Hilton Hotel [1963-1995] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Hilton Hotel [1963-1995]

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It closed in May 1995, and was demolished soon thereafter (along with Beaconsfield House) to make way for a commercial development, the Cheung Kong Centre.

This was an exciting building from day one.  The Coffee shop was a "cool" meeting place as a teenager and in later years where we had breakfast in the early hours of New Years Day morning after passing the night at the Hong Kong Club New Years Eve party.

The Dragon Boat bar - beautifully decorated - was a popular watering hole and The Den perfect for dancing.  Gian Carlo and his band presided and in the early days ladies were not admitted with Trouser Suits on. 

The shops in The Hilton hotel were good quality and there was an excellent tailor for both ladies and menswear.

A great meeting place that everybody knew and a landmark sadly lost.

The Hong Kong Hilton was the very first place in 1965 that I had an overnight Liberty while serving in the US Navy.  A very beautiful hotel, and a fun place to be.  Hong Kong was my very favorite port of call.

Yes.  I recall US Navy sailors taking their Liberty at the Hilton.  They used to book rooms at the hotel to get away from the ship even for a day ot two.  Used to see them at the pool.

A guidebook from 1963 says:

Another luxury hotel constructed in the Central District is the Hongkong Hilton which is the largest in Hong Kong (opened 15 Apr-63).

The architect was Palmer & Turner

Anyone heard about the bombing in Hilton during the 1967 Riots? It seems there were 2 incidents but I only found one reported in SCMP. On Aug 19, a bomb was found in the lift but later deposed by army experts. The other seemed took place in the coffee shop but I couldn't found any more info.

The In People took over The Den from Gian Carlo. Anyone there?

There is a book -----Colony in conflict by John Cooper,published by Swindon Book Co..The front cover is the picture of the riot in front of Hilton Hotel.

The band that used to play at Hilton----Gian Carlo and Italian his combo was brought over to HK from Italy by a gentleman named Larcina, he own Paramount  it was a hit in HK ,the restaurant/nightclub Paramount was on the top floor of Windsor House.It was one of the place to be  in HK at that time .


Giancarlo came to HK after  a successful stay in Singapore. While in HK,they played at the Paramont night club which was owned by a man called Charlie --. Charlie from Shanghai was a jewish guy who owned the Paramont Cabaret in the same address before it was changed into a night club. Giancarlo & his quintet never played at the Hilton.They were the best band HK ever had. HKU’s different faculties used the Paramont for their annual dances because of the lovely music Giancarlo provided

Wai Wor Phoon.