The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, a subsidiary of Marriot International, opened its hotel in West Kowloon, Hong Kong, on 29 March 2011. The hotel occupies 15 floors (102 to 118) of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) building.
The hotel’s lobby is located 1,394ft² above ground, making it the highest hotel in Asia, beating the Park Hyatt in the Shanghai World Financial Centre.
The Kowloon hotel is one of the two opened by Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong after the closure of its Central hotel in 2008. Ritz Carlton Macau was opened in 2009.
The Ritz-Carlton West Kowloon has 312 guestrooms that offer city and harbour views. The rooms include deluxe and island rooms and Ritz-Carlton Club rooms.
The hotel also offers speciality Ritz-Carlton Suites. The deluxe rooms start at 50ft² and the suites range up to 365ft². The Club Room guests have access to the Club Lounge, which offers a Club Concierge and meeting rooms.
The Ritz-Carlton West Kowloon has a 9,257ft² spa relaxation area located on the 116th floor. The spa features nine deluxe treatment rooms and two couples suites. Every treatment room has floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views. The hotel employs professional therapists at the spa.
Meeting and event facilities
The hotel has 13,993ft² of meeting space, which offers four meeting rooms for corporate events such as product launches and board meetings.
A 10,010ft² ballroom provides space for large celebrations such as weddings, birthday parties and other gatherings.
Dining at the Ritz-Carlton West Kowloon
The Ritz-Carlton West Kowloon has six dining venues starting from the 102nd floor. The restaurants include Tosca, an Italian restaurant, and Tin Lung Heen, a Chinese restaurant.
Other venues include: the Chocolate Library, which offers chocolate dishes; a lounge and bar; Pastry Gems, a pastry shop; and the Ozone Bar, which is located on the top floor of the hotel. All the restaurants offer a panoramic view of Hong Kong city and Victoria harbour.
The Club Lounge has round-the-clock food and beverage presentations. The tea lounge is located on the 103rd floor and the 118th floor houses a rooftop restaurant.
The hotel also provides seven private dining rooms for special and intimate occasions.
The hotel’s bars and restaurants were designed by Spin Studio and Wonderwall of Japan.
Facilities at the Ritz-Carlton West Kowloon
All the guestrooms and suites of the Ritz-Carlton West Kowloon have work stations, docking stations, flatscreen TVs and ipods.
A round-the-clock concierge and in-room dining facilities are available and all rooms have wireless internet access.
The hotel also features a completely equipped fitness centre and an indoor swimming pool on the 118th floor, with a 28m x 7m LED screen on the ceiling that displays images. There is a shopping mall in the podium of the ICC tower offering luxury brands.
International Commerce Centre
The ICC, with 118 floors, is the tallest building in Hong Kong.
The project was completed in 2010. It is jointly owned by metro operator MTR Corporation and property developer Sun Hung Kai Properties.
Also known as Union Square Phase 7, the ICC building was originally designed to be 1,883ft and was scaled down because the regulations did not permit buildings taller than the surrounding mountains.
The building was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Associates in collaboration with Wong & Ouyang (HK) and structural engineering support was provided by Arup.
The ICC hosts the offices of Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank. The first two occupy ten floors each, while the third occupies 12. The building also accommodates another six-star hotel, W Hong Kong.
An observation deck provided on the 100th floor gives 360° views of the Hong Kong skyline.