Hong Kong is a colorful Asian city that’s known for its fast-paced lifestyle, elegant buildings, and amazing shopping scene. It may be a bit pricey to live here full-time, but it’s a great place to visit and easy to get around via public transportation even if you only speak English. To experience a true fusion of cultures with international cuisine, exciting festivals, and towering skyscrapers, a visit to Hong Kong is a must for all curious travelers.
But aside from the busy city life, this is also a family-friendly destination with amusement parks, hiking trails, and a convenient transportation network. Some of the very best hotels in the world are located in Hong Kong too, often towering high above the streets in luxury towers with a chic crowd. So as you plan your trip to this must-see city, consider these beautiful hotels and resorts to make your stay comfortable and relaxing.
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One world-class and top-rated high rise luxury boutique hotel is The Upper House. There are 117 studios and suites here, and guests enjoy panoramic views of the Victoria Harbor and eat at Café Gray Deluxe. There’s a rooftop lawn where you can relax over cocktails, free minibars in the rooms, window-side bathtubs, and personal iPods to use. Yoga sessions are offered on weekend mornings, bikes available to borrow, and the Sky Lounge on Level 49.
EAST is a premier place to stay for business travelers who are looking to mix and mingle during their time in Hong Kong. It’s located within walking distance of the Taikoo Place on Hong Kong Island and Central is 20 minutes away. This is close to many fashion, advertising, and architectural companies that are headquartered in Hong Kong. Take your pick among 345 rooms including six suites that have an average room size of 300 square feet and high ceilings. Make sure to have lunch or dinner at Feast, the global fusion restaurant onsite, and take a dip in the infinity pool. The fourth floor has a 24-hour fitness center, and the Cityplaza shopping center is just across the road.
One of the most luxurious and opulent places to stay in Hong Kong is definitely the Island Shangri-La, which has 565 spacious rooms and suites. Guests here enjoy the high-end spa, Asian artwork, crystal chandeliers, scenic views, and high tech features. The nightly rates here are pretty steep, but can be worth a splurge for the view and convenient amenities. The hotel reaches 56 stories tall and overlooks some of the best places to shop, do business, and experience culture in the city. Make sure to check out the “Great Motherland of China,” which is a 16-story silk painting in the atrium that’s the largest of its kind in the world. You can find highly-recommended French and international cuisine in the hotel’s fine restaurants and take complementary hatha yoga classes to rejuvenate your body.
Peninsula Hong Kong exudes the essence of sophistication. This hotel provides traditional accommodations and has been serving guests since 1928. It’s an ideal place to stay for top-notch dining and extensive onsite facilities with lots of unique character. The suites feel more like high-tech apartments, and there’s a lavish spa here that specializes in Asian healing traditions. There are several dining options available for guests, but book a table at Spring Moon to try the best of traditional Cantonese specialties. For the ultimate posh experience, book the Peninsula Suite, which is on top of the Peninsula Tower and has amazing views of the Victoria Harbor with floor-to-ceiling windows and a landscaped terrace.
Mira Moon is a chic boutique design hotel in Hong Kong that’s modern, high-tech, and stylish. Its design combines ancient Chinese Moon Festival mythology and contemporary interpretations to create a unique experience that goes beyond a typical hotel stay. There’s a tapas and cocktail bar that blends Spanish favorites with Chinese inspiration, as well as an egg-themed breakfast menu, lunch specials, and happy hour.
Another quirky place to stay in Hong Kong is the Luxe Manor, which is an eclectic and surreal boutique hotel that is reminiscent of the art of Salvador Dali. Here you’ll find bold colors, asymmetrical shapes, and whimsical accent decorations. It’s situated in the downtown commercial district and the Tsim Sha Tsui tourist area, so it’s easy to get around. Themed suites include the Nordic, Mirage, and Safari, and the Dada Bar & Lounge is a great place to grab a drink. It’s modeled after the Dada art movement of the early 20th century and often features live musical performances. A stay at the Luxe Manor is a sensory experience that provokes the imagination.
The big draw to Hotel Indigo for thrill-seekers is the glass-bottom infinity pool on the 29th floor. Take a dip and you’ll feel like you’re swimming in mid-air! This hotel has won architectural awards for its unique design, and it’s located in the hip Star Street Precinct. Guests have panoramic views of Wan Chai and access to its vibrant nightlife scene. This is a great place to stay to be in the heart of an urban cultural center with a mix of architectural designs and fascinating history.
Not surprisingly, the Mandarin Oriental is an exquisite place to stay while visiting Hong Kong. This hotel underwent a huge renovation in 2006, enlarging many of the rooms, updating the interior design, and boosting its high-tech features. There are 430 rooms and 71 individually-designed suites here that offer a five-star experience. The onsite spa spans three floors of the hotel, so book an appointment for an herbal steam bath or other Asian spa specialty treatment. Man Wah serves traditional Cantonese cuisine, and there are other restaurants here that serve French and international favorites, pastries, and craft cocktails too.
Since Hong Kong is a collection of islands and public transportation here is excellent, it’s easy to get yourself from the city to the beach in no time. Give yourself a break from the fast-paced city life and venture out to the nearby sandy beaches and fishing villages. The Gold Coast Hotel is the most luxurious place to stay to enjoy a beach vacation in Hong Kong because it has a private beach, an ideal location along the sea, a kids’ club, a shuttle bus, and lots of top-notch amenities. The onsite restaurants serve modern Cantonese specialties, Singaporean and Malaysian fare, and pan-Asian/Western cuisine. This is a great place to explore the coast of the southern New Territories, while being only about 30 minutes away from the city.