While travel was closed, Hong Kong’s hoteliers kept building. When you cruise to the dynamic city today, you’ll discover a whole slate of new hotels that have added to its reputation for having one of the most glamorous and diverse hospitality scenes in the world.
On your pre- or post-cruise stay in Hong Kong, you can stay at one of the new hotels in skyscrapers with harbor views, exquisite luxury retreats, artisanal enclaves and try new hotel restaurants that are already ranking as some of the best on the planet.
East Meets West with Four Michelin Stars: The St. Regis Hong Kong
In the ultimate East-meets-West city, The St. Regis Hong Kong marries New York blueblood hospitality and Hong Kong culture with sophistication.
A ‘curated mansion’ with refined, contemporary, minimalist interiors, the hotel is on Hong Kong Island overlooking the harbor.
It continues the best traditions of St. Regis hotels worldwide, including daily champagne saber ceremonies, butler service, and local versions of the Bloody Mary, invented at the original Astor family St. Regis hotel in New York. In Hong Kong, the cocktail has been transformed by local flavors into a ‘Canto Mary.’
Treat your tastebuds at not one, but two, Michelin-starred restaurants. The French restaurant revives the elegant tradition of a cheese trolley circulating with dozens of delectable cheeses and an 800-strong wine list, and the Chinese restaurant offers relaxed, social, and modern Cantonese cuisine.
Bar with Personality and a View: Rosewood Hong Kong
Now Hong Kong has an outpost of Rosewood’s ultra-luxury, hyper-local hospitality.
Soaring over Victoria Harbour in Kowloon, Rosewood Hong Kong (pictured, top) is a new anchor for the Victoria Dockside neighborhood.Serenity, lush topiary, and an indoor infinity pool greet guests arriving for a holiday, business stay, meetings, or gathering in one of the most stunning new events venues in the city.
With ten dining venues including Cantonese as well as Italian, American steakhouse, a contemporary take on Hong Kong traditional comfort food, a stylish café, patisserie, afternoon tea, Asian tapas and an Indian restaurant that quickly leapt into Hong Kong’s Michelin guide list of starred restaurants, you can satisfy every palate.
But don’t miss The Darkside, already rated one of the World’s 50 Best Bars, where you can participate in mixology classes and sip away on a terrace with epic views of the skyline.
Artisanal Home Away from Home: Artus K11
Not far from the Rosewood in the Victoria Dockside arts and design district, Artus K11 – described as an ‘inspiring, design-led artisanal home’ - has room features including balconies overlooking the harbor.
In addition to welcoming visitors to nearly 300 serviced apartments, the owners are intent upon conserving traditional Chinese artistry and craftsmanship.
K11 ARTUS works with artisans to help preserve Hong Kong’s culture and ancient arts and craft techniques. By curating their creations, modern pieces of art as well as valuable antiques throughout the property and nurturing an artist in residence program, ARTUS creates a unique environment for cultural discovery for guests.
The property is also a stone’s throw away from the same group’s magnificent K11 MUSEA café and shopping venue housing art and luxury labels.
Green Spaces and User-Friendly Tech: Alva Hotel by Royal
With green surroundings and user-friendly technology for guests’ comfort and wellness, Alva appeals to modern travelers who embrace contemporary design, healthy living, sustainability and smart technology.
The lobby features a stunning moss wall that reflects its unique riverside location and lush Shatin neighborhood landscape. Technology facilitates self-check-in, with a mobile key sent to your smart phone.
An in-room tablet controls your entertainment and environment. Your bathroom’s shower emits water enriched with vitamins and collagen to enhance your skin and hair.
Terrace yoga and tai chi, a patio with minimalist vertical gardens, a rooftop pool with a view, a co-working space in the green lobby, as well as water refill stations to avoid single-use plastic, plus an all-day dining venue with cooking stations serving up Asian and western cuisine, hydroponic greens, fresh oysters and house-made gelato, complete the fresh, flexible and modern hotel experience.
Airport Hotel with a Twist: The Silveri Hong Kong-MGallery
Just minutes from the airport on Lantau Island and with easy access to Hong Kong Disneyland, this new Accor hotel is more than a place to lay your head before your flight.
It brings the ambiance of the lush green Lantau hills inside, turning a city hotel in a haven of tranquillity. The lobby and restaurants, gym and some rooms look out on to cascading garden terraces with a yoga lawn, green spaces, and a large outdoor pool perched high above the town center.
Guestrooms feature soothingneutrals and minimalism, lots of natural light and views of surrounding hills and the seas. Some have private outdoor terraces with hot tubs or private plunge pool.
As a bonus for shopping fans, the hotel is connected to an outletmall, featuring over 150global brands at wild discounts.
The Return of a Harborfront Icon: Regent Hong Kong
This hotel’s not exactly new, but reborn. First opened as The Regent in 1980, for the last two decades this pillar of Hong Kong social life was an InterContinental Hotel. But following the acquisition of the Regent brand by IHG, the decision was made to return the property to its former glory, restore its original name, and revive its legendary status.
The ‘new’ Regent Hong Kong officially opened / re-opened in 2023, following a transformational renovation. It put the property back at the top of the luxury offerings on Tsim Sha Tsui’s harborfront and maximizing its unparalleled location and views.
The Lobby Lounge returns as the place to see, be seen and meet up, maximizing views while offering afternoon tea both Chinese and Western, as well as Regent’s famous day-to-evening champagne ritual. Its Cantonese restaurant has reverted to its original, revered name – while picking up two new Michelin stars.
By: Lynn Elmhirst Producer and Host, World's Greatest Cruises
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