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10 Best Hotels in Hong Kong

These hotels set the bar for others

BY La Jolla Mom
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Hong Kong hotels are among the best in the world. Competition for both business and leisure travelers in this financial center and gateway to Asia drives constant enhancements in addition to impeccable service.

Many of the Hong Kong hotels on this are also woven into the fabric of daily life, serving as social hubs for locals. We lived in the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong apartments. The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong across the street from my husband’s office is where we often met for drinks, had suits made, and bought cakes. We often dined at Petrus and Nadaman inside Island Shangri-La and took visiting friends to afternoon tea at The Peninsula. All the rage right now is managing to secure a buffet reservation at Hotel Icon (it’s excellent).

You will not go wrong at any of these Hong Kong luxury hotels, but some may suit you better than others based on location and amenities. If coming to Hong Kong with kids or anyone sensitive to heat and humidity during warm weather months, I think it’s also important to know whether the hotel is attached to a shopping mall. This means one need not walk outside to secure basics or sometimes even to go to the MTR station.

The goal of this list is different than others because I’m telling you what I think based on personal experience at every single one of these Hong Kong hotels.

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Location: Central
MTR station: Central
Attached mall: IFC Mall with city’super gourmet grocery store, casual restaurants, designer shopping, Airport Express and MTR station inside

Best Hong Kong hotels: Four Seasons Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s best outdoor pool deck (Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts)

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong tops this list for its robust offerings and exquisite service. You’ll find that this Hong Kong luxury hotel prices higher than others on this list — I believe it’s justified and, truth be told, I’m having a hard time condensing all that is great about it in just a few sentences. I lived in Four Seasons Place apartments and continue to stay on the hotel side every year.

A location right on Victoria Harbour above the ferry terminals means there is a lot of water in your harbour view, more than other harbour view rooms at Hong Kong hotels. Viewing of the evening ICC and Symphony of Nights shows is spectacular, which my daughter has loved watching from the hotel since she was old enough to see it. Spacious rooms are outfitted with cords you may have forgotten to pack for your devices, bedside electrical outlets, dishware, Fiji water, a Nespresso machine and tea, large marble bathrooms, and lots of storage.

Top-rated restaurants include Lung King Heen the first three-Michelin-star Cantonese restaurant in the world (order the barbecue pork appetizer sampler and barbecue porked baked buns at lunch), Caprice (we love the cheese plates in the bar), and the new Sushi Saito.

What we love: In addition to the excellent dining, we think it’s the best pool deck in town complete with views, complimentary treats, excellent service, and multiple pools. Do go to the nail bar for a glass of bubbly with your mani-pedi, have afternoon tea at The Lounge, and consider booking Executive Club Level for evening canapes and cocktails (with premium wines and Ruinart champagne).

Good to know: This is my top pick for Hong Kong hotels. You’ll find the service impeccable and can communicate with the hotel before you arrive through the Four Seasons app. I have recommended Four Seasons Hong Kong and booked it for many readers and friends. Everyone loves it. Business, family, and solo travelers all stay here.

Reservations: I have access to value-added amenities at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts worldwide.

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Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Location: Central
MTR station: Central (a few steps outside the hotel)
Attached mall: Prince’s Building (with Oliver’s grocery store and lots of kids’ stores) which is also connected to The Landmark, Alexandra House, and Chater House.

Best Hong Kong hotels: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
Harbour view room (Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong)

What I love about Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong (I stay here every year, too) is that you really feel like you’re in Hong Kong when in residence.

It is a local icon with over 50 years of history, and there are staff members who have worked in the hotel for nearly as long. Enter through the magnificent black Chinese marble lobby with rich amber colors, modern flower arrangements, Chinese art, and massive crystal chandeliers. Spacious and high-tech rooms come with Hermes bath amenities (Acqua di Parma in suites), blackout shades, and enclosed verandahs that have been turned into workspaces, some with fold-out twin sofa beds. Everything you could need from dishware to bottled water is in the room.

What we love: There is no better way to beat jet lag than at The Mandarin Spa, with its 1930s Shanghainese decor, water therapy rooms, tea rooms, and a long list of fabulous treatments. Be sure to enjoy the outstanding breakfast buffet and afternoon tea at the Clipper Lounge (the hotel’s famous rose petal jam accompanies scones) as well as indulge in a treat or two at the onsite Mandarin Cake Shop. For men, take advantage of the old-school Mandarin Barber and have a suit made at A Man Hing Cheong inside the hotel (this is my husband’s old tailor).

Good to know: City View rooms and suites can have excellent views of the famous Bank of China building, but Harbour, View rooms are recommended for watching the evening Symphony of Lights show, Hong Kong Observation Wheel, and the iconic red-sailed junk boats. The indoor lap pool is a bit small. Only kids ages 6 and older are welcome in Mandarin Grill and Pierre in addition to weekdays at Man Wah (all kids are welcome at Man Wah on the weekends).

Reservations: The best way to book is through Mandarin Oriental FAN Club or Virtuoso online*. I can check both and help you decide.

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*If on a mobile device, scroll to the footer and click “Full Site” to access Virtuoso online rates and booking. Only search the number of adults traveling as kids may be priced as adults. I’ll add them on to the reservation when I check your reservation.


Island Shangri-La Hong Kong

Location: Admiralty
MTR station: Admiralty
Attached mall: Pacific Place with GREAT grocery store, MTR station, plenty of designer shopping

Best Hong Kong hotels: Island Shangri-la
The grand lobby (Photo courtesy of Island Shangri-La)

Island Shangri-la also provides a sense of place with its enormous collection of Chinese art including the 16-story silk painting in the hotel atrium, “The Great Motherland of China.”

The 565 rooms and suites are comfortably appointed with a blend of Asian and European decor, and views of either the Peak or Victoria Harbour. Guests will also choose between nine dining outlets ranging from the grab-and-go Island Gourmet to Michelin-star Summer Palace for Cantonese cuisine.

This Hong Kong luxury hotel is located in the Admiralty neighborhood, adjacent to Hong Kong Park, Pacific Place Mall, and the Admiralty MTR station (one stop to Kowloon, Central and Ocean Park).

What we love: Austrian chandeliers adorn each room and most public spaces. Horizon Club rooms and suites provide access to all-day refreshments, evening cocktails and canapes, afternoon tea and breakfast in the lounge. The outdoor pool with views of iconic buildings provides an excellent place to relax after sightseeing.

Good to know: Harbour view rooms can be more of a side or partial harbour view due to the shape of the building. Island Shangri-la has over 200 rooms that can connect, important for families. Sleek and modern, this hotel is not. It’s glamorous, traditional and reliable with outstanding service that is true to the Shangri-la brand, which is why its clientele is so loyal.

Reservations: The best way to book is either through Shangri-la’s Luxury Circle program or Virtuoso online*. The difference between the two is that Virtuoso will offer a one-way airport transfer instead of a $100 hotel credit. (If you prefer this, use the Virtuoso link above to book.) The complimentary breakfast for two can be taken at cafe TOO through either program, but Virtuoso guests may also opt for breakfast at Petrus while Luxury Circle guests may opt for in-room dining.

Request Island Shangri-la Luxury Circle Rate

*If on a mobile device, scroll to the footer and click “Full Site” to access Virtuoso online rates and booking. If you are traveling with kids 11 and under only search the number of adults traveling they may be priced as adults. I’ll add them on to the reservation when I check your reservation. Kids ages 12 and older pay the adult rates at Shangri-La properties. 


The Upper House, Hong Kong

Location: Admiralty
MTR station: Admiralty
Attached mall: Walk a few steps outside to the elevators down to Pacific Place

Best Hong Kong hotels: Upper House
Harbour view room (Photo courtesy of The Upper House)

Those looking for a sleek boutique property should book The Upper House, Hong Kong. It’s a fuss-free, well-oiled machine where understated elegance and highly personalized service reign supreme.

There is no spa or pool but The Upper House makes up for it with other touches. Guests can use electric BMW i3 house cars, bikes, and take advantage of weekend yoga classes. You’ll be able to sign expenses to your room at a handful of popular restaurants, they’ll arrange for Rimowa luggage repair and even summon a tailor to your room for measurements and fabric selection.

What we love: The complimentary Maxi Bar is full of snacks and refreshments (including beer) for no extra charge. Large bathrooms with soaking tubs boast views of the Peak or Victoria Harbour. The excellent Cafe Gray restaurant and bar with its exquisite European menu (with a handful of Asian-inspired dishes) and top floor views.

Good to know: In-room massages can be arranged and those who want to use a pool can pay a small fee to use Island fast or Conrad’s. Bathrooms in the Studio 70 and 80 rooms take up nearly half of the square footage and have nice vanity areas. Be sure to shut the bathroom door to avoid being awakened at sunrise as blackout shades do not cover bathroom windows.

Reservations: Virtuoso benefits include a $100 hotel credit, breakfast for two at Cafe Gray, upgrade upon arrival (subject to availability) and early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability).

Book the Virtuoso Rate Online*

*If on a mobile device, scroll to the footer and click “Full Site” to access Virtuoso online rates and booking. Only search the number of adults traveling as kids may be priced as adults. I’ll add them on to the reservation when I check your reservation.


The Peninsula Hong Kong

Location: Kowloon
MTR station: Tsim Sha Tsui

Best Hong Kong hotels: The Peninsula Hong Kong
Indoor pool deck (Photo courtesy of The Peninsula Hong Kong)

If you’re going to stay on the Kowloon side, The Peninsula Hong Kong is our number one choice for hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong. Open since 1928, it still has that feeling of grandeur and timeless chic with white-glove service, bellman in traditional dress, and marble archways in the lobby. Designer boutiques adorn the public areas in addition to the hotel’s Peninsula Boutique full of branded teas, chocolates, and other souvenir goodies.

The location is excellent. It’s a short walk to the Star Ferry, Hong Kong Science Museum, Avenue of the Stars (currently closed for renovation), and the shops of Nathan Road and Harbour City. The Peninsula Hong Kong is also famous for its own designer shopping arcade.

Rooms have recently been refreshed to a high-tech and contemporary standard, still weaving in touches of chic Asian design. The indoor Roman pool provides respite after sightseeing. Be sure to check the schedule of special experiences on offer for all ages through Peninsula Academy ranging from cooking with the pastry chef to private shopping experiences.

What We Love: Afternoon tea at The Peninsula is an institution and highly recommended whether you stay here or not. Choose an airport transfer in one of the 14 Peninsula green Rolls-Royce Phantoms or a chauffeured spin around town in the hotel’s MINI Clubmen (subject to availability). The hotel also has a yacht and a helicopter, too. Grab a drink or dinner at Felix for panoramic views (gents, the bathroom view is quite unique). Use the concierge or PenCities guides loaded onto in-room tablets for the best of what to do around town.

Good to Know: Connecting rooms for families are available but can’t be guaranteed. PEN Club bookings (ask me about this) offer a handy benefit called “Peninsula Time” especially for those arriving to Hong Kong in the very early morning (as many long haul flights do). This guarantees that a room will be ready no matter what time you arrive. It may not be your exact room but you will have a place to freshen up and they’ll move your belongings when your booked room is ready. 

Reservations:  It’s best to book either Virtuoso online* or PENClub rates. The two offer the same benefits except that PENClub comes with “Peninsula Time.”

Request Peninsula Hong Kong Rates

*If on a mobile device, scroll to the footer and click “Full Site” to access Virtuoso online rates and booking. Only search the number of adults traveling as kids may be priced as adults. I’ll add them on to the reservation when I check your reservation.


The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Location: Central
MTR station: Central (across the street)
Attached mall: The Landmark Atrium with cafes to Michelin-starred restaurants, designer shopping

Best Hong Kong hotels: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental
L600 Deluxe room (Photo courtesy of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong)

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong excels at nearly everything from its chic design to impeccable service. With 99 rooms and suites, it’s not a big resort hotel, but rather an urban oasis right on the popular Queens Road Central though the rooms themselves are incredibly quiet.

Walk to the ferries, mid-levels escalator, Hollywood Road, Hong Kong Park, Man Mo Temple, markets, Michelin-star street food and more easily from here. Central MTR station at Peddar Street is a few minutes’ walk away.

Rooms run on the large side for Hong Kong. L600 rooms reflect their 600 square feet of space. This category of room and above is also famous for its 7′ circular bathtubs. You’ll also find well-stocked personal bar areas, a yoga mat, eco-friendly in-house bottled water, personalized slippers, and more well-thought-out amenities. One restaurant (Amber – temporarily closed for renovation) and one Lounge (MO Bar), service guests and locals.

What We Love: While the best hotels in Hong Kong Central are all walkable to sights, this slightly more inland location makes the markets, Hollywood Road, Tai Kwun, and other sights just a bit closer. We love afternoon tea and the rose petal martini at MO Bar. Try to secure a spot in its new speakeasy. The food throughout is outstanding (also try the Hainanese chicken rice and nasi goreng).

Good to Know: The low-rise property doesn’t have Victoria Harbour views or a kid-friendly pool (it’s in the spa and for laps) but is still a best hotel in Hong Kong Central. Traffic on this corner can be an issue during rush hour but with, so much to do within walking distance and the MTR, you can avoid it with a little planning. Families of four can fit into the L600 Deluxe rooms with two double beds (the beds are side-by-side, however).

Reservations: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong can very easily be booked through Virtuoso online to receive value-added amenities.

Book on Virtuoso.com*

*If on a mobile device, scroll to the footer and click “Full Site” to access Virtuoso online rates and booking. Only search the number of adults traveling as kids may be priced as adults. I’ll add them on to the reservation when I check your reservation.


The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Location: West Kowloon
MTR station: Kowloon Station
Attached mall: Elements mall with Kowloon Station, an ice rink, multiple dining options, shopping

Best hotels in Hong Kong: The Ritz-Carlton
Club lounge view (Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong)

Book a stay in one of the world’s highest hotels at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. The views from all rooms whether city, sea or harbour are magnificent from this hotel which occupies floors 102-118 of the ICC building.

Dining is another strong point from the two-Michelin-star Tin Lung Heen to the signature afternoon tea at Cafe 103. Also not-to-be-missed is Almas Caviar Bar for a pre- or post-dinner nibble paired with premium vodka or champagne. Grab a cocktail at the top-floor Ozone, one of the world’s highest bars.

Spacious rooms and suites offer a neutral palette accented with rich, dark woods, deep rust colors and marble bathrooms. Guests are provided with a Nespresso coffee machine, bottled water, fully-stocked minibars, automatic window shades, and Asprey bath amenities.

Service here is quite attentive, especially in the Club Lounge.

What We Love: Fish swimming on the LED video screen around the indoor infinity pool which, by the way, has a spectacular Victoria Harbour view. Please consider booking Club Level rooms as the five food presentations per day and all-day beverages (including champagne, wine, and beer) combined with the panoramic view are worth the extra expense unless you’re gone all day and all evening from the hotel. For an additional charge, families can book the Ritz Kids Night Safari program where kids enjoy an in-room tent and lantern.

Good to Know: The hotel is quite tall, perhaps not for those with vertigo. The rapid elevator ride to the 102nd-floor lobby sometimes sends butterflies to our stomachs – in a fun way that kids love). If it happens to be quite foggy over the harbour (not too common), your view will be obstructed because the hotel is so tall. They can connect rooms for families.& The Sky100 observation deck, a popular attraction, is located just three floors below the hotel. Taxi about 5 minutes to the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui and its tourist activities.

Reservations: The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong can be booked with Marriott STARS (the brand’s VIP program) benefits that can include breakfast for two, a hotel credit, upgrade subject to availability, and more.

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Hotel Icon

Location: East Tsim Sha Tsui
MTR station: East Tsim Sha Tsui

Best hotels in Hong Kong: Hotel Icon
My Vivienne Tam suite

What’s most unique about Hotel Icon is that its owned by Hong Kong Polytechnic University and used as a research and training facility for its hospitality students. As you might expect, the service is excellent.

With its 262 rooms and suites and overall vibe, it suits family, business and leisure travelers equally well, especially those who prefer boutique hotels and the Kowloon side.

Hotel Icon has evolved into one of the best hotels in Hong Kong with its functional design, vertical gardens, over 100 pieces of art, and exceptional dining.

What we love: Fashion designer Vivienne Tam is a PolyU alumnus and designed a signature suite complete with Chinese antiques, Opera Girl accents, and contemporary accessories as well (I stayed in it). Buffets at The Market restaurant where dinner reservations are the envy of locals for robust offerings and good value. There are also a ton of nice touches scattered throughout from the high chairs, games, and pool table at the GREEN coffee bar and cafe. In-room minibars offer snacks, drinks, tea, coffee and even small bottles of wine at no extra cost. Also, book a massage at the Angsana Spa by Banyan Tree.

Good to know: Book a Club room and go to the Above & Beyond lounge in the evening to see the famous Hong Kong island skyline and Symphony of Lights show. The lounge can get busy so arrive on the early side of the cocktails and canapes. It takes about 15 minutes to walk along the harbourfront TST Promenade to reach Nathan Road and the Hong Kong Space Museum. In fact, those who like to exercise outdoors (weather permitting) should plan a nice walk or jog along this promenade (many locals do the same).

Reservations: The best way to book Hotel Icon is through their website as there always seems to be a promotion happening.

Book on hotel-icon.com

The Murray

Location: Central
MTR station: Central

Best Hong Kong hotels: The Murray Hong Kong
Photo courtesy of The Murray

A newcomer to the Hong Kong luxury hotel scene, The Murray receives rave reviews for elegantly-appointed rooms and its emphasis on wellness through providing access to exercise routines, superfood menus, jogging maps through the nearby green spaces and spa treatments.

This Hong Kong hotel rests behind the Bank of China building and near Hong Kong park though some rooms and suites do have harbour views over the city. It a part of a renovated 1960s colonial-era government building. You can walk to the heart of Central from here (though it’s uphill one way).

What we love: Thoughtful design and wellness-centric offerings. Hong Kong actually has quite a bit of green space outside of the skyscrapers and you can see some of it from The Murray. Hong Kong Park is a top attraction and it’s right there for respite, exercise, Peak Tram and more.

Good to know: The Murray offers family-friendly in-room amenities, but kids under the age of eight aren’t allowed in the Cantonese restaurant, Guo Fu Lou. You’ll probably want to taxi to the MTR to avoid pushing a stroller or walking uphill. It’s a very good choice for business travelers who want to maintain a more healthful balance while working the grueling hours the city is known for (my husband can tell you all about that).

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Rosewood Hong Kong

Location: Kowloon
MTR station: Tsim Sha Tsui

Harbour View Room (Photo courtesy of Rosewood Hong Kong)

Rosewood Hong Kong occupies 43 floors of a new 65-story tower located in the new Victoria Dockside arts and culture district on the harbour. Its 413 guestrooms include 72 suites and 18 unique specialty suites. Guests will enjoy eight restaurants and lounges, the first urban Asaya signature integrative wellness outpost, stunning views, and more.

It’s already one of the best hotels in Hong Kong and true to the Rosewood brand.

Reservations: You can receive value-added amenities through Virtuoso that include breakfast for two, an upgrade subject to availability at check-in, a $100 food and beverage credit, and more.

Book on Virtuoso.com*

*If on a mobile device, scroll to the footer and click “Full Site” to access Virtuoso online rates and booking. Only search for the number of adults traveling as kids may be priced as adults. I’ll add them on to the reservation when I check your reservation.

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