[Hong Kong] An urban retreat at the Kerry Hotel
Updated: Nov 1, 2019
I finally did a weekend staycation at the hotel that made waves on Kowloon side as the "best view in Hong Kong" when it opened a few years ago. While the Kerry Hotel does have that independent boutique vibe, keep in mind this is operated by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, so it maintains the same standard of luxury and professionalism as its other properties. The location might be a bit far out for those who usually stay island side, but the ferry next door to the hotel takes you to North Point in 10 minutes, and the Whampoa MTR will take you to Central station within 20 minutes. Ubers and taxis are readily available and will take you over to HK island within 20 minutes as well. Hopefully this post helps you make your decision on whether you want to stay at the Kerry during your Hong Kong travels!
I checked into the gorgeous Premier Sea View room with access to the Club Lounge. The room is a spacious 52 sq.m., definitely not the kind of space you get in a luxury hotel in the city center at even triple the price. The feeling is very modern, from the large marble bathroom and bathtub to the grey and blue hued furniture decorating the "living" space. There is also a Nespresso coffee machine and teas. The view of the Victoria Harbour from the room is perfection. The bed faces the view, so you're greeted with the glittering cityscape when you wake up every morning. I read that over 60% of the rooms at Kerry enjoy this view, so I'm sure it won't be hard to score one if you ask for it specifically when you book.
THE INFINITY POOL
Introducing... the infinity pool doing the rounds all over the 'gram! The Kerry pool is probably the most photographed in Hong Kong, and with good reason. Just look at it! While the poolside loungers are quite limited in number compared to, say, the sprawling Four Seasons, I definitely felt a more luxurious sense of intimacy at this pool than at FS. The loungers tend to fill up by midday, so best to grab one in the morning. There are also loungers on the lawn next door, if your priority is to get a tan. The pool is open from 6am-10pm daily.
THE GYM & CHANGING ROOM
The fully-equipped gym is modern and massive, and the treadmills overlook the stunning view (middle). I even spotted a room with spinning machines, so not sure if they host classes too. The picture on the very right is a glimpse of the ladies' changing room - really beautiful with a Jacuzzi, steam room, and fully stocked with towels, bathrobes, lockers, showers, washrooms and full sets of toiletries. The gym is open for 24 hours for hotel guests.
THE CLUB LOUNGE
One of the perks of staying in the Premier Sea View room was having access to the private club lounge on the 8th floor. You get to enjoy a free breakfast buffet, and even a proper afternoon tea and happy hour cocktails. If you would like a quieter space for breakfast and a more personalised service, but with less food options than Big Bay Cafe, definitely check out the lounge. The schedule is below -
Daily breakfast buffet
Mon-Fri: 6.30am-10.30am / Sat-Sun: 6.30am-11am
Evening cocktails & canapes
Daily from 5.30pm
BIG BAY CAFE
I still stand by my statement that this is the best breakfast buffet offering in Hong Kong. I have never seen so many cuisines packed into a hotel breakfast before, and done so well too. Starting at the front, there's the Japanese section with fresh sashimi and sushi nigiri, and in the corner section, there are western waffles and pancakes made to order. There are cold cuts, cheese, salads, and a fresh juice bar. Then there's delicious Indian curries, basmati rice and papadums, and local Chinese noodles made your way. There's also congee, vegetables, fried rice, tea-infused eggs, and more. Of course there's the fresh egg station, bacon, tomatoes, baked beans and all the western breakfast staples. I do believe there was also a Thai section, and last time I came for breakkie before work, I had the best nasi lemak as well - I think they keep changing and rotating the food offerings here. Anyway, the spread is amazing and you should try it.
For one of our lunches, we decided to check out the hotel's own signature Chinese restaurant, Hung Tong. We sat by the window overlooking the beautiful sunny view (just a holiday of nice views everywhere in this hotel!) and tucked into an elegant dim sum lunch full of new Cantonese creations by Chef Ken Yu. See below for my personal order recommendations here!
From the dim sum menu...
-Steamed Barbecued Premium Pork Buns (HK$78)
-Steamed Soft-boiled Quail Egg Stuffed Pork Dumplings (HK$88)
-Nan Xiao Long Bao (HK$68)
-Pan-fried Wagyu Beef Buns (HK$78/2)
-Deep-fried Roasted Goose & Mushrooms Puff (HK$78) -- it's shaped like a swan!
From the a la carte menu...
-Baked Cod Fish with Chinese Olive Pickle with Salt in Lotus Leaves (HK$368)
So delicious. The cod is first wrapped in lotus leaves and then salt baked, which keeps the fish moist and the flavours intact. Also loved the Chiu Chow olive pickles that seasoned the fish.
-Fried Rice with Minced Wagyu Beef and Shrimp Paste (HK$298)
Traditional Hong Kong style fried rice elevated with wagyu mince and a nice umami seafood flavour.
-Hung Tong Dessert Trio (HK$78)
All three desserts were great! Includes Baked Walnut Puff with lotus seed paste and chocolate, Steamed Citrus Dumplings stuffed with egg custard, and my favourite, the Chilled Mango Sago cream with pomelo.
All in all, I loved my stay at the Kerry Hotel and can't wait to do it again. It's just far enough away from everything to make it feel like a tropical vacation away from home, but only a five minute cab to one of the busiest districts in Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui). There are so many more offerings at Kerry such as the Dockyard food hall, the spa and the Red Sugar terrace bar, but I just didn't have as enough time to experience it all in one weekend.
For other restaurant options close to the hotel, check out my post on local eats around Hung Hom, Kowloon.
Happy to answer any questions about my stay if you direct message me on Instagram at @furellie x
Kerry Hotel Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2252 5888
Address: 38 Hung Luen Rd, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Whampoa MTR Exit C2)