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There are many reasons we have Kowloon Shangri-La on our list of must-stays, but these are what we think are the five best things about the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel:
1. The location. If you’re looking for a hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui (one of Hong Kong’s prime shopping districts), you can’t beat the location of Kowloon Shangri-La. Located on Mody Road near the TST East Promenade, you’re surrounded by some of the city’s best shopping (from expert tailors ready to whip up made-to-measure suits to luxe tea shops to fantastic jade jewelry), restaurants and nightlife.
2. The harbor views. Although you’ll have to specifically request a Harbour View room when reserving, we think they’re worth the extra investment. All of the 688 rooms at the hotel feature floor-to-ceiling bay windows, but the Harbour View rooms offer absolutely breathtaking glimpses of Victoria Harbour and the gleaming skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island in the distance. You’ll see classic Chinese junks floating by during the day and the kaleidoscope of the city’s skyscrapers at night.
3. The elegant lobby. Whether your poison is an expertly made Sidecar or a steaming cup of jasmine tea, we love taking some time out of the day to enjoy the glamorous lobby, which features enormous golden chandeliers and a burbling fountain. Take a seat in one of the comfortable armchairs in The Lobby Lounge and admire the smartly dressed passersby as they traverse the marble lobby.
4. Shang Palace. Cantonese cuisine is renowned for its clean, simple flavors and use of fresh seafood. Sample it at its finest at the hotel’s highly acclaimed restaurant, located on the lower level. Get one of the lobster entrées, any of the signature dishes or go for the dim sum on weekend mornings.
5. Room service. Whether you have a craving for chicken tikka, nigiri sushi, Parma ham and melon, wonton noodle soup or a simple club sandwich, we bet you’ll find whatever you have a hankering for on the extensive — and very tasty — room service menu. For a taste of Asia, try the Hainanese chicken rice followed by the unique osmanthus jelly. And if you want something a little fancier, you can order signature dishes from the hotel’s restaurants Nadaman and Shang Palace.