Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

A classic Hong Kong hotel
VERIFIED LUXURY
Who knew a luxury hotel in one of Asia's most dynamic metropolises could pull off small-town virtues? Lucky for its guests, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong prides itself on a tradition of longstanding service (it opened in 1963), so visitors may find themselves greeted today by the staff member who welcomed them 10 years ago.

Likewise, the dining options are as classic as ever. The Krug Room is still one of the city's most exclusive private dining venues, and Pierre serves some of the most innovative French cooking this side of Paris.

But that doesn't mean that the Hong Kong hotel is dated: The property boasts everything from an ultra-stylish 3,143-square-foot Mandarin suite down to details like Hermés toiletries in the bathrooms.

The sexy rooftop-level M Bar is one of the city's most stylish places to take in a cocktail and a view, and the onsite The Mandarin Spa delivers some of the most over-the-top indulgent treatments found anywhere. If you can't find what you need inside the hotel, ask chief concierge Giovanni Valenti, the world's closest thing to Google on legs.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
• The Krug Room is one of Hong Kong’s most exclusive dining experiences. Tucked away behind the hotel’s kitchen, this intimate restaurant is where up to 12 guests can experience chef Uwe Opocensky’s exquisite, contemporary food and a selection of Krug champagnes unrivaled elsewhere.

• The Mandarin Salon is a Hong Kong favorite for its expert pedicures. Locals line up to put their feet in the care of technician Samuel So and experience his take on the Shanghainese pedicure. If there’s a waiting list, get on it.

• Every room in the modernist tower that houses the property has an incredible view and plenty of space to spread out. The in-room technology and sound systems are supported by the hotel’s IT butlers, which means you’ll be able to watch, listen or connect just about anything without a glitch.

• The Mandarin Spa is an alluring, '30s-era Shanghai-inspired space where the doting staff is devoted to wellness and relaxation. Do yourself a favor and book an evening massage — the spa stays open late, until 11 p.m. most nights.

• All three bars at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong are hubs of conversation and liveliness. Join the after-work crowds for a cold beer served in a chilled silver mug at Captain’s Bar, or put on your most stylish attire and head to the roof-level M bar, with its list of creative cocktails. The Chinnery, the hotel’s pub, is an intimate spot that serves more than 120 kinds of whiskeys.
Things to Know
• The Five-Star hotel has a sense of occasion, and so guests here should dress accordingly, which means no flip-flops in the lobby and no T-shirts in the restaurants. When packing for your stay at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, think elegant and formal.

• The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013, making it the longest-established hotel in the city.

• The Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop is a must-visit attraction in the Hong Kong hotel, serving up tiny cakes that are individual works of art and come in an array of flavors, from blueberry cheesecake to the classic opera cake. You can also order fresh roasted coffee or rich hot chocolate to enjoy at one of the counter spaces in this jewel box of a shop.

• While most people come to M bar for its 25th-floor view and cocktails, the bar does serve a dim sum lunch (like tiger prawn dumplings and Wagyu beef puffs with black pepper sauce) and light snacks in the evening (including housemade pork pies and deep-fried cod fingers).
The Rooms
• The 26-story hotel has rooms with two distinct types of decor: one that is more feminine and Western (called Veranda rooms) and one that is more masculine and Asian (called Taipan rooms). Both styles of room offer the same amenities, from the comfortable pillow-topped beds to the upgraded in-room technology.

• Veranda rooms include a separate workspace, made up by the former balconies for each room, which have been enclosed to create a bonus area.

• Bathrooms in the Taipan rooms are outfitted with rich chocolate-hued marble sinks and floors, a wet room with a shower and an oversized soaking tubs.

• The Veranda rooms make smart use of the space with a single sink located in the middle of the bathroom and a vertical mirror that features an embedded TV that swivels to be seen from the bathtub on one side of the room or the three-headed shower (which has respectable water pressure) on the other side.

• All of the bathrooms at the Five-Star hotel are stocked with Hermes bath products.
The Restaurants
• The classic Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has six stellar restaurants under its roof, with everything from a celebrity-chef driven venue to a casual English pub.

• The Hong Kong hotel’s fine dining French restaurant is the domain of celebrity chef Pierre Gagnaire, featuring a constantly changing menu that remains simple and dedicated to refined French techniques and precise flavors.

• European fare with a dash of progressive gastronomy is the focus at the upscale Mandarin Grill + Bar, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A great selection of wines and champagne will draw the vinos, too.

•  The Clipper Lounge is the hotel’s answer to the buffet, and where you can also enjoy afternoon tea. The elegant space makes the lounge a go-to for both social and business gatherings, and features seasonal guest chefs and themed fashion and art buffet teas.

• Cantonese restaurant Man Wah is especially renowned for its dim sum, served at lunch, and the its Signature Menu at dinner, which pairs each course with either wine or Chinese tea. Chef Man-Sing Lee's signature dishes include Shanghai-style smoked codfish in five-spice powder, barbecue pork with honey glaze and Peking duck.
Getting There
5 Connaught Road, Hong Kong, China
TEL852-2522-0111
NEARBY AIRPORT(S)
HKG (28-45 min)