If you’re spending time in Hong Kong this holiday season then it’s the perfect time to check out the city’s eclectic hotel scene. From boutique spaces with vibrant graffiti walls that are full of character to rooms with sleek minimalist interior design, we’ve got you covered in this guide to the best hotels in Hong Kong.
Inspired by a Swedish lake in the chilly winter, TUVE is a discreet boutique hotel hidden away in the backstreets of bustling dining and shopping hub Causeway Bay. Oxidised metals, raw concrete and austere greys might make the space sound cold and harsh, but rest assured that these first impressions will be offset by soft plush beds and luxurious toiletries, guaranteeing guests an exceptionally comfortable and relaxing stay.
Best for: design-conscious travellers seeking a tranquil stay
EAST is an chic modern hotel located as the name suggests, to the east of Hong Kong island. Rooms are sharp, clean, sleek and spacious. Large glass windows reveal unparalleled views of Victoria Harbour and allow natural sunlight to flood rooms, giving the space an airy ambience and a zen-feel. From the stylish, comfortable hanging bubble chairs found in larger suites to Sugar, the 23/F bar-deck-lounge, EAST is the perfect place for the drained traveller to relax and unwind.
Best for: those seeking a relaxing stay at a sleek hotel
Boasting the title of Hong Kong’s first warehouse-converted hotel, Ovolo is a trendy boutique design hotel in the up-and-coming cultural district of Wong Chuk Hang, which is already home to a number of trendy shops, art galleries and eateries (be sure to pop by Elephant Grounds for a cuppa or a decadent ice cream cookie sandwich). Staying true to its industrial roots, its interior is a mix of urban concrete, brick and metals balanced with contemporary artwork and colourful graffiti. Upon arrival guests are greeted with free welcome snacks and drinks from the minibar, but the perks don’t end there - breakfast, unlimited wifi and daily happy hours including wine, beer and nibbles are all on the hotel.
Best for: young creative and adventurous types
Paying tribute to the local culture and the Yau Ma Tei neighbourhood in which it is located, this boutique hotel pays homage to the city of Hong Kong through its architecture, interior design and numerous collaborations with local entrepreneurs. Guests are greeted by an entrance that is a testament to the building’s history (it is located inside a converted office) and design accents are reminiscent of cha chaan tengs and neighbouring Yau Ma Tei Theatre. Tribute has partnered with a number of local talents and business owners - breakfast cart items are by cafes teakha and Common Ground, bathrobes are from retail company EDIT and interiors were designed by Identity Design just to name a few.
Best for: curious wanderlusts looking to learn about the local culture and Hong Kong community
There’s a special energy to this hip Kowloon-side hotel. Boasting 393 rooms with whimsical contemporary interior design, surround audiovisual systems, mood lighting and great views, this is where the young and trendy come to stay. Unwind at the in-house Bliss spa or splash about at the 76th-floor outdoor heated WET pool, and be sure to look out for the legendary summer pool parties.
Best for: style-savvy jet setters and fun-loving revellers
The Upper House
Two words - understated luxury. The Upper House is a calming haven amidst the hustle and bustle that is Hong Kong. The tranquil, restful ambience of the hotel is the creative work of internationally-celebrated architect and designer André Fu, evoked by the use of natural materials and muted colour palette. 117 luxuriously furnished studios and suites are spacious and offer breathtaking vistas, while the famed Cafe Grey Deluxe offers a delectable modern European menu and intimate bar is a fantastic place for late night drinks with a stunning view.
Best for: the luxury traveller
This is part one of our guide to Hong Kong. Keep your eyes peeled for part 2, where you’ll be taken on a whirlwind culinary tour of the city!
Words / Shirley Wang