InterContinental Hong Kong
To experience true decadence during your trip to Hong Kong, be sure to stay in the InterContinental Hotel. Featuring Asia’s most spectacular Presidential Suite; their suite is the largest in Hong Kong with 7,000 square feet of room space and a 2,500 square foot terrace boasting an infinity pool overlooking Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong Island. The Presidential Suite costs almost $14,000 per night and was listed as one of the most expensive hotel suites in the world by CNN Travel in 2012. For a cheaper option, the CEO Suite and Terrace Suite both contain large outdoor terraces and Jacuzzis overlooking Victoria Harbor. It’s not just the views which are the biggest draw to this hotel, the Asia Pacific flagship for InterContinental Hotels Group is renowned for its world-class restaurants. SPOON by Alain Ducasse, Michelin Starred Yan Toh Heen Restaurant, and NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong offer some of the best dining options in the city.
The Peninsula Hong Kong
Another flagship, The Peninsula is the star property of The Peninsula Hotels group. Opened in 1928, a visit here offers a classical and traditional taste of Hong Kong’s hospitality. It is famed for its attention to impeccable detail and its large fleet of Rolls-Royce cars painted the distinctive ‘Peninsula green’. Founded by members of the Kadoorie family, The Peninsula was built with the idea that it would be ‘the finest hotel east of Suez’. Along with this service, guests can also participate in a spectacular cultural adventure with a helicopter tour to view the breath-taking UNESCO Hong Kong Geopark from the sky.
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
If fine-dining is what you seek on your travels, then be sure to check into the Four Seasons Hong Kong during your stay. Those in search of the finest foods may never need to leave the hotel. The restaurant facilities include two three-Michelin-starred restaurants: French restaurant Caprice, and the Cantonese restaurant Lung King — the only Chinese restaurant with three stars and creator of the award-winning XO sauce. Contemporary room décor continues the Chinese theme with wood paneled walls and marble-floored entry foyers. For an even more authentic experience, guests can choose from rooms that feature original Chinese sculptures and ink paintings.
Described as a ‘perfectly located landmark’ the Mandarin Oriental is a short walk from the Star Ferry Pier and blends the best of East and West under one roof. Having reopened in 2006 after a comprehensive $150 million renovation, it is now decorated in the finest exquisite materials, handcrafted finishes and features the very latest in guest-orientated technology. Every room boasts a view of Victoria Harbor and the surrounding cityscape. For the ultimate view, head up to the rooftop M Bar which serves cocktails, Cantonese tapas and boasts the best views in the house. The top-floor restaurant belongs to the three-Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire and offers many imaginative dishes based on classic French cuisine with a modern twist. For communal dining and no menu at all, head to the Krug Room, where the chef creates dinner each evening according to his own inspiration, and waiters draw from the largest collection of Krug champagnes outside France. The three-story spa also offers treatments influenced by traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic principles.
Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island
Located in the historic and diverse neighborhood of Wan Chai, Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island is set within the midst of the bustling markets, bars and restaurants of this chaotic district. Situated along the original coastline on Queen’s Road East back in 1841, there are a vast number of historical buildings surrounding the area: Hung Shing Temple, Nam Koo Terrace, Blue House Cluster among others. Tours which explore Wan Chai’s history in more depth are available through the hotel. The hotel’s individually designed rooms capture the history of the neighborhood through the unique design and artwork that adorns each space. From Vitra-style modernism with wall murals and shimmering mosaics, the hotel attracts the younger (or young at heart) traveler. The rooftop pool is the highlight of Hotel Indigo; cantilevered out over the edge of the 29 story building it makes for a more exciting swim than usual. When the pool lights up at night, the water reflections can be seen shimmering all the way down in the streets of the Wan Chai neighbourhood below.
W Hong Kong
Lovers of nature should book a room at the W Hong Kong during their stay within the city. Inspired by all things natural, the chic W Hong Kong showcases exceptional décor and architecture from some of the world’s top designers. An idyllic cultural haven, the hotel sits beside the Victoria Harbor and contains elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water — woven throughout every detail of the property. Should you need to escape this natural haven, its location just above Kowloon MTR Station means that the hotel is directly connected to the luxurious Elements Shopping Mall. It is also only a mere eight-minute drive to the trendy restaurants and bars of Soho and Lan Kwai Fong.
A stay at The Langham offers one of the best locations for exploring all that Hong Kong has to offer. Situated in the heart of vibrant Tsim Shau Tsui, it is only a few minutes walk from the Star Ferry and Victoria Harbor. Boasting a great location in an ‘old’ part of the city, the hotel itself dates back to 1865. Located minutes away from the MTR underground, it is extremely close to an array of shops and restaurants along with easy access to the Museum of Art and the Space Museum. However, you need not leave The Langham for a taste of artistic creativity — the hotel contains over 1700 Chinese artworks. After a busy day enjoying all the surrounding area has to offer, indulge in a renowned Langham Afternoon tea whilst the sounds of live jazz soothes your ears. An elegant and refined hotel, its reputation precedes it throughout the world.
The Upper House
Architect Andre Fu transformed a 1980s apartment block in the Admiralty district into a spacious and stylish abode — a strong rival for its Beijing sister property, The Opposite House. The smallest studios at Fu’s Upper House hotel start at a remarkable 730 square feet. All 117 rooms, including twenty-one suites and two penthouses, feature jaw-dropping skyline views from every angle. If you’re not enjoying time on the roof garden, you can dine at Café Gray Deluxe — a gourmet restaurant directed by renowned chef Gray Kunz, who showcases the best of exquisite ‘everyday’ cuisine. Each dish is concocted with local, organic produce, creating a delicious fusion of flavors which guests can experience every day during their stay at The Upper House. An exclusive private dining room is also offered within the eatery — a secret space for up to twelve guests to dine whilst overlooking the beautiful Victoria Harbor.
The Mira Hong Kong
The Mira Hong Kong has been the subject of huge acclaim since its opening. Functional furnishings and innovative design decorate the rooms, including Arne Jacobson’s modernist Egg chair. The hotel overlooks the orchid-scented Kowloon Park in Central Tsim Sha Tsui, one of Hong Kong’s best boutique-lined shopping districts. Designed by Colin Cowie, the landscape and theme of the hotel changes from floor to floor, but the service remains constant. This fusion of themes is even evident in the dining — the WHISK restaurant offers up the best in modern-French gastronomy but with a distinctive Asian influence.
For the creative traveler, Hotel ICON is the only place to stay in Hong Kong. The hotel represents the combined efforts of Hong Kong’s most creative talents — including Terence Conran, Patrick Blanc, Rocco Yim, William Lim, Tommy Li, Barney Cheng and Freeman Lau. Their designs can be seen from the vertical garden wall, soaring wood and glass helical staircase, terrace pool and Angsana Spa, along with more traditional exhibits. The building stands as a testament to design innovation, and this luxury Hong Kong hotel features work from both acclaimed international and local talents. Recent displays include the work produced by the students from To Hotel ICON. The presence of many different cultures makes Hong Kong the most unique city, and this is something that the hotel tries to demonstrate to every one of their guests.