As my flight landed at 6am, I was still very early and I decided to try my luck for an early check in. Previously, Intercontinental Ambassador has a guaranteed 10am check in but this benefit has since been removed (although the guaranteed 4pm check out still remains).
As I was nearing the hotel, the building at 1 Hamilton Place still looked the same from the time I was here in 2018. However, the hotel underwent refurbishment and I opt to stay at the newer Mayfair Floor.
I arrived at 730am and to my surprised, I managed to check in (despite it being a weekend – which is why I was able to utilize my Ambassador Weekend Certificate). Check in was brisk and I was in my room in less than 10 minutes. I was upgraded to the next level accommodation (I booked the Mayfair Cozy and was upgraded to the Mayfair Classic).