The InterContinental Hong Kong will close for at least a year to undergo a major renovation project.
IHG revealed this week that the habourfront hotel will close its doors from the first quarter of 2019, for a complete interior and exterior overhaul that is expected to take between 12 and 16 months to complete. The project will encompass all 503 rooms and suites, including bathrooms, plus all public areas, restaurants and event venues, as well as a redesign of the building’s façade.
IHG said that the “spectacular transformation” would position InterContinental Hong Kong as “one of the world’s most iconic hotels”.
While the hotel will remain closed throughout the renovation, its two Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant, Yan Toh Heen, is expected to reopen in the evenings from late summer 2019.
“We are thrilled and committed to return the property back to its glory days as one of the best hotels in the world,” said Kenneth Gaw, president & managing principal of Gaw Capital Partners and managing director of Pioneer Global Group, the hotel’s owners. “Following this exciting transformation, InterContinental Hong Kong will once again become a contemporary, iconic hotel for global travellers and will thrive as a world class destination.”
Tokyo-based Curiosity Inc has been tasked with the redesign of the hotel’s lobby and guest rooms, including the 650m² presidential suite which features rooftop terrace and pool.
As well as Yan Toh Heen, the hotel is also home to Nobu and Alain Ducasse restaurants, plus a steakhouse and harbourfront restaurant. Other facilities include a spa, swimming pools overlooking the harbour, a 24-hour fitness centre, 11 function rooms and a ballroom.
InterContinental Hong Kong first opened in 1980 as The Regent Hong Kong, but has operated under the luxury InterContinental brand since 2001.