Hong Kong is known for being a round-the-clock city, with a fabulous dining scene and pulsing nightlife; luxury shopping and sights to see; not to mention the calming respites from buzzing city life in the form of spas, gardens and country parks. With so much to see and do, it can get easy to overlook the authentic side of Hong Kong, filled with hidden gem shopping, street eats and the best value hotspots that Hongkongers swear by. To make the most of your trip and see a real Hong Kong experience, you’ll want to pick an excellent hotel that offers everything you need at arm’s reach, from great comfort to top-notch amenities to a central location.
iclub Ma Tau Wai Hotel
Best for: Kowloon Explorers
The up-and-coming eastern Kowloon enclave facing the former Kai Tak airport is an ideal place to stay for those who love getting immersed in the traditional side of Hong Kong. Authentic local restaurants are everywhere you look, while hip and artsy cafés dot the area, satisfying sweet tooths and brunch cravings. The Cattle Depot Artist’s Village in particular is one of Hong Kong’s most precious artist hubs, renovated and converted from a former quarantine base and abattoir, now home to around 20 art groups. Tucked in an unassuming corner of To Kwa Wan just a few blocks to the south, iclub Ma Tau Wai Hotel offers sleek, futuristic-looking rooms with sunny, all-white interiors and full-length windows offering panoramic sea views of Victoria Harbour. Excellently connected to the lively entertainment, shopping and cultural districts in Hong Kong, you’ll find public transport that will take you to downtown Kowloon in just 10 minutes.
New World Millennium Hong Kong
Best for: Browsing Hong Kong’s next-gen trends
Fresh from a HK$300 million facelift, the upscale New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel offers all the latest amenities and modern designer features with guests’ comfort and convenience in mind, for fabulous value. Each room gets an in-room Handy smartphone with 3G data and wifi; while paperless check-in and -out systems also work with mobile payment options such as Apple Pay. Located right on the Tsim Sha Tsui East waterfront facing the iconic harbour skyline, the hotel is not only picturesque, but convenient, just a 5-minute walk away from nearby MTR stations. A hotel shuttle bus zips you right into the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, where keen explorers can spend a day browsing Cameron Road’s youth street labels, its eclectic bunch of upstairs cafés and street eats, and quirky, up-and-coming fashion at Rise Shopping Arcade.
Novotel Hong Kong Century Hotel
Best for: Exploring the traditional side of Causeway Bay and Wan Chai
Right in the heart of buzzing Causeway Bay and Wan Chai — well known for their shopping and dining scenes as well as the unique blend of old and new — Novotel Hong Kong Century Hotel is an excellent choice for travellers who want to make the most out of Hong Kong’s vibrant local atmosphere. Spacious, newly renovated guest rooms, stunning harbour and city views and a large outdoor swimming pool popping up in the unlikeliest locales make this hotel a gem hidden in plain sight. In between browsing upmarket boutiques, you’ll want to dive into the bustling open-air Wan Chai Market filled with quirky toys and trinkets as well as seasonal blooms. At nearby Wan Chai Wet Market, you’ll be able to see the catch and produce of the day — and maybe pick up a snack on the way before feasting on local cuisine at Under Bridge Spicy Crab. Its stir-fried chilli crab and other star seafood dishes have made it a decades-old go-to in Wan Chai.
Best Western Plus Hotel Hong Kong
Best for: Strolling through the old western district of Hong Kong Island
It’s hard to find a truly comfortably spacious hotel room in Hong Kong without it costing an arm and a leg, and the Best Western Plus makes this a reality with harbour-facing rooms to boot. Located right in the heart of Western district, it’s an ideal place to stay for those looking to explore Hong Kong’s old town. Just a 5-minute walk from Hong Kong University MTR Station, and just 10 minutes’ drive from SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong, the area’s iconic temples, arts and antique rows, traditional dried seafood streets — as well as Central’s best bar and dining offerings — are just a hop and a skip away.