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Originally published by Amanda Sheppard. Last updated by Nicole Hurip.
We all want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the workweek, but sometimes, it’s just not possible to get out of town. Fear not! We’ve rounded up the best hotels in Hong Kong, where you can kick back on a luxurious staycation, as well as cool off after a long day in a pool.
The latest addition to the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront stands 65 storeys high, adding to an already vibrant skyline. Rosewood Hong Kong—the resort group’s flagship property—occupies 43 floors of the new skyscraper on Victoria Dockside. It boasts 91 lavish suites and 322 spacious rooms, most of which offer a stunning view of the harbourfront. Guests in the hotel’s suites can benefit from personal butler service, as well as access to the exclusive Manor Club lounge, offering food, drink, and a dedicated games room. And the best part? Rosewood’s 25-metre-long outdoor infinity pool allows guests to do their laps with our gorgeous Victoria Harbour as the backdrop.
Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3891 8888
Strictly speaking, K11 Artus is not a hotel; these ultra-luxurious long- and short-stay residences sit on the edge of the harbour on the Kowloon side, next to Hong Kong’s newest lifestyle destination, K11 MUSEA. However, art and design seep through the very floorboards, making for an artisanal living experience that is unlike your usual short-term stay. With 287 residences, plus three penthouses each conceived by a different designer, K11 Artus is sure to appeal to those with an aesthetic eye. For us, the outdoor infinity pool is the cherry on top, perfect for a good tanning session or an impromptu photoshoot over a long weekend.
K11 Artus, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2107 3388
Designed by architectural firm Aedas, the urban resort hosts 471 rooms, four bars and restaurants, and a 1,200-square-metre ballroom and events space. The best part is a large outdoor lagoon and swimming pool, all housed in a peaceful location that lies just a few minutes away from the bustling city centre. In keeping with its nautical neighbour, the hotel lobby features a dazzling 16-metre tall aquarium, and guests can benefit from exclusive deals and privileges when visiting Ocean Park, including seasonal specials.
Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel, 180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang | (+852) 3555 1688
After making waves in Washington with the opening of the ‘Anti-Trump Hotel,’ Eaton opened its doors in Hong Kong’s Jordan district in late 2018. The property boasts all the comforts you would come to expect from a luxury hotel: We just love the rooftop pool and juice bar, as well as the rooms furnished with hardwood interiors and all-natural bath products. Part hotel, part co-working space, and part art gallery, Eaton adopts a concept that distinguishes itself from most Hong Kong hotels, focusing on its core tenets of sustainability and social activism—trading in the conventional hotel opening for a Human/Progress Festival, and lining its walls with socially-conscious artwork, and its shelves with banned LGBT books.
Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan | (+852) 2782 1818
Taking pride of place in Hong Kong’s burgeoning new city centre alternative, Hyatt Centric boasts panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, from every room. The 665-guestroom hotel has been designed for millennial-minded, tech-savvy guests—the gym is equipped with two VR flying machines for an alternative workout! Rooms also feature glass headboards etched with artistic maps of the local neighbourhood, while one of the hotel’s crowning features is its rooftop swimming pool, jet pool, and adjoining restaurant. What better place to enjoy a poolside cocktail while watching Hong Kong’s gorgeous sunset?
Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point | (+852) 3762 1234
The St Regis Hong Kong is quickly establishing itself as a timelessly elegant retreat for tourists and foodies alike. The 129-guestroom property is located next to the Convention Centre in Wan Chai and boasts interiors designed by acclaimed local designer Andre Fu. Two restaurants, Rùn (Chinese cuisine) and L’Envol (French cuisine)—both led by Michelin-starred chefs—and a 12,000-square-foot events space of its own make this old New York-inspired hotel the perfect place for entertaining. Guests will also benefit from the hotel’s butler and ‘e-butler’ service, available to all guests. The Verandah Pool and Bar is modest but makes for a perfect spot to grab a drink and catch some rays.
The St Regis Hong Kong, 26 Harbour Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2138 6888
A mainstay in the luxury hotels scene, Four Seasons is located in the heart of the city, combining gastronomy, wellness, and indulgence under one roof. The three restaurants within the hotel—Lung King Heen, Caprice, and Sushi Saito—boasts eight Michelin stars combined. For those looking to disconnect, the in-house spa combines Chinese and Western healing philosophies for a holistic experience. Take a dip in their infinity pool overlooking the Hong Kong skyline, or take it up a notch and fit in a workout at the lap pool, to the beat of music from the underwater speakers.
Four Seasons, 8 Finance Street, Central | (+852) 3196 8230
Intimate boutique hotel The Pier is located in tranquil Pak Sha Wan, where you can really slow down and indulge in some self-care. Shuttle buses run seamlessly between Hang Hau MTR station to The Pier, keeping it convenient despite its faraway location. 40 state-of-the-art rooms and suites allow guests to bask in tropical forest and ocean views, and are just a stone’s throw away from secret beaches and charming seafood restaurants. The Pier is also the perfect place to reconnect with family and friends, with very accommodating staff to help you celebrate the most special occasions. Just want to relax? Swim to the edge of the terrace pool and watch the yachts at Hebe Haven Yacht Club sway with the waves.
The Pier, 9 Pak Sha Wan Street, Sai Kung | (+852) 2912 6777
Support local university students by staying at the stylish Hotel ICON! Managed by the students of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, you can expect top-notch service in gorgeous modern surroundings. Hotel ICON has 262 guestrooms, 97 of which grant exclusive access to the Above & Beyond lounge on the top floor. Moreover, the breakfast buffet at their restaurant The Market was voted the best breakfast buffet in Hong Kong for eight consecutive years and their in-house spa is run by the experts from Banyan Tree. We love their outdoor heated pool, a truly scenic hideaway in the middle of chaotic Tsim Sha Tsui. Plus, the minibar is free!
Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3400 1000
Designed to mimic the look and feel of an enchanted forest, W Hong Kong is an urban sanctuary with unparalleled service. There are 351 rooms and 42 suites, plus a fabulous outdoor pool that hosts pool parties every summer. The pool is the highest outdoor pool in Hong Kong, towering 211 meters over the Victoria Harbour. Convenience is also a major selling point—the hotel is just minutes away from Kowloon MTR station and Elements mall.
W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3717 2222