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InterContinental Hong Kong closes for renovation, will relaunch as Regent Hong Kong in 2022

It’s been a high-end hotel recommendation in Hong Kong for decades, but now the InterContinental is closing for its biggest renovation in 30 years. The hotel is due to reopen as the Regent Hong Kong in 2022, acknowledging its heritage branding.

The hope is that the transformation will position it as one of the top hotels in Asia, and an iconic destination on the world stage. The renovation will encompass all guest rooms and suites including bathrooms, all public areas, restaurants and event venues, as well as a refresh of the building façade, giving it a contemporary new look.

The architect and designer handling this project is Hong Kong-born Chi Wing Lo.

The transformation will position the Regent Hong Kong as one of the top hotels in Asia, and an iconic destination on the world stage…

Presidential Suite rooftop terrace with harbour views

“We are thrilled to work with Chi Wing Lo,” says Goodwin Gaw, Chairman and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners, who acquired the hotel in 2015. “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.”

The InterContinental Hong Kong is famous for its panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong’s spectacular skyline. The 503-room hotel opened in 1980, as the Regent Hong Kong which was owned by IHG up to 2015 and has operated under the InterContinental brand since 2001. 

Originally built as The Regent Hong Kong in 1980, the hotel re-branded to InterContinental Hong Kong in June 2001. The hotel is a popular destination for luxe dining, with the 1-Michelin star Yan Toh Heen (pictured below), Nobu, The Steak House winebar + grill and Harbourside venues.

Yan Toh Heen main dining area with harbour view

Two-thirds of the 503 guest rooms, including all 87 suites, have harbour views. The spectacular 7,000 sq. foot Presidential Suite features a 2,500 square foot rooftop terrace with an infinity swimming pool overlooking Victoria Harbour. Leisure facilities include the feng shui inspired I-Spa and Pool Terrace with infinity spa pools overlooking the harbour and a 24-hour Fitness Centre. 

The Intercontinental Hong Kong may close later this month, but Yan Toh Heen, the hotel’s 1-Michelin star Cantonese restaurant, will remain open throughout the renovation, with access via the adjoining K11 Musea.

For world travellers in lockdown, the prospect of a spectacular renovation for this iconic hotel provides an enticing reason to plan ahead. We’ll perhaps all deserve a little indulgence when the Regent Hong Kong reopens its doors! 

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