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Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant and energetic places in the world. The views around the harbour, especially when looking towards the island are stunning and a must when visiting Hong Kong. To see some pictures of the harbour and other aspects of Hong Kong do take a look at some of our picture galleries on Hong Kong. There is an excellent choice of hotels for travellers to choose from that accommodate every budget and taste.

Most hotels lucky enough to have unobstructed views of the harbour will definitely have harbour view rooms available. It would be a shame to come to Hong Kong and not experience, the splendour of waking up in the morning or getting back at night and seeing the stunning view from your room. Having said that the best views of Hong Kong Harbour can be seen from the mainland - Kowloon side. We have reviews of hotels on Hong Kong mainland on a separate page

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  Novotel Century Hong Kong This is an excellent mid-market hotel. Located in Wanchai, and in between the MRT (underground) of Causeway Bay and Wanchai just 5 minutes by foot. It is a well presented hotel very clean and offering some great rates. The rooms have fax and telephone lines, tea and coffee making facilities, in room safe and all the other normal amenities. Try to ask for a room that finishes with the numbers 18 as you will be able to see some of the harbour from these rooms, and they are good luck numbers in HK. This hotel really is one of the best "no frills" business hotels in Hong Kong it also comes from a very good source that the hotel has very good Feng Shui ! The Royal Club floor rooms all have duvets and additional benefits such as complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails. A 1999 and 2000 Premier Travel Award for Excellence winner. See pictures and special rates from this hotel here.

Novotel Century Harbour - Located in the Western District (which is on the Island) is a 5 minute taxi ride from Central. This creative hotel even offers you a mini bar at almost normal shop prices, so no more need to run to Seven Eleven, although there is one just downstairs if you so desire.  The swimming pool is open during the summer season, and located on the top floor, it offers great views whilst you swim around. A small gym is one the same floor which is useful for a quick work out as long as you don't suffer from vertigo. Small tip but if you can be lucky enough to get a room ending in 01 then well done as they may well be the best regular rooms in the hotel, with the bathroom in the middle of the room not right next to the entrance. Alternatively, ask for a corner room. The hotel has got some very good staff, one person who you are sure to meet is William, who manages the restaurant where you will enjoy breakfast. Make sure you introduce yourself to him. He is one of the most professional hotel staff we have met, and will make your breakfast far more enjoyable. See more of this hotel with rates.

Hotel Ibis North Point - Part of Century Hotels International the Century Inn North Point opened its doors beginning 2001 and has had quite an impact on the hotel industry in Hong Kong. It is safe to say that the Century Inn North Point is unlike any other property in Hong Kong especially any that is managed by such a highly respected and innovative company as Century. The location of the property is excellent as it is only a few steps from the exit A1 of the North Point MTR (the underground/subway system) which gives you easy and quick access to most of Hong Kong. The hotel is a budget hotel which provides all a leisure traveller or business traveller could need on a visit to Hong Kong. The rooms are very small, yet adequate with a bathroom that incorporates, shower, toilet and hand basin. All rooms have individually controlled air conditioning, mini bar, an electronic safe and colour TV with some satellite channels. As the hotel aims to keep its rates very low it has had to maximise space within the rooms (hence the size) and therefore there are no cupboards within the rooms, instead the hotel has provided some innovative coat hanger facilities that allow you to hang up the all important suit. The rooms all have a compact working area that allows you to comfortably work on your laptop and connect easily to the internet, all the plugs and sockets have been thoughtfully placed above the working area for easy access. Due to the shape of the building you have a choice of two views, either a nice harbour view that looks out over the Hung Hom area of Kowloon, or a rear view. For obvious reasons we recommend a harbour view however if that is not available or you opt for a rear view then we would suggest you ask for a room above the 20th floor. At present the hotel does not offer room service and the breakfast is very limited, the hotel does have plans in place to change this. In the meantime however, if you do wish a full breakfast ask the reception if you are entitled to a discount at the sister hotel the Century Hong Kong which is in Wanchai. For dinner there are quite a few restaurants in the area, and the hotel reception will be more than happy to advise you. Following a wonderful tradition of all Century Hotels in Hong Kong there is also a Seven Eleven and a Welcome  Supermarket just by the entrance of the hotel. If the amount you spend on accommodation in Hong Kong is an important issue and the size of the room does not really matter than the Century Inn North Point is an excellent choice. See more of this hotel with special rates.

Harbour Plaza North Point or HPNP as it prefers to be known is another excellent no frills hotel. When I say here no frills, I am talking off chandeliers and such, but when it comes to actual frills you will be able to enjoy as a guest, then they are bountiful. The hotel is right opposite the MTR - Quarry Bay, exit C. The rooms are well equipped with everything you need,  two telephone lines per room, in room fax available with individual number, personal voice mail,  cable and satellite tv, pay movies, tea and coffee making facilities, and our favourite,  a mini bar with the wild idea of encouraging you to drink ! Yes we know it is debatable as to whether we needed another reason, but the HPNP has found another. They will offer you a drink/cocktail of the month, which isn't one of those freebie fruit punches ! For example they will leave you the instructions on how to make a Bacardi coke (tough one right !) and then all the coke and Bacardi you drink from the mini bar will be at half price ! Wild ! So any way enough of the rooms, and drinking. The main restaurant serves excellent cuisine which is heavily influenced by a great team of chefs led by a master at his trade the executive chef Tim Stanhope who I have heard said is one of the best fusion chefs in Asia, and tasting leave you in doubt. The swimming pool is of an excellent size and they also have an adequate gym. The HPNP also has come up with one of the best ideas to hit mid market hotels in asia - its own laundry mat which isn't hidden in a basement ! Yep, you will be able to do all your own laundry, and while it is turning in the machines the hotel will give you an egg timer so that you will be able to use the gym or even drink at the bar. The management at this hotel, it has to be said is very creative, and we are sure that there will be many other creative inspirations on there way. One thing we especially liked and made us wonder why more of teh five star and any other hotels for that matter do not do it - is when you call into the hotelfor any messages. The operator will ask you for your passport number ! Ingenious and something we as weary travellers have never seen before nor thought about. Excellent.  See pictures of this new hotel with special rates and online reservations available.

JIA Boutique Hotel Apartments - This, the first Philippe Starck designed hotel apartments in Asia, is located in Causeway Bay. With the first glance at a map some may consider the hotel to be a little out of the way, when in actual fact the hotel is in a truly excellent location only a few minutes walk from the Causeway Bay MTR station. Being so close to Causeway Bay you have some of Hong Kong's best shopping, dining and entertainment at your finger tips. For travellers looking for a new and very stylish hotel that has a true home away from home feel, and has got to be one of the finest choices in Hong Kong. The JIA, which means 'home' in Mandarin, offers three varieties of apartment - studio, one bedroom and two penthouses. Every room offers goose down duvets, free broadband, free local calls, excellent flat screen swivel TV with surround sound, a DVD player, electronic in room safe, iron and ironing board. Each room also has a small kitchenette which has a microwave, electric cooking hob, refrigerator and general table ware. The marble bathrooms in every room have a standing shower and offer some exceptional amenities from Kiehl's of the US. There are two types of Studio available, one in a 'Z' shape and the other a regular rectangle shape (we prefer the latter but the difference is negligible). Both are around 380 square feet and have everything the modern traveller could need. The one bedroom apartments, considering the small increase in price from the rate of the studio are outstanding, especially as they are over double the size of a studio at 780 square feet. The one bedroom apartments have a nice working desk, spacious living area with flat screen swivel TV with surround sound, a DVD player, VCR, a day bed/reading area, dining table, walk in kitchenette, and a separate bedroom which has another flat TV. The JIA only has two penthouses and both are duplex, with the bedrooms on the lower level (master bedroom has a bathtub) and a very relaxing and nicely designed living and dining area on the upper level. What makes this hotel special apart from the excellent service is the clever use of colours, materials and overall design. For example the studios separate the bedroom from the living area by soft white net curtains and the same concept is used in the one bedroom apartments. Of all the hotels we have ever reviewed this is one of the very few you could quite easily call home, and this is exactly what the designer was looking to achieve as the JIA only has 57 rooms, with roughly half being aimed at the long term stay guests. If you are looking for true value for money, in a hotel that offers you the highest levels of service, and a room that you could quite easily call home then stay at the JIA and experience the magic Philippe Starck has created with this new property. See pictures of the JIA, with special rates and online reservations.

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JW Marriott - Positioned around the Pacific Place, this splendid hotel offers some wonderful views. If you can afford the presidential suite you will even be able to enjoy a jacuzzi in the privacy of your room, whilst overlooking the amazing harbour.

Island Shangri-La - Without a doubt, one of the very best hotels in Hong Kong. As this such an outstanding hotel we have devoted an entire page to its review. Please do read our Review of the Island Shangri-La.

Ice House - Perhaps the best kept secret in Hong Kong. This very small 'hip arty' boutique hotel is located in an amazing location, right next to Lan Kwai Fong and only a few minutes walk to the Central MTR station. There are very few rooms available for short term (nightly) rents so do try and book early. The rooms are well appointed with comfortable beds and nice 'trendy' bathrooms that have a glass wall which looks into the room (perhaps not ideal for the shy). The hotel rooms offer guests complimentary broadband, a decent  working desk and floor to ceiling windows. The TV while small has most channels you will need and there is even a DVD player.

Ritz Carlton - Excellent hotel, located in the heart of Central. The rooms are a little on the small side but the amenities such as the executive floor lounge make up for it. Nice hotel.

The Wharney - If you need to be right in the heart of Wanchai, then this hotel is it. Located opposite the old ( and now closed) Neptune Disco 1, for those that know it. Good clean mid market hotel.

The Fleming Hotel in Wanchai -  This 66-room hotel has one of the best dedicated women's floors we have seen. The Fleming is a comfortable, quality hotel in an excellent location. Read the full Review of the Fleming Hotel in Hong Kong.

Grand Hyatt - If budget is not a concern then this is a great location for anyone attending a conference or exhibition, as it is right next door to the exhibition Centre. If you do stay here make sure that your room over looks the harbour. Excellent Hotel, as are most Grand Hyatt Hotels, throughout the world.

Renaissance Harbour View Located next to Grand Hyatt so we won't go on about the location, suffice to say that this is a good quality hotel. They used to have Manhattans to be proud of as one of the more popular night clubs in HK, and as it has just finished an enormous refurbishment it is now called Ing. Definitely worth checking out.

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