Best List: Hong Kong's Swanky Sleepovers
National Geographic Traveller India|September - October 2021
Between the steely skyscrapers and lush greenery, Hong Kong’s hotels are some of the finest in Asia, and with new openings and revamps across the city, the hotel scene is more spectacular than ever before 
Lee Cobaj
Political unrest, protests and a pandemic—it’s an understatement to say that Hong Kong has had a difficult time lately. But the city is waiting with open arms: hotels have been gearing up for tourists to return, adding new restaurants and revamping facilities, and there are stacks of new attractions, too, from micro-parks to gigantic museums. Thanks to its excellent and affordable transport system, Hong Kong’s puzzle of scenery and skyscrapers is a breeze to get around, but each neighbourhood has its own distinct identity: financial districts Central and Admiralty are all glitz and glamour, while nearby Wan Chai retains a gritty, urban feel. North Point, meanwhile, feels like the Hong Kong of 40-years ago and is a top spot for food-lovers. Kowloon, too, has no shortage of great places to stay, from five-star sky palaces to art-led hotels with rooftop pools. Venture further to the more peaceful Outlying Islands, and you’ll discover a whole other world again.

BEST FOR SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, HONG KONG

There are many reasons the Mandarin Oriental has been topping the world’s best hotels lists for nearly seven decades, but one is its location in Central, where it sits at the heart of the city, both geographically and socially. The lobby is a spectacle: lashings of black marble, opulent chandeliers, magnificent artworks, smart businesspeople brokering deals and others clip-clopping to the superb spa. Rooms exude contemporary Asian luxury—thick Chinese rugs, golden silks, rosewood panelling— and, this year, there’s a slick new club lounge. Also new is The Aubrey, a madly exciting bar with maximalist interiors inspired by the 19th-century European craze for Japanism. ROOMS: From HK£4,000 (₹38,000). mandarinoriental.com

BEST FOR THE STYLISH SET

THE UPPER HOUSE

Head through an unassuming door in Admiralty, up 49 floors and out into one of the most spectacular spaces in Hong Kong: a glass-topped atrium strung with a sky bridge linking a mountain view lounge and new cityview restaurant Salisterra. Downstairs, rooms range from airy studios with big limestone tubs set in the window to the fabulous new André Fu suite. There’s no pool or spa (although in-room treatments can be arranged), but the elegant atmosphere, design and meticulous attention to detail are why the high-fliers scramble to stay here. ROOMS: from HK$5,016 (₹47,800), B&B. thehousecollective.com

BEST FOR LOCATION

ISLAND SHANGRI-LA

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