The Top Ten Hotels in Hong Kong for 2011

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These are the best hotels in Hong Kong. They’re the best because of their opulence or their value, their views or their convenience. We haven’t put them into an arbitrary order though – these are just the top ten. We believe they speak for themselves when it comes to pure, exquisite perfection.

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The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong

The Peninsula

Tsim Cha Tsui is home to this epic property. Opened in 1928, The Peninsula is one of the planet’s most iconic hotels and boasts some of Hong Kong’s most luxurious surroundings. It has a fleet of fourteen long wheelbase Rolls Royce Phantoms (the largest single order in the history of the manufacturer) and boasts a roof-top helipad. If you’re interested, it takes about seven minutes to get to and from the airport. Expect to pay around $4,000 a night for a nice suite.

Cosmo Hotel

For just £50 a night or so, this hotel represents clean and efficient accommodation for Travelodge prices. The state-controlled Xinhua news agency used to inhabit this tower. Next door, its big sister Cosmopolitan (which costs significantly more) plays host to one of the best restaurants in the area. You’re right next to all the shopping districts and not far from the Happy Valley Racecourse. The Cosmo can be found at 375-377 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai.

Royal Park Hotel

This one’s about half an hour out of town in Sha Tin, but you’re not far from the action. Just a stone’s throw from the races at Shatin Racecourse and right next door to a colossal shopping mall, the Royal Park offers affordable and pleasant accommodation for around HK$1,000. You’re only twenty minutes away from China and forty five from Hong Kong International Airport which could make this the ideal retreat for somebody interested in the world outside the Hong Kong bubble.

The Regal Airport Hotel

Airport hotels are not renowned for their splendour. In fact, most of the airport hotels around the world are famous for being dreadful, sold on the basis of their convenience alone. Not this one. The Regal Airport Hotel is plain, functional, but bursting with stuff to do. Spas and restaurants feature heavily, leaving no excuse for t`e weary traveller to stay weary for very long. You’ll find it at 9 Cheong Tat Road, Hong Kong International Airport.

The Four Seasons

Talk about a room with a view. The rooms in the Four Seasons have full-height, full-width walls of glass, giving guests unrivalled views out across the city and beyond. It’s located in a very handy position on HK Island, right next to the Star Ferry Pier and just above the Airport Express subway station. Space is hard to find in Hong Kong but as well as the spectacular views, the rooms in the Four Seasons are some of the biggest in the city.

Renaissance Harbour View Hotel

If you’re in Hong Kong for any event at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition centre, you can expect to stay within the confines of this building for the whole weekend. The vast, sprawling building with its cavernous atriums and delightful rooms seems to go on forever. There are more dining options than could be explored in a week and many more facets of this structure which make it a tourist attraction in its own right.

Grand Hyatt

The Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road, is the antidote to the luxury ski resorts in the Alps or the “idiosyncratic” city breaks in ancient European cities. It has a beautiful swimming pool (unusual for space-squeezed Hong Kong) as well as a steak house, oyster and seafood bar, a grand café and The Grill, an informal poolside restaurant which completely lacks the pretense and the airs and graces of Hong Kong’s more pompous eateries.

The Langham

This is a traditionally brilliant hotel. The rooms are simple and luxurious, the decor is quirky but stunning, and the building itself is imposing and formidable. Downsides include the lack of views and the relentless noise from the surrounding tourist quarter, but its location right in the centre of Tsim Sha Tsui more than makes up for that. Expect to get lost in the streets surrounding the hotel and eat at Hong Kong’s finest dining establishments.

The Excelsior

Imposingly named but with a somewhat dilapidated grandeur, the Excelsior used to be Hong Kong’s most famous hostelry. Since its heyday it has become less prestigious but retains an impressive four stars and charges a very low price. This Causeway Bay hotel represents some of the best value in Hong Kong, but that can mean that all 34 of its floors fill up quickly. Book in advance to make use of this hotel’s momentary fall from grace.

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

This is the world’s highest hotel, occupying a chunk near the top of the International Commerce Centre. The peculiarly shaped structure towers above Hong Kong’s already towering skyline – the scale of it must be seen to be believed. There are traditional Italian and Chinese restaurants, as well as some funky internal spaces and very fashionable suites. As soon as you enter the lobby you’re struck by the magnificent opulence on show.


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