A breathtaking skyline, rich culture and world famous culinary scene are all hallmarks of what is one of Asia’s most exciting cities. From its neighborhoods of skyscrapers and neon lights to its verdant mountains and miles of beaches, this is a city you could spend a lifetime exploring. As a major international destination, it’s little wonder Hong Kong has such an impressive hotel scene, with properties spanning opulent grand dames and design hotels. But staying in Hong Kong doesn’t have to mean booking a hotel— you can also check in to one of the city’s serviced apartments or even stay on a luxury houseboat along Victoria Harbour.
With this 1928-built hotel’s position overlooking Victoria Harbour, a stay at the elegant Peninsula Hong Kong places you within a short walk of the Avenue of Stars waterfront promenade, the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre and Tsim Sha Tsui’s restaurants, shops and nightlife. The hotel attracts travelers for its storied past, having hosted guests like Charlie Chaplin and featured in a series of movies, as well as for its high level of luxury.
The Pen’s restaurants offer modern European, French, Cantonese and Swiss cuisine, the interior design of Philippe Starck and views of the harbor; wellness facilities include a panoramic indoor pool and expansive spa; and experiences include yacht excursions, helicopter flights and gourmet classes, as well as Peninsula’s famous Rolls-Royce transfers.
The Upper House in Admiralty is recognized for being one of the city’s most cutting-edge and stylishly designed places to stay. This was the first hotel project for acclaimed designer, Andre Fu, and it has impressive eco-credentials; in-room body motion sensors save on electricity, the booking process is entirely paperless and the restaurant favors organic seasonal ingredients. The hotel is in fact named for its design concept, which is to provide an ‘upward journey’ through Pacific Place to a serene space integrating natural materials and playful light. The studios, suites and two penthouses all come with a contemporary understated luxury aesthetic, far-reaching views and spa-inspired bathrooms. While you’re here, dine on the cuisine of chef Gray Kunz at Café Gray Deluxe and relax in the sixth-floor outdoor garden, The Lawn.
This is a hotel that has legendary status in the city. As the first and flagship Mandarin Oriental hotel, it’s built a reputation for its opulence, high level of service and Michelin-starred cuisine. As a result, it’s been at the center of Hong Kong’s social scene. Guests can spend time in the award-winning Mandarin Spa, swim laps in the indoor pool and dine at internationally renowned restaurants including Cantonese dining spot Man Wah, French fine dining restaurant Pierre and Terence Conran-designed dining room, The Grill. Cocktails and tapas are served with spectacular views at M Bar. Rooms and suites exhibit classic opulence with marble bathrooms, artworks and increasingly impressive views the higher up the building you are.
For more independence and unrivaled space and privacy, it can be worth booking a serviced apartment for your stay. These luxury apartments occupy the 50th to 70th floors of a sleek high-rise with views over Victoria Harbour and the Kowloon Peninsula. The apartments here have everything you need, including a kitchen, but that doesn’t mean missing out on hotel facilities. Relax in the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi on the 76th floor, work out and unwind at the health club and have a change of scenery by spending some time in the 50th floor lounge. You can order in-room dining around the clock and guest liaison specialists offer advice on exploring the city.
Eaton Residences are another option for serviced apartments. The Wan Chai Gap Road residences are a short walk to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and Hong Kong Stadium, making them ideal for anyone visiting for an event at these venues. The apartments here are simple and modern in design with additional facilities including a private gym and public terrace. A concierge service is on hand to provide assistance and local tips. The apartments may not be as lavish as some of the city’s top hotels, but it’s just right for those who need a convenient base in the area.
There are plenty of unique accommodation properties in Hong Kong but few are as novel as a luxury houseboat. This boat is moored near the waterfront of Soho East with accommodation for up to eight people and three floors of living space. Three cabins are joined by two bathrooms, each with showers, and a fully equipped kitchen. Perhaps most appealingly, the boat also has a rooftop deck with a barbecue grill and a lounge and dining area. Affording you your own quiet spot on the water, this accommodation shows you a different side to the city.
Another houseboat option is over at Aberdeen Marina with views of the mountains of Hong Kong Island. This stylishly furnished boat has three bedrooms, sleeping up to five guests, and two bathrooms across its three floors. Ample living space then includes a generous living room with open kitchen, and three terraces including a rooftop deck for lounging and dining. From here, you can reach Central, Causeway Bay and Wan Chai in around 15 minutes.