The Best Hotels for a Staycation
Whether you just need to get away from the hustle and bustle, enjoy some kid free time or have some well deserved R&R, Hong Kong has plenty of fabulous stay-cay options.
If you’re all about the harbour views, head to Kerry Hotel, part of the Shangri-La family, for some of the city’s best. The hotel is crisp, clean, and modern, having only been open for little over a year, and offers guests spacious rooms, plenty of dining options, and a spa and health club – everything you need for the perfect staycation! Our favorite part of Kerry Hotel? Hands down the infinity pool overlooking Victoria Harbour. After you’ve tired yourself out with the hotel’s amenities, head to Red Sugar for a sunset beverage before dining at one of their four restaurants.
Starting at: $2,800 per night, book the Kerry Hotel on Agoda
38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong
If you’re looking for a new hotel that has it all, spend a night at The Murray, one of the cities newest landmark hotels. Escape the mundane with The Murray’s stunning architectural designs, sophisticated urban-chic rooms, and five elegant restaurants. Each room is equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, offering plenty of natural light and beautiful views of the surrounding city. While there are plenty of dining options at The Murray, we particularly like Popinjays, the just-opened rooftop bar and restaurant with a stunning terrace. Be sure to enjoy a cheeky nightcap before retiring to your room for the night.
Starting at: $4,000 per night, book The Murray now on Agoda
22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central
This former police station was restored in 2009 to a cozy nine-room boutique hotel in what is now known as the Tai O Heritage Hotel. The rooms are bright, modern, and have that homey feel we all end up missing. Dine under the stars at Tai O Lookout, the hotel’s elegant glass roof restaurant. The hotel overlooks the oldest fishing village in Hong Kong, where traditional stilt houses are still occupied by fishermen and their families today.
Starting at: $1,600 per night, book the Tai O Heritage Hotel on Agoda now
Shek Tsai Po Street, Tai O, Lantau Island
If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city center, then Ovolo Southside is a great option for a staycation. This fresh concept fits perfectly into the industrial art scene of Wong Chuk Hang with its fun artwork and modern rooms. One of our favorite things about Ovolo Southside has to be all the freebies you get along with your stay (when you book directly with the hotel): breakfast, mini-bar, goodie bag, happy hour, and the list goes on. Head to Komune, Ovolo’s main restaurant, anytime for a bite to eat either inside or out on the patio, or go up to Above, Ovolo’s rooftop bar for some satisfying cocktails with a view.
Starting at: $1,200 per night, book the Ovolo Southside on Agoda now
64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Southside
In little over 30 minutes you will feel like you’re a world away at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel. Located seaside, amongst tropical gardens, with a day spa and fabulous resort style pool, you might just want to move here permanently. The Gold Coast Hotel offers its visitors one of Hong Kong’s longest stretches of beach, well maintained jogging/walking tracks, and an abundance of dining and entertainment options. Although this hotel does a great job catering to families with their waterpark, Outdoor Kids Island, kid-themed rooms, adventure zone, and more, it’s also a perfect romantic getaway or a fun weekend with friends.
Starting at: HK$1,200 per night, book the Gold Coast hotel on Agoda now
1 Castle Peak Road, Gold Coast / phone: 2452 8888
Arguably one of Hong Kong’s swankiest hotels, a staycation at The Upper House will do a fair bit of damage to your wallet, but it’s the perfect splurge for the right occasion. Many of the rooms offer sweeping views of Victoria Harbour, but if you don’t manage to snag a harbourview, simply head up to the 49th floor to enjoy a late night drink or an early morning breakfast (or both) at Cafe Grey. The hotel offers complimentary weekend morning yoga classes and if you’re really looking to pamper yourself, opt for one of the many in-room spa treatments available.
Starting at: $5,200 per night, book The Upper House on Agoda now
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Often overlooked given its location in the eastern district of Hong Kong Island, EAST has some of the most stunning and unique views of Victoria Harbour. The vibe at EAST is relaxing and laid-back, the service is friendly and efficient, and the floor to ceiling windows in the rooms give the space an airy and bright feel. Whether you want to laze under the sun or do a few laps, EAST has an outdoor pool on the 4th floor, but the real gem of EAST is Sugar (Bar.Deck.Lounge), the hotel’s rooftop bar. Sugar recently underwent a makeover, making it the perfect place for sunset drinks or a late-night affair with Sugar’s inhouse DJ.
Starting at: $1,300 per night, book EAST on Agoda now
29 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing
Add a bit of spunk to your staycation at W Hotel. Widely known for their champagne brunches and rooftop pool parties, this hotel is also a great place to extend your fun with a night’s stay. The room decor is a fluid mix of classic and contemporary, with splashes of art and colour throughout. Whether you want to treat yourself to a day at the hotel’s Bliss Spa or head to the rooftop to splash around in the outdoor pool, W Hotel has you covered.
Starting at: $2,700 per night, book the W Hotel on Agoda now
1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
The Hyatt Regency in Sha Tin is an affordable city escape just steps from the Sha Tin MTR. The rooms are large and we promise that the harbourview is well worth the upgrade. Spend the day exploring Sha Tin (we recommend renting bikes and heading out to ride along the bicycle laneways for a few hours) before heading back. You can unwind and cool down by the outdoor pool or make your way to Melo Spa for a relaxing treatment. To satisfy your appetite, the hotel has a range of dining options, including a vast buffet at the Cafe and daily live music at Tin Tin Bar.
Starting at: $1,300 per night, book The Hyatt on Agoda now
18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin, New Territories
If waking up in old world charm and 300 thread count sheets sounds like you’re idea of a good staycation, then you’ll love The Pottinger. Affectionately named after Hong Kong’s first Governor, The Pottinger has an east-meets-west vibe present in the rooms’ modern decor with a distinct touch of history. It’s hard to beat the Central location of the hotel, making it a fuss-free venture. The Pottinger is also home to a few great restaurants – Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano and Ta Vie – and a laid back bar, The Envoy, with cozy outdoor seating.
Starting at: $3,000 per night, book The Pottinger on Agoda now
74 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Step back in time during your stay at one of the city’s most iconic hotels: The Peninsula. Built in the 1920’s, The Peninsula exudes old world charm and timeless elegance. Perhaps best known for its classic afternoon tea, the hotel also offers an impressive range of cuisine – head to Gaddi’s for a French fine dining experience, Spring Moon for Cantonese, or one of the other six restaurants/bars that are sure to delight your senses. Although we’d prefer a hotel with an outdoor pool, The Peninsula’s heated indoor pool means you can enjoy the stunning backdrop of the harbor all year long.
Starting at: $4,800 per night, book The Peninsula on Agoda now
Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
After a quick 80 second journey up, the elevator doors will open to the grand lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, located on the 102nd floor of Kowloon’s International Commerce Centre. The panoramic views of the city from high above can be seen throughout the hotel and are completely captivating. Get your feet wet at the hotel’s indoor infinity pool or pamper yourself in one of their nine lavish treatment rooms. The Ritz-Carlton is home to two Michelin-starred restaurants: Cantonese restaurant Tin Lung Heen and Italian restaurant Tosca. OZONE, the rooftop lounge, is the city’s highest bar and has an incredibly indulgent Sunday brunch buffet where both the food and wine flow.
Starting at: $4,000 per night, book The Ritz-Carlton on Agoda now
International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon
Known for its trademark European luxury, The Langham exudes elegance and comfort. If you’ve ever wanted to dine at a three Michelin-starred restaurant, now’s your chance to indulge in authentic Cantonese cuisine at T’ang Court. The Langham also has more casual dining options where you can grab a burger at Main St. Deli or enjoy afternoon tea at Palm Court. Head up to the rooftop where you’ll be surrounded by a 604 square meter wellness sanctuary comprised of treatment rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, and a split-level fitness and health club.
Starting at: $2,400 per night, book The Langham on Agoda now
8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
This classically ‘Hong Kong’ hotel is the perfect combination of east meets west in both design and service. Most of the rooms have a bit of an old school feel, but what you’re really after at the Mandarin Oriental goes far beyond the room. We particularly like the spa suites, designed for couples or friends who want to completely unwind together. You’ll also find a gentleman’s barber, complete salon, tea lounge, an indoor swimming pool with an underwater sound system, tepidarium, and more at the Mandarin Oriental.
Starting at: $3,400 per night, book The Mandarin Oriental on Agoda now
5 Connaught Road, Central
When a hotel claims they have beds “so comfortable you may never want to leave”, you can bet they make it onto this list (especially when you can enjoy those harbour views without moving a muscle). Throughout the hotel you’ll find plenty of art pieces crafted by local talents and curated by award-winning artist Freeman Lau, along with a variety of ‘green’ additions to the hotel’s decor. The outdoor pool, celebrated Cantonese restaurant Above & Beyond, and Angsana Spa by Banyan Tree make Hotel ICON even more enticing as a staycation getaway.
Starting at: $2,500, book Hotel ICON on Agoda now
17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East
From the moment you step into the lobby, the staff at Four Seasons is at your service. With stunning harbourview rooms, an emphasis on mindfulness and wellbeing, and way too many Michelin-stars under one roof, this hotel is a no-brainer. Spend the day relaxing by the pool terrace before retreating to the spa for one of the hotel’s unique treatments or programs, like a half-day wellness retreat or a jade stone therapy massage. End your day at either two Michelin-starred Caprice, three Michelin-starred Lung King Heen, or three Michelin-starred Sushi Saito followed by a bit of jazz and a classic cocktail at Blue Bar.
Starting at: $5,300 per night, book the Four Seasons now on Agoda
8 Finance Street, Central
JW Marriott has recently refurbished all of their guest rooms (including an impressive choice of six pillows to make your sleep that much more magical), making it the perfect time to escape your daily routine. With seven dining options to choose from, an outdoor pool with plenty of lounge chairs to catch those rays, complimentary pilates class on Saturday mornings, and a fully equipped fitness facility, JW Marriott offers just about everything you could want in a staycation.
Starting at: $2,800 per night, book the JW Marriott on Agoda now
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
This urban sanctuary has long since been a standout hotel in Hong Kong. Island Shangrila is home to a range of restaurants and bars, perfect for a casual affair or a fine dining experience. The outdoor pool has plenty of loungers and the Waterside Terrace is just steps away, so you can keep the poolside cocktails and bites coming all day. For those into health and fitness, Island Shangrila offers free hatha yoga classes, a health club spa, sauna and steam rooms, and a gym.
Starting at: $3,000 per night, book the Island Shangrila on Agoda now
Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central
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thisgirlabroad is a Canadian expat who packed her life up in the Great White North to move to a city filled with skyscrapers, dim sum, and 7-Eleven’s. She’s been living, working, and eating her way through Hong Kong for the past six years with no plans to slow down. Between working full time and managing her blog, you’ll likely find her with a flat white in one hand and a jar of peanut butter in the other.