Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

A classic Hong Kong hotel
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 Man Wah is a beautiful dining space that has been serving exquisite Cantonese fare since 1968.

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 Diptyque toiletries in the bathrooms. It also recently added The Mandarin Club, a new club lounge on the 23rd floor, and The Aubrey, a Japanese izakaya bar.

Almost as famous as the hotel itself, Captain’s Bar is a city institution. Popular with both guests and locals alike, it has been one of Hong Kong’s favorite after-work watering holes for decades. For some pampering, The Mandarin Spa delivers some of the most over-the-top indulgent treatments found anywhere. 

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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 executive chef Robin Zavou’s exquisite, contemporary food and an unrivaled selection of Krug champagnes.
  • 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 days.
  • The 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; head to The Chinnery, the hotel’s pub that serves more than 120 kinds of whiskeys; or pop over to The Aubrey for an omakase cocktail experience.
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 Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, think elegant and formal.
  • Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013, making it the longest-established hotel in the city.
  • The Mandarin 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 also can order fresh roasted coffee, rich hot chocolate, healthy juices, sandwiches, quiches and more in this jewel box of a shop.
  • Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong's Krug Room boasts the largest collection of Krug champagne in Asia.
  • Reserve a club room or suite to gain access to The Mandarin Club, a new lounge that comes with perks like private check-in and checkout, breakfast, afternoon tea and evening canapés with champagne, wine, cocktails and beer.
The Rooms
  • The 25-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 accommodations 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, 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 Diptyque bath products.
The Restaurants
  • The Krug Room is a must-try for gastronomes. Created in partnership with the House of Krug, this is the only Krug Room in the world. Sample executive chef Robin Zavou’s brilliantly creative cuisine alongside some of the most prestigious champagne.
  • 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 oenophiles, 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.
  • Newly renovated 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. Signature dishes include Shanghai-style smoked codfish in five-spice powder, barbecue pork with honey glaze and Peking duck.
  • The newest addition to the culinary lineup is The Aubrey, a Japanese izakaya that serves sushi, robata, tempura and more. It also offers a one-of-a-kind personalized omakase cocktail experience that only allows four seats per sitting.
24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Getting There
5 Connaught Road, Hong Kong, China
HKG (28-45 min)  
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