Kerry Hotel Hong Kong opened on the Kowloon waterfront last April. The 16-storey property positions itself as an urban resort and takes a relaxed luxury approach in its guest experience.
Rooms There are 546 guestrooms, spread across various categories from the 42m2 Deluxe City View Room to the 294m2 Presidential Suite on the topmost floor.
I checked into my 52m2 Premier Sea View room on the seventh floor, and was right away struck by the million-dollar view of Victoria Harbour. The massive floor-to-ceiling windows allowed for such impressive views.
It is worth noting that over 60 per cent of rooms in this hotel offer a sea view. The room is sized amply, furnished with a round desk, a coffee table, sofas, a large and plush bed, and a 43-inch flat screen LED television. The bathroom comes with double sinks. Items in the minibar are complimentary, with the exception of wine and liquor. My only wish is for the room to come with more electric sockets and USB points for travellers with multiple devices.
I thought the hotelâ€™s guidebook, Bay Area Guide, was a great idea. It introduces guests to the history and food culture trails along the harbourside. The hotel enjoys a great location, within walking distance of local markets.
MICE facilities The hotel boasts 17 function spaces, both indoor and outdoor.
Its largest venue, the 1,756m2 Grand Ballroom on level two, is also said to be Hong Kongâ€™s biggest pillar-less ballroom. It can accommodate a banquet of over 1,000 guests and a standing reception of up to 2,100.
The Grand Ballroom is connected to a foyer with views of the sea, a space that can take a long dining table seating 40 guests.
The 1,125m2 Hung Hom Ballroom on level one can be divided into seven smaller function rooms, and comes with a gallery outside which is ideal for cocktail receptions.
My favourite venue is the 158m2 Harbour Room on level four which I found to be rather cosy. It comes with a 200m2 deck which I imagine would work great for a 60-pax barbeque party with live band for entertainment.
Other facilities Event planners will love the fact that most of the hotelâ€™s F&B venues are flexible and can support private events. The open-air Red Sugar Bar on level seven, for instance, can be bought out for private parties with a live DJ service. This is an impressive party venue, with its 270-degree wrap-around terrace.
The 300m2Â Club Lounge comes with private spaces that can be used for meetings.
Elsewhere, the hotel has a 24-hour gym and a 25-metre outdoor heated swimming pool overlooking Victoria Harbour. A spa with four treatment rooms will open this October.
Room count 546
Star rating Five