Saturday, 4 April 2020

One of the world's grandest hotels is closing for two years

One of the world's greatest hotels is closing its doors for two years - and will emerge with a new look and a new name.


The InterContinental Hong Kong will close on April 20, 2020, before reopening as Regent Hong Kong in 2022. Sadly, 500 jobs will be lost.

The hotel is planning a spectacular transformation that will position it as one of the top hotels not only in Asia but also as one of the world's most iconic hotels.

The total transformation will span all guest rooms and suites including bathrooms, all public areas, restaurants and event venues, as well as a refresh of the building fa├žade with a contemporary new look.

Yan Toh Heen, the hotel's one-Michelin star Cantonese restaurant, will remain open throughout the renovation, with access via the adjoining K11 Musea.

Goodwin Gaw, Chairman and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners, which led the acquisition of the hotel in 2015 on behalf of a consortium of investors, said: “We are thrilled to work with Chi Wing Lo, who has over 30 years of experience in the United States, Greece and Italy.

"His designs combine superb craftsmanship and ingenuity with innovative use of materials and a unique and timeless aesthetic. He is now exclusively devoting his time to the design creation and return of the legendary Regent Hong Kong.”

Gaw continued: “On behalf of the owning companies, we are committed to returning the property back to its glory days as one of the most prestigious hotels in the world. Following this exciting transformation and re-branding, the hotel will once again become an iconic flagship property for Regent Hotels & Resorts and a jewel of Hong Kong.”

InterContinental Hong Kong holds a coveted five-star rating from the Forbes Travel Guide.

It is famous for its panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong's skyline.

The 503-room hotel opened in 1980 as The Regent Hong Kong but was re-branded to InterContinental Hong Kong in June 2001 as the Asia-Pacific flagship property for IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group).

Two-thirds of the 503 guest rooms, including all 87 suites, have harbour views.

www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com

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