Looking for a room with a view? Then book a bed in the world’s highest hotel. Occupying floors 102-118 of the West Kowloon district’s International Commerce Centre, The Ritz-Carlton provides panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, almost 500 metres (1,600 feet) below. The facilities in the 312 rooms are also five-star – reserve the Presidential Suite at the very top for the loftiest vista, a private spa and whirlpool, a personal butler and airport transfers in a Rolls-Royce.
Not many hotels can boast four Michelin stars under one roof like the Hong Kong Four Seasons can. This five-star Central property is home to four restaurants and two bars, including Lung King Heen, the first Chinese restaurant in the world to earn three Michelin stars. The 399 rooms enjoy views either of the harbour or the peak on Hong Kong Island, as well as access to a bevvy of pools – there’s a lap pool, plunge pool, whirlpool and even an infinity pool with underwater music.
This five-star hotel lays claim to the best urban spa in Asia, and it’s hard to disagree. The Oriental Spa takes up two floors of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, giving guests a state-of-the-art fitness centre, an indoor heated swimming pool, and pilates and yoga studios. The Landmark’s 111 suites also enjoy the largest average room size of any hotel in Hong Kong, plus there’s another five-star Mandarin Oriental property situated just a couple of blocks away on Connaught Road.
Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui with a rooftop pool overlooking Victoria Harbour, Hotel ICON offers a stylish stay in Hong Kong’s most exciting neighbourhood. The 262 rooms are bright and comfy, the lobby’s vertical garden is enormous and the cheery second-floor restaurant is styled after the city’s iconic street food markets. The prices are more reasonable than most other 4.5-star properties in town and your booking will help the local hospitality industry – ICON is owned by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and is used to train budding hotel operators.
This 25-storey Modernist tower was a government building when it was built in the 1960s before a US $1 billion facelift converted this Hong Kong landmark into yet another five-star hotel in the Central skyline. Sitting on Cotton Tree Drive between Hong Kong Park and the Botanical Gardens, The Murray is made up of 336 elegant rooms loaded with historic character as well as modern facilities.
If you see a Rolls-Royce painted “Peninsula green” cruising the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, then it’s heading to the legendary Grande Dame of the Far East. First opened in 1928, The Peninsula has forged a formidable reputation over the past 90 years for its 300 opulent suites, seven avant-garde restaurants, various wellness offerings and, of course, the huge fleet of luxury vehicles.
This five-star property is as luxurious as it is massive. Featuring a mammoth 542 rooms across 46 floors, the Grand Hyatt contains nine first-class dining options, a full-service spa, a 24-hour fitness club and even a garden with a running track. Oh, and then there’s the pièce de résistance: an Olympic-size heated outdoor pool on the 11th floor, overlooking the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Star Ferry Pier.
Much like Hong Kong itself, this five-star hotel perfectly fuses British refinement and Chinese grandeur. The original Langham opened in London in 1865 and eventually brought that Victorian-era elegance to Tsim Sha Tsui in 2003, creating 498 stylish rooms, the generous Chuan Body + Soul wellness sanctuary, plus four classy restaurants, including the three-Michelin-star T’ang Court.
Working-class Jordan isn’t brimming with as many luxury hotels as Central or nearby Tsim Sha Tsui, which makes this boutique four-star offering a standout in the area. Hotel Stage is one of the trendiest places to stay in the entire city, with 97 minimal rooms, modern restaurant Kitchen Savvy and avant-garde design store Muse With Us.
This glamorous five-star hotel really makes the most of its location on Kowloon’s glittering waterfront, with a leafy al fresco terrace and an infinity pool perched above the bay. The majority of the 546 guest rooms boast harbour views, the fully equipped Kerry Sports Base Camp fitness centre is open 24 hours and the three restaurants and two bars all have outdoor areas to capitalise on the sweeping water views.