InterContinental Hong Kong to close for "transformation" in 2019 Q1

InterContinental Hong Kong announces that it will close for "a major renovation" in the first quarter of 2019, with the entire renovation taking 12-16 months.

The hotel will undergo a transformation to re-position itself as "one of the top hotels not only in Asia, but also as one of the world’s most iconic hotels", the company says.

The total transformation will span all guest rooms and suites including bathrooms, all public areas, restaurants and event venues, as well as a redesign of the building façade with a contemporary new look.

The hotel’s restaurants and event venues are anticipated to reopen in the evenings from late summer 2019.

Curiosity Inc., the Tokyo based studio founded by lead designer Gwenael Nicolas, is appointed to create the redesign and transformation of the hotel’s guest rooms and suites, as well as the hotel’s lobby. Curiosity’s client list includes Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Berluti.

"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,” says Kenneth Gaw, president and managing principal of Gaw Capital Partners and managing director of Pioneer Global Group.

Gaw Capital Partners led the acquisition of the hotel on behalf of a consortium of investors in 2015, including Pioneer Global Group.

"For over three decades our hotel has enjoyed a loyal following of guests not only because of our acclaimed dining, accommodations and harbour views, but also because of the outstanding service by our dedicated employees. As such, our employees will be part of our exciting renovation journey, so that we can maintain the exceptionally high service levels of our hotel and Michelin restaurants," adds Claus Pedersen, general manager, InterContinental Hong Kong.