Built in the 1920s, the Peninsula, or the Pen, as it’s fondly known, is one of Hong Kong’s most well-regarded institutions. Just mentioning its name evokes a sense of old world grandeur. The palatial lobby, a high-ceilinged chamber designed with soaring, gilded columns, is where the Peninsula’s time-honored and much acclaimed afternoon tea is served.
The hotel owns a fleet of custom Rolls-Royce Phantoms, used to chauffeur guests to and from the airport, as well as a private rooftop helipad for truly VIP clients. From the state-of-the-art interactive tablets equipped in every room, to the indoor pool inspired by classical Roman architecture, to the restaurant’s six fine dining restaurants, every aspect of a stay at the Peninsula is guaranteed to inspire envy.
Located at dizzying heights, between the 102nd and 118th floors of the city’s tallest building, the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong boasts an indoor infinity pool, state-of-the-art fitness and spa facilities, and panoramic views of the city below. The 302 luxurious rooms and suites, which offer some of the most spectacular views of Hong Kong’s harbor, city and mountains, are outfitted with 42-inch LCD TV screens in the bedroom and 17-inch TVs in the bathroom.
Hotel guests enjoy next-door access to establishments such as OZONE, the highest bar in the world, as well as Tin Lung Heen, a Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant offering traditional dim sum as well as lunch and dinner menus.
The flagship hotel of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, the Mandarin is synonymous with sophistication and comfort, offering 434 luxury guest rooms and 67 suites designed in taupe and caramel tones, with warm walnut wall paneling and hints of Chinese lacquer and art for an Oriental touch.
The hotel is famed for its exceptional spa facilities, boasting a two-floor retreat including a tea lounge, indoor swimming pool, Thai Massage room, and a Chinese herbal steam room designed to pamper, relax and restore.
Located on the waterfront of Wan Chai, one of Hong Kong’s busiest commercial districts, the Grand Hyatt is the luxury hotel of choice for corporate executives and well-heeled business travelers. It’s one of Hyatt’s flagship international properties and been known to host luminaries such as Bill Clinton and Chinese president Hu Jintao.
This is the home of the iconic Italian restaurant Grissini, the acclaimed Japanese restaurant Kaetsu and the renowned Cantonese dining room, One Harbour Road. Hotel guests are welcome to dip into the Olympic-size outdoor heated pool, or to take advantage of the hotel’s impressive athletic facilities, including a 24-hour fitness studio, a 400-meter jogging path, two tennis courts and two squash courts.
Named Asia’s Best City Boutique Hotel in 2014, The Pottinger is a sleek, intimate haven for those who want to enjoy a five-star experience but don’t necessarily need extra facilities such as pools and spas. After all, you’re traveling to go out, not stay in, right? Located on the historic Pottinger Street in Central, its location at the heart of the city lays the best of Hong Kong’s shopping, dining and wining spots at your doorstep.
The Pottinger has only 68 rooms and suites, but is home to three restaurants, including the two Michelin-starred Ta Vie, and the hotel’s walls display a number of photographs by the celebrated photographer and filmmaker Fan Ho.
W Hong Kong
Perched above the stylish Elements shopping mall, the W favors a hip vibe geared towards a younger clientele and is famous for its parties, from poolside extravaganzas on the Wet Deck to glamorous fetes at WOOBAR. There are 393 guest rooms, and each ensuite bathroom is equipped with a flatscreen TV.
The pool and jacuzzi are located on the 76th floor. Almost 700 feet above street level, the Wet Deck is the highest outdoor pool in Hong Kong, and comes with a poolside bar that offers an incredible vista of the city below. The gym is staffed by a team of experienced coaches, and there’s also an award-winning spa for all your rejuvenation and detoxifying needs.
Four Seasons Hotel
If your idea of the perfect vacation involves lots and lots of pool time, then the Four Seasons Hong Kong is the getaway for you. This hotel boasts multiple outdoor and indoor pools, including a lap pool, an infinity pool, a whirlpool, and a cold plunge pool, as well as cold and hot jacuzzis. What’s more, the plunge pool and lap pool are equipped with state-of-the-art underwater speakers, while every machine in the fitness centre is outfitted with an individual LCD touch screen and headphones.
The 399 rooms offer wall-to-wall views of the city and harbor. Unlike the more business-oriented hotels, the Four Seasons is remarkably child-friendly and allows young children into its Michelin-starred restaurants and lounges.
The Upper House
Featuring 117 rooms and suites, this friendly and intimate hotel is a tranquil yet lavish retreat. It was designed by acclaimed architect Andre Fu, and each room is filled with natural light, wood tones and natural materials such as wood, glass and limestone.
The rooms are spacious, ranging from 730 square feet for a standard room to almost 2,000 square feet for a penthouse suite. While it lacks some of the opulent amenities of a big chain hotel, The Upper House has a well-equipped gym and offers a range of boutique touches, such as weekend yoga sessions on the lawn, complimentary house bicycles, and original modern artwork on the walls.