Ever expanding as a world-class arts hub, Hong Kong has endless sources of inspiration for those with a soft side for creativity. So when it comes to the hotels for arts lovers, plenty of consideration is given to bringing great art and design into each guest’s stay. The city also has a thriving international gallery scene all year round, and plays host to events that have put our tiny but pulsing city on the global map such as Art Basel, Art Central, not to mention the decades-strong Hong Kong Arts Festival. For proximity to the city’s artsiest districts, opportunities to explore the best of Hong Kong’s rich history, or just to surround yourself in aesthetically superb surroundings, these are the best hotels to stay in Hong Kong for arts lovers:
The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel
Best for: Design aficionados
For those who dig great design, they’ll have to check out the latest luxury hotel to open in Hong Kong, The Murray. Under the Niccolo Hotels brand, The Murray is one of Hong Kong’s most ambitious hospitality and preservation projects of late. Together with famed British design studio Foster + Partners, what was once a 1960s modernist office tower — the iconic Murray Building — has been transformed by the Wharf Group from Mad Men to magnificently modern with 336 rooms and suites spanning 25 floors. Costing over US$1 billion to construct, the luxurious property is one of the largest accommodation offerings in Hong Kong. Guests can admire the view over Hong Kong’s CBD through each room’s oversized feature windows.
Best for: Heritage geeks
With the original building dating back to 1881, Hullett House is a design-led heritage hotel, refreshing what used to be the Marine Police Headquarters, one of four of the oldest surviving government buildings from the British colonial era. With that, all Suites are individually designed, while you’ll notice interesting details everywhere you look — from the French doors at Verandah to the equestrian accents at The Stable the hotel’s dedicated bar and grill which (you guessed it) used to be where the horses slept.
The Peninsula Hong Kong
Best for: Experiencing Hong Kong’s landmark history and culture
With 90 years of high elegance and history within its walls, The Peninsula Hong Kong is one of the finest hotels in Asia, let alone the city, especially revered for its culinary excellence. The guest rooms ooze classic modernity with refined craftsmanship and design, while most of the facilities — such as the Roman-style indoor swimming pool — offer exquisite views of the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour. The hotel also offers a ‘Peninsula Academy’ programme featuring a whole host of tailored experiences that offer insight into Hong Kong’s unique history and culture — from lantern-making to comic arts, fashion to gastronomy.
InterContinental Hong Kong
Best for: Museum lovers
There’s one view residents and visitors alike never get tired of, and that’s the skyline at Victoria Harbour. At the InterContinental Hong Kong, not only can you experience the impeccable service and stellar dining options of one of the top hotel brands in the world, you also get the best panoramic harbour views in town. Located right next to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and within walking distance to Hong Kong’s largest museums, it’s absolutely ideal for out-of-towners looking to catch a concert or exhibition during their stay.