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 easy access to public transportation, most of Hong Kong’s top tourist attractions, excellent restaurants and retail shops.
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!
The best Hong Kong boutique hotels to check out
Looking for the best boutique hotels in Hong Kong? I did the research so you don’t have to! I Here are some of top luxury and boutique hotels in Hong Kong – these hotels are beyond-the-ordinary, offering you the perfect stay 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 at The Fleming 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 Murray 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 décor.
The Ovolo Central 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 at The Hari 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 center – 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 the spacious rooms at The Figo (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 to independent, self-sufficient 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 at TUVE 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
If you’re looking for a little slice of peace and quiet then check out 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 at Little Tai Hang 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.
Tai Hang is the perfect place to wander around if you love street photography, and 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 décor 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.
9. Island Shangri-La
One of the city’s legacy brands, the Island Shangri-La is one of the most popular luxury hotels in Hong Kong with a longstanding history. The hotel has been undergoing a major renovation and many guest rooms have since been brought forward into the 21st century with modern furnishings and design.
Island Shangri-La offers extremely spacious rooms, fantastic dining options, a brand new wellness center and outdoor pool. Its location is ideal for business and family travelers and offers direct access to Pacific Place (a huge shopping mall) and Admiralty MTR station which is located under the mall, as well as Hong Kong Park which is a 2-minute walk away.
We loved the panoramic view from our room at the Island Shangri-La (inter-connecting rooms are also available), and the breakfast buffet selection is fantastic. Though it is a more traditional, old-school hotel in Hong Kong, you are guaranteed excellent service and hospitality in an extremely elegant setting. Click here to check rates and availability at Island Shangri-La!
What we loved: The rooms are very clean and spacious, and we booked an inter-connecting room with friends. If you are visiting with friends and family this is a good option for a Hong Kong stay with all the facilities you could hope for. The location is fantastic as Pacific Place has many restaurants, a supermarket and cinema, and you can also walk straight down into Admiralty MTR station to get around. The neighboring Star Street precinct is another area you’ll want to check out for its many bars and restaurants.
But you should also know: Some of the rooms are still dated and yet-to-be-renovated, and parts of the hotel (including the gym and pool) may still be undergoing construction work.
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!
Planning your Hong Kong trip? Here are some must-knows:
✈️ To get into Hong Kong you’ll need to fly into Hong Kong International Airport. A cab from the airport to the city costs approximately HK$350-450 and typically takes less than 45 minutes/1 hour from door-to-door, or you can pre-book your private airport pick up or drop off here.
However, the best way to get to and from the airport is via the Airport Express train which stops in Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Central on Hong Kong island – it takes just 24 minutes from end to end! Want 20% off your Airport Express ticket? Buy your ticket ahead of time online here! Once you’ve purchased your ticket online, you can use the QR code that they send you to swipe through the special gates equipped with the QR reader.
🛂 Most visitors to Hong Kong do not require a visa for entry. See here for more details.
💱 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.
🎟️ You pretty much never have to pay full price for admissions tickets in Hong Kong as most tour operators, car charters, spas and major attractions are listed on Klook. Just click here and search for places you want to go, and book online for discounted entry or head on over here to read more about how to use Klook to book travel experiences.
📱 Buy a local SIM card. The easiest way to do that is via Klook – you can get a 7 day Hong Kong tourist SIM card and pick it up from the airport on arrival.
🚗 Getting around Hong Kong is easy. Public transportation is efficient, cheap and clean, and the network is very extensive. Taxis are cheap as well if you are in a hurry.
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 (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.
🌤️ Hong Kong gets 4 seasons! It is not a year-round tropical country as many people seem to believe. Summers are HOT and it gets fairly cold during the winter months (December to February). The best time to visit Hong Kong for milder weather is from March to early June, and September to November (but avoid the 1st week of May and 1st week of October as the city can get busy during China’s “Golden Week” holidays).
👚 What to wear in Hong Kong: In general, there are no strict dress codes in Hong Kong; however, Hong Kong can still be considered relatively conservative compared to some major Western cities. You should be prepared for stares (from both men and women) if you wear revealing clothing.
During the summer, it can be hot and humid so bring loose fitting, breathable clothing. However, most indoor places blast the air conditioning so it can be freezing cold – you’ll want to have a thin cardigan, sweater or scarf on hand.
During the winter months, it rarely falls below 8-10 degrees Celsius (46-50 Fahrenheit) but because of the humidity it can feel much chillier. If you are visiting from mid-December to mid-March it would be prudent to bring a warm scarf and a thick coat or down jacket.
🌐 Language in Hong Kong: The main language spoken in Hong Kong is Cantonese, a local dialect. Many people speak English (or at least basic English), and almost all signs are bilingual.
🗓️ Wondering how many days to spend in Hong Kong? For a first time visitor looking to visit the top attractions in Hong Kong I would recommend spending no fewer than 3-4 days in the city. If you plan on embarking on any Hong Kong day trips or exploring the city off the beaten track, plan to set aside anywhere from 5-10 days for your Hong Kong itinerary.
You might also find these Hong Kong guides helpful:
- Not sure where to start? Check out all of my Hong Kong destination guides by clicking here
- Traveling to Hong Kong for the first time? Here are 11 things you should know about Hong Kong before your trip!
- Looking for some off-the-beaten-path and unusual things to do in Hong Kong? Read my latest article here
- Here are some important dos and don’ts in Hong Kong to know before your trip
- Have more time in the city? Venture beyond the main areas and head out on one of these Hong Kong day trips
- Foodies will love the culinary scene in Hong Kong. Here are some of my favorite Hong Kong restaurants
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