Business travel provides an enviable opportunity to see different places, but you need to find a way to engage with your destination and get plugged into the local scene. In our book, you can’t beat choosing a hotel with a strategic location that puts you close to your business meetings, and everything else you want to see in the city.
In Hong Kong, that’s being close to the CBD, Victoria Harbour and Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, and some of the best hotels there are in our collection.
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
Hotels in Hong Kong don’t get more central than this Four Seasons outpost, adjacent to the International Finance Centre and office towers of the Central District, but there is no chaos here. The hotel, despite being slap bang in the heart of the city, feels removed from it all, from the moment you walk by the feng shui fountain and into the huge glass lobby where music drifting from the Lounge restaurant feels almost hypnotic.
Cosseting luxury is also the name of the game up in the rooms, with beds dressed in temperature-regulated Simmons mattresses and comfortable window-side chaises. To get some work done, chrome-legged desks that open to skyline views of the city beyond provide all the inspiration you need.
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
Another hotel that sits right in Hong Kong’s business and retail heart, but comes with a bit more history and pedigree is the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. It was the first luxury hotel of the city, and arguably, it is still the one that attracts the most Chanel- and Hermes-clad business travelers.
The entrance and lobby, rendered in glossy black marble, sets the scene for the old-school glamour that this place goes for, and the afternoon tea served in the Clipper Lounge on one side is still the most coveted around. For more wow factor, book a room with a harbor view, or one with a sexy outlook on Statue Square.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental
At first glance, there is not much to separate this Mandarin Oriental hotel from its big sister. For a start, it sits right next to it, at a pivotal point in the epicentre of Hong Kong’s shopping and business district. Then, of course, the sleek entrance and faultless service is MO through and though, but the more intimate size of the Landmark Mandarin Oriental makes it the one to pick for style mavens who like their hotels more contemporary than classic.
Then, of course, the hotel’s 25,000-square foot Oriental Spa and wellness zone is another reason to check-in. If you foresee a lot of office-to-hotel slog while you’re in town, this hotel is just what the doctor ordered for your available downtime.
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
The reason to check into the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is simple: It’s the highest hotel in the world…and with that title comes perks like an indoor infinity pool with mind-boggling views of Victoria Harbour, and the world’s highest bar.
Come here for a hotel with a casually buzzing atmosphere, removed from the Central District of Hong Kong, but close enough that you can get there in no time, ferried in a private Mercedes Benz or Bentley. The Michelin-starred restaurants, including Tin Lung Heen and Tosca are also reasons to check-in, while gasp worthy rooms with padded seats along the ledge never let you forget where you are.
For more hotel showcases, stay tuned…