World’s highest hotel, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

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  1. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong opened last week on March 29th and is beginning to live up to its name as the world’s “highest” hotel. It doesn’t own the entire hotel building so what happened is that the Ritz-Carlton is located on the 102/F to 118/F of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in Hong Kong and so by pun, that certainly “takes luxury to new heights in every sense”.
    Panoramic View of Victoria Harbour, seen the offbeat way from the West wide of Kowloon Peninsula.
    The stylish and contemporary interiors by Singapore’s LTW set the scene for this thoroughly modern hotel set in the heart of Hong Kong. The sense of arrival is breathtaking with views of Victoria Harbour and the iconic Hong Kong skyline as the backdrop. In order to get there you need in you first need get to the 9th floor before being transported up to the hotel lobby on the 103rd floor and this is one offbeat but chic way of seeing Hong Kong.
    The hotel’s 312 guest rooms all offer spectacular city and harbour views. Starting at 50sqm for a Deluxe Room, and reaching 365sqm for the magnificent Ritz-Carlton Suite, rooms provide state-of-the-art technology including WiFi, iPod docking stations, blu-ray DVD players and flat screen TVs. In addition, Club room, you can enjoy the panoramic view from the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge with complimentary food and beverage presentations 24 hours a day. The Club also gives you access to a dedicated Club Concierge, work stations, meeting rooms and WiFi throughout.
    Interior of the rooms with the drop dead gorgeous views of Victoria Harbour.
    What everybody is talking about in Hong Kong has got to be Ozone. We are talking about Asian tapas, signature cocktails and a stylish wine list on the 118th floor and the world’s highest al fresco terrace where you can indulge in the incredible views over the city. We may be expecting a new benchmark for Hong Kong’s social and dining scene here at Ozone.
    On the 102nd floor is Tin Lung Heen, a Chinese restaurant serving refined Cantonese cuisine.
    There is always Elements shopping mall just in case you were wondering what else you could do around the Ritz Carlton. Luxury brand names and fine dining without ever having to leave Kowloon Station.

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  2. chanp
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    Looks nice. May pop by for a drink next week.
  3. Steven Schwartz
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    We are sitting at HKG airport waiting to fly home on Cathay Pacific and just checked out of a three night stay at the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong. I'll give more details, obviously, but all anyone really needs to know is, "WOW!"

    It started as we were pushing our luggage into the HKG airport from our trip to Thailand. We were fortunate to have spotted two Thai Air First Class seats on their new A380 and used United miles for that leg. We were, as I said, pushing the luggage cart and looking for a sign that either had my last name or said "Ritz Carlton". All of a sudden, this young man approaches us and says, "Dr Schwartz?" Our mouths dropped open! How the heck did he know it was us? After a lot of prodding, he laughingly admitted that they googled us until they found a picture so they could recognize us. And that level of proactive care and attention never let up over three days.

    We were met at the hotel by Chloe who quickly escorted us to the Club. We had used Ritz Carlton Royal Prestige Suite Certificates that I had received from a vendor of mine and I paid a daily supplement of 1400 HK$ for the upgrade to Club Level. The suite was lovely and comfortable tho did not compare to either of the ones we had in Thailand (Le Meridien Chiang Mai, Asara Resort Hua Hin and Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok). The Club was wonderful and comfortable.

    Now the Ritz certificate we used includes full American breakfast and as the first day wore on, we realized that due t our dietary restrictions (modified Kosher), there was often little for us to eat. Almost all of the warm dishes contained foods that are not permitted to us. My wife mentioned that since we could have full breakfast in the dining room, maybe it was crazy for us to spend that money for something we could hardly use. Made sense.

    There was a young, bubbly, and dynamic young lady there who was the Club Supervisor named Judy. She came over to see how we were doing and I basically explained that due to our dietary restrictions, there did not seem to be enough value and that while we loved at atmosphere, it seemed a silly expense. She immediately told us not to worry that we would be impeccably taken care of!. From that point on, there were either choices we could eat or, last night, she prepared dinner for us! My only concern was that other guests might get pissed off.

    That level of connection and service was par for the course. TheClub Manager, Jessica, was constantly making sure we were okay and offering assistance. More to the point, I know that most of them knew we were there on Ritz Certificates - that while we are more than presentable, we don't fit the economic profile of the typical Ritz client - yet at no time were we made to feel different or anything other than a highly valued guest. Over dinner last night, one of the ladies asked what other Ritzes we had been to and I mentioned them but explained that we usually stay on certificates or Marriott points. After talking for awhile, she indicated that some of the typical Ritz clients can be a tad pushy due to their wealth - maybe that's why they likes us so much!

    The location is a bit away from everything but cabs were pretty much between $5-6. One time, when Jessica heard we had dinner plans in the center of Kowloon and I had asked what time we should take a taxi, she asked me to hold on, went to the desk and came back to say she had reserved the limo for us! I mean.....

    Obvious the view is amazing. The pool area on the top floor is breathtaking.

    There is simply nothing but superlatives for this hotel!
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  4. Sagegal

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    Had three drinks at Ozone (2 were signature drinks) cost about $70 US but so worth the splurge as we timed it for when all the harbour lights started to come on.

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