World’s high­est ho­tel opens door for busi­ness

The Financial Daily - - MARKET SUMMARY -

HONG KONG: The world's high­est ho­tel opened its doors in Hong Kong, housed in the city's tallest sky­scraper and of­fer­ing un­ri­valled panoramic views of the world fa­mous Vic­to­ria Har­bour.

Tow­er­ing some 490 me­tres (1,600 feet) above the bustling, chaotic streets of the South­ern Chinese city, the Ritz-Carl­ton Ho­tel is mak­ing a grand come­back af­ter tem­po­rar­ily clos­ing in 2008.

Vis­i­tors peered out of the floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows of the 118th floor of the In­ter­na­tional Com­merce Cen­tre, which houses the ho­tel, for a 360 de­gree view of the glitzy fi­nan­cial hub and the South China Sea.

"We're open­ing an iconic ho­tel which took us about 10 years to build," pres­i­dent and chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Herve Hum­ler told re­porters.

The Ritz-Carl­ton how­ever will likely lose the world's high­est ho­tel ti­tle in 2014, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, when the JHo­tel opens near the top of the over 600-me­tre Shang­hai Tower in main­land China.

"Peo­ple com­pete all around the world about ev­ery­thing -I'm sure some­one some­where is build­ing an even taller build­ing as we speak," Hum­ler said. "We em­pha­sis ser­vice."

The Ritz-Carl­ton Hong Kong also will be one of the most ex­pen­sive places to stay in a city al­ready packed with lux­ury ho­tels, with the rack rate start­ing at HK$ 6,000 (US$770) a night for a deluxe room.

Apresidential suite is go­ing for HK$100,000. In­side, the RitzCarl­ton Hong Kong ex­udes a chic, mod­ern vibe in the restau­rants and lobby ar­eas, with a lot of sparkling decor and chan­de­liers, the main colour themes be­ing black, brown and beige.

Vis­i­tors can ex­pect to find fa­cil­i­ties that in­clude the high­est bar in the world, and a top-floor pool that will fea­ture a 19-me­tre ceil­ing-mounted LCD screen which swim­mers can watch while en­joy­ing the warmth of the heated wa­ter.-Reuters

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