The Best Hotels to Book on Hong Kong Island

Peak Walk and Victoria Peak Garden show breathtaking views of the city
Peak Walk and Victoria Peak Garden show breathtaking views of the city | © idp hong kong collection / Alamy
Matthew Keegan

Hong Kong Island is the world’s most-visited city, and every leading hotel brand wants a signature property in the very heart of it. These hotels in Hong Kong Island the bar for hospitality in Asia’s World City.

1. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

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A traditional stylish bar area at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong with velvet seats
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Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is where the story of this luxury hotel chain started. Opened in 1963, this flagship property in the heart of the city’s Central district was their first and still sets the bar for hospitality today. Its 501 rooms and suites define the best of oriental luxury. Location wise, you can’t do much better. You’re surrounded by the best restaurants, shops and nightlife that the city has to offer, along with great access to local transport links – the MTR is around the corner – and the iconic Star Ferry is within walking distance. All you need is on your doorstep and when it’s time to relax, what better way to unwind than at the award-winning Mandarin Spa.

2. Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

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The patterned foyer area with large marble beam at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
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Situated right on the waterfront in Central, the Four Seasons Hong Kong offers five-star luxury in a five-star location. You’ve got spacious rooms with unbeatable views of the Victoria Harbour; food courtesy of not one, but two three-Michelin-star restaurants; and four pools including a plunge pool, whirlpool, lap pool and an infinity pool on the sixth-floor roof deck that is so fancy it even plays music underwater as you swim. Then, there’s the huge IFC Shopping Mall next door and excellent transport links to access the rest of Hong Kong. Basically, whatever your needs, they’re already one step ahead.

3. The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel

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The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel
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If you want to be close to the most vibrant part of the city, you couldn’t be more conveniently located than at Park Lane. It’s in the heart of Causeway Bay with all the best restaurants, bars, shops and attractions close by. Meanwhile, it’s also situated directly opposite Victoria Park (the biggest park on Hong Kong Island), which is handy for when you want a little respite from the concrete jungle. Enjoy sweeping harbour views from the 27th-floor Skye restaurant and rooftop bar, The Deck.

5. EAST Hong Kong

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Whether you’re visiting on business or leisure, EAST Hong Kong has you covered. Located on the eastern part of the island, it’s on the doorstep of major business district Taikoo Shing, as well as major entertainment and shopping attractions like Cityplaza. Rooms are beautifully designed, spacious and with floor-to-ceiling glass that allows for beautiful views. Do visit the hotel’s rooftop bar, Sugar, one of the largest rooftop decks in the city; it’s the perfect spot to sit back and chill over a few sundowners and enjoy stunning sunsets. EAST Hong Kong is located less than 20 minutes from Central and Causeway Bay and is well served by both taxis and public transportation, such as the MTR and buses.

6. JW Marriott Hong Kong

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Two single beds in room at JW Marriott Hong Kong with clean white linen and large windows overlooking river and skyscrapers
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JW Marriott is located in the heart of Hong Kong Island with all major attractions within easy reach. Rooms here are spacious and offer stunning views of the Peak, Victoria Harbour or the cityscape. It also conveniently offers direct access to Pacific Place (shopping mall) and the MTR. The hotel’s Bar Q88 is a great spot for enjoying some live music over a drink or two with friends. The buffet at The Lounge is one of the most popular in the city, particularly due to its delicious noodle bar.

7. Island Shangri-La Hong Kong

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Island Shangri-La’s prime location in Admiralty puts you right where you need to be to make the most of all that Hong Kong’s Central district has to offer. Directly linked to Pacific Place shopping mall and the Admiralty MTR Station, the Island Shangri-La Hong Kong is a short walk away from Hong Kong Park, the Peak Tram Station and the city’s most popular nightlife districts, SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong. All rooms are comfortably appointed and command magnificent views of the city, the Peak or the world-famous Victoria Harbour. The hotel is home to its own Michelin-star Chinese restaurant as well as seven other dining options. Lobster Bar and Grill is a great place to relax and listen to live music in the evening.

8. The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel

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Recently opened in 2018, The Murray breathes new life into a landmark property – formerly a government office building, it has now been converted into a 25-storey hotel, boasting 336 guest rooms and suites. The result is an elegant business-focused hotel with a chic, modern luxury interior with all the latest mod cons, free high-speed WiFi, smart TVs and coffee pod machines. There is also a 24-hour gym, day spa and indoor swimming pool. Located in the heart of Central, you have easy access to the business district, while the neighbouring Hong Kong Park and Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens offer an oasis of calm in the city. The hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar, Popinjays, serves up magnificent city views and has become one of the most popular places in town to relax over a tipple or two as you watch the sun go down.

9. Conrad Hong Kong

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Double bedroom at Conrad Hong Kong with large windows overlooking the river and city at night
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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 pillow menu to choose from. This prestigious property is connected to entertainment and shopping precinct Pacific Place but there are four classy in-house dining options to choose from if you don’t feel like exploring the neighbourhood.

10. Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

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Modern room interior at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, with a dining table, living room with large TV and floor-to-ceiling, room-width windows overlooking the city
Courtesy of Grand Hyatt Hong Kong / Expedia

If you’re looking for five-star luxury in Wan Chai, then the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong should be your first port of call. Book a stay in one of the 542 suites perched high above Victoria Harbour and then, enjoy the Plateau Spa, 24-hour fitness club, Grand Club lounge or one of the nine top-notch dining options. The Olympic-size heated outdoor pool on the 11th floor looks over the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Star Ferry Pier and the lofty Central skyline.

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