Hong Kong Hotels
Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui
Perched on the harbor in Kowloon near the famed Star Ferry Terminal, this Deco-era hotel (not only is it Hong Kong’s oldest, but the location gives the entire hotel group its name) got a tech-y upgrade a few years ago with state-of-the-art TVs and touch-screen in-room lighting systems. Ask for a harbor suite for prime views of brightly lit Hong Kong Island. Bonus: if you book your airport transfer through the hotel, you’ll be picked up in a tricked-out Mini Cooper, Rolls Royce, or if you're lucky, one of the fourteen Rolls Royce Phantoms. While they whisk you into the city, you can pre-order your room service upon arrival—no guarantees it will stave off jet-lag, but the lobster bisque soothes after a long flight. Keep an eye out for the Chinese lions and door gods painted on the doors at the entrance: According to Chinese tradition, they guard against evil spirits.
8 Peking Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui
Service is the name of the game at so many of Hong Kong’s hotels and the Langham is no different. Plus, each of the 498 rooms are light-filled and modern with copper-trimmed furnishings and tufted headboards. Much like its glossy sister property in London, afternoon tea in the Palm Court is not to be missed and includes an almost-too-pretty-to-eat pastry selection.
74 Queen’s Rd., Central
The Pottinger, a 68-room boutique hotel tucked into the Central neighborhood, aims to infuse a bit of modernity into a storied part of town. Guest rooms are on the smaller side (you are in a densely packed metropolis, after all) but the tasteful, Chinoiserie touches makes you feel like you’re in a private residence. Don’t miss the gallery walls of black-and-white photographs by filmmaker Fan Ho, whose imagery tells a deeply personal story of the history of Hong Kong and Central.
16 Tsing Fung St., Causeway Bay
This minimalist boutique hotel, with its elevated, Scandinavian vibe, was created by Hong Kong interior team, Design Systems. Outfitted from stem to stern in grey monochrome marble, concrete, and natural timber, it’s got an immaculately clean, refined appearance throughout, making it the sort of place you'll be pretty happy to call home: The bathrooms, decked with oxidized brass fixtures, are stocked with luxury products; the lighting is perfectly ambient at all times; and it’s well-located, too, with the MTR, Causeway Bay, Victoria Park, and Tai Hang all close-by. In fact, it’s so well-integrated into a happening (but not-too-happening) part of town that, along with its inviting yet no-frills atmosphere, it is the perfect place to stay for an authentic experience of the city without skimping on luxury.
The Four Seasons Hong Kong
8 Finance St., Central
The Four Seasons which is located right on the water’s edge with amazing views of Kowloon and houses three three-Star Michelin restaurants, including the Caprice, a French restaurant, if you’re in the mood for something different. Like FS locations worldwide, the rooms here are subtle but well-appointed and the service impeccable. This specific outpost is especially convenient, being right inside of the International Finance Center mall which houses all the good shops, like our personal favorite, Lane Crawford.
5 Connaught Rd., Central
The suites here have an elegant and modern Chinese look to them, with huge windows that open up onto a balcony that wraps around the entire space. The views from all the way up there are incredible. The massive bathrooms have both a huge jacuzzi and a steam room. Non-suite guestrooms are all similarly decorated with Chinese antiques and modern furniture. And while you may not want to leave the confines of your room, there are ten restaurants and bars in the Mandarin Hotel to work your way through, including the M Bar, which is one of the more trendy places to go out.
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Queensway
This sleek, boutique-like hotel—which offers spectacular views of the city—is inarguably one of the Hong Kong's best. Streamlined, but supremely luxurious rooms are just the first step: Each room offers a free mini-bar, replete with snacks and drinks, Café Gray up on a sky-scraping floor, and a great gym with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Mandarin Oriental Landmark
15 Queens Rd., Central
This new, ultra-contemporary, boutique-like addition to the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong family offers only 100-odd rooms, making it a bit less bustling than its flagship counterpart. Though it occupies a smaller footprint, they most definitely have not scrimped on amenities: There’s an amazing two-story spa, the rooms are huge, and lavish touches abound, which is pretty much what you’d expect from a MO hotel.