August 7, 2017 – InterContinental Hong Kong is expected to close for a major renovation in the first quarter of 2019, with the entire renovation taking 12-16 months.  The hotel will undergo a spectacular transformation that will position it as one of the top hotels not only in Asia, but also as one of the world’s most iconic hotels. 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 celebrated restaurants and event venues are anticipated to reopen in the evenings from late summer 2019. Yan Toh Heen, InterContinental Hong Kong’s 2-Michelin star Cantonese restaurant, will remain open for dinner throughout the renovation.

Curiosity Inc., the Tokyo based studio founded by Lead Designer Gwenael Nicolas, has been appointed to create the stunning redesign and complete transformation of the hotel’s guest rooms and suites, as well as the hotel’s iconic lobby. Curiosity’s client list reads like a “who’s who” of the world’s most celebrated luxury retail brands – Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Berluti to name a few.

Claus Pedersen, General Manager, InterContinental Hong Kong, says, “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.”

Kenneth Gaw, President and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners and Managing Director of Pioneer Global Group, says, “InterContinental Hong Kong has always had a special place in the hearts of the local community here as the diamond in the ‘Pearl of the Orient’.  We are thrilled and committed to return the property back to its glory days as one of the best hotels in the world. 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.”

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

About InterContinental Hong Kong

Internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s top hotels for business and leisure, InterContinental Hong Kong is prized for its unrivalled views of the Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel is also known for its outstanding service, celebrated restaurants and facilities. It was the first InterContinental Hotel & Resort globally to achieve the exclusive 5-star ranking by the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide in 2013 – retaining this prestigious rating for five consecutive years.

Originally built as The Regent Hong Kong in 1980, the hotel re-branded to InterContinental Hong Kong in June 2001 as the Asia-Pacific flagship property for IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group).

The hotel is acclaimed as a destination for exceptional dining with the 2 Michelin star Yan Toh Heen, two celebrity chef restaurants – NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong and the recently opened Rech by Alain Ducasse (the first international outpost of Paris’s most famous seafood restaurant), plus THE STEAK HOUSE winebar + grill and Harbourside.

Two-thirds of the 503 guest rooms, including all 87 suites, have harbourviews. The spectacular 7,000 sq. foot Presidential Suite, the largest in the city, features a 2,500 square foot rooftop terrace with an infinity swimming pool overlooking the harbour. Leisure facilities include the feng shui inspired I-Spa and Pool Terrace, with unique infinity spa pools overlooking the harbour, and a 24-hour Fitness Centre. Eleven harbourview function rooms and the InterContinental Ballroom offer 22,626 sq. ft. of meeting space.

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