The best area to stay in Hong Kong would be an area that is fun, adventurous, yet safe and luxurious. Having gone in and around Hong Kong, and sampled most of its fare, hotels, and attractions, here are my recommended best places to stay in as well as the best 5 star hotels in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is divided into 18 districts, with each district grouped into 3 main areas: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Kowloon, and the New Territories.
Hong Kong Island comprises the following: Central and Western District, Eastern District, Southern District, and Wan Chai District.
Kowloon and New Kowloon comprises Kowloon City, Kwun Tong District, Sham Shui Po District, Yau Tsim Mong District, and Wong Tai Sin District.
New Territories comprises the following: Islands District, North District, Tai Po District, Kwai Tsing District, Sai Kung District, Tsuen Wan District, Tuen Mun District, Yuen Long District, and Sha Tin District.
Central and Western
Let’s start in the Central and Western District, where the heart and soul of Hong Kong is located. This is the central business district of Hong Kong, where the core urban area of the region can be found. Central District has been Hong Kong’s center of trade and commerce since the mid-19th century, when the British still ruled the region as one of its colonies.
Central and Western is where you’ll find the business people, tourists, and shoppers in general. This is where the high-rise skyscrapers are located, and is also where you will find Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, the Hong Kong International Finance Centre (the financial capital of Hong Kong), Soho (entertainment zone), and Lan Kwai Fong (where you’ll find bars and clubs galore).
Hotels in Central
Located at Pacific Place 88, Queensway, Admiralty, Conrad Hong Kong offers dramatic views of the harbor as well as a dedicated lounge to view the harbor while enjoying an all-day food and drink festival. It has an open air pool area and has more than 500 rooms. It offers one of the city’s finest champagne brunch – one which you don’t want to miss.
You need to book early for reservations, as rooms can get filled up pretty quickly. Room rates don’t cover meals, though (although breakfast might be included), so you’ll have to ask the concierge how the arrangement of your meals will go (or you can just eat out).
Located right at the International Finance Centre, Four Seasons Hotel is the perfect hotel for business travelers doing business in the financial district of Hong Kong. It offers a majestic view of the harbor and of Victoria Peak through walls of glass. With 399 rooms, it boasts of a gorgeous infinity pool hanging above the harbor. Offering 24-hour business center service, Four Seasons Hotel provides timeless luxury, elite service, and great attention to detail. Being the only hotel in the world that can boast of having two Michelin 3-star rated restaurants, Four Season Hotel will sure sate your appetite and desire for fine dining.
Over 50 years operating and still going strong, Mandarin Oriental Hotel is one of the more famous 5 star hotels in Hong Kong. Located on 5 Connaught Road, there’s really not much to say about this hotel than what’s already been written about it. Spacious, luxurious, great service – these are the things that make a hotel’s reputation as flawless as Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. The hotel has both harbor and city views, and has 501 rooms ready for occupancy. There’s not much more to say about Mandarin except to tell you to try it out for yourself.
Looking for the best area to stay in Hong Kong? Look no further. At Causeway Bay, you’ll find some of the best 5 star hotels in Hong Kong as well as the best places to shop. This is the shopping capital of Hong Kong, and this is where you’ll find a maze of malls full of shops, clothing, jewelry, gadgets, and a whole lot more!
At Causeway Bay, you’ll find Sogo, Times Square, World Trade Center, and Hysan Place. You’ll also find here the ever famous Victoria Park, the Hong Kong Central Library, and the tourist attraction Noonday Gun.
Hotels in Causeway Bay
Located at 281 Gloucester Road, The Excelsior is one of the premiere hotels in Hong Kong. Adjacent to Victoria Park, the hotel offers splendid views of the bay. With a whopping 884 rooms available, you can be sure to get a room to stay in any time of the season. Room rates also include breakfasts, so you can be sure to strike that off your list of things to spend on while enjoying your stay in Hong Kong. With a tradition and name to live up to, The Excelsior doesn’t disappoint, mixing high style with elegant harbor living.
Regal Hong Kong Hotel is where luxury and elegance meet. Visitors are treated to a wide selection of gourmet choices as well as a multitude of entertainment options and amenities. A 5 star deluxe hotel, Regal Hong Kong boasts of an award-winning Cantonese restaurant, a first class wine of its own called Regal Wine and Regal Margaux, and 481 guestrooms all of which are appointed in European Baroque style, exquisitely furnished to the highest standards.
Located at 133 Leighton Road, Lanson Place promotes a sense of calm for its guests. Rooms evince an exclusive apartment vibe, having kitchenettes and cleverly-designed living areas. There’s no hotel restaurant, but breakfast buffet and evening cocktails are served in the piano lounge. There’s not a lot of rooms here, just 194 rooms – but enough to house those who would like to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
So what if it’s not as “happening” as some other district? Crowne Plaza Hong Kong is still a business-oriented hotel aimed at the less premium end of the business sector. The hotel overlooks Happy Valley. Some of the places you can visit here include the rooftop bar [email protected], where it comes alive at night. Meals are not included in the room rates, so better plan on looking for other meal options.
Lantau Island is where you’ll find the most visited tourist attraction in Hong Kong – Hong Kong Disneyland. You’ll also find here the Ngong Ping Plateau featuring the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha. If you’re up for a nature trek, then you’ve come to the right place. Half of Lantau consists of national parks including well-known marked trails such as the Lantau Trail. If you’re up for local fare, go to the quaint fishing town of Tai O, where you can sample salted fish and shrimp paste made by the locals.
Hotels in Lantau Island
Although not the center of business activity in Hong Kong, Lantau Island still boasts some of the best 5 star hotels in Hong Kong. There’s nowhere better to find the best area to stay in Hong Kong than here in Lantau Island, where comfort and luxury meet nature.
Looking for a quiet, peaceful stay? Then you’ve come to the right place. Novotel Hong Kong City Gate is out of the way of the hustle and bustle of city life and closer to the beauty of nature. You can ask the concierge to organize one of the many dolphin sightseeing tours offered by the hotel from the nearby pier. For experienced trekkers, there’s a trail leading from the hotel to the Lantau hills. The hotel offers spectacular views of the sea, the hills, and the cable cars going to and from Ngong Ping Plateau.
Located at 88 Sienna Discovery Bay, Auberge Discovery Bay has a 27-hole golf course for the golf enthusiast in you, panoramic views of the sea, sunken bathtubs, and a sprawling pool. The hotel hosts a lot of weddings, thanks in large part to its striking glass chapel and horse-drawn carriage rides. There are a total of 325 rooms, more than enough to house a lot of wedding guests.
If the purpose of your trip is to visit Hong Kong Disneyland primarily, then Disney’s Hollywood Hotel is the best choice for you. It’s near the airport, Discovery Bay restaurants are just minutes away. There’s a Chef Mickey restaurant, a piano-shaped pool, and lots of other attractions targeted at the kids. Sure, the focus is on the kids, but the adults can have fun too, right? The hotel has a cocktail lounge with art-deco styling, and although guest rooms are small, they’re comfortable and just a bit right for a small family. The hotel has 601 rooms available, so there’s a lot of room for friends and families alike.
Tsim Sha Tsui
The museum district of Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui is where you’ll find the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Science Museum, the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, and the Health Education Exhibition and Resource Centre.
Tourists may want to visit the Kowloon Canton Railway Clock Tower, one of the more famous landmarks in Hong Kong. Photography enthusiasts would also enjoy visiting the Avenue of Stars.
Looking for the best hotels to stay in Hong Kong? Have no worries, Tsim Sha Tsui is the hotel capital of Hong Kong. It has the highest concentration of hotels in Hong Kong and includes well-known hotel chains such as The Peninsula, the Sheraton, Marco Polo Hotels, and Kowloon Shangri-La. Truly, Tsim Sha Tsui can be said to be the best area to stay in Hong Kong.
Located in Salisbury Road, The Peninsula has 354 high-ceilinged rooms furnished with chic elegance, and tinged with old-world glamour. Well known for its fleet of Rolls-Royces painted green, The Peninsula never fails to bring the elite out the hotel industry. Guests will enjoy being pampered to the fullest as they stay at one of the oldest and most luxurious hotels in Hong Kong. And if the Rolls-Royces aren’t enough, guests can request private helicopter tours and what the hotel calls “dimsum journeys.”
Located at Nathan Road, Sheraton Hotel can be quite hard to get to, being at the dense and congested southern end of Nathan Road. Be that as it may, Sheraton still provides one of the best experiences in hotel dining and relaxation. Offering panoramic views from the Sky Lounge and Oyster and Wine Bar at the top of the tower, the Sheraton won’t fail to lift your spirits up, especially once you’ve sipped champagne in a bubbling rooftop Jacuzzi. But don’t take my word for it, just try out one of its 782 rooms and see for yourself just how good this hotel can be, certainly enough to be considered as the best area to stay in Hong Kong.
This is the place to be during the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, and its acclaimed annual German Beerfest. Located at Harbour City, Canton Road, Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel is near the shopping hub of the district. Even with over 600 rooms available, accommodations can still get quite full, especially during the said Bierfest and Rugby sporting event. It’s conveniently located near Star Ferry, so those planning to take some cruises may make Marco Polo Hotel their destination. Room rates may or may not include meals so it’s best to inquire with the concierge.
Located at 64 Mody Road Kowloon, Kowloon Shangri-La’s attraction lies in its crystal chandeliers, murals, and fountains that brings you back to the 70’s. Boasting spacious rooms that are decorated in warm colors and outfitted with rich wooden furniture, Kowloon Shangri-La gives you quiet luxury at a fraction of the cost of the much more expensive hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui. But don’t take this affordability as a slight. Kowloon Shangri-La gives every bit of the bang (and more) for your buck.
The staff is warm and hospitable, the hotel has excellent business facilities, and if you like your Chinese food, it has one of the best Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong.
Although it has the reputation as the red light district of Hong Kong, Wan Chai has more to offer than its nightlife splendor. Much of Old Hong Kong can still be experienced in these parts. Wet markets, tiny furniture maker’s shops, and temples are just a few of the things you can find in old Wan Chai.
Of course it has all the traditional hot spots of red light districts – bars, clubs, strip joints, and gambling dens. But fear not, like all of Hong Kong, Wan Chai is relatively safe for travelers and tourists alike.
Hotels in Wan Chai
Although famous for its red light district, Wan Chai has much to offer in terms of hotel and tourist accommodations. 5 star hotels in Hong Kong aren’t as common here, though. But still, I can confidently say it is one of the best areas to stay in Hong Kong.
The Hyatt name is well known in the hotel industry, and the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong continues this long line of excellence and service. Located at 1 Harbour Road, it has direct access to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, making the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong a business-first hotel. But worry not, leisure travelers are still welcome at this place. With more than 500 elegant guest rooms, oversized square bathtubs, and mirror TVs, the Grand Hyatt Hotel offers its guests live jazz performances, sports facilities, a 400-meter jogging track, a driving range, tennis and squash courts, and a chance to eat at the always fully-booked Grand Hyatt Steakhouse. But don’t tarry too long in your decision to make a reservation, rooms are hard to come by and you may be regretting a second later too soon.
As 5 star hotels in Hong Kong go, Renaissance Hong Kong Harbor View is the perfect middle ground for luxury and affordability. Like the Grand Hyatt, Renaissance Hong Kong Harbor View Hotel is located at 1 Harbour Road, and is thus located right at the heart of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre complex. Simple yet elegant, Renaissance provides guests with the usual amenities: an outdoor pool, a driving range, a jogging trail, children’s playground, and a lounge hosting a live jazz band.
And that ends our article on the best 5 star hotels in Hong Kong. Deciding which is the best area to stay in Hong Kong is quite subjective, so I’ll just leave it to you to experience for yourself.
Hong Kong is a small yet vibrant community. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Enjoy your stay or vacation by booking at the best 5 star hotels in Hong Kong. I promise you, you won’t regret it.