Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong | HOTEL REVIEW

One of the most ideally located luxury hotels in Hong Kong, Four Seasons Hong Kong is arguably the best ‘all-round’ hotel in the city, especially after having undergone a recent mini-refurbishment.

Date of stay: Multiple stays, including latest October 2022
Room: Superior Harbour View Suite (#2821), Harbour View King (#2617) and more
Reviewed by: Chinmoy Lad

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WHAT WE LOVED

  • Location and views. As part of the International Finance Centre (IFC) complex along the waterfront in Central, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong sits in a prime location with easy access to one of Hong Kong’s premier shopping malls and its core downtown district, as well as the Star Ferry Pier and other piers to reach Kowloon and the city’s outlying islands respectively.
  • Rooms and suites. With 399 rooms, this is certainly not a small hotel, and especially so for a Four Seasons property. However, the hotel’s harbourfront location allows for spectacular views from many of its rooms. The rooms are all 39 sqm/420 sqft (for one room category) to 45 sqm/484 sqft (for the majority of room categories), a fairly generous size. The new refreshed design and layout makes the space feel both.
    The suites start at a very comfortable 68 sqm/732 sqft (Superior Harbour-view Suite that we stayed in) up to the 319 sqm/3,430 sqft Presidential Suite. The two signature Imperial and Presidential Suites have yet to undergo a refurbishment, but all the other suites have been completed. For couples, we actually recommend the cozier yet more spectacular (because of the bed alignment) Superior Harbour-view Suite, but guests with families or those requiring a bit more space may prefer the larger Premier Harbour-view Suite. The extremely spacious Deluxe Suite, at 150 sqm/1,614 sqft and featuring a kitchenette, bar and full dining table for entertaining guests, has also seen a full makeover.
    Each room now also has a “My Bar”, a lovely way to present the amenities and mini-bar. The property has done away with the large working desk, expanding the space to an elegant chaise lounge or space for an extra-bed.
    Sleep is a large part of what makes these Four Seasons rooms special, with a choice of six pillow types and a customisable Four Seasons bed.
  • Design. While the earlier design definitely had more of a sense of place with very heavy Asian styling in some rooms (and others offering a slightly more contemporary look) and throughout the property, it also felt very dated, tired and dark, and in desperate need of a redesign. The new design by Remedios Studios has created palate that’s brighter, fresher and lighter, with some local accents included, like traditional Chinese landscape style ink paintings incorporated into wardrobe doors. Aside from the rooms, the foyer on each room also feels more in tune with luxury leisure travel, with a simple but effective lounging area. The lobby itself also appears more open while incorporating lots of artistic elements, whereas areas such as the Argo bar are truly magnificent.
  • Pool. If there’s one thing we have to point out as “this – this is it, this is where Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong is the absolute best”, then it’s the pool. With four pools (including the whirlpool) in a large terrace, with one area further separated into a kids’ section, with ample sunlight from morning to evening, this is Hong Kong’s best pool and terrace spot in a hotel, framed perfectly by the infinity edge pool.
  • Service. Despite the large nature of the property, the staff goes to great lengths to make this feel like a more boutique property, offering some of the best service in the city, as well as some of the most useful concierges to help assist in planning your stay. A great example of the thoughtful and attentive service was the housekeeping team noticing we were running out of hair gel, and deciding to bring us a new one. We had also left our sunglasses in the room, and housekeeping took the trouble to not only clean it, but leaving a lens cleaner for us to use.
    Separately, the Four Seasons App is a great addition to the brand overall, making communication much easier between guest and concierge/the hotel, both pre- and during stay.
  • Facilities and spa. As we mentioned earlier, this is probably Hong Kong’s most well-rounded luxury hotel – everything is here, and it’s generally available to an extremely high standard. In addition to everything you’d expect from a luxury hotel for a leisure stay, this is a one-stop hotel for everything beyond – the 2,000-plus sqm/22,000 sqft spa is not only one of Hong Kong’s largest, but also among its most iconic with some treatment suites overlooking the harbour. There is also a Nail Bar and a Salon for guests looking to polish up before attending key meetings, events, dinners or otherwise.
  • Restaurants and bars. Even among Hong Kong hotels, well known for stellar food & beverage outlets, the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong boasts a star studded lineup, housing the most Michelin starred restaurants under one roof out of any hotel in the world, with a total of eight (Lung King Heen, Caprice, Noi and Sushi Saito) as well as Argo, which was named one of the World’s 50 Best Bars. In addition to these, there is Uchitsu, The Lounge, Pool Terrace, Gallery and Caprice Bar – there’s certainly no shortage of options for dining and wining at the Four Seasons, and with plenty more options, both fine dining and casual eateries – in nearby ifc mall. We’ve yet to try Noi and Uchitsu, but our personal favourite is Sushi Saito (crafted by Chef Takashi Saito), followed by Lung King Heen, the world’s first three-Michelin starred Chinese restaurant (led by the legendary Chef Chan Yan Tak) and Caprice (helmed by Chef Guillaume Galliot)
  • Residences. Four Seasons also has a section dedicated to fully serviced residences, with 519 units with 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom options (and two of the most spectacular penthouses) for long stays housed in a separate building next door with its own facilities, Four Seasons Place Hong Kong. For more information, check out our dedicated Hong Kong residences section or email us at chinmoy.lad@thesuitelife.com.hk

POINTS TO NOTE

  • Refurbishment. Bizarrely, not everything at the property has been refurbished. It was a full scale…soft (?) refurbishment. We were told some of it is due to restrictions to what can be done. For example, parts of the bathrooms (e.g. the toilet and the bathtub) in most of the rooms are still the original design, whereas the vanity areas have been worked on. Similarly, around the property, the lobby has gone through a change but the Lounge (the restaurant by the lobby) still retains its older features. Meanwhile, the Executive Club, for a time one of Hong Kong’s best, looks increasingly more dated. While the Pool and Pool Terrace are fantastic, this is one area where a soft refurbishment rather than a full scale one might work well – some of the furnishings are looking in need of slightly better maintenance.
  • Overall ambiance. In a business-oriented city, it’s hard to get a true luxury leisure property. There will always be an element of business, and that certainly holds true for Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. While it has all the features of a luxury leisure hotel, its location and proximity to some of the city’s key headquarters and offices means there will always be a portion of the guests here that are here for business. The hotel does feature ample meeting, convention and exhibition space, as well as weddings – by no means is it a luxury leisure hotel only, it does cater to business (and lots of it) without ever arching one way or the other. Given the strength of the F&B on offer here, as well as its location for business meetings, weddings and more, this is also very much a go-to location for residents in the city (which actually adds to the vibrancy of the hotel).

GENERAL INFORMATION

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong is located about a 30-minute drive from Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong International Airport.

HOTEL FACT SHEET

  • LOCATION: Hong Kong S.A.R.
  • OPENED: 2005
  • HOTEL ROOMS: 399
  • RESIDENCE SUITES: 519
  • RATES FROM: USD $800/night++

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