Best Hong Kong Hotels

Photo of Hong KongLike fireworks against Victoria Bay's night sky, Hong Kong is a sensory explosion of dazzling contrasts. This is an international powerhouse of a city: smog-filled, crowded, cacophonous, rich with odours and rampantly consumerist. Street markets, shopping malls, designer brands, the latest gadgets, great culinary experiences – all are here in abundance, and many of the best places to stay in Hong Kong are well located to explore all of the above.

Still rooted in tradition, old Hong Kong lives on beside new Hong Kong: ultra-modern developments are aligned with care according to the advice of feng-shui masters. Just steps away from traffic jams oases of peace can be found in neighbourhood temples. And historic trams rumble above one of the world's most advanced subway systems. Chinese culture mixes with the West: Have dim sum followed by afternoon tea to a soundtrack by this week's Cantopop sensation.

This may surprise you - considering Hong Kong's reputation as a bustling city of glass skyscrapers and traditional markets crammed full of treasures, and the fact that it's one of the most densely populated places on the planet - but over 70% of Hong Kong is mountains and country parks. So there's plenty here to appeal to the outdoor adventurer too.

Hong Kong 'city' is centred around the Kowloon peninsula and the strip opposite it on Hong Kong island. Tsim Sha Tsui, at the tip of the Kowloon peninsula, is the main tourist area, and is one of the best places to stay in Hong Kong if you're looking for reasonably priced accommodation. In basic brush strokes, the Kowloon side is less colonial, more Chinese, and you might find that prices are generally a little cheaper.

Hong Kong Island is where the colonial ties are strongest, so more English is spoken, and there's more old fashioned luxury. Some of the harbour side hotels have reputations for being the best places to stay in Hong Kong which span many, many decades.

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