A Stopover in Vibrant Hong Kong: Part 2 – InterContinental Hong Kong – Hotel Overview

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Daraius and I took my parents on an around-the-world trip to the MaldivesIndia, and Hong Kong.  My step-dad, Mark, had never been outside the US, and my mom had only been to India.

We had a free stopover in Hong Kong with our Cathay Pacific flight back to the US.

Daraius and I thought it would be a great experience for them to see Hong Kong because it’s such a dynamic city!  It’s also very different from both India and the Maldives.

Intercontinental Hong Kong

If You’re Looking for a Place to Stay, the InterContinental Hong Kong Is a Terrific Option!

We only spent a few days in Hong Kong during this trip.  So if you want more details about sights, shopping, and restaurants, check out the trip report from our longer stay in Hong Kong in December 2013.

A Stopover in Vibrant Hong Kong Index:

InterContinental Hong Kong

Daraius booked 3 nights at the InterContinental in Hong Kong.

Intercontinental Hong Kong

The InterContinental Hong Kong Sits Right on Victoria Harbour and Has Spectacular Views

It’s in Kowloon, which is an ideal location.

Intercontinental Hong Kong

The Bellmen Are Waiting at the Entrance to Take Your Bags

It was within walking distance to shops, restaurants, and ferry stops.  There’s also a MTR (Mass Transit Railway) station close to the hotel (~5 minute walk).

The MTR is an excellent way to get from the airport to the InterContinental Hong Kong.  It’s cheaper than a taxi and convenient.

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You Can Catch the MTR Right Inside the Airport and It Only Costs ~$8 to Get to the InterContinental Hong Kong

Some folks may prefer to rent a car.

Intercontinental Hong Kong

There’s Free Parking at InterContinental Hong Kong

The lobby was fairly large and there were multiple check-in desks.

Intercontinental Hong Kong

We Were Happy There Wasn’t a Long Line to Check-In

I liked the Chinese details.

Intercontinental Hong Kong

The Hotel’s Decor Made It Feel Less Sterile

The Lobby Lounge had gorgeous panoramic views of the waterfront.

Intercontinental Hong Kong

You Can Order Drinks, Bento, or Enjoy High Tea in the Lobby Lounge and the Seats Are Quite Comfortable

The weather was too cloudy to get a good photo of the view, but here’s what you’ll see when the weather is better.

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I Could Sit Here All Night and Watch the Boats Pass By

The lounge area had free newspapers.

Intercontinental Hong Kong

Stay up to Date on the Latest News (If You Speak Chinese)

The Harbourside restaurant downstairs serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets.

Intercontinental Hong Kong

I Loved the Trees That Lined the Restaurant

Both of the restaurants had spectacular views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island.

Intercontinental Hong Kong

If You Squint Your Eyes You Can See the Hong Kong Convention Center on the Other Side of the Harbour Through the Smog Fog

The deck by the swimming pool also had some great views of the city.

Intercontinental Hong Kong

These 2 Were Ready to Hit the Streets for a Day of Shopping

There were lots of lounge chairs.

Intercontinental Hong Kong

This Looks Like a Wonderful Spot to Relax

There were showers for guests…

Intercontinental Hong Kong

Rinse Off After a Dip in the Pool

…lots of magazines and newspapers to read, many in English…

Intercontinental Hong Kong

If the Sun Were Out I’d Be Relaxing by the Pool With a Copy of Vogue

…noodle pool toys for the kids (OK, I like them, too!)…

Intercontinental Hong Kong

You Can Leave Your Flotation Device on the Plane, There’s Plenty for Everyone at the Hotel

…as well as a bar.

Intercontinental Hong Kong

Bartender, She’ll Have a Pina Colada

How You Can Do It Too!

You can also get to Hong Kong for a fraction of the price.

Award Flights to Hong Kong

We purchased our 1-way Business Class tickets on Cathay Pacific from Male to the US with a stopover in Hong Kong during a fare sale for $1,343 per person.  Check out my post on how to find mistake and low fares for tips on how to find deals on paid flights.

But if you want to use miles to get to Hong Kong for free, here’s a look at how you can make it happen!

 Alaska Airlines MilesAmerican Airlines MilesUnited Airlines Miles
Ways to Get From the US to Hong Kong• American Airlines
• Cathay Pacific
• Delta Airlines
• Emirates
• Korean Air
• American Airlines
• Cathay Pacific
• Japan Airlines
• United Airlines
• Air Canada
• Air China
• ANA
• Asiana Airlines
• EVA Air
• Lufthansa
• Swiss Air
• Singapore Airlines
• Thai Airways
• Turkish Airlines
Miles NeededAmerican Airlines
• 35,000 miles 1-way in coach
• 55,000 miles 1-way in Business Class
• 67,500 miles 1-way in First Class

Cathay Pacific
• 30,000 miles 1-way in coach
• 50,000 miles 1-way in Business Class
• 70,000 miles 1-way in First Class

Delta Airlines
• 80,000 miles round-trip in coach
• 140,000 miles round-trip in Business Class

Emirates
• 52,500 miles 1-way in coach
• 75,000 miles 1-way in Business Class
• 100,000 miles 1-way in First Class

Korean Air
• 85,000 miles round-trip in coach
• 120,000 miles round-trip in Business Class
American Airlines
• 35,000 miles 1-way in coach
• 55,000 miles 1-way in Business Class
• 67,500 miles 1-way in First Class

Partner Awards
• 35,000 miles 1-way in coach
• 55,000 miles 1-way in Business Class
• 67,500 miles 1-way in First Class
United Airlines
• 40,000 miles 1-way in coach

• 70,000 miles 1-way in Business Class

• 80,000 miles 1-way in First Class

Partner Awards
• 40,000 miles 1-way in coach

• 80,000 miles 1-way in Business Class

• 130,000 miles 1-way in First Class
Award Booking Tips10 ways to use Alaska Airlines miles


• You can book most partner award flights on the Alaska Airlines website

• You'll have to call Alaska Airlines to book award flights on Cathay Pacific
American Airlines Award Booking Guide

• How to Find Cathay Pacific Award Seats on the British Airways website and the Japan Airlines website

• You can find Japan Airlines Award Seats on the British Airways website

• When you find partner award flights that will work for you, call American Airlines to book
United Airlines Award Booking Guide
How to Earn the MilesBank of America Alaska Airlines Personal

Bank of America Alaska Airlines Business

• You may be able to get the Alaska Airlines cards multiple times
• All the ways to earn American Airlines miles• All the ways to earn United Airlines miles

Award Nights in Hong Kong

We stayed at the InterContinental Hong Kong.  But there are also lots of other great hotels where you can book award nights, like the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui.

Here’s how you can earn free nights at a few hotels in Hong Kong.

HotelsPoints NeededWays to Earn Points
InterContinental Hong Kong• 50,000 IHG Rewards points per night Chase IHG Rewards

Chase Sapphire Preferred - Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to IHG, but you can get a better value by transferring to partners like United and Hyatt

Chase Ink Plus - Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to IHG, but you can get a better value by transferring to partners like United and Hyatt

• Buy IHG Reward points for cheap with the Cash & Points trick
Conrad Hong Kong• 70,000 to 80,000 Hilton points per night• All the ways to earn Hilton points
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui• 15,000 Hyatt points per night• All the ways to Hyatt points
Starwood Hong Kong Hotel & Towers• 12,000 to 16,000 Starwood points per nightAmerican Express Starwood Preferred Guest Personal

AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest Business

AMEX Membership Rewards points transfer to Starwood, but it's typically not a great deal

Bottom Line

The Intercontinental Hong Kong had an excellent location by Victoria Harbour.  I liked the rooms much better than the Conrad Hong Kong.

But free breakfast with Hilton Gold as well as lounge access with Hilton Diamond Status at the Conrad are nice perks.

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2 responses to “A Stopover in Vibrant Hong Kong: Part 2 – InterContinental Hong Kong – Hotel Overview

  1. Is that “squint you eyes” comment a low class racist comment against asians?

  2. @ Yossi- Of course not! Sometimes people squint to see things more closely.