Best Hong Kong Hotels: Places You'll Want to Check In

Hong Kong has some of the best hotels in China – a result of its hybrid culture, strategic geographic location and booming tourism industry.

International brands consider the former British colony a launching pad into mainland China. English is still an official language of the city so Western travelers can very much feel home here. The extremely compact city also harbors a number of leading home-grown hotels of Asia, such as The Peninsula (locally known as 'The Pen') and Mandarin Oriental.

Premium short-stays are abundant. On both sides of the Victoria Harbour waterfront, five-star hotels elbow their way to secure the best perspective towards the harbour and the awe-inspiring skyline. The Peninsula Hong Kong, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong and Mandarin Oriental are among the most popular addresses. The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is reported to be the highest hotel on the planet, perching on the top levels of the 488-meter International Commerce Center. Hotel Vic on the Harbour is the new and very sharp kid on the block.

Decent budget hotels do exist in central Hong Kong but in small number. They are usually a bit of a walk from MTR stations or are tucked in modest looking buildings above shops and restaurants. 

For doughty backpackers, Chung King Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui is probably the world's most hostel-packed building with more than 80 lodgings spreading over 17 stories.


Kerry Hotel
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There's one word that really sums up the Kerry Hotel, and that is "original". It's right on the waterfront, with an infinity pool that looks across to Hong Kong Island and down the eastern side of the harbor. The architects realized the value of the views so each room has a magnificent floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall window that beats the television for multi-channel entertainment. Dining at the Kerry is amazing too, with a vast East-meets-West buffet at breakfast, and fun spaces like Dockyard (a gourmet food hall). The hotel is right above the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade, while a ferry shuttles across the water to North Point all day long. Design, location and ambiance are all just perfect.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Kerry is Hong Kong's foremost urban resort, with spectacular views of the Island and harbor.

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Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
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The 32-story building is right by Central Pier waterfront with a breath-taking view towards Victoria Harbour and Kowloon. To enhance its blue-water appeal, the five-star brand installed two outdoor swimming pools (24 and 20 meters long respectively) on the sixth floor, both featuring speakers underwater and unbeatable vistas ashore. The hotel houses two three-Michelin-starred restaurants: French restaurant Caprice and Lung King Heen, the first Cantonese restaurant to reach this culinary achievement. The 322-room establishment is a crowd-pleasing choice for all types of traveler, from families to business executives. Rooms start from 45 square meters and are decked out either in a nostalgic Chinese style or a modern Western taste. The hotel is only steps away from the MTR station and Hong Kong Airport Express terminal.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The five-star hotel is an all-around choice for all types of travelers to the bustling city, from family holidayers to high-flying businessmen to honeymooners.

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The Pottinger Hong Kong
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The Pottinger Hong Kong offers 68 luxury guestrooms and suites, ranging from 23 square metres to 68 square metres. The "Pottinger Suite" and six cozy suites feature a bespoke décor that celebrates Hong Kong's rich heritage and diverse cultures. Designed with both international travellers and locals in mind, The Pottinger offers visitors a modern heritage residence complete with an exceptional array of in-room facilities and services. Once guests are ready to venture forth from the comfort of the hotel, the dynamic and vibrant neighborhood of Central is right on the doorstep, offering shopping, entertainment and dining options galore. For visits further afield, the Central MTR station is just a short stroll away.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Pottinger is boutique, smack in the middle of town, and very chic.

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Eastern District
EAST Hong Kong
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This 32-story hotel is a five-minute walk from Taikoo Place, a colossal 10-tower office building cluster in Quarry Bay. Suited executives are the main patrons here and the hotel goes above and beyond to help them decompress. All staff wear casual attire (think light-green jumpers), the gym opens 24 hours and rooftop bar Sugar is decked out with an alternative harbor view: the downtown airport Kai Tak turned cruise terminal and jam-packed residential buildings around Kowloon Bay. Rooms are decorated in a no-frills minimalist way. Averaging 28 square meters in size, all 345 of them are equipped with free Wi-Fi, iPod room-control systems and powerful rainfall showers. The MTR station is right outside the door; so is Cityplaza, a six-story mega mall featuring everything from an ice-skating rink to a local food court.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This is probably the most stylish business hotel in Hong Kong, offering a casual vibe and sleek, technology-driven rooms.

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Southern District
Ovolo Southside
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Ovolo Southside is Hong Kong's first warehouse-to-hotel conversion. Originally built in 1976, the former multi-use industrial building now features 162 open-plan guestrooms, a fully-equipped 24-hour gym and a collection of social spaces that echo the warehouse's past in subtle details. Styled for maximum guest convenience and comfort, the hotel offers free breakfast and Happy Hour social drinks daily, alongside free daily replenished in-room minibar, self-service laundry facilities and a flexible check out. Ovolo Southside's comparably small number of rooms compared with other Hong Kong hotels ensures a high level of service, catered to meet the needs of each individual guest.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This is an energetic hotel in a part of the city that's rapidly reinventing itself.

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Hotel Vic on the Harbour
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Split between two towers on the waterfront in the authentic and rather quaint area of North Point, Hotel Vic's 671 rooms and suites are the latest addition to Hong Kong's buzzing accommodation scene. Hi-tech (the fitness center showcases some amazing VR add-ons), eminently comfortable, and with a delicious home-style all-day diner (The Farmhouse) perhaps the hotel's greatest asset is its location. The ferry pier to Kowloon is right in front of the property, while the metro is only steps away, as is the charismatic market which hums either side of the double-decker tram line. Come sundown, head up to the hotel's rooftop restaurant and bar, Cruise, to take in some of the city's best food, wine, and panoramas.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Hong Kong is all about the harbor, and Hotel Vic is all about harbor views

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The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
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The intimate 113-room property has the ambiance of a boutique hotel but the facilities of a five-star. Basic rooms are spacious (42 square meters in size) and come with contemporary design. If your budget allows, try for the more deluxe L600 room, which contains a spacious round bathtub. The hotel's spa, Oriental Spa, is one of the best in the city and delivers varied programs including a Turkish Hammam and a Roman Laconium. Michelin-starred restaurant Amber serves modern French cuisine. The chic hotel perches above luxury shopping mall Landmark, where fashion houses like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Dior vie for attention. Hong Kong's nightlife headquarters Lan Kwai Fong is five minutes' walk away. The Hong Kong Airport Express is 350 meters to the north so travelers can check in, drop bags and whiz to the airport in 24 minutes.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The five-star hotel is within walking distance of the city's best shops, bars, clubs and offices as well as the Hong Kong Airport Express.

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Occupying the 102nd-118th floors of 488-meter-tall International Commerce Center (ICC), the 312-room Ritz is even two stories higher than Hong Kong's new attraction, the Sky 100 Observation Deck in ICC. The five-star property is connected to Kowloon station on the Hong Kong Airport Express line (approx. 20 minutes to the airport). Even the basic rooms here afford breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour, Kowloon, New Territories or surrounding ocean on a nice day. All rooms have gigantic windows, telescopes and window-side cushioned chairs for you to enjoy this visual extravaganza. Make sure to take a dip in the hotel's swimming pool on the 118th floor which provides the most gravity-defying paddling experience on the planet. On the same level is Ozone, one of the world's highest bars. Sitting above the shimmering and sprawling city with a top-notch cocktail in hand, you'll truly feel like lord of the universe.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Overlooking Hong Kong from almost half a kilometer in the air, this is reported to be the world's highest hotel.

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This luxury design hotel is located in the heart of Hong Kong Island. All 177 rooms come in extra-large sizes (by Hong Kong standard), rising from 67-square-meter studios up to a swish 182-square-meter Penthouse Suite with windows looking out to Victoria Harbour and Victoria Peak. Each bathroom includes a walk-in shower, a bathtub and a separate dressing area –" a rarity in compact Hong Kong. Interior design is ace. Leading Hong Kong designer Andre Fu used nature-toned materials, such as oak and bamboo, to create a minimal and elegant space. Celebrity chef Gray Kunz mans the kitchen of the cafe and fusion restaurant, Cafe Gray Deluxe, on the 49th floor. The only downside is the hotel doesn't have a pool.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: It shows the best of Hong Kong in one: stunning landscape, impeccable services, stylish design and a smoothing ambience in hustle and bustle.

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The Peninsula Hong Kong
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The Peninsula is a born-and-bred Hong Kong hotel and one of the finest hospitality brands in Asia. First opened up in 1928 and later revamped in 1994, the luxury property offers impeccable room and concierge services in the original building and the 30-story modern tower. Internet access and international calls are free. All 300 guestrooms have stylish Chinese-accented interiors and cutting-edge technology (think touch-screen room control). Afternoon tea in the 85-year-old neoclassic lobby is a quintessential Hong Kong experience (HK$268 or US$35 per person, HK$398 or US$51 for two, excluding service fee). Fine-dining restaurant and bar Felix, on the 28th floor, looks directly at the glittering, postcard-worthy Hong Kong Island skyline, but it doesn't admit children under 12. The majestic hotel is located in central Tsim Sha Tsui and is a stone's throw from the MTR station and Star Ferry Terminal.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The grand dame of Asian hotels delivers unforgettable Chinese hospitality. It's also the best place to experience the lifestyle of bygone colonial Hong Kong.

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