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POST An­gus Braith­waite DATE June 15, 06:52

I read the story on busi­nesstrav­eller.com about doubts sur­round­ing the fu­ture of the Ex­cel­sior. The possibility that it may close in favour of an of­fice/mall de­vel­op­ment must send a shud­der through those who have stayed there. Even more of a shame would be the loss of the leg­endary Dick­ens Bar, where for many years I have had some won­der­ful evenings. I won­der if any­one else can share some mem­o­ries of this ven­er­a­ble wa­ter­ing hole? I re­call my first busi­ness trip to Hong Kong in the late 1980s when the only mo­bile tech­nol­ogy be­side the im­prac­ti­cal brick phone was the pager. Thank­fully good ho­tels like the Ex­cel­sior had a bell­hop who would alert guests. My first night in Hong Kong was made when along came a bell­boy car­ry­ing a sign adorned with my name, flash­ing lights and even ring­ing a bell. Over the years I’ve been able to fol­low English foot­ball in com­fort­able sur­round­ings thanks to the Dick­ens Bar and made a few friends too, in­clud­ing vis­it­ing flight crews such as the lively lot from Bri­tish Air­ways.

Tom­inS­cot­land June 15, 07:29

I have always loved the place and have used it, on and off, for about 20 years. I stayed there about three weeks ago for the first time in a while and was struck by how lit­tle had changed, so much so that a re­furb is prob­a­bly due. Alas, by the sound of things, this might not hap­pen. The Dick­ens Bar was always fun, es­pe­cially on foot­ball nights. Good English com­fort food as well!

Tom Ot­ley June 15, 07:38

I played darts in there sev­eral times. Badly. And sport was always on, yes. So much changes in Hong Kong that bars like this ought to be listed!

rjh­cambs June 15, 11:39

This has RE­ALLY spoilt my morn­ing. I have been stay­ing there reg­u­larly since the late 80s and have always en­joyed my stays there. Un­like many of the newer HK ho­tels it is much more spa­cious and yes the rooms do need up­grad­ing, but they are still very com­fort­able. The Dick­ens Bar is great for a ho­tel bar with lots of at­mos­phere. Shame they stopped serv­ing draught Leffe by the pint at the same price as all the other beers though! My next book­ing is for Novem­ber – hope it is still there.

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