The Hilton Sydney’s Executive Lounge was fully renovated in late 2012. We previously reviewed the hotel itself, and were particularly impressed by the fit-out of our Relaxation Room. The Executive Lounge is located on the 36th floor (a floor accessible without a hotel keycard).
Earlier this month the 579-room Hilton Sydney was sold to Singapore-based investment house Bright Ruby for AU$442 million. This was a near record for a Sydney hotel, only eclipsed by the AU$463 million that the Sheraton on the Park changed hands for late last year. The Hilton, fully renovated in 2005, was previously the only hotel owned outright by Hilton in Australia. The hotel’s occupancy is routinely above 90%. We stayed in a Relaxation Room and were particularly impressed by the hotel’s fit-out.
Across Colombo there are a number of hotels under construction (Grand Hyatt Colombo) or planned (Shangri-La Colombo), but at present open international brands seem to be limited to the Hilton Colombo (which is an old property, although recently renovated). In choosing where to stay, we happened on The Kingsbury Hotel. Formerly an InterContinental (a long time ago) and more recently The Ceylon Continental, the hotel is the oldest five star hotel in Sri Lanka’s capital.
The Hilton Auckland’s location at the tip of Princes Wharf in New Zealand’s largest city brings exceptional sweeping views of Auckland – looking out over the harbour and back across the CBD. The hotel’s sleek design, emphasises the modern decor of the property. But there is a catch.
Located in the Docklands area and on Melbourne’s Yarra River, the Crowne Plaza Melbourne is a serviceable four star business hotel. The property shares management and even some staff with the InterContinental The Rialto Melbourne located blocks away, but that is where the similarities end.
In our last post we reviewed the InterContinental San Francisco. In this post, we review the hotel’s club lounge – which we found a very pleasant place to enjoy breakfast and pass the time with an evening drink.
The InterContinental San Francisco, located in the up-and-coming SoMa (South of Market) district, is a modern upscale hotel. The US$200 million, 550-room hotel opened on 28 February 2008 and is located at 888 Howard St (lucky eight).
The InterContinental Chicago ‘Magnificent Mile’ is located on Michigan Avenue in the heart of the Windy City. Its location is the only magnificent thing about it. The hotel was originally built in 1929 as the Medinah Athletic Club. By 1944, it was operating as a hotel. Over the years it has been a Sheraton and a Radisson, before opening as an InterContinental in March 1990. At that time, the north tower operated as a separate property, and it took another decade before more renovations combined the two properties through the construction of the four level lobby we see today.
Fresh from a renovation, the Club InterContinental at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur certainly looks good. Sadly, it is let down by the hotel it is in – as detailed in our review of the property. We also found the service in the lounge wanting, particularly when it came to getting drinks topped-up.
The InterContinental Kuala Lumpur surely competes for the title as the worst InterContinental property in the world. Previously the Hotel Nikko Kuala Lumpur, it was reflagged in February 2011. At the time of our report in February 2015, a full four years later, renovations of the hotel are still ongoing in what looks to be an attempt to bring the property up to InterContinental brand standards. We were awoken in the morning to a buzzsaw in the hallway. Complaints to the ‘Instant Service’ line (which is more like instant hold music at this property) didn’t result in it stopping.