Hong Kong is one of the best cities in the world to explore: contrary to popular opinion, it has much, much more to offer beyond its picture-perfect skyline! Those with more time in the city are just a short hop and skip away from some of the best hidden beaches in Asia, easy hiking trails with breathtaking views, outlying islands and other fantastic Hong Kong day trip destinations.
If you are headed to Hong Kong, you should know that Hong Kong has one of the most efficient public transportation systems in the world – you often have 3 or 4 different transportation options to get from point-to-point and the coverage network covers almost every corner of the city. That being said, you should still be strategic when booking a hotel in Hong Kong – most visitors opt to book hotels on Hong Kong Island or on Kowloon side, and I often recommend tourists to look into hotels in Wan Chai, Central, Soho, Sheung Wan and Causeway Bay for maximum convenience.
When I travel, I look for unique and boutique hotels for a comfortable stay – places that don’t just offer a stock standard, cookie-cutter accommodation experience. Sound like your cup of tea and looking for some tried-and-tested recommendations for the best boutique hotels in Hong Kong? Read on!
Quick tips for your Hong Kong trip
- The local currency in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar. The exchange rate hovers at around US$1 to HK$7.6, or 1 Euro to HK$9.5. Credit cards are widely accepted – most places accept Visa or Mastercard, and 40-50% of places will also accept American Express. However, cash is still king in this city so you should withdraw some when you arrive – there are tons of ATM machines around Hong Kong, just make sure you’ve enabled international withdrawal on your card.
- Hong Kong gets 4 seasons! It is not a year-round tropical country, so while it’s true that summer months are warm (often over 30 degrees Celsius or 86 Fahrenheit from June to September), it does get fairly chilly during the autumn and winter months (below 10-15 degrees Celsius or 50-59 Fahrenheit from December to February).
- The main language spoken in Hong Kong is Cantonese, a local dialect. However, the language barrier should be minimal as many people also speak English (or at least basic English), and almost all signs are bilingual.
- One of the first things you have to do when you arrive in Hong Kong is get an Octopus card. It is a stored value card that works on all public transportation including the subway (MTR), trams, buses and ferries (but not in taxis). You can purchase your tourist Octopus card in advance here – pick it up from the airport when you arrive, and it comes with HK$50 already pre-loaded!
- The best way to travel into the city from airport is via the Airport Express train. Tickets can be purchased at the station and the train stops in Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island – it takes just 24 minutes from end to end. Buy your discounted Airport Express ticket ahead of time online here! Once you’ve purchased your ticket online, you can use a QR code to swipe through the special gates equipped with the QR reader.
The best Hong Kong boutique hotels to check out
I spent the past few months booking and staying at some of the top boutique hotels in Hong Kong – these hotels are beyond-the-ordinary, offering you the perfect stay in Hong Kong. I’ve had an absolute blast experiencing these design-led hotels, read on for my list of tried-and-tested boutique hotels in Hong Kong.
1. The Fleming
Look no further than The Fleming for the ultimate Hong Kong-inspired stay. The Fleming is a boutique hotel in Wan Chai inspired by the iconic Star Ferry, cross-harbour ferries that have shuttled people across Victoria Harbour for more than a century. Expect plenty of metallic accents, classic porthole doors, Hong Kong-inspired artwork and an extremely stylish heritage-meets-modern setting from this boutique hotel in Hong Kong.
The 66 guest rooms are also on the larger size (in a city where space is a rarity), especially if you opt to stay in a large queen or extra large king room. The Fleming is tucked away in one of Hong Kong’s most vibrant neighborhoods: Wan Chai. Its location makes it one of the best places to stay for your city getaway, with easy access to the extensive subway system and buses. Click here to book your stay at The Fleming!
What we loved: Spacious rooms; convenient location; unique Hong Kong-inspired decor; beautiful locally made amenities; reasonable room rates.
But you should also know: The in-house restaurant, Osteria Marzia isn’t for everybody – food is on the pricier side and the menu is heavily seafood-based. It is also the only on-site restaurant and where you’re offered breakfast (though there are many local and international eateries within walking distance). Here are some of my favourite places to eat in Hong Kong.
2. The Kerry
Hong Kong is no stranger to luxury, and The Kerry is one of the best luxury hotels in Kowloon, across from the harbour from Hong Kong Island. Though it is a luxury hotel, it is modern and free of the stuffiness that often comes with the 5-star background. The beauty of The Kerry is that a majority of its extremely spacious guest rooms feature stunning harbour views, and it offers a number of in-house restaurants including one of the best rooftop bars in Hong Kong.
You can (and should) also take advantage of the Club upgrade which grants you access to the exclusive lounge for breakfast, afternoon tea and happy hour drinks. The breakfast menu is tantalizing and offers a range of both Western and Asian options, and you’ll love the delicate pastries serve in the afternoon.
Last but not least, The Kerry is also home to this outrageous infinity pool – perfect for a lazy afternoon after a day of Hong Kong sightseeing. What The Kerry may somewhat lack in ease of accessibility it makes up for in the vast array of facilities, though don’t be surprised if you can’t tear yourself away from the hotel’s restaurants and pools. Click here to book your stay at The Kerry!
What we loved: Amazing new rooms with spectacular views; many on-site restaurant facilities including a rooftop bar, in-house fitness centre, restaurants and a food court; fantastic infinity pool.
But you should also know: The location is a little out of the way – a 15 to 20-minute ferry ride from Central or 10-15 minute walk from Hung Hom MTR Station (which isn’t one of the main MTR lines); not particularly Hong Kong-inspired in terms of décor.
3. The Murray
The Murray is a luxury boutique hotel in Central which used to serve as government offices. The architecturally-centered building was restored and given a stylish second life; today it features spacious and classy rooms, and the dining facilities are fantastic – I’m partial to Popinjays which is another one of my favourite rooftop bars in the city.
Take some time to explore the grounds of the hotel with the towering “Arches”, heritage trees and lush views of Hong Kong Park. The hotel is a stone’s throw from the park and the Admiralty MTR station, or a short 10-minute walk from Central (which also offers you numerous transportation links throughout Hong Kong). Click here for current rates and availability at The Murray.
What we loved: New hotel featuring modern, stylish furnishings in a heritage building; several on-site restaurants including Popinjays rooftop bar; fantastic semi-buffet breakfast; spectacular heritage trees.
But you should also know: The Murray is on the pricier end of the spectrum; though it lies in the heart of the central business district you need to walk 15 minutes either way to get to Central MTR or Admiralty MTR; the pool leaves much to be desired – it is indoors and feels like somewhat of an afterthought.
4. Ovolo Central
Ovolo Central is an Ovolo Hotels property in Central, right above Lan Kwai Fong with a view over Tai Kwun. Ovolo is a homegrown hospitality brand with properties in Hong Kong, Australia and Bali. Ovolo Central is popping with personality and offers tons of perks including a free minibar, goodie bag with treats, an Alexa in each room, on-site vegetarian restaurant (try the granola bowl with coconut yoghurt), spacious rooms with black-out curtains, Apple TV and funky decor.
Its location is fantastic – offering easy access to Soho’s restaurant and bar scene or just a hop and skip away from Central. If you’re looking for a city getaway and are after something with a little bit more to offer than just 4 walls and a bed, then check out Ovolo Central for a stay beyond the ordinary and plain. Click here to book your stay at Ovolo Central!
What we loved: The hotel features funky décor with lots of personality; homegrown Hong Kong brand; fantastic location in CBD – close enough to the action but far from the noise; right next to Tai Kwun; vegetarian-only menu with great coffee at Veda; complimentary mini bar and snacks.
But you should also know: The rooms are somewhat compact (you are in the thick of it all where space is extremely limited), but they have everything you need including Alexa; I’m not a massive fan of rooms that are carpeted throughout, but that’s a matter of personal preference.
5. The Hari
Also located in the hub of Wan Chai is the brand spanking new Hong Kong boutique hotel, The Hari. The stylish and sleek hotel is the epitome of class, with every last inch of The Hari exuding sophistication without losing practicality. This is the second Hari property around the world, the first being in London, and The Hari in Hong Kong is the latest addition to the Asian city’s boutique hotel scene.
The rooms feature lots of brass finishes though the edges are still wonderfully warm and welcoming, and there is also an on-site fitness centre as well as two restaurants: Lucciola Restaurant & Bar serving up delicious Italian fare, and Zoku Restaurant & Terrace which offers delicate Japanese cuisine. You’ll love the thoughtful design at The Hari, and will be welcomed in with open arms by their incredible team. Click here to book your stay at The Hari!
What we loved: Love supporting a homegrown Hong Kong brand; fantastic location in Wan Chai between either the CWB or Wan Chai MTR stations; 2 restaurant options and decent semi-buffet style breakfast.
But you should also know: The basic “King Room” may feel more compact, though you can easily upgrade to a suite or corner room; beds are on the softer side.
6. The Figo
Looking for a young and fun boutique hotel in Hong Kong? You’ll love your stay at The Figo. This quirky boutique hotel is in a convenient location a short 5-10 minute walk away from either the Sheung Wan or Sai Ying Pun MTR stations. The Figo also offers a terrace area, lounge space with complimentary soft drinks and beer and in-house fitness centre – unfortunately there is no on-site restaurant but you’re only a stroll away from many of the best restaurants and bars in Hong Kong.
You’ll get bang for your buck with their spacious rooms (with windows that actually open – not always a given in Hong Kong!), and the bed was incredibly comfortable. The water pressure is outstanding, and the Figo also offers top-notch amenities. We loved the peace and quiet at The Figo, and it is best suited for city explorers who aren’t too fussed about getting all the bells and whistles. Click here to book your stay at The Figo!
What we loved: New boutique hotel in Sheung Wan; funky pop décor; rooms are on the larger side and the rates are extremely reasonable; excellent water pressure; lovely reception team; very comfortable bed; extremely quiet neighborhood despite us staying on the 2nd floor.
But you should also know: There are no dining facilities at The Figo so you’ll need to head out for meals; convenient location in Sheung Wan but you will need to walk 10 minutes to Sheung Wan or Sai Ying Pun MTR stations – those with luggage should take a taxi instead; the hotel is actually in a commercial building without a dedicated hotel-only entrance – the reception area is on the 4th floor.
TUVE is a unique industrial minimalist hotel in Tin Hau, just on the fringe of Causeway Bay proper. The design hotel is unlike any other you’ll find in Hong Kong, and architecture buffs will appreciate the sleek aesthetics throughout the property. We especially loved the exposed fire services inlet at the main entrance – a system that most hotels would choose to conceal rather than incorporate into the design.
The rooms are extremely spacious and feature a number of textural elements – from gold foil-tinged concrete to warm wood furnishing and cool marble. You’ll love the thoughtful touches that have gone into creating an extremely practical yet cozy and comfortable space. The staff at TUVE are yet another highlight of the property: always warm, friendly and professional. If you’re looking for a design hotel in Hong Kong then click here to book your stay at TUVE!
What we loved: The unique design and architectural elements; spacious rooms in a location that isn’t necessarily obvious, but extremely convenient nonetheless; wonderful front-of-house team who made us feel extremely welcome.
But you should also know: Breakfast is available at an additional rate at the property’s restaurant downstairs – Superhooman.
8. Little Tai Hang
Last but not least is Little Tai Hang, a boutique hotel and serviced apartment complex tucked away in the hidden gem of a neighborhood, Tai Hang. Located just on the edge of Causeway Bay, Little Tai Hang offers easy access to either the Causeway Bay or Tin Hau MTR stations on the Island line so you can zoom off to explore Hong Kong.
The rooms feature plenty of cool tones, and creates an effortlessly cozy “home away from home” feel for visitors to Hong Kong. There is also a 24-hour fitness centre if you need to get your step count up during your holiday. What we loved in particular was the number of local diners and coffee shops located just downstairs – take advantage of the opportunity to experience the slower, “local” life in Hong Kong away from tourist crowds. Click here to book your stay at Little Tai Hang!
What we loved: The clean, modern decor is very cozy, and rooms are equipped with an Apple TV, ample closet space and spacious bathrooms; the location is fantastic as it is close to the shopping districts as well as MTR stations; extremely quiet local neighborhood with tons of cafes and diners.
But you should also know: While the garden view from the rooms are nice, I would recommend that you splurge for an upgrade to a harbour view room.
I hope this list of boutique Hong Kong hotels helps you to plan your stay in the city – these places are wonderful choices for your perfect city trip. Looking for even more options for unique hotels in Hong Kong? Click here to book other accommodation in Hong Kong!
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