Take note that the Silvermine is 30 minutes' taxi ride from the airport, on the far side of the mountain range that bestrides Lantau Island. It's also right on the beach, and 30 minutes by fast ferry from Central. So the hotel works both for business and pleasure. Don't expect five-star luxury, but the 128 rooms are all reasonably comfortable and if the restaurant and bar pall after a while, there are plenty of other options outside the hotel in the nearby market town of Mui Wo. The outdoor swimming pool is popular in summer and there is also a small spa.
Anyone looking for a cheaper option when it comes to airport hotels might want to take a look at the B P International. Connected to the Airport Express rail line by complimentary shuttle bus, it's a regular, rather than luxury, hotel, right by Kowloon Park, one of the (all too few) "lungs" of Tsim Sha Tsui. There are 529 guest rooms packed into the 25-story block, with suites as well as regular rooms. Two restaurants, and a small bar, cover food and beverage. Perhaps the best aspect of B P International is its location in the heart of buzzing Tsim Sha Tsui.
The Four Seasons is right by Central Pier waterfront with a breath-taking view towards the 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 travelers, from families to business executives. Rooms start from 45 square meters in size and are decked out either in a nostalgia Chinese style or a modern Western taste. The hotel is only steps away from subway station and Hong Kong Airport Express terminal.
Kid sister hotel to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, The Landmark is part of the shopping mall of the same name (Harvey Nichols is the anchor tenant) and within walking distance of the Airport Express station. Chef Richard Ekkebus regularly picks up awards for his work at Amber, while MO Bar is as popular with the city's senior movers and shakers; likewise with their offspring – this is a meeting place for all seasons. Excellent guestrooms and a very superior spa round out the accommodation package. Five star, city center and with a discreet side entrance into the mall, The Landmark is a tremendous pied-a-terre.
The Mandarin Oriental celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 – making it the second oldest hotel in Hong Kong. You don't last half a century in Hong Kong without being very good, whatever business you're in, and the Mandarin is exceptional. In walking distance (and under cover) of the Airport Express station, it's a wonderful property. Count on superb guest rooms, food that goes way beyond Michelin stars, and service – personified by the Chief Concierge Giovanni Valenti – that adds the X factor to exceptional. Plus the hotel is in the heart of Central, ground zero for shopping, business and dining.
Never mind that this is – for the moment – the highest hotel in the world. On clear days, the views are stupendous, on others you get a bird's eye-view of cloud. Naturally at a Ritz-Carlton you are guaranteed nigh perfect food, service and a very good night's sleep. As an airport hotel, this particular property works as it's in easy reach of the Airport Express rail line, as well as being on the Tsim Sha Tsui peninsular, putting it in easy reach of the the rest of the city. There are, of course, cheaper options, but You Get What You Pay For!
The W Hong Kong sits right above Kowloon Station on the Airport Express line, 20 minutes or so from the airport. As it's also right above Elements, a very swish shopping mall, and on the Tsim Sha Tsui peninsular, it's ultra convenient. More than any other hotel, W is the hipster, design mecca – very youthful and fun. It also has views to the west, overlooking the port shelter out toward Lantau Island. Naturally, the food is excellent. Kitchen – the main restaurant – features a large wooden communal table, which is especially popular at breakfast time. And the spa, Bliss, is very well named.
Besides being a very smart hotel in easy reach of the airport, the Novotel Citygate has two extra points in its favor: it's right next to one of the city's biggest outlet shopping malls, and sits above Tung Chung station, the eastern terminus of the MTR rail system. A complimentary shuttle service connects to the airport every 15 minutes. This contemporary, minimalist design hotel has 440 stylish rooms and suites with spectacular airport, sea and alpine views. It features hotel-wide broadband connection and LCD televisions. Facilities include four restaurants and bars, seven function rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and 24-hour gymnasium.
No matter which part of the plane you're sitting in, few passengers disembark feeling gloriously refreshed. Step forward Hong Kong's airport Marriott, which may not have a surf beach but otherwise is a pretty cool resort. Spa? Check. Indoor pool? Check. Gym? Check. Nine-hole golf course. That too. Popular with delegates attending an event at the convention center next door, the Marriott is a very good option for anyone who wants to stay within hailing distance of the airport. The 658 guest rooms are spread over 11 floors, including one presidential suite, 32 suites, 119 executive rooms and 14 rooms with disability access. All rooms feature Marriott's new bedding package and the latest in-room technology with views of the ocean, mountains or golf course.
The Regal Airport Hotel is not the most lovely looking building on the planet – but who cares? It could hardly be closer to Arrivals, Departures and the Airport Express Station. It's convenience itself, and one of the city's largest hotels – nearly 1,200 rooms – as well as boasting indoor and outdoor swimming pools. In fact, many executives use the Regal as a base while in Hong Kong, commuting into the city on the Airport Express. There are half-a-dozen restaurants, and eight different sorts of rooms, so plenty of choice all round. But at the end of the day, it's the Regal's location that counts.