Kowloon is Hong Kong’s hotel neighbourhood. In and around the main drag of Nathan Road and along the waterfront (where you will find the absolute best views of Victoria Harbour) there are more hotels than anywhere else in the city. Most are three-star stays, and there are even bargains to be had for under $100, but Kowloon also has some of the best hotels in Hong Kong. Find grand history at the Peninsula and grand food at the Intercontinental, while the Ritz-Carlton can claim the best views of Hong Kong’s famed skyline.
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The hotel that continues to set the standard for luxury in Kowloon and Hong Kong itself. From the Rolls Royce pickups at the airport to the high tea served alongside a string quartet in the lobby, The Peninsula retains an air of superiority over its rivals inherited from colonial days. Offering rooms since 1928 the building is a landmark. The cool grey, granite exterior and open square entrance has shades of the Ritz in London, and The Peninsula is one of the few remaining examples of British architecture left in Hong Kong. Thankfully, you won’t suffer 19th-century rooms or plumbing. There are touches of the past with wooden oak furnishings, but the rooms are brightly decorated with elegant floral motifs from local artist Cornelia Erdmann and have TVs, iPhone docks and other amenities you’d expect at a five star. And the service? Expect to be treated like a Prince or Princess.
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The Intercontinental Hong Kong may have been overtaken by newer rivals in the PR stakes but don’t let that, or the depressing office block building fool you; this remains one of the best stays in Hong Kong . The rooms are sharply styled in browns and peaches, as well as a splash of marble in the bathroom, while the view over the harbour and on to the Hong Kong skyline is superb. But it’s the food that is the stand out attraction. Spoon and Yan Toh Heen have both bagged Michelin stars (the latter a pair of them), while the buffet is quite simply the best in town. Sure, you probably don’t book hotels based on the quality of the buffet but it really is that special at the Intercontinental. Hong Kong has a reputation for great seafood and the selection of lobsters, oysters and prawns is exceptional, especially when accompanied by free flowing magnums of champagne. Hong Kongers book months in advance for a chance to sit at the InterContinental’s buffet, but a stay here will let you jump... the queue.
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If you like heights, you’ll like the Ritz Carlton. Found on the top floors of Hong Kong’s tallest skyscraper any stay here is all about the views. The floor to ceiling windows in your room offer sweeping panoramic landscapes of the blockbuster Hong Kong skyline, while the bar and Michelin restaurants here are all set up to let to make the most of the scenery. The infinity pool on the 118th floor is probably the most jaw dropping way to see the city’s famed skyline, including in pool loungers that take you right next to the glass. And for those looking to get pampered the ESPA spa is regularly rated one of the best in Hong Kong. The one drawback of the Ritz Carlton is its location in West Kowloon – which means a cab or MTR ride to get into Tsim Sha Tsui or Central.