Business Traveler: Ritz-Carlton is gearing up to open its second property of the year, following the unveiling of the Ritz-Carlton Toronto last week.
Regular visitors to Hong Kong will know that this is in fact the second property by the brand in the city, the original Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong having been located in the city’s Central district on Hong Kong Island. This hotel closed in February 2008, and the building has now been demolished.
The new incarnation of Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong is located within the mammoth 118-storey ICC (International Commerce Centre) tower, the tallest building in Hong Kong since its completion last year.
It also boasts the third highest roof in the world (ie: not including spires or antennae on the top of buildings), after the Burj Khalifa and the Shanghai World Financial Centre.
The Ritz-Carlton hotel has been sometime in the waiting, with the original opening date of last September having been delayed. Indeed much of the ICC tower is now already occupied with offices of companies including Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, and Elements shopping mall (which takes up the first couple of floors of the building) is full of upmarket boutiques and eateries.
But the hotel is now set to open on March 29, and with reservations being taken from this date and several events already in place for April, it looks like this opening date will be adhered to this time round. Ritz-Carlton also has an official grand opening event planned for May 3. Beware vertigo-sufferers though – the Ritz Carlton's location nearly 500m (1,640 feet) above sea level means the property is not for the faint hearted.
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