Hotel Finds: Hong Kong

Hong Kong has had a long tradition of fine hotels with quality service. For years, the city’s business-friendly environment and position, as a gateway to Asia, have produced a wealth of outstanding hotels with a wide range of options and choices.


1-5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay

Unique style of the J Plus Boutique Hotel Lobby

Trend-setting designer, Philippe Starck

J Plus Boutique Hotel: Bar

One of Hong Kong's most acclaimed hotels, JIA Hong Kong, is re-launching as the J Plus Boutique Hotel. The trendsetting property is significant for a variety of reasons. Especially noteworthy is that über-designer Philippe Starck made his Asia debut at the hotel. Starck's forte is hotel design -- of course -- from New York's Royalton and Hudson to Miami's Delano. Recently, however, he added Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko's $300 million yacht to his résumé along with the new Voxan motorcycle. But the J Plus Hotel is one of the finer examples of Stark's signature style.

Dreamy, generously-sized rooms at the J Plus Boutique Hotel

The Drawing Room, Chef Roland Schuller's award-winning Italian restaurant

"The property retains the sophistication, cutting-edge design and sleek service for which it is renowned," states Vivan Chau, General Manager. In addition to chic layout, the hotel also specializes in generously-sized rooms. Studios of 380 square feet and one-bedroom suits of 780 square feet provide welcome refuge from Hong Kong's bustling streets. Fully-equipped kitchens and ultra-sleek bathrooms with luxury toiletries are standard, as are flat screen TVs and surround sound. The top floor of the property has a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Chef Roland Schuller manages the hotel's award-winning Italian restaurant - The Drawing Room. The restaurant has been a Hong Kong destination since it opened in 2009 and continues to deliver outstanding cuisine. This year, the property was voted by Trip Advisor readers as one of the trendiest hotels in Hong Kong.


18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Unparalleled views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island at the InterContinental

Comfortable, contemporary rooms have sunken tubs and Jacuzzis.

Unparalleled, jaw-dropping views of the entire coast of Hong Kong Island are one of the big draws at the InterContientnal, rated one of the top hotels in Asia. A drink in the hotel's lobby bar is a must for new visitors to Hong Kong. Dinner might be another item to consider, given that the restaurants include Alain Ducasse's Spoon and Nobu Matsuhisa's distinguished Asian plates.

Daytime view of the harbour

Internationally acclaimed Nobu Matsuhisa's restaurant

Comfortable, contemporary rooms provide deep-sunken tubs, while corner suites enjoy outdoor terraces with their own Jacuzzis. Standard items include refrigerators and DVD players. A pool, gym and spa are also available to guests


Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

The Peninsula, one of Hong Kong's most legendary hotels, and its fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms

One of the oldest and most historical of Hong Kong’s hotels, The Peninsula was built in 1928. At the time the hotel opened, Hong Kong was the last stop on the trans-Siberian rail link that brought travelers from Europe. The hotel was perfectly situated to take advantage of the growing number of wealthy visitors to the area. Both the Peninsula and Hong Kong thrived for a number of years.

British colonial officials surrendering to the Japanese in 1941 at The Peninsula.

Then, World War II brought devastation. On Christmas Day,1941, British colonial officials surrendered the city to the invading Japanese armies on the third floor of The Peninsula. After the war, the hotel was restored to it’s original owners, the Kadoorie family. Sir Michael Kadoorie continues to head up the management group for the property.

In addition to its storied past, The Peninsula is famous for its fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms, painted in the hotel’s signature green. Interestingly, the order for 14 Phantoms was the largest ever placed with the luxury car maker. For guests arriving by helicopter, a helipad is available on top of the 30-story tower added recently to the original hotel.

Luxurious rooms furnished in colonial style

The Peninsula Lobby Bar serves an afternoon high tea.

Rooms are furnished in colonial style, albeit a glamorous version, with marble bathrooms and plenty of modern touches: audio-visual systems, mood lighting, and remote-controlled curtains.

The Felix, designed by Philippe Starck

Restaurants include Gaddi’s, serving gourmet-French dishes, and the contemporary Felix, designed by Philippe Starck, with panoramic views of the New Territories. Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula is legendary as well. Frequently chamber music ensembles perform while traditional English-style cakes and tea are served. The Peninsula is listed on the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List” and the Forbes list of “Finest Hotels in the World.”


5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong

Restaurant Pierre, awarded two Michelin Stars for its French cuisine

A symbol of luxury and sophistication since its opening in 1963, the Mandarin Oriental has not missed a beat in the ensuing years. There are ten restaurants on the property. Pierre, with two Michelin Stars, offers French cuisine from Pierre Gagnaire set against dramatic views on the 25th floor. The M Bar continues to dazzle patrons and add glamor to Hong Kong nightlife. The Cake Shop tempts guests with jewel-like patisseries and gourmet snacks.

Spacious rooms are beautifully furnished with high-tech accessories and a pillow menu.

The Mandarin Oriental Spa was awarded five stars by Forbes Travel Guide.

Rooms are furnished with glove-leather couches, silk drapes, and iPod docks. Black Forest Chinese marble bathrooms are standard and guests may choose from a “Pillow Menu.” The award-winning spa draws on traditional Chinese medicine to offer an extensive range of treatments. The Mandarin Oriental spa is one of only 30 facilities in the world to be awarded five stars by the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide.


1 Austin Road West, Kowloon

At 118 floors, the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is the world's tallest hotel.

Ozone, on the top floor of the hotel, is the world's highest bar.

Six distinctive restaurants serve guests at the Ritz-Carlton.

Dominating the city skyline with 118 floors, and adding to Hong Kong’s up-scale perspective, The Ritz-Carlton is the world’s tallest hotel. The property boasts extraordinary views of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island and the New Territories.

Rooms are luxuriously appointed and all have exceptional views.

Fine dining is offered by six distinctive restaurants, with specialties ranging from traditional Chinese to Italian cuisine. In addition to exceptional food and impeccable service, each of the restaurants offers uninterrupted views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. The bar Ozone is proudly positioned on the top floor of the hotel, making it the highest bar in the world. Guests can indulge in signature cocktails and an exotic selection of Asian tapas while enjoying music and more spectacular views of the city. Luxuriously appointed rooms also provide personalized stationary, complimentary limousine service, and a dedicated club concierge. The hotel’s spa and gym, located on the on the 116th floor, again make maximum use of the views, with floor-to-ceiling windows.


Pacific Place, 88, Queensway, Hong Kong

42nd Floor Sky Lounge at the Upper House

Futuresque entryway to the Upper House lobby

High-tech rooms also have complimentary cookies, beer and expresso machines.

The 42nd-floor Sky Lounge lobby definitely helps the Upper House hotel live up to its name. Guests enjoy gorgeous views of Kowloon and Victoria Harbour and rooms that are on the upper-end of technology as well, with 42 and 19-inch TVs, surround sound, iPod Touch check-in, and full espresso machines.

Simpler, but welcome touches include complimentary cookies, candies, beer and juice. A full restaurant, bar and gym are also on the property. Best of all, the Upper House has down-to-earth affordable prices.


4 Robinson Road, Midlevels, Central Hong Kong

Ready for a dip, the pool at Bishop Lei House

Rooms are comfortably furnished and have exceptionally modest prices.

Odd as it might seem, this terrific property is owned by the Catholic Church diocese. And, it’s one of Hong Kong’s best hotel deals. Many of the rooms are priced at around $100 a night. But the uniformed concierge, outdoor pool, excellent restaurant and breathtaking views all defy the modest price.

Conveniently located near the Midlevels Escalator, the Bishop Lei House is within easy walking distance to many of the city’s attractions. The one downside to the property, literally, is that if you venture to the harbour level or Kowloon, you’ll have lots of steps to walk down after 10:00 a.m. So, plan to descend during the busy morning rush hour when the Escalator moves down, or get ready for a bit of extra exercise later in the day. Overall, however, the Bishop Lei House offers an exceptional location and price!