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Hong Kong is practically overflowing with luxurious Five-Star hotels guaranteed to wow you with thoughtful service, panoramic city and Victoria Harbour views, delicious cuisine and decadent guest rooms and suites. Be sure to enjoy accommodations at one of the following grand hotels:
The high-rise Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, which opened in 2005, offers waterfront accommodations with views of Victoria Harbour. Muted elegance and neutral tones lend the property the perfect mixture of comfort and luxury. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms make it easy to take in an amazing view of the surroundings, and service at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel is truly top-notch. Be sure to try one of the hotel’s French-, Chinese- and English-style pastries — served at the restaurant and on the room service menu — which are absolutely divine. While the luxury Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong isn’t quite as new at the Four Seasons — it opened in 1963 — it's certainly no less sophisticated. The Five-Star hotel prides itself on its thoughtful service, and dining and drinking here is made delightful with The Krug Room, which offers fine French cuisine, and the rooftop M Bar, a chic spot to have a cocktail and take in a panoramic view. The Peninsula Hong Kong is the city’s oldest hotel; it opened in 1928. Colonial elegance is the name of the game at this Five-Star hotel; you’ll find marble floors, high ceilings and palm trees in the lobby, and afternoon tea includes a string quartet. But don’t let the historical feel fool you; this hotel is more than up-to-date in the technology area, featuring 3-D flat-screen TVs and Blu-ray DVD players in the guest rooms. If you’re traveling to Hong Kong on business, check into Five-Star Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, which is centrally situated in the heart of the business district. The hotel certainly isn’t all business, of course, though. It’s surrounded by posh designer shops sure to delight the luxury shopping enthusiast. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong calls itself that world’s tallest hotel thanks to its perch on floors 102 through 118 of Hong Kong’s International Commerce Centre. Naturally, one of the main draws to this hotel is the lofty view — no matter which room you book, you’ll wind up with an amazing vista of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. And those views are even more astounding and panoramic from the Five-Star hotel’s rooftop bar. The Five-Star InterContinental Hong Kong sits directly on Victoria Harbour, so it’s easy to take in the nightly Symphony of Lights from your own harborside guest room. Be sure to cool off at the rooftop pool and enjoy the complimentary Tai Chi and yoga classes, as well. There are 771 chandeliers at Five-Star Island Shangri-La — a large portion of them in the guest rooms. The blue-carpeted, white-marble staircase and enormous Chinese silk painting, “The Great Motherland of China,” in the lobby lend the hotel a dramatic air. Be sure to visit Restaurant Petrus for fine French cuisine.
For elegant Four-Star accommodations in this amazing city, book a room at one of these lovely hotels: The Upper House, Kowloon Shangri-La, Conrad Hong Kong and Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.
Anticipatory service, endless amenities and fantastic views distinguish HK’s best hotels.
When the Mandarin Oriental opened 50 years ago, it was the tallest building in Hong Kong. The skyline has changed just a tad since then, but the Mandarin is still the Mandarin. Renovated in 2007, it nevertheless retains a sense of retro glamour.
The shoreline has changed almost as much as the skyline: Before the waterfront was extended, the MO was located directly on the harbor. Now the Four Seasons in the IFC complex has the prime front row spot, a position best appreciated from the sixth floor infinity pool or the floor-to-ceiling windows of your harbor view room.
For old fashioned luxury with every modern convenience, check in to the 85-year-old Peninsula, a colonial fortress facing the harbor on the Kowloon side. When it was built, it faced the ocean liner terminal; now, guests can arrive by helicopter.
At the Upper House, spacious, Japanese-inspired interiors inspire calm, and the views — the rooms start on the 38th floor — may induce dizziness. Discreet service is felt but hardly seen.
Hong Kong has no shortage of wonderful hotels, although prices can feel quite steep for the region. Choosing one all depends on what you want:
For Hong Kong history: The 85-year-old flagship Peninsula and the 50-year-old Mandarin Oriental are locked in an eternal struggle to be Hong Kong's most pedigreed hotel. Each hotel has much to recommend it: The Peninsula has the celebrated Felix restaurant, beautiful colonial archictecture, a famed high tea, and a fleet of green Rolls Royces; The Mandarin has a Forbes Five Star Spa, ten top-notch restaurants, including the private Krug Room, and a sinfully delicious top-floor cocktail bar, the M Bar. Really, the difference comes down to whether you'd prefer to be in Kowloon or on the Island.
For understated elegance: The Upper House is Hong Kong's last word in painfully chic elegance. From the grey slate exterior to the warm, inviting interiors, everything in this hotel has been perfectly thought out. Impeccable service, an open mini bar, and the immaculate food and cocktails at Cafe Grey make this the city's hippest hotel.
For a different view: It's easy to ignore EAST Hotel, located in Taikoo Shing, but that would be a mistake. Designed by leading Hong Kong architect William Lim, this East Island business hotel blends a peaceful vibe with beautiful design and great service. There's a lovely outdoor pool and a 32nd-floor cocktail bar, Sugar. Order the Gin Collins and relax. A perfect place to escape Hong Kong's hectic pace.
For a futuristic feeling: Hotel ICON was co-designed by the leading icons of Hong Kong design (hence the name): William Lim, Vivienne Tam, Tommy Li, Freeman Lau, and others. And it shows. The hotel boasts a creative flair and attention to detail that few others have. Amenities include a vertical garden, a rooftop pool, complimentary cocktails, a TST shuttle service, and the popular restaurant, Above & Beyond.
Do you want to go boutique and full of character, or experience Asia's luxury at its very best? Hong Kong is blessed with a huge range of outstanding hotels in various districts, making choosing where to stay quite a challenge.
The Peninsula Hong Kong is the city’s grande dame, with afternoon tea in the foyer and drinks and dinner up in the Felix Bar both iconic pastimes. www.peninsula.com/hongkong
The Upper House in Admiralty is all about sophistication, with rooms displaying the magic contemporary touch of local designer Andre Fu, and corner room bathrooms that take your breath away. Have a cocktail at Café Grey and rub shoulders with Hong Kong's glitterati. www.upperhouse.com
The Mira in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), Kowloon, is W-cool, with bold colours and sexy furnishings. The Platinum Suite has a garden with an alfresco Jacuzzi. Eat great dim sum at Cuisine Cuisine and relax five star style in the beautiful Mira Spa. www.themirahotel.com
Despite its Taikoo location, best five star for business is East Hotel, with its paperless check-ins, modern Zen rooms and suites and roof bar Sugar. www.east-hongkong.com
The Lan Kwai Fong Hotel is, in fact, not quite in Lan Kwai Fong itself. But don’t let that put you off. Between Soho and Noho, it is on the edge of exciting district Sheung Wan. Sleek designer Chinese details are enchanting – go for a corner deluxe room. www.lankwaifonghotel.com.hk
Hullet House in Kowloon's TST is Hong Kong’s most boutique boutique hotel with only ten rooms. Each differently designed inside, they take the original colonial Marine Police headquarters and reinvent it as a culture-rich haven. Stop in for a meal if you can’t nab a room for the night. www.hulletthouse.com