concierge to the upstairs club level, the very understated look of black & white tiles combined with a very low ceiling of the foyer becomes directly contrasted as we venture further into the hotel. A large light-filled lobby lounge with grand white-washed colonial pillars while chandeliers adorn the ceilings, enhancing the lofts’ double-height.

    A great place for afternoon tea or drink if I do say so.

    The Room

    We were staying in the premier suite, which boasts 52 sqm of classical living space. The suite (much like the entire hotel) has subtle touches of Peranakan charm. The bathroom was spacious and the living area blended heritage inspired pieces with modern day comforts.

    The king size bed had a gorgeous bronzed-framed bed head with a exquisite padded silk design, that looked directly over the restored Bugis Junction Shopping district.

    Food & Beverage

    The hotel has an abundance of dining options, including 5 restaurants and bars ranging from Chinese, Japanese through to European. We ate at Ash & Elm, which you can read about (here).

    Pool & Gym

    The 24-hour fitness centre was quite spacious with a separate dedicated yoga/stretching room.

    The Gym At InterContinetal Singapore
    Me Stretching Out In The Yoga Room

    Above the fitness centre is a lovely outdoor pool and a pool bar with a good view of the surrounding city.

    Pros:

    • Great location, with Bugis Junction literally at your doorstep
    • Lots of amenities

    Cons:

    • Wifi very temperamental
    • Slightly an older demographic when we stayed (this could be a pro if you are 40+)
    Bugis Junction

    Overall:

    The InterContinental Singapore is a lovely hotel with a nice touch of cultural charm to fit in with the modern day traveller.

    InterContinental Singapore
    80 Middle Rd, Bugis Junction
    Singapore 188966
    +65 6338 7600

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