Hong Kong's most famous hotel has lost none of its opulence, colonial charm, and shine over the past 50 years and is still known for spacious and luxurious accommodations and impeccable service. Daybeds tucked under the huge windows take in the harbor and city views; TV screens are set next to bathroom sinks; and each room has a closet cubbyhole where your daily paper, newly shined shoes, and room-service meal will magically appear. The Clipper Lounge and Chinnery pub (serving the best fish-and-chips in Hong Kong) ooze colonial flavor, as do such touches as the barbershop complete with a super-comfy welcome lounge and cocktails.
Hotel Award Winner | 2011
Mar 14, 2014
Rather recently (week of 9 March, 2014), enjoyed a truly productive - and even rejuvenating - Hong Kong business travel stay at this magnificent property. (Over the years, have also had the privilege of staying at Mandarin Oriental properties for work and occasional holiday in Bangkok, London and Kuala Lumpur; in the case of the BKK MO, going back ~ half-century as 'youth', with my beloved parents and siblings. Special hotels, all.) [Arrival
at the MO Hong Kong was Sunday morning, via my primary business travel carrier, Singapore Airlines, flight SQ1 J. That evening flight out of SFO (San Francisco) marked the end to another week of meetings and checking on the secondary residence. (Will say, so love flying SQ1 for work; over time, have found my favourite rows and seats in business class. Invariably, numerous hours of uninterrupted sleep; my special transpacific business travel 'hotel' at ~ 36,000 feet with such fine SQ cabin crew and friends. This particular flight quite special and unique, with the loved one being able to coordinate her personal work/flying schedule for the flight.] Check-in at the MO HK could not have been more personal and accommodating. They were aware of my (our) early SQ1 arrival and, perhaps not too surprisingly, my numerous stays over the years with her aforementioned sisters. So love that Mandarin Oriental personal style; quality operation. Our lodging entailed a gratefully accepted upgrade to an Oriental Suite. (Management/staff knew of my ongoing preferences for corner locations.) The suite was perfect, with such lovely views. With the Sunday morning arrival, we took advantage of the MO's rather extensive exercise, swim, spa, massage options. And, in a full-on splurge, we booked one of the MO's private "couples' suites", complete with shower, steam, tub... highly recommend for those lifelong romantics. Sweet dreams that evening. The following few days were not quite so joyous (the mrs. was obliged to fly back to our home port of Singapore on Monday) and rather busy with meetings, but did have the chance for some afterwork libations in the hotel's M Bar, as well as some memorable business dining at the MO's Pierre, Man Wah, and Mandarin Grill and Bar. All three worthy of more extensive reviews - and visits. Lovely business - and briefly, so joyous - stay at a special Hong Kong property. (Over the years, have also stayed at the Island Shangri-La for work, as well as some sweet weekend holidays at the HK Peninsula. Of the three, will give my current nod to the MO HK - but all are special to me.) Reluctant MO HK departure for brief meetings in Kuala Lumpur, staying once again at the MO. (This particular business trip segment did entail, and necessitate, back-to-back stays at the MO's HK and KL properties.) Business class departure ex-HKG to KUL was via Malaysia Airlines, flight MH449. As expected, a rather somber, reflective, MH flight. As I write this MO HK review from Kuala Lumpur - before flying home to SIN via SQ - prayers and thoughts to those souls with MH370. Savour your Hong Kong times at a timeless Mandarin Oriental property.