What are the best places to stay in Hong Kong?

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For such a compact city, Hong Kong teems with luxurious places to stay. Be sure to check into one of these Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star or Four-Star hotels to enjoy the best of decadent accommodations and attentive service: 

For a taste of colonial elegance at the city’s oldest hotel, select Five-Star The Peninsula Hong Kong, which first opened in 1928. Afternoon tea service in the lobby is accompanied by the soothing sounds of a string quartet, and high ceilings and marble floors lend the hotel an Old-World feel. Thanks to a recent renovation, it’s also quite high-tech, with 3-D flat-screen TVs and Blu-ray players in the guest rooms. If you’d like to stay at the world’s tallest hotel, check into The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, which occupies floors 102 through 118 of the International Commerce Centre. The views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island from the rooms and the hotel’s rooftop bar are definitely worth writing home about. Waterfront accommodations can be acquired at high-rise Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, which features neutral hues that lend the Five-Star hotel a muted elegance. Enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows in your room and the onsite French restaurant, Caprice, which serves delights like caviar and lobster. Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong prides itself on its ever-thoughtful customer service. Make a reservation at the hotel’s The Krug Room for fine French cuisine and stop in at its rooftop M Bar for a glam cocktail and a view. For those who are traveling on business, the boutique Five-Star Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, is conveniently situated in the business district. It’s also a shopping addict’s paradise — the hotel is flanked by designer boutiques sure to make visiting fashionistas swoon. Each night the Symphony of the Lights takes over Victoria Harbour, and Five-Star InterContinental Hong Kong, which sits directly on the water, offers the ideal vantage point to view the spectacle. Be sure to visit the property’s rooftop pool and take advantage of the hotel's Tai Chi and yoga classes. You know a property is decadent when it has 771 chandeliers. Five-Star Island Shangri-La is artfully decorated with a blue-carpeted, white-marble stair and an enormous Chinese silk painting “The Great Motherland of China” in the lobby. Plus, its Restaurant Petrus serves delicious French cuisine.

For luxurious Four-Star accommodations in Hong Kong, book a room at one of these fine hotels: The Upper House, Kowloon Shangri-La, Conrad Hong Kong and Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.

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The luxury hotel options run deep in Hong Kong:

High colonial style and high tech amenities collide at the legendary Peninsula, which is celebrating its 85th anniversary. Arrive via helicopter or Rolls Royce, soak in the rooftop infinity pool, and take high tea among the palms in the lobby.

For unrivaled views of the HK skyline, book at the Intercontinental, where all of the suites, and most of the rooms, overlook Victoria Harbor.

Only open since 2005, The Four Seasons is already a classic, with unparalleled service, understated opulance, and a hard-to-beat waterfront location.

The original Mandarin Oriental oozes retro glamour, while the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, its younger sibling is full of contemporary cool. Both offer some of the city’s best dining experiences.

Though mere steps from everything, the Upper House feels like an oasis of calm (or it will when you’re having a soak in your massive marble tub).

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