Connected to the luxury Pacific Place mall in Central, the Conrad is one of those venerable luxury Hong Kong hotels where you never have any need to engage with the inconvenience of the streets should you decide against it. If you arrive via the mall, then the designer brands provide a good insight into the vibe you’ll discover at the Conrad, an ostentatious, five-star property with business leanings.
The Conrad is located within a complex housing a collection of luxury hotels including Upper House, JW Marriott and the Island Shangri-La, so fine dining and intimate drinking are never too far.
Located in a neighborhood where escalators are installed at street level to help residents with the task of climbing the city’s steep hill that winds towards Victoria Peak, the hotel seems to stretch even higher than most thanks to its already elevated position. What that means is some of the best views in the city from rooms that face either the harbour or the aforementioned Peak. Rooms are decorated with a soft, sultry appeal that makes you sleepy just stepping through the door—which we’ll put down as a positive—and space is generous by any standard.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Coffee is important and at the Conrad, Nespresso machines come as standard in all rooms.
Bathrooms follow the lead of the rooms in offering more space than you’ll likely find at home. Caramel tones feature alongside elegant marble fixtures and freestanding tubs (in some rooms).
Giant gold pillars emphasise the hotel’s luxe appeal in the lobby, whose carpeted floors create a look somewhere between opulent living room and grand ballroom. Either way, it’s a fine place to check in.
An outdoor pool opens seasonally and provides a pleasant spot to either swim or lounge by the water on one of its intimate cabanas.
The dimly-lit interior gym doesn’t pay much attention to style but provides all the necessary equipment to get your workout on. For a wind down, hit the health club for a sauna, steam-room or soak in the jacuzzi.
The Conrad has a range of dining options from the Golden Leaf Cantonese restaurant to the continental Brasserie. The real star is Nicholini’s, an Italian restaurant with the type of interior befitting any date night.
If you want to sample the Conrad’s full range of drinking spots then sink strong, short cocktails in the Lobby Lounge while enjoying the soft, nightly entertainment before hitting the Pacific Bar, a debonair sort of place for meetings—both business and pleasure.
With Admiralty Station attached to the Pacific Place Mall and therefor the hotel, getting onto the MTR is simple—not to mention fully air-conditioned. While the hotel primarily attracts business guests, attractions like the Peak and the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden are within walking distance, as are some fine displays of colonial architecture should you be keen to explore.
A short walk from the Conrad, the Island Shangri-La Hotel offers five-star hotel dining of its own. Visit the Lobster Bar and Grill (6-minute walk) for the lobster, naturally, and a swish setting for business or personal lunches/dinners. Alternatively, visit AMMO (4-minute walk), a unique industrial chic spot in a former explosives compound once used by the British Army. In addition to the spectacular setting, the modern Asian-Mediterranean menu is pretty special.
Hotel bars dominate much of the drinking scene in Hong Kong so don’t try to fight it. Visit Café Grey Deluxe (5-minute walk), take a seat at the long marble bar and enjoy the ambiance of the 49th floor at the top of the Upper House hotel. Another hotel bar, Bar Q88 (3-minute walk) is well worth a visit for five-star cocktails at the JW Marriott.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Conrad retains an elegant level of comfort throughout the property which sets guests immediately at ease. It may not be the flashiest, swankiest luxury hotel but it can be relied upon for its exceptional service that never fails.