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.