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There are only four Airport Hotels in Hong Kong and we’ve got all three reviewed below. Access, however, is overrated: it’s worth noting that while Hong Kong airport is on Lantau Island, this is only forty minutes from the center of Hong Kong via the Airport Express.
Unless you've got an especially tight turn around or a red-eye start, you might consider staying over in the city center instead.
Regal Airport Hotel
The Regal is Hong Kong Airport's flagship hotel. The Regal boasts a thousand plus rooms, meaning there is always a spare bed to grab forty winks.
Style-wise, the Regal's a somewhat stark and serious affair, not unlike sleeping in your office, but luckily this businesslike approach also extends to the generous facilities: indoor and outdoor pools, spa facilities and seven restaurants included.
Spacious rooms are well appointed and modern, if a little characterless, with many featuring views over the South China Sea. The hotel is attached to the airport complex itself.
SkyCity Marriott Hotel
The plushest pick of the Airport hotels, this five-star Marriott is a match for some of the city’s chicest stays.
The SkyCity Marriott's contemporary rooms are positively cavernous and come fitted with feather-stuffed beds that can easily contribute to you missing your morning flight.
The hotel facilities are equally grandiose; geared towards the jetlagged traveler who needs to unwind, you’ll find five restaurants and the award-winning Quan spa. The hotel offers a free-on-request shuttle bus to the airport.
Novotel Citygate Hong Kong
The only budget option within easy reach of the hotel, the Novotel is also a good chance to get away from the international feel of the airport and step into Hong Kong.
Set in a skyscraper that looks like a giant flat screen TV, this particular Novotel is a step up from your standard chain experience with swanky interiors, an outdoor pool and a pair of very decent restaurants.
Mall rats will be glad to hear the hotel is linked to the Tung Chung shopping mall, as well as the Hong Kong metro. The hotel features a complimentary shuttle service to the airport at fifteen-minute intervals between 6:00 a.m. and 11:45 p.m.
Tai O Heritage Hotel
Tai O is one of our favorite places in Hong Kong. But first things first, while the Tai O Heritage Hotel is on Lantau Island it isn’t at Hong Kong Airport; it’s a thirty-minute cab ride away.
Your reward for this extra effort is a stay in a beautifully refurbished colonial-era building in the heart of one of Hong Kong’s cutest villages. It’s a stunning setting, with views over the South China Sea and the signature stilt houses that have made Tai O famous.
The Heritage Hotel’s glass-roofed restaurant is a highlight, although the ramshackle stalls in Tai O serve up some of the best seafood in Hong Kong.