InterContinental Hong Kong, one of the flagship hotels in the chain, has decided to finally push the button on its top-to-bottom refurbishment. The work has been promised, but delayed, for a while but the collapse in business due to coronavirus means that this is a good time to push ahead.
The hotel will reopen in 2022. It will NOT reopen as an InterContinental, however, It will be branded as Regent Hong Kong, which was the original name of the hotel when it opened.
IHG bought the small luxury Regent chain in March 2018 although, to date, it hasn’t shown that it has much of a clue what to do with it. My personal view is that the InterContinental resort properties should be rebranded as Regent, with the IC brand focused purely on city centre business hotels.
The key reason to stay at InterContinental Hong Kong is the amazing views over the harbour. With a luxury high-rise Rosewood hotel having just opened next door, this is less of a key selling point than it was. We need to see how it looks post refurbishment.
The Regent properties have not been integrated into the paid-for InterContinental Ambassador loyalty programme. (This HFP article explains how Ambassador works.) This is another oversight by IHG, giving Ambassador members little incentive to stay there. This will hopefully be fixed before Hong Kong reopens, especially as this is a great place to use your Ambassador ‘free weekend night’ voucher.
Here is my 2017 review of InterContinental Hong Kong, and here is my wife looking across the harbour from the windows in our room:
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