Review: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
The Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, positioned in the heart of Central, amongst towering skyscrapers and neon lights, offers families a peaceful haven in an otherwise high-energy city of 7.1 million people. Here are six reasons why our family found it such as pleasure to come home to:
1. The kids were welcomed from the start
When it comes to checking into an opulent hotel we often feel anxious amongst other guests, worried our overzealous kids can disrupt people unintentionally.
We needn’t have worried. Stepping into the lobby of light marbles and yellow pine there was no air of stuffiness as we were greeted by warm smiles from the friendly reception staff that checked us in with ease and won our kids over with toy pandas.
It doesn’t stop at stuffed toys either. In the room healthy snacks of coconut water, chocolate dipped grapes and fresh fruit are waiting along with a personalised welcome message.
2. Mini-robes, slippers and more
Parents are not the only ones that can wrap themselves up in a fluffy white robe. Adorable mini versions including tiny slippers are supplied for the kids.
Other kid friendly touches included childproofed power outlets and doors, side rails added to beds and age appropriate children’s toothpaste and toothbrushes as well as toys were set up for kids to play.
Babies too are welcomed with complimentary cot along with pillows, blankets, infant toiletries and disposable diapers.
3. There’s a TV in the bathroom!
Bathing kids has never been so easy with cable TV inside the marble wall of the bathroom. We justified the decadence by switching from cable TV to a local Cantonese cartoon for full language immersion. It seemed to work as the kids picked up a few words and we felt less like we were spoiling them.
4. Five star views
With unobstructed views over Hong Kong Harbour, kids can point out Star Ferries zipping back and forth, watch the dazzling lights of the city skyline or see double deck busses and taxi’s zooming past on the streets down below.
5. Delectable food
A great option for jetlagged kids is the hotel’s in-room dining, where kids can relax and get fed in their PJs. Choices include pancakes, traditional congee, miso soup or even a humble bowl of cornflakes.
Families need not travel far for exquisite Cantonese food with Lung King Heen, a Michelin rated three-star restaurant on the doorstep. Usually children and fine dining do not go hand in hand, however the award-winning restaurant specialises in none other than the most family friendly cuisine in Hong Kong – delicious parcels of dim sum and kids are most welcome.
We highly recommend a daytime meal at The Lounge serving western and modern Asian dishes in plush surroundings. Kids can choose from freshly squeezed juices, spaghetti bolognaise or egg fried rice.
6. Infinity roof-top pool
Perhaps the best reason to stay at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong is for the roof-top infinity pool with resplendent views of the harbour and Kowloon’s glittering skyscrapers.
After a hot humid day of successfully not losing the kids, queuing in lines at Disneyland and rubbing shoulders with the masses on the MTR, it doesn’t get much better than taking a dip in the pool.
If you still can’t shake the intensity of the city off, try sticking your head underwater and taking in the classical music.