Hong Kong has a dynamism, excitement, and energy all its own. While you may only be stopping overnight en route to another destination (especially if you're flying Cathay Pacific) it would be a shame to miss the cuisine, which is legendary–from classical Cantonese delights and some of the best dim sum in the world, to fine French cuisine, top-notch sushi, and many other international and regional Chinese choices. Check out our Foodie's Guide to Hong Kong for specific recommendations!
Wherever you turn, there always seems to be a hidden gem to try. But where should you stay while exploring all Hong Kong has to offer? We think such a busy metropolis calls for some first rate pampering in one of Hong Kong‘s best 5-star hotels–here are our top picks:
Even standard rooms at the Four Seasons Hong Kong are some of Hong Kong‘s most spacious, at 484 square feet, with signature Four Seasons beds, deep soaking tubs, and in-room Nespresso machines. We especially love the incredible harbor views from the hotel's heated outdoor infinity and lap pools and jacuzzi. And while it would be inexcusable not to go out and sample all the great food Hong Kong has to offer, for special occasion Cantonese cuisine or incredible dim sum lunch, don't miss Lung King Heen, awarded 3 Michelin Stars. For complete relaxation, look no further than the Spa, arguably Hong Kong‘s best.
If you love boutique hotels with modern, minimalist design or if you put a premium on spacious rooms (a rare commodity in Hong Kong), look no further than The Upper House. Its 117 rooms and suites start at an enormous 730 square feet–the very largest in HongKong–and feature bathrooms larger than many Hong Kong hotel rooms. Enjoy soaking in the stand-alone tub, with a view out the unique corner windows. Guests also rave about the REN natural bath products, evening cookies and milk, complimentary mini bar, and easy access to Cafe Gray on the 49th floor, a perfect place for an intimate date night dinner of creative international Asian inflected fare, or for a leisurely gourmet breakfast of truffled eggs, Dutch Blueberry Pancake, or dim sum.
Just a stone's throw away from the Four Seasons, the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong‘s harbour view rooms and suites offer a spectacular view of the nightly light show. Recently refurbished rooms offer every comfort, from ultra comfortable beds to an oversized soaking tub and separate shower to Hermes bath amenities. Most impressive is the consistently near flawless service, from remembering your food and drink preferences by the second day to anticipating requests you haven't yet articulated. Don't miss the a drink in M Bar, with its stunning views; copius buffet breakfast in the Clipper Lounge; fine French pastries at the Mandarin Cake Shop; or the relaxing and fragrant Steam Room in the Spa.
If you can't wait to visit the lively Ladies' Market in Mongkok, stay in Langham Place Hong Kong. It's right in the heart of Kowloon and there's even a tour of the night market. When you've had your fill of the market bustle and shopping, retreat to an orban oasis that includes a heated rooftop swimming pool with stunning views and underwater music, complete with cabanas and poolside cocktails. Chuan Spa offers a full array of massages, facials and body treatments, as well as hydrotherapy and a luxurious infinity bath. Perhaps best of all, Langham Place is a much more affordable Hong Kong luxury hotel choice, at about half the price of the Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental depending on date.
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