Hong Kong is officially the most visited city in the world and, whether you're looking for a budget bed or ostentatious, heli-pad bedecked five-star luxury, there’s accomodation to suit every type of guest. Got the fam in tow and need somewhere close to Disneyland? Check! More of a solo traveller and envision yourself sliding from bed to jacuzzi at the end of a long trip? You got it! From honeymoons to shoe-string gap years to swanky business trips – this is the definitive guide to staying in Hong Kong.
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BEST INTERNATIONAL HOTELS IN HONG KONG
Conveniently located in Admiralty, the heart of Hong Kong Island, the Conrad sits atop luxury shopping mall Pacific Place, which houses a great array of restaurants and cafés, as well as designer boutiqes. Only a short distance from Victoria Peak and many other local landmarks, it’s situated perfectly for exploring. In-house, guests can look forward to numerous high-tech amenities, six award-winning restaurants and bars, and top-notch hospitality.
A great option for both casual and business travellers alike, the Crowne Plaza is found in the thick of Causeway Bay – Hong Kong’s most well-known commercial and shopping district filled with pretty much every brand you could imagine. With easy access to local attractions, plus quality in-house services, this spot is a spacious, comfortable oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Elevating timeless luxury to a whole new level, the Four Seasons is a home away from home for those who appreciate the finer things in life. Dedicated to providing the perfect travel experience for all guests, Four Seasons offers an impeccable list of services and amenities ranging from Michelin-starred dining, a 24-hour fitness centre, a spa, two outdoor pools and a 24-hour business centre. Oh, and it's also home to one of the best views in the city.
Located adjacent to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre with stunning views of the world-famous Victoria Harbour, the Grand Hyatt provides 545 contemporary, chic deluxe guestrooms, some of which even come with a personalised butler service. Explore a quality range of facilities on the 11th floor – find your zen at the award-winning Plateau Spa, get your laps in at the 50-metre outdoor heated pool, or work up a sweat the 24-hour fitness studio. There's even a 400-metre jogging path.
Part of the K11 Art Mall complex, the Hyatt Regency in Tsim Sha Tsui provides easy access to the MTR station as well as many local attractions in the area from Harbour City to the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre and Science Museum. With five-star amenities and stunning views of Victoria Harbour, it’s the perfect place to make the most of Hong Kong.
One of the city’s most prestigious venues for high-end meetings, gala balls and uber-glamorous weddings, Intercontinental offers over 500 opulent rooms, including Asia’s most spectacular 7,000-square-foot presidential suite, which features a jacuzzi and private terrace overlooking the harbour. It doesn’t hurt to be situated near Kowloon’s prime entertainment and shopping district, either – though if you don't want to leave the hotel, we won't blame you.
Home to three mouth-watering restaurants, two glamorous bars and sprawling panoramic views of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Bay, the Intercontinental Grand Stanford is the place to see and be seen. Take a stroll along the adjacent waterfront or treat yourself to a well-deserved pampering at the hotel’s stunning spa.
Hello, heaven. Soaring above the heart of the city over a massive 56 storeys, Island Shangri-La offers 565 exquisitely designed guest rooms and suites that come with a superb view of either the Peak, Victoria Harbour or the city. Stylishly infused with a distinct Asian-European decor in every suite and room, this urban sanctuary is unique. Be sure to stop for a tipple at the world-famous Lobster Bar, too.
Refined luxury meets modern convenience at the JW Marriott. Think sleek accommodation decked out with marble bathrooms and modern technology. Located in the heart of the city right above Pacific Place, enjoy the A+ view from your room, or the outdoor heated pool.
Take in the views at this stunning five-star hotel along Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. Shangri-La’s Kowloon location is fitted with spacious rooms, top-of-the-line service and mouth-watering cuisine, including the two-Michelin starred Shang Palace. You're spoiled for choice outside the hotel, too, with the famous Temple Street Market and some of the best shopping in town on your doorstep.
BEST BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN HONG KONG
This boutique hotel in Jordan doesn’t just offer stylishly designed rooms and amazing facilities – it also flies the banner for progressive causes and consciousness-building. Your stay here includes everything from free Tai Chi classes and neighbourhood walking tours to the option of booking a suite with its own recording studio. All rooms come with natural, chemical-free bath products, local artwork and books devoted to social issues, too. And while the rooms may be on the small side, you’re not expected to spend all day in them.
If you wander around the property, you’ll find collaborative workspaces, radios and TVs broadcasting content that discusses social change, and a food hall serving everything from noodle soups to sustainable cocktails. One of the best places to experience the community-oriented vibe is Terrible Baby. The bar serves great (sustainable) cocktails, for starters, and it also has a huge terrace as well as a music room, where you can mix and record your own tracks.
After a year-long renovation, The Fleming reopened in 2017 with a design that refocused its lens on old Hong Kong. This 66-room boutique hotel in Wan Chai now incorporates the art deco aesthetic that once was so prominent in the city’s skyline. Throw in splashes of Star Ferry green, if you will, and sleek nautical features – long horizontal lines with smooth, ship-like curves; porthole-shaped mirrors; brass fixtures – and you might feel as if you’re berthed in a steamer on a voyage overseas.
Wan Chai was one of Hong Kong’s earliest settlements, and that history still exists in several places. From The Fleming, you can easily spend a day taking in all the sights along the three-kilometre-long Wan Chai Heritage Trail – from Guangzhou-style verandahs to the trio of buildings named after their colours (green, blue, yellow). Or you might just want to pop in to Osteria Marzia on the hotel’s ground floor and bask in the maritime vibe this excellent Italian restaurant emanates.
In 2019, the former Marine Police Headquarters – one of just 120 declared monuments in Hong Kong – was reopened as House 1881, a swish heritage hotel standing conspicuous among the luxury malls in TST. All ten suites boast features like French doors, dark wood furniture and marble floors that recall the glory of bygone times. But even if the days of stately architecture have passed us by, the hotel is doing its best to keep Hong Kong history alive. Step into the back of Sergeant’s Bar, and you’ll find three holding cells once used by marine police to lock up pirates and drunk sailors. The old horse stable block, meanwhile, still features its original wooden doors. Look hard and you might even spot the pigeon houses that once sheltered the police’s passenger pigeons.
Up-and-coming Wong Chuk Hang has a lot to offer, from excellent art to craft beer tours. It feels like a city away from the city, and there’s no better place to base yourself for a little urban exploration here than the hip Ovolo Southside. Drawing inspiration from 1980s pop culture, this pet-friendly, former warehouse-turned-hotel boasts an incredibly cool aesthetic – think music videos from the ’80s playing on TVs in the elevator, colourful artwork across the hotel and rockstar-inspired suites. And that’s before you factor in the views. If you score a corner room, your floor-to-ceiling windows take in the sea, the surrounding hills and the cable car climbing up to Ocean Park.
Make sure to enjoy happy hour on the rooftop before eating dinner at Komune, easily one of the best restaurants on the Southside. The all-day drinks and dining venue pays serious attention to detail in everything it does, from its jet-black squid ink linguini with baby octopus to the flamboyant Chinese Ink, a potent, rye-based cocktail served in a paint-dappled cup that overflows with fruit.
It’s all about the details at this boutique hotel on Austin Road. Opened in early 2019, Page148 takes active measures to boost interaction between guests and locals. The hotel has replaced the usual lobby with an excellent café called Page Common. Guests check in at this front desk-free café, where locals linger each day over excellent cups of coffee brewed with beans from Ideaology, a roaster run by the folks behind Barista Caffe, and plates of what might be the best tiramisu in Hong Kong. Marshall speakers, old-school phones, luxury bath products in refillable bottles and drip bags of the hotel’s signature coffee blend await in rooms that overlook either the harbour or the verdant Kowloon Cricket Club.
But the hotel wants you to get out and explore the city in a new light. Hence the unique – and very fun – ‘Urban Explorers’ series. Buoyed by beautiful graphics and in-the-know information, this series of travel itineraries has been curated by different locals, including the founders of Streetsign HK and Bakehouse founder Grégoire Michaud.
Located beside the Hebe Haven Pier in Pak Sha Wan, this stylish spot is the very definition of ‘away from it all’. Unless, of course, you own a yacht, in which case this is where the action is. Several dozen boats float in harbour, making The Pier a prime perch for taking in all the upscale nautical activity. There are 40 spacious rooms and suites, the latter of which boast fully equipped kitchens. All come with terraces overlooking the harbour or the lush hills opposite. On the rooftop, there’s a beautiful rooftop pool – complete with sun-loungers – and space to sit out and soak up the sea views.
The hotel has its own restaurant – Wa Theater, a Japanese fine dining venue filled out with light wood décor – but you can also shuttle up to nearby Sai Kung for excellent seafood along the shoreline. Michelin-starred Loaf On is always a great choice for fresh seafood, or you can go slightly further afield and enjoy a one-of-a-kind dinner at One-Thirty One, a private kitchen in a refurbished village house offering refined European fare.
The Pottinger may be located just steps away from Hong Kong’s biggest party hubs (LKF, Soho – all the nightlife your heart desires), but you’ll quickly find there’s more to discover here than the bottom of a Tsingtao bottle. This award-winning boutique hotel is decorated with images of old Hong Kong taken by photographer Fan Ho. The artist’s shots reveal a side to Central that has rapidly disappeared as the neighbourhood has gentrified. The spacious rooms and suites, meanwhile, feature artwork and décor with an Eastern flair. These touches give The Pottinger a beautiful duality: past meets present, East meets West.
As of 2018, the hotel is also home to master mixologist Antonio Lai’s hidden cocktail den Room 309. The establishment joins The Envoy, another of Lai’s bars, within the hotel, as well as two-Michelin-starred Ta Vie.
Located at the western edge of Hong Kong, this hotel feels a world removed from the CBD and its frantic work-day rush. Not to mention it’s one of only a few heritage buildings where you can stay overnight in Hong Kong. Built in 1902, the former Tai O marine police station now boasts nine rooms named after the Hong Kong Naval Police Force ranks. So much of the original space has been preserved and refurbished – from the Chinese-style tiled roof and corner turrets to the wooden casement windows and fireplaces – that the hotel now offers three guided tours each day.
One of the perks of staying here is, of course, its proximity to the Tai O fishing village, the historic – and very photogenic – community known for its stilted houses and seafood products. The hotel offers guided tours that take in the fishing village’s stilted houses and ancient temples.
Located in east of Victoria Park, a calm, local neighbourhood in contrast to the nearby bustling Causeway Bay area, TUVE is basically every minimalist's wet dream. Exposed concrete, bare white walls, sophisticated fixtures and timeless designs all combine seamlessly to accentuate the hotel's uniqueness. Providing a different kind of serenity for those looking to set their minds at ease, this is the perfect place to be.
Boasting 25 storeys, The Murray Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel offers elegantly designed rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and in-room amenities made for comfort. The hotel also offers five wining and dining destinations, including Popinjays, a glamorous rooftop restaurant and bar with panoramic views. The hotel’s terraces also showcase stunning views of the city.
BEST CHEAP HOTELS IN HONG KONG
Conveniently located in the residential area of Waterloo Hill, within easy reach of some of Hong Kong's most popular tourist attractions, the YWCA's guest house offers 169 non-smoking guestrooms fully equipped with all the mod cons and comfortable beds you could need at low prices. Other facilities include airport transfers, laundry service and dry cleaning, all at an extra fee.
This cute family-run hostel in Wan Chai will have you feeling cosy and at home during your stay in Hong Kong. A youthful place with a great energy, you’ll be warmly welcomed and given great suggestions on where to go, what to do and what to eat during your visit. Guests can look forward to hostel-organised activities such as water sports, hiking tours and horse racing.
Sandwiched between Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok, Evergreen Hotel is situated in a prime location, with all the tourist spots easily accessible. A recipient of a 'Quality Visitor Accommodation', recognized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, friendly service and well-equipped guest rooms set Evergreen Hotel apart.
Named after the traditional Chinese game, there's a local saying that states that 'a mahjong tile is small but has everything it needs'. This quote perfectly encapsulates the essence of The Mahjong, one of the city’s coolest hostels located just east of Mong Kok and within walking distance of Hong Kong’s sights, sounds and tastes. You can even squeeze in a game or two of mahjong while you’re there.
A conveniently located hostel right next to Kowloon Park, this stylish spot in Tsim Sha Tsui is perfectly positioned for sightseeing. Offering female-only dorms plus private rooms for those who want a little bit of solitude, Urban Pack has plenty of options.
In the heart of Causeway Bay, Yesinn caters to different types of travellers, from backpackers to young business travellers. Recently renovated with a swanky new rooftop garden, this spot provides mixed dorms or all-female dorms, with an array of free services such as a massage chair, coffee or tea, free local calls and, most importantly, free wifi.
Looking for a stay with a bit of history? Head to this Sham Shui Po hostel, which is a revitalised resettlement block originally built in 1954, now offering 129 rooms equipped with everything you’ll need for your stay in Hong Kong. Also home to a retro-style café and a heritage museum, this unique spot is a great place to start learning about old Hong Kong.
BEST OFF-THE-GRID HOTELS IN HONG KONG
Set away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can sit back and relax at this serene space. The resort looks over the waters of Discovery Bay, within close distance of Hong Kong Disneyland as well as hikes, bike tours and kids’ activities.
Hong Kong may be known as a concrete jungle, but a lot of people don't realise that green spaces make up a large majority of the city's total area. Explore this side of the city and plug in to nature at Concerto Inn, a charming retreat on Lamma Island, one of Hong Kong's many islands. If hiking, fishing, biking, swimming and catching some rays sounds like your type of getaway, this one's for you.
Overlooking the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin, this comfortable hotel is only a few minutes’ walk from the Shek Mun MTR station. The hotel also offers a complimentary area shuttle bus to get you around easily, a relaxing outdoor pool and sauna and free breakfast at their fab café.
Located in Tseung Kwan O, this Crowne Plaza property is great if you need to get around Kowloon and the New Territories. It's also only a few MTR stops away from Hong Kong Island, meaning you can get pretty much anywhere within a matter of minutes. Make use of their stunning outdoor pool, fitness center and complementary wifi.
With views of Discovery Bay, this sprawling resort is set right by the entrance to Hong Kong Disneyland and the Disneyland Resort MTR station. Colourful rooms are fitted with great amenities, and there's a buffet in the in-house dining room filled with an array of international cuisine and snacks. The hotel also offers complimentary parking and shuttle service to Disneyland.
Situated on Golden Beach overlooking Castle Peak Bay’s wonderful marina, this hotel is worth the trip to Tuen Mun. Home to four restaurants and bars, kick back to a live band or head out to one of the two outdoor pools (one with water slides) as you soak up the sun. It's also fitted with fitness facilities and a spa.
Ideally located close to AsiaWorld-Expo, the Hong Kong International Airport and Hong Kong Disneyland, SkyCity is the most convenient hotel for those in transit. Whether you're catching a show or concert at the convention centre or need to stay the night near the airport, it’s a relaxing spot for those on-the-go.
The perfect spot to stay and catch the races at Sha Tin Racecourse, the Hyatt Regency is breezily situated just a few minutes away from the MTR. Chic, contemporary rooms are fitted with all the amenities you could need while long-stay rooms come with kitchenettes. If you're more into eating out, check out Chinese restaurant Sha Tin 18 for their excellent Peking duck. You can also test your skills at the hotel’s tennis court or relax in the spa.
With views of Cyberport's Telegraph Bay, Le Meridien is a great spot for those looking for a stay close to Ocean Park, or for a peaceful getaway just minutes from the city. Situated near Pok Fu Lam Country Park and Mount Davis, this is the place to stay if you're after green spaces. Food-wise, there's an ace sushi bar, and a Cantonese restaurant.
Part of Noah’s Ark theme park on Park Island, this imposing property is fitted with animal-themed rooms, perfect for families with young kids. If you’re not at the theme park, take a visit to the nearby beach or explore the surrounding area, which includes botanical gardens and a heritage centre.