Beneath the skyscrapers of Hong Kong’s financial centre sits one of the city’s most captivating neighbourhoods. Traditional junk sailboats cruise below international bank headquarters, busy market stalls sit alongside luxury malls, and swanky SoHo eateries spill over into Lan Kwai Fong’s raucous nightlife. Base your stay in the middle of it all at one of these nine hotels in Central Hong Kong.
The Upper House
The Upper House is centrally located | Courtesy of The Upper House / Hotels.com
This ultra-chic property is one of Hong Kong’s most enviable boutique hotels. Designed by Cambridge-educated local architect André Fu, the Upper House features 117 high-end suites and studios, each with a limestone bathtub and rainfall shower. The fully equipped fitness centre offers free yoga classes on weekends, and the views from Café Gray Deluxe on Level 49 will make your jaw drop.
The Murray scooped up a stack of architectural awards when it opened in 1969, and received a facelift in 2018. Located on Cotton Tree Drive between Hong Kong Park and the Botanical Gardens, the hotel has 336 sophisticated suites, an uber-popular event space on the 25th floor called the Niccolo Room and a glamorous rooftop restaurant.
It’s impossible not to relax at this five-star Hilton Hotel. The Conrad offers serene vistas over Victoria Harbour, elegant marble bathrooms, an outdoor heated pool, a 24-hour fitness centre, and even a menu of pillows. This prestigious property is connected to entertainment and shopping precinct Pacific Place, but there are four classy in-house dining options if you’re tired from exploring all day.
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group now runs more than 30 luxurious properties around the world, but its first and flagship hotel sits in Central Hong Kong. The Mandarin Oriental opened in 1963 and benefitted from a mammoth $150 million makeover in 2005, updating its 501 glamorous suites and adding a three-storey spa – one of Hong Kong’s premier health and wellness retreats.
The Landmark is the sister hotel of the Mandarin Oriental, located just a couple of blocks away on Queen’s Road Central. If anything, this five-star hotel is even more opulent than the original. The 111 suites enjoy the largest average room size of any hotel in Hong Kong; there’s an on-site upscale French restaurant, Amber; and the two-storey Oriental Spa claims to be the best urban spa in Asia.
The streets of Central are brimming with Hong Kong’s most exciting eateries; eight of them are located within the walls of this five-star hotel. On top of the deluxe fitness facilities, spacious suites and 56 storeys of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the harbour, the Island Shangri-La is home to the Michelin-star Summer Palace Cantonese Restaurant.
Hong Kong – and Central in particular – is a place where old meets new, and this luxury hotel captures that blend of heritage and modernity. The Pottinger is built on the city’s first cobbled street, but the ultra-modern facilities are all from the 21st century. The four dining options – Michelin-star Ta Vie, cocktail bar The Envoy, dessert shop Venchi and modern Italian eatery Gradini – are another big plus.
Huge murals of Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin welcome guests to this colourful five-star hotel in Central’s SoHo district. The Madera Hollywood’s 38 one-bedroom suites are designed to evoke the golden age of cinema, bringing the bold colours and vintage furniture of Hollywood Regency to Hong Kong’s financial centre.
This boutique hotel is one of the best value places to stay in Central, offering top-drawer facilities without the eye-watering price tag of many of its five-star neighbours. The Butterfly on Wellington features 80 bright and cheery rooms close to the designer boutiques of the International Finance Centre as well as the food and drink scenes in SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong.