Hong Kong is big, but we’re the first to admit we don’t venture beyond the Causeway Bay-Central zone nearly enough. Make a staycation out of your next weekend and explore our seaside neighbourhoods and the bustling atmosphere that lies in wait across the harbour.
Looking for a place to stay? We’ve rounded up the best boutique hotels in Kowloon – with a few seaside gems that are homes away from home.
This heritage hotel dates all the way back to 1881, making it one of the oldest buildings in Hong Kong. It’s found in the former Marine Police Headquarters, but today offers a refined and elegant experience with its large, individually designed suites to reflect a distinct period in Hong Kong’s history.
There are 10 suites to choose from, each one named after one of Hong Kong’s numerous bays. The Tung O suite is the most luxurious one, comprising three balconies and terraces, and interiors decorated with black walls, gold highlights and Chinese lacquer. As for food and drinks, there are seven establishments to pick from – we highly recommend the Champagne Gallery that is styled after a French Maison offering seafood and, yes, champagne!
Rooms from HK$4,960
1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 3988 0000
No detail has been overlooked at Tribute Hotel. The hotel’s design team worked closely with artistic collaborators (artists, designers, foodies, entrepreneurs and more) to create a one-of-a-kind experience for its guests. For starters, its rooms are heavily influenced by the fact that Yau Ma Tei used to be a fishing village, which is why you’ll find things like weaving baskets and porcelains next to your bed.
There are 24 rooms available – simply classified as Big and Small – outfitted with contemporary furnishings as well as comfy king-sized beds. We love the minimalist touch to each room, giving them a very contemporary feel that is so apt for this area.
4 Tung Fong Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Tel: 2858 0788
Hotel Stage offers an urban, minimalistic and smart living design experience with its rooms. We absolutely love the simplicity of the guest rooms here – you instantly feel right at home when you check in.
Hotel Stage also believes in supporting Hong Kong’s culture and community, which is why it has specially created Muse with Us, a platform where guests and outside participants can present and share ideas as well as be inspired by the surroundings of the hotel. It is designed as three spaces: The Muse, where you can browse a selection of design books as well as artisanal handmade products; Muse Wine Bar, highlighting specially curated wines and beverages from around the world, and Spotlight at The Muse, where talents are welcomed to share their ideas.
Rooms from HK$1,050
1 Chi Wo Street, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 3953 2222
The Perkin Hotel
The stylish Perkin Hotel offers all the comforts of a luxury urban hotel in its rooms and suites. Each one is fitted with high-tech facilities and amenities to help you unwind after a long day. You’ll love the chic interior of earth tones, wood fixtures and ambient lighting. Photographs of iconic Hong Kong cityscapes decorate the walls to give you a sense of the beauty that is outside your room.
Make sure the check out The Access, which is the hotel’s communal lounge with complimentary snacks, coffee and a selection of drinks available around the clock. Not to be missed also is Hanabi, the hotel’s Japanese restaurant helmed by popular Japanese sushi chef, Michael Chan.
Rooms from HK$1,188
Level 5, 6 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 3602 3888
Just a few steps away from Hong Kong’s popular shopping malls and hot restaurants, Hotel Pravo is a deluxe hotel with 92 rooms and suites designed by Johnny Wang and Miho Hirabayashi, the duo behind award-winning boutique design studio FAK3.
What’s unique is the interior – each room is designed in a different colour scheme, from rock-and-roll black to mysterious purple, pastels and classy gold. Perfect if you are after something different for your Hong Kong stay.
Rooms from HK$850
10 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 3188 7888
Hotel Icon is all about art, design, food and everything that makes Hong Kong unique. The hotel is also all about green living, starting with the 8,000-plus plants that grow in the vertical garden in the lobby.
There are 262 stylish rooms with breathtaking views of the city and Victoria Harbour. The rooms feature designer showcases like a Karuselli chair, KEF MUO Audiophile Bluetooth Speaker and GP Powerbank and a Nespresso coffee machine. Worth noting is also the Designer Suite by Vivienne Tam, Hong Kong’s world’s renowned fashion designer.
Rooms from HK$1,900
17 Science Museum Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 3400 1000
Ovolo Aberdeen Harbour
Overlooking the Aberdeen Harbour, Ovolo offers 83 designer guestrooms that are bright, contemporary and colourful overlooking the sea. Each room is equipped with your usual amenities along with video game consoles that are available on request and an elegant walk-in rain shower to unwind under. Nearby attractions include Ocean park and Ap Lei Chau outlet stores.
Rooms from HK$650
100 Shek Pai Wan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Tel: 3728 1000
Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong
Located on Lantau Island, Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong offers 325 rooms and suites surrounded by ocean views, greenery and natural beauty. Staying here, you can opt to enjoy the island or just take a 25-minute high-speed ferry ride.
Check out the award-winning Spa Botanica, one of most respected spa brands in Asia offering a menu of over 50 different treatments. If you are an outdoorsy person, you will want to head out to one of Lantau Island’s hiking trails that start right at the doorstep of the hotel.
Rooms from HK$1,090
Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong, 88 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Tel: 2295 8299
Tai O Heritage Hotel
What a view at Tai O Heritage Hotel – the South China Sea on one side and the Tai O fishing village on the other! Step back in time when you check into this colonial-style hotel that was formerly a police station. The exterior still features every historical element and details like the cannons, searchlight, corner turrets, dry-goods store and cells. But don’t expect old-style interior – the hotel features a nine very chic, uniquely appointed rooms.
Don’t forget to check out the Tai O Lookout, the hotel’s glass-roofed restaurant that is named after the guard tower. If you’re a history buff, this hotel is a good shout.
Rooms from HK$1,680
Shek Tsai Po Street, Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Tel: 2985 8383