Edited by Mike Aquino.
Hong Kong has a well-deserved reputation for superb shopping and there are plenty of hotels that make this activity very convenient. Here are seven hotels that offer great shopping, either in the hotel itself, near one of Hong Kong's best shopping malls or on the doorstep of Hong Kong's famous markets. The hotels run from five-star luxury to solid three-star comfort.
This hotel’s location on Arbuthnot Road puts its guests within easy walking distance of Hollywood Road and its antique shopping, but the Ovolo Central is an experience all by itself, thanks to its cheeky interior design and thoughtful touches.
Take your pick from 41 rooms with individually-designed “rock and roll” motifs and nods to modern-day comforts, such as in-room Nespresso machines, sleek entertainment systems, and in-room Amazon Alexa access. The best room in the house—the Radio Suite that covers the entire top floor—measures a capacious 700 square feet, positively cavernous in the Hong Kong hotel world!
At the bottom extreme of the hotel, the vegetarian restaurant VEDA serves a delicious cruelty-free menu by celebrated vegetarian chef Hetty McKinnon.
Retail fanatics will find the Temple Street Night Market and the Jade Market practically at the Hotel Stage’s doorstep. But the property offers far more than just easy access to Kowloon’s shopping streets.
Superficially, Hotel Stage’s urban, minimalistic interiors offer a stark contrast to the earthy, disorganized, neon-lit mess of its immediate neighborhood, Yau Ma Tei. But the hotel’s personality is more in keeping with its spontaneous surroundings.
Beyond its compact yet feature-rich rooms and suites, Hotel Stage’s guests can hang out in the property’s other spaces, including the third-floor Club Stage library and its collection of hard-to-find art and culture books; Muse, an understated wine bar; and Spotlight at the Muse, a gallery space that displays the work of Hong Kong artists.
Sham Shui Po’s shopping streets are all immediately accessible from Minimal Hotel—Culture, with its location right on Ap Liu Street. Start with the electronics flea market immediately outside the hotel, then wander further out through Sham Shui Po’s other shopping streets (Yu Chau, or “Bead Street” for beads and sewing supplies; Cheung Sha Wan for inexpensive fashion; and Tai Nan for leather).
The Minimal Hotel’s interiors are purposely clean and simple, to compensate for the chaos and noise outside. It’s a three-star property with the basics – WiFi, clean and compact rooms, and hot showers. Forty-two rooms in three different classes cater to travelers with low-to-middle budgets and a thirst to see Hong Kong at its most authentic.
The Landmark, Mandarin Oriental
One of the city’s swankiest hotels inside the city’s swankiest shopping mall, the Landmark Mandarin Oriental takes its name and sits on top of the Landmark Mall. Inside you’ll find superstars and sheiks swaggering around the world’s most exclusive boutiques, from Dior to Diane von Furstenberg.
Many of the international brands have their only Hong Kong—and sometimes Asia—shop inside the Landmark. The hotel itself is a slightly more contemporary take on its sibling, the imperious Mandarin Oriental just around the corner. Located in the heart of the Central district, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant and one of the city’s most sought after spas.
Hong Kong Harbour City is Hong Kong’s biggest shopping mall, boasting an incredible 400-plus shops, 50 restaurants, and a cruise ferry terminal. It’s also home to three hotels—The Marco Polo, The Gateway and The Prince. All three are run by the same group, with the Marco Polo claiming five stars and the Prince and Gateway four.
Set on the Kowloon waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Marco Polo is probably a little overpriced when measured against its rivals but the Prince and Gateway, in particular, are good value. Expect well-appointed rooms, superb views of Victoria Harbour and the city on your doorstep.
AddressMong Kok, Hong Kong
Few hotels are brave enough to dip their toes outside the well-trodden tourist paths of Tsim Sha Tsui and Central, which is what makes the Cordis Hong Kong over in Mongkok such an attractive proposition.
Mongkok is one of Hong Kong’s most crowded, smelliest and sweatiest districts. It’s also one of its most authentic. The streets here are crammed with mom and pop stores, street food vendors and, most importantly, some fantastic markets. Few districts have as much energy and enthusiasm as Mongkok and the Cordis Hong Kong offers a five-star retreat right in the center.
Renowned for its cutting edge technology, including i-Homes and in-house mobile phones, the Cordis Hong Kong also features a two-star Michelin restaurant, an award-winning spa and a gallery collection of art and Chinese antiques. The hotel is also connected to the Langham Place Mall, which is popular with local teenagers.
Bishop Lei International House
While they might be more famous for churches and cathedrals, the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong also manages a very reputable hotel. Despite being a modest three-star, the rooms at the Bishop Lei International are well turned out, feature air conditioning, cable TV, and most other internationally expected amenities. The hotel can even boast an outdoor pool.
The shopping angle comes from the Bishop Lei International Hotel’s location just around the corner from Hollywood Road. All along this winding road, you’ll find some of the world’s most respected dealers in Chinese antiques and the art galleries that have been breaking records with sales of Chinese contemporary art.