Richard E Grant's Hotel Secrets

Hong Kong

Series 2 - Episode 2 Hong Kong

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Review

Richard arrives in Hong Kong, where the legacy of British colonialism lingers in the shape of double-decker buses and cocktail hours. "There's nothing so fabulous as a bit of luxe under your arse," he exclaims at the opulent Mandarin Oriental hotel, while sinking into a sofa once allegedly used by Thatcher's cabinet. In the background, the Imperial Attack theme from Star Wars plays – not sure what the programme-makers are trying to say there.

As he romps flirtatiously from stunning vista to multi-Michelin-starred meal, the actor provides some enlightening history lessons about a city that has transformed almost beyond recognition in just a few short decades.

Summary

In this edition the actor explores the luxury hotels of Hong Kong. Home to more skyscrapers than any other city, he first checks in to the Mandarin in the financial district, before experiencing the Four Seasons, the only hotel with two Michelin three-star resturants, as well as the timeless Peninsula in Kowloon, which even provides a Rolls-Royce airport taxi service. He ends his stay at the Ritz-Carlton, home to the world's highest swimming pool.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Richard E Grant
Documentary