A Stopover in Vibrant Hong Kong: Part 3 – Our Room at the InterContinental Hong Kong

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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.

Hong Kong Intercontinental

Find Out What the Rooms Are Like at the InterContinental Hong Kong!

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 – Hotel Room

We booked a Superior room (the base room) for 3 nights at the InterContinental Hong Kong for 50,000 IHG points per night.  And we used a free night certificate that we get on our card anniversary each year with the Chase IHG Rewards card.

But we were upgraded to a Deluxe room.  That’s because we have Intercontinental Ambassador membership. 

We made our reservation ~ 1 month in advance.  You can book IHG hotels up to ~1 year in advance.  And typically you can cancel up to the day of check-in.  But be sure to check the cancellation policy when you book.

If you don’t have IHG points, there are plenty of other great hotels in Hong Kong where you can book award nights.  Here’s a few examples:

Or use Hotel Hustle (also shows availability) or Award Mapper to find hotels in Hong Kong where you can book award nights.

Our room in the InterContinental Hong Kong had a living room or office area and bedroom area.  And there was a really comfortable king sized bed.

Hong Kong Intercontinental

Everything Felt Fresh and Clean

I felt lucky to have such a nice room in Hong Kong!

Hong Kong Intercontinental

There Was a Flat Screen TV Along With a Bose DVD and CD Player

It was very spacious.

Hong Kong Intercontinental

Welcome to the Million Mile Secrets Hong Kong Office! Please Have a Seat and Daraius Will Be Right With You

The desk had another chair, so 2 people could sit at it if needed.

Hong Kong Intercontinental

“Come Right In Folks!  Have I Told You About the Southwest Companion Pass?”

The bed was king sized and looked very inviting.

Hong Kong Intercontinental

We Slept Very Well Here

There was a hot water heater with coffee and tea.

Hong Kong Intercontinental

The Manager Sent Us a Bottle of Wine

And there was a fully stocked mini bar.

Hong Kong Intercontinental

There Are Convenience Stores Nearby, So You Can Save Money by Avoiding the Mini Bar

We also received fresh fruit.

Hong Kong Intercontinental

A Healthy Snack Between All the Noodles and Fried Rice We Ate During Our Stay

The room had a view of Kowloon.  We asked for a room facing the harbor, but none were available.

Hong Kong Intercontinental

You Can Just Barely Make Out the Pool Below

The bathroom wasn’t cramped like you find in some hotels.

Hong Kong Intercontinental

The Granite Was Pretty and I Liked That There Was a Separate Tub

Unfortunately, there weren’t double sinks.

Hong Kong Intercontinental

But There Was a Convenient Outlet and a Magnifying Mirror Which Is Great for Ladies Who Like to Do Their Hair and Makeup

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 tickets from Male to the US with a stopover in Hong Kong during a fare sale.  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.

The InterContinental Hong Kong and Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui Are Both Located in Kowloon

The InterContinental Hong Kong and Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui Are Both Located in Kowloon

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 was perfect for our stay in the city.  It’s located in a very central location and our room was comfortable and clean.

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7 responses to “A Stopover in Vibrant Hong Kong: Part 3 – Our Room at the InterContinental Hong Kong

  1. What level of Ambassador status is needed to get that upgrade? We have an upcoming stay there in August and I have ihg platinum from the credit card, wondering how to maximize chances for an upgrade to deluxe room like you had

  2. I’m missing something – there were four on the trip, but all of the costs broken down have been for two.

  3. Those coffee mugs they provide in the room are gorgeous. Good thing I wasn’t there or they wouldn’t be there anymore! 🙂

  4. I stayed here in January using my free annual ihg night. At check-in the csr informed me that my room wasn’t ready (6pm), then tried to upcharge me for harbour view deluxe room. A few minutes later I was checking in to my harbour view deluxe room for no additional charge and no need to wait at the bar for an extra hour. Beautiful hotel, great location.

  5. Very nice review and photos. I like reading from Emily’s perspective.

  6. MYRflyer – I was also there in January, for four nights – two from Into The Nights, one from Chase IHG, and one on points. My room was ready, though, so I didn’t score the harbour view. I was, however, upgraded to the deluxe room plaza view – almost identical to the one in the review above. BothofUs2 – I am also Platinum only via the Chase IHG card. I emailed the property to combine the three reservations and also asked for an upgrade. They granted the deluxe room via email; I asked again for the harbour view at check-in, but that wasn’t granted. Could be had for an upcharge, though.

  7. I am planning to visit Hongkong, this is a great reference! Thank you so much. I also noticed the coffee mugs, very thoughtful. I wish all the Intercontinentals could offer same level of service and quality.