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Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong Review
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 accommodation and impeccable service. Day beds 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 cubby hole 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 barber shop complete with super-comfy welcome lounge and cocktails.
Legendary Hong Kong Beauty
This Hong Kong mainstay first threw open its doors in 1962, 35 years before the British handover to the Chinese, when the Pearl of the Orient was a different kind of financier's playground. Today, the 500-room hotel, which underwent a US$150 million renovation in 2005, remains a household name, spoken of in hushed, revered tones by business and leisure travelers who turn to putty in the impeccably made up rooms and warm, experienced hands of the hotel staff. The Mandarin Oriental is a world unto itself—an eye mask and jetlag balm at turndown, a three-story spa, two Michelin-starred restaurants—so much so that you may be sorely tempted to hole up in its luxurious confines and skip the busy streets of buzzy Hong Kong.
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