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Hong Kong boasts one of Asia’s most dramatic skylines, and the best hotels in the city are sure to offer incredible views from rooms situated dozens of floors off the ground—though keep in mind that more than half of the island hasn’t been developed, so if it’s more natural views you’re after, you can seek those out too. With 28 million overnight tourists coming to visit this dynamic city of contrasts each year, there are plenty of hotel options, whether you’d prefer to stay on Hong Kong Island, which is home to some of the grandest hotels and more visibly shows its colonial roots, or Kowloon, which is less colonial and a bit less expensive.
No matter where you wind up, there’s a room with a view waiting for you. We’ve rounded up the nine best hotels in Hong Kong with a view—including the world’s tallest hotel, complete with an infinity pool 118 floors up, and even a budget hotel pick that will serve up that water fix at more than half the price of other options on this list. Read on to see the best places to take in the Hong Kong harbour panorama—from bed.
Best Overall: Ritz-Carlton
This Ritz really takes things up a notch: It’s located on the top floors of a skyscraper, starting on the 102nd floor of the International Commerce Center building, making this the world’s highest hotel. Expect great views of Victoria Harbor and he Hong Kong Island from the rooms—which come with telescopes to zoom in on the panorama behind the floor-to-ceiling windows—but there are more to be found: Pop up to the indoor hotel pool on the 118th floor, which has an infinity edge for extra drama, or the outdoor hot tub on the same sky-high floor. There’s also the Ozone Bar, where expertly mixed cocktails come with stellar views in the world’s highest bar—or the Lounge and Bar 16 floors down, where guests love taking in the fireworks. The food here is great, too, with two Michelin-starred restaurants and, in Cafe 103, a decadent afternoon tea with a chocolate twist.
Best Budget: The Harbourview Hong Kong
Located in Wan Chai facing the harbor, the aptly named Harbourview is a great choice for those flying into town who want a hotel with a view—but not with a shocking price tag, thanks to its owners, the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong. The hotel’s 320 guest rooms mostly have good outlooks from their large windows, but be sure to book a room with a harborview to be sure you’re getting one. The rooms all come with free Wi-Fi, so you can post your fireworks or sunrise pictures in a snap—but we suggest requesting a new room, as the old ones tend to be a bit musty. If you’re in town on business, it’s close to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, and there are meeting rooms available on-site as well. It’s also close to the Wanchai MTR Station and the pier for the Star Ferry, one of the coolest water journeys you could take on the way to a meeting across the harbor.
Best for Families: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
The Four Seasons is known for their stellar guest experiences, but they really step it up at their Hong Kong property. Little ones get their own child-sized bathrobes and slippers, plus their own toiletries to get ready for bed (or the day ahead). Restaurants tend to have children’s menus available—but one of the true highlights is the outdoor pool, which has a gorgeous infinity drop that will wow kids, as well as a dedicated separate lap pool so kids can play in the open pool without having to watch over their shoulders for swimmers. Parents can dine at the poolside restaurant while keeping an eye on their kids, too—and then take a break later by using the hotel’s babysitting service while they try the menus at the hotels’ two Michelin-starred restaurants. The hotel’s so good, staff have even been known to save the day for harried parents by providing disposable diapers when the supply runs low.
Best Boutique: Lanson Place Hotel
This isn’t going to be your standard harbor view from the guest rooms: Instead, these rooms look out over Victoria Park and the hills of Hong Kong. With 194 rooms—173 guest rooms and 21 suites—the award-winning hotel isn’t incredibly big, but it’s a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of The World, so you know that a stay here is going to be wonderful. Rooms are a tranquil respite from the busy streets outside, designed with calming tones in off-white, mocha, and splashes of turquoise—and each one has a kitchenette with a stovetop, microwave, and fridge. We also love the extra touches in the rooms, like how each room gets a free smartphone for local and international calls (to some regions), and unlimited 4G internet—with Google Maps preloaded so you don’t get lost. There’s also a beautiful lounge and library for working, reading, and plotting out your days, and an on-site gym.
Best Romantic: Peninsula Hong Kong
Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, this hotel is the oldest in the city, known as the “Grande Dame of the Far East”—and it’s been gifting lucky visitors great views from the windows since 1928. If glamour is part of your definition of romance, this ticks all the boxes, with gorgeous antiques sprinkled throughout the hotel and art exhibitions by artists like Botero, plus a stunning lobby with gilded touches and a wonderful spa menu. We suggest paying a bit more for the decked-out Harbor View guest rooms and suites, which are located high up on floors 17 through 27 and offer great views of Hong Kong Island and the water. But if you’re really looking to impress, we highly suggest splashing out on a room with a harborview bathtub—perhaps the Peninsula Suite, on the penthouse floor, where you can also catch the skyline from floor-to-ceiling windows or landscaped terrace.
Best for Singles: Hotel Icon
With a great club, fantastic restaurants, a great pool, and a gym on site, this is a great place for solo travelers in Hong Kong—and that’s before we start going on about the incredible views. Intriguing enough, it’s owned by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School and Hotel of Tourism Management, so while it’s technically a research hotel, it’s one where the standards are as high as the views. The on-site Ansagna Spa offers incredible treatments, while the rooms are designed for both short and long stays—ideal if you’re staying a while on business. If you’re not sure of where to start exploring back down on the ground, we love that the hotel’s come up with a clever downloadable or printable guide to map out the local areas—you can use your Handy phone from your room to create a hotspot for your phone while you wander, too. And if you think that’s detailed, they’ve really thought of everything, down to a recyclable shopping bag from your room to bring to shops to avoid plastic-bag charges. P.S. For an extra treat, arrange for a spin in one of the hotel’s Tesla limos.
Best for Business: Conrad Hong Kong
You can choose between sweeping views of Victoria Harbor or of Victoria’s Peak from your room when you stay in this gorgeous five-star Conrad—and don’t forget to take a dip in the heated outdoor swimming pool, which is surrounded by skyscrapers for an unforgettable swim. The hotel starts on the 61st floor, right above Pacific Place and in the heart of the city’s business district (it’s conveniently near the Hong Kong Trade Center). If your day gets swamped with meetings, there six brilliant places to eat and drink right on site, from Cantonese to Italian. If your stay involves a jam-packed schedule, the hotel’s come up with itineraries for one-, three- and five-hour pockets of free time. Several well-equipped meeting rooms are also available for companies to book, and there’s a great health club on site that’s open 24-7 in case things run late (or you’re rising for an early appointment).
Best Luxury: The Upper House
This is arguably the best hotel in Hong Kong, and it offers the same stunning views as other hotels in the city. While that makes the panoramas no less spectacular, The Upper House steps it up with a five-star-and-then-some level of service that outpaces the competition: Staff, for example, know your name and room number, and the concierge works miracles around the clock—the whole idea is to make you feel as though there’s a “residential calmness” and sense of seamlessness to your days. Arty types will also love the hotel’s art collection, which gathers works from leading Asian artists. Mood lighting in each room sets off the gorgeous views of Kowloon, though one of the best places to take in the city at night is from the bar, located far up at the top of the hotel. No car, no problem, either: The hotel uses BMWs—one of which is electric—to shuttle guests from appointments to meetings and back.
Best for Foodies: InterContinental Hong Kong
This towering skyscraper of a hotel isn’t part of the traditional Hong Kong skyline, but rather looks toward it from Kowloon—meaning you truly get some incredible views of not just the iconic buildings, but the laser and light show that illuminates the harbor every night. And there’s a good chance you’ll get to enjoy it, with two-thirds of the hotel’s rooms overlooking the harbor. If you don’t want to watch from your room or suite, however tempting the latter’s jacuzzi might be, pop down to any of the hotel’s three amazing restaurants. Yan Toh Heen, seeing as one of the world’s best Chinese restaurants, serves two Michelin star Cantonese; Rech by Alain Ducasse has one Michelin star and four from Forbes Travel Guide. The Steak House Winebar + Grill has also received four stars from Forbes, thanks in part to steaks cooked on Hong Kong’s sole charcoal grill—or if you want something a little more modern, there’s a branch of Nobu here. Or, simply grab a cocktail (or sit for afternoon tea) and take in the views from the Lobby Lounge, with incredible vistas over the harbor.