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Tired of run-of-the-mill hotel chains? Then consider one of Hong Kong’s best boutique hotels for a stay in a Hollywood-inspired hideout or a retreat styled on the famous Star Ferry. Here’s our pick of where to stay in the Fragrant Harbour, bookable on Culture Trip.
Opened in 1881, Hullett House was once the Marine Police Headquarters. Now, it envelops you in old Hong Kong charm; a welcome break from the onslaught of ultra-modern skyscrapers that otherwise dominate the city. It features 10 individually themed suites, all generously sized with high ceilings, wooden floors and enormous balconies. Wake up here and you’ll feel like royalty as you enjoy breakfast on the veranda and look over the beautiful grounds. The hotel has several in-house dining options and has a prime location in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui surrounded by restaurants, shopping malls and attractions.
In the heart of the chic and historically rich Wan Chai neighbourhood, Hotel Indigo is on the doorstep of many of the best shops, markets, restaurants, bars and nightspots on Hong Kong Island. A standout feature is the glass-bottomed infinity pool located on the 29th floor; a generous portion hanging over the edge of the building allows you to look down on the streets below. It makes great social feed fodder if someone takes a photo of you from ground level.
If you’re looking to explore the city, you can’t do much better than the often-overlooked Bauhinia Hotel in Central. It’s located right where the eclectic Sheung Wan neighbourhood meets Central, convenient for transport with the MTR station around the corner, plus a neighbouring taxi stand and tram station. The Shun Tak Centre, with ferries to Macau, is across the road. And with 42 generously sized guest rooms plus free broadband wifi, it’s very reasonably priced.
Your in-room minibar here is free and replenished every day – enjoy the stock with the sweeping Victoria Harbour views from your luxurious room. The hotel is conveniently located in the harbourside Tsim Sha Tsui East entertainment district surrounded by the trendiest restaurants and bars in town. Operated in association with a hospitality training school, you get exceedingly good value for money, too.
Situated in the first historic stone-slab street in the city, the Pottinger is designed to reflect the local east-meets-west heritage with 68 luxury guest rooms embracing the charm of old Hong Kong with a modern twist. The hotel is also steps from restaurants, shops and speciality street stalls, plus the premier nightlife and party scene in Hong Kong.
Hotel Stage in the vibrant Jordan neighbourhood shines the spotlight on local character and culture. The hotel has an in-house art initiative and gallery space that showcases works by local artists with a commitment to fostering a sense of culture and community. The guest rooms are designed with minimalist interiors and are equipped with state-of-the-art tech. The hotel is also in easy reach of several prominent Kowloon landmarks and attractions including Tin Hau Temple and the popular Temple Street Night Market.
With an all-glass exterior, 99 Bonham is ultra sleek from the outside and equally so inside. This all-suite hotel features 84 spacious, stylishly minimalist rooms with luxury bathrooms and fantastic views. Some feature a small kitchenette, too. Located in the heart of Sheung Wan, it’s one of the most fascinating neighbourhoods to explore – brimming with some of the best restaurants, cafes, bars, antique stores and historic sights the city has to offer. Popular nightlife spots, including Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo, are just a short walk away. The MTR subway station is also around the corner, providing easy access to Central and the rest of Hong Kong.
Siobhan Warwicker contributed additional reporting to this article.