A dynamic landscape, top-notch dining, world-beating efficiency, and an indefatigable nature are just a few of the factors that have kept Hong Kong at the top of visitors lists for decades. These qualities are apparent in the city’s hotels too, which have seized the three-year border closure as an opportunity to spruce up the goods, revamping rooms and adding hot new bars and restaurants. In Hong Kong, it tends to be the big international brands that straddle Victoria Harbour, offering luxurious facilities, super sleek service, and views that will make you want to sleep with the curtains open. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find exceptional places to lay your head in other parts of town. While small independent hotels are hard to find, hip crash pads, lifestyle hotels, and design-led digs are scattered across the city.
What is the best part of Hong Kong to stay in?
Hong Kong’s most popular hotel districts are Central, on Hong Kong Island, and Tsim Sha Tsui, on Kowloon side, with the best hotels offering showstopping views of the Star Ferry zig-zagging across the harbor and the nightly Symphony of Lights show—but expect to pay a hefty premium for the privilege. Alternatively, you could venture a few stops along the MTR subway system, east or west, on either side of the harbor, for smart waterfront hotels with alternative, equally sparkly panoramas at much more reasonable prices. Not that a city view hotel will feel like second best: the neon-tinted metropolis has heaps of neighborhoods with their own distinct identities, each with an exceptional range of places to eat guaranteed to be on the doorstep.
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