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- Best Overall: Ritz-Carlton – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Pop up to the hotel's indoor pool on the 116th floor, which has an infinity edge for extra drama, or the outdoor hot tub on the same floor."
- Best Budget: The Harbourview Hong Kong – See Rates at TripAdvisor "The property's 320 rooms have large windows, but be sure to book a room with a harbor view to be sure you’re getting one."
- Best for Families: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Parents can use the hotel’s babysitting service while they sample the menu at the property's two Michelin three-star restaurants."
- Best Boutique: Lanson Place Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor "We love the extra in-room details, like a free smartphone for local and international calls."
- Best Romantic: Peninsula Hong Kong – See Rates at TripAdvisor "In terms of accommodations, we suggest paying a bit more for the decked-out Harbor View guest rooms and suites."
- Best for Singles: Hotel ICON – See Rates at TripAdvisor "if you’re not sure of where to start exploring, the hotel has a downloadable or printable guide to map out the local areas."
- Best for Business: Conrad Hong Kong – See Rates at TripAdvisor "If your day fills up with meetings, the hotel has six brilliant restaurants, from Cantonese to Italian."
- Best Luxury: The Upper House – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Staff members know your name and room number, and the concierge is always available to provide assistance."
- Best for Foodies: InterContinental Hong Kong – See Rates at TripAdvisor "In addition to the sights, this hotel is also a culinary destination."
Best Overall: Ritz-Carlton
This Ritz-Carlton property really takes things up a notch—literally. Starting on the 102nd floor of the International Commerce Center skyscraper, this Hong Kong hotel is the highest in the world. The rooms, which feature views of Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong Island, have floor-to-ceiling windows as well as telescopes to see your surroundings even better. Plus, pop up to the hotel's indoor pool on the 116th floor, which has an infinity edge for extra drama, or the outdoor hot tub on the same floor. Two floors up is the hotel's rooftop bar, Ozone, which serves craft cocktails and hosts live music and DJs. Also note that the Ritz-Carlton's other dining options are excellent, too, with two Michelin-starred restaurants plus a decadent afternoon tea service at Café 103.
Best Budget: The Harbourview Hong Kong
Located in Wan Chai, the aptly named Harbourview is a great choice for visitors who want a hotel with a view but not with a shocking price tag. The property's 320 rooms have large windows, but be sure to book a room with a harbor view to be sure you’re getting one. All rooms have free Wi-Fi so you can post your fireworks or sunrise pictures, but we suggest requesting a newer one, as some online reviewers said that the older offerings were slightly musty.
This hotel is also very convenient 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, too. It’s also close to the Wan Chai MTR Station and the pier for the Star Ferry, one of the coolest ways to travel 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 for families at this Hong Kong property, which overlooks Victoria Harbour. Little ones get their own child-sized bathrobes and slippers, plus their own toiletries to get ready for bed. Another family-friendly highlight is the gorgeous, harbor-facing outdoor pool area: the infinity-edge pool is sure to wow the little ones, and a separate lap pool provides a stress-free place for adults to exercise. Later on, parents can use the hotel’s babysitting service while they sample the menu at the property's two Michelin three-star restaurants. The hotel is so prepared, in fact, that staff members have been known to save the day for harried parents by providing disposable diapers when their supply runs low.
Best Boutique: Lanson Place Hotel
This boutique hotel won't give you a standard harbor view—instead, the property looks out over Victoria Park and the hills of Hong Kong. Its 194 guest rooms are a tranquil respite from the busy streets outside, designed with calming tones in off-white, mocha, and splashes of turquoise. Each one has a kitchenette with a stovetop, microwave, and a refrigerator. We also love the extra in-room details, like 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, plus an on-site gym.
Best Romantic: Peninsula Hong Kong
Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, this hotel is one of the oldest in Hong Kong: it's been providing beautiful views and luxury service since 1928. It's also very romantic, featuring gorgeous antiques in the common spaces and as well as exhibitions by artists like Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero. Its spa menu is also a standout; if you're there with your significant other, book a massage for two in a private room overlooking Victoria Harbour.
In terms of accommodations, we suggest paying a bit more for the decked-out Harbor View guest rooms and suites, located on floors 17 through 27, which offer beautiful views of Hong Kong Island and the water. And, if you’re really looking to impress, request a room with a harbor view bathtub—perhaps the Peninsula Suite, on the penthouse floor, where you can also catch the skyline from floor-to-ceiling windows or a landscaped terrace.
Best for Singles: Hotel ICON
With a lively club, fantastic restaurants, a beautiful pool, and an on-site spa and gym, this hotel is a great place for solo travelers in Hong Kong—and that’s before we start in on the incredible views. Each of its rooms looks out on either Victoria Harbour or the skyline. However, guests staying in either Club Rooms or Suites have an extra perk: access to a top-floor lounge with a private bar and panoramic views of the city. Plus, if you’re not sure of where to start exploring on the ground, the hotel has a downloadable or printable guide to map out the local areas. The hotel is also very eco-friendly, down to a recyclable shopping bag in your room to avoid plastic when you make a purchase. 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 views of Victoria Harbor or Victoria’s Peak from your room when you stay in the five-star Conrad Hong Kong. The hotel starts on the 61st floor above Pacific Place, a shopping and office complex in the heart of the city’s business district; it’s also conveniently located near the Hong Kong Trade Center. If your day fills up with meetings, the hotel has six brilliant restaurants, from Cantonese to Italian. Conversely, if you find yourself with some free time, the hotel also provides itineraries for one-, three- and five-hour periods. Several well-equipped meeting rooms are also available to book, and there’s an on-site health club that’s open 24-7 in case things run late (or if you’re up early).
Best Luxury: The Upper House
This luxury hotel offers similarly stunning views as the others on our list but steps it up with a five-star-and-then-some level of service. Staff members, for example, know your name and room number, and the concierge is always available to provide assistance (from making restaurant reservations to arranging last-minute services like dry cleaning). Art enthusiasts will also love the hotel’s collection, which includes work from contemporary Asian artists like Taiwanese sculptor Cynthia Sah. Mood lighting in each room sets off the gorgeous views of Kowloon, but one of the best places to take in the city at night is from its Café Gray Bar. No car, no problem, either: the hotel uses BMWs—one of which is electric—to shuttle guests to meetings and back.
Best for Foodies: InterContinental Hong Kong
Located in a towering skyscraper, this hotel looks toward Hong Kong's skyline from Kowloon—meaning you truly get some incredible views of not just the iconic buildings, but the laser and light show each night. Two-thirds of the hotel’s 500 rooms are harbor-facing, and its Lobby Lounge (which serves cocktails and afternoon tea) boasts panoramic views. In addition to the sights, this hotel is also a culinary destination: the Cantonese restaurant Yan Toh Heen has two Michelin stars, while Rech by Alain Ducasse has one. The Steak House Winebar + Grill cooks its steaks on Hong Kong’s sole charcoal grill, and there's also a branch of Nobu on-premises.