Hong Kong has no shortage of big and shiny luxury hotels but when it comes to comfort, size doesn’t matter. In fact, small hotels can provide that personal touch and sense of intimacy that’s sometimes lost on bigger brands. If you want to experience the upsides of downsizing, check into one of these great boutique properties during your stay in Hong Kong.
The best boutique hotels in Hong Kong
Hotel Icon might be located right on Victoria Harbour, but this stylish boutique hotel’s trendy interiors are the real talking point here – they're chic, modern and all too luxurious. Hotel Icon is also home to some great dining options like the impressive Above & Beyond, a favourite for refined Cantonese fare. It's also right across from Hung Hom MTR station, which connects the city directly with neighbouring Shenzhen. As for the view from the rooms and the outdoor rooftop pool? Don’t even get us started.
Art fiends and those with an appreciation for the eccentric should head to J Plus Hotel – don't be surprised to wake up thinking you’ve spent the night in a gallery. But what’s even better about this apartment-styled boutique hotel is its convenient location in bustling Causeway Bay, minutes from some of the best restaurants and shopping in the city.
The Pottinger is conveniently located just steps away from Hong Kong’s world-famous nightlife and party scene. If enjoying delicious international cuisine, shopping to your heart’s content and dancing away your troubles sound like the kind of holiday you need, book a room at this cosy, heritage-inspired property, which was named Asia's Best City Boutique Hotel in 2014.
Hotel Stage is a quiet oasis in the heart of Kowloon. Just steps away from the always-bustling Temple Street Market, this boutique hotel channels a minimalistic ethos that focuses on comfort and convenience. The hotel also places a heavy emphasis on art and the community and features an in-house art programme as well as an intimate gallery that is open to creatives of all types.
Located on vibrant Nathan Road, known as Hong Kong's 'Golden Mile', is stylish boutique hotel The Mira. Whether you want to shop, eat or drink, this hotel has it all with world-class restaurants and a great shopping mall attached. Stop by the excellent terrace bar Vibes for a great cocktail and what is probably the city's best shisha, mixed to order by the hotel's in-house shisha master.
The words 'modern' and 'sleek' come to mind when thinking of Cordis at Langham Place. Guests are gifted with VIP treatment as soon as they walk through the doors of the hotel, situated in the heart of Mong Kok. There's plenty to take advantage of after you've checked in, from the hotel's Michelin-starred Cantonese dining room to its convenient location right near iconic Hong Kong sites like the famous Ladies Market.More markets? Make sure you tick off these 10 famous Hong Kong shopping streets for some great bargain finds.
Conveniently located in the heart of Wan Chai, Hotel Indigo is an upscale boutique property favoured by tourists and business travellers alike. Famous for its deluxe rooftop bar and pool, you’ll be able to catch a view of Hong Kong’s towering skyscrapers on one side and its majestic mountains on the other.
Hotel Sáv is a luxury boutique hotel with clean and modern aesthetics – as expected, as its name stands for 'Style', 'Attitude' and 'Vision'. Aside from its swanky designs, Sáv’s buffet offers an international palette that’s a must-taste. Its attentive staff is also incredibly gracious when serving each of its guests. In the thick of Hung Hom, look to this colourful boutique for a mix of modern comfort with a taste of true Hong Kong at your doorstep.
Less is definitely more at this luxury boutique hotel. Designed by renowned architect Norman Chan, One96 boasts only 29 rooms but each room takes up an entire floor and features a spacious dining area, separate bedroom and fully equipped pantry. The floor-to-ceiling windows also offer incredible views of the city.
For travellers heading to the lesser explored, industrial-cool south side of Hong Kong Island, Ovolo is a great option to bunk overnight. Situated in the heart of Wong Chuk Hang among independent art galleries and trendy cafes, it’s the perfect base to explore a different side of the city, right on the South China Sea.
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