Amid the countless skyscrapers that make Hong Kong the most vertical city on earth, you’ll discover a rather excellent selection of holiday apartments. Here are the best, and you can book your place to stay now on Culture Trip.
In Hong Kong, a city stacked high with shoebox-sized flats, the best apartment hotels not only offer more room to breathe, but also five-star facilities to satisfy even the fussiest traveller. Think moody restaurants dishing up Michelin-starred meals, suites decked with artisanal creations by local artists and oasis pools bubbling with their own waterfall. So whether you want to be in the hipster Sheung Wan District or teeming Tsim Sha Tsui, there’s an apartment for you in Hong Kong.
Sandwiched between North Point and Fortress Hill MTR, Shama Island North has 92 one- and two-bedroom apartments, some of which come with a balcony or terrace. The 24-hour fitness centre, and rooftop garden with a barbecue area are major draws, as is the proximity to shopping hotspot Causeway Bay and the Eastern District business hub.
Sitting on the doorstep of the Wan Chai Ferry Pier and the Victoria Harbour waterfront, this casual apartment hotel is a good option for budget-conscious travellers who don’t want to compromise on location. The 295 pared-back studio suites have kitchenettes, gym and library facilities, plus access to the rooftop patio peering over the Harbour Road Garden and the skyline across the harbour.
There are three Eaton Residences dotted across Hong Kong: Blue Pool Road, Village Road next to the Happy Valley Racecourse and this one on Wan Chai Gap Road – the steep street that links the concrete jungle with the luscious Aberdeen Country Park. Book one of these serviced apartments for either a nightly or monthly stay. Each comes with a spacious kitchen, 24-hour gym access and a serene outdoor terrace.
Perched on the slopes of Victoria Peak, Two MacDonnell Road is one of the most upscale apartment hotels on Hong Kong Island. With 213 light-filled rooms and suites gazing at the skyline through sunny bay windows, this Central Mid-Levels property promises a home away from home thanks to the on-site Cafe Bar on 8 eatery, comfortable communal spaces and attentive guest services.
EAST Hong Kong apartment hotel doubles as a gallery, housing colourful dinosaurs by Chinese sculptor Sui Jianguo, the Bamboo City birdcage installation by local creative Kum Chi Keung and butterfly sculptures by Australian artist Jayne Dyer in the Feast restaurant — one of four in-house dining options. The collection of studios, one- and two-bedroom suites and penthouses were sustainably designed with natural materials, while the property also has a 24-hour gym, lounge and reading area, and a landscaped terrace above the bustling Taikoo Place.
Situated on the northeast corner of Victoria Park, between the Tin Hau and Fortress Hill MTR stations, Somerset has 68 apartments with kitchenettes. A stay also brings access to an off-site fitness centre and there’s a first-floor lounge where you can enjoy a tipple while reclining on a velvet chair, gazing at the city below.
Just a block east of Wan Chai MTR station, the 59 serviced suites at 218 Apartment are in the thick of the neon lights and pulsing karaoke bars of Wan Chai. Built in 2009, these unfussy, modern apartments appeal in particular to business travellers for their phone and wifi access, laundry and housekeeping facilities and discounted long-term rates.
This shimmering skyscraper on the Central Ferry Pier embodies the five-star luxury the Four Seasons brand represents. Almost 400 glamorous rooms and apartment-like suites – some as large as three bedrooms – gaze over Victoria Harbour or Victoria Peak. Swim in a wide range of pools, including an infinity pool pumping underwater music. And sink your teeth into a fantastic array of restaurants, most notably Lung King Heen, the first Chinese restaurant on the planet to earn three Michelin stars.
Steps from Sheung Wan MTR station not far from the Central Ferry Pier, this boutique hotel has just 15 serviced apartments – each with a bespoke design you won’t find in cookie-cutter aparthotels. The rooms at La Manndi are kitted with mod cons such as mobile devices, coffee machines, thermo ventilators and top-of-the-line Serta mattresses – plus a super central location to explore the markets of Sheung Wan.
Commuters cruising in and out of the ferry terminal to Macau cannot miss these two futuristic towers looming above them. The North Tower – which resembles a USB stick piercing the Sheung Wan skyline – has 54 harbour-view rooms, while the South Tower has another 81 studios and one- or two-bedroom suites that are equally as sleek as their polished black exterior.
Wedged between East Tsim Sha Tsui and the Avenue of Stars on the northern foreshore of Victoria Harbour, K11 Artus sits on the Kowloon Peninsula. But the TST location isn’t the only reason to book one of these design-led apartments. The building was designed by New York architect Kohn Pedersen Fox, and the uber-contemporary interiors belong to the likes of Andre Fu, Fiona Barratt-Campbell, Nemaworkshop and Joyce Wang; while the apartments are decorated with artisanal creations, preserving a Chinese tradition dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Shrouded in the greenery of the Tai Tam Country Park, this mammoth private housing complex is made of 18 towers designed for longer stays. More than 200 serviced apartments – each with individually unique decor – are available for stays as short as one month. That’s enough time to examine the historic private art collection at Parkview, the on-site restaurant and tea house, and the huge fitness centre with a three-level gym, outdoor tennis and badminton courts and an enormous oasis pool with a waterfall.