Two years after it was sold to an investor consortium managed by Hong Kong-based real estate investment firm Gaw Capital Partners, the InterContinental Hong Kong is expected to close for a major renovation in the first quarter of 2019.
The entire renovation is expected to take between 12 and 16 months. The total project 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. Yan Toh Heen, InterContinental Hong Kong’s two-Michelin star Cantonese restaurant, will remain open for dinner throughout the renovation. Earlier this year, Alain Ducasse Entreprise opened Rech by Alain Ducasse in the hotel's former SPOON restaurant space, which was newly renovated.
Curiosity Inc., the Tokyo based studio founded by Lead Designer Gwenael Nicolas, will oversee the redesign and complete transformation of the hotel’s guestrooms and suites, as well as the hotel’s lobby. The company is best known for designing the shops of luxury retail brands, including Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton, as well as several restaurants under the Jean Georges brand. Previously, the company designed the ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka, another IHG property.
Originally built as The Regent Hong Kong in 1980, the hotel was re-branded to InterContinental Hong Kong in June 2001, and became the Asia-Pacific flagship property for IHG.
Two-thirds of the 503 guest rooms, including all 87 suites, have views of the harbor, and the 7,000-square-foot Presidential Suite, the largest in the city, has a 2,500-square-foot rooftop terrace with an infinity swimming pool overlooking the harbor. Leisure facilities include the feng shui-inspired I-Spa and Pool Terrace, with unique infinity spa pools overlooking the harbor, and a 24-hour Fitness Centre. Eleven harborview function rooms and the InterContinental Ballroom offer 22,626 square feet of meeting space.