EXCELSIOR – HONG KONG – AND THE DICKENS BAR
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.