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By Ed Peters, your Hong Kong expert

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Best for Luxury -
Expert overall rating:5.0 (out of 5)

Iconic five-star in a prime Tsim Sha Tsui location.

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#2/40
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Best for Food -
Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

Establishment of Empire hotel offering refined east-meets-west luxury.

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#3/40
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Best for Romance -
Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

Dramatic harbour views and the city’s best rooftop spa.

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#4/40
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Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

Who wants to be a zillionaire? Well, feel like one anyway.

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#5/40
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Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

How to turn a run-down, down-town property into a sensation!

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#6/40
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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Meld heritage with some very funky design, and this is what you get.

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#7/40
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Best for Value for money -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Beach in front, mountains behind: but yes, this is Hong Kong.

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#8/40
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Watch out - the Mandarin’s kid brother is all grown up.

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#9/40
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Oodles of luxury and bells-and-whistles service at this five-star Asian favourite.

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#10/40
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Best for On a budget -
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Clean and comfortable and character in spades.

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#11/40
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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

It’s smart, it’s central, and yes, it’s The Langham.

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#12/40
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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

All-round excellent hotel – a joy to stay at whether business or leisure.

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#13/40
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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Mr C Hilton coined the phrase “location, location, location”. Here’s why.

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Best for Trendiness -
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Forget the minibar – you’re slap in the middle of Hong Kong’s longest liquor shelf.

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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Grand? It’s more than that, it's magnificent!

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#16/40
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Langham Place? Langham Palace more like. And then some.

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#17/40
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

W could well stand for wallop! And quite a lot else besides.

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#18/40
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Upper House? Upper Crust is more like it. With knobs on.

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#19/40
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

I’ve seen the future – and it works. And plays. Really.

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#20/40
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Very smart hotel poised by the airport, 30 minutes by train from Central.

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Hong Kong’s got hotels like other cities have bus stops. There the analogy ends. Cast aside any thoughts of long waits on uncomfortable seating at the mercy of the elements. The city’s accommodation is rightly respected around the world for its devotion to hospitality, and startlingly good facilities and service; even at the lower end of the scale air-conditioning and multi-channelled TV are standard.

The bulk of Hong Kong’s hotels are located either side of Victoria Harbour, on Hong Kong Island or in Kowloon, while even those further afield are unlikely to be too far away from one of the superb mass transit railway system’s stations.

Boutiques continue to pop up, but the best exemplar of Hong Kong hotels is the five (or possibly more) star Peninsula which sits right next to the YMCA. As might be imagined, their rates are rather different, but guests are unlikely to recall as much when they’re asleep.

Things to consider before booking

  • Prices soar when major trade fairs or similar events are being held.
  • Many hotels are close to each other, so it's worth comparing rates.
  • Weekdays are generally more expensive than weekends.
  • Buffet breakfasts are often very well stocked – but cheap dim sum or similar will be available just around the corner.
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My rucksack and I just fitted into the cubby hole in the tiny hostel where I tossed fitfully when I first arrived in Hong Kong. I’ve since spent my honeymoon night (sans rucksack) in a suite at The Peninsula, the city's most venerable accommodation. In between times, I’ve performed a spectacular double-take on encountering a gnome at Philippe Patrick Starck’s boutique Jia, endured a night in a windowless room at a hotel in Tai Po whose name I shudder to recall, and still can’t make up my mind whether the harbour is better viewed from a bed in Kowloon looking toward the Island, or contrariwise.

No tally of Hong Kong hotels could miss out heroic caravanserai like the Mandarin Oriental, but I’ve tried to sidestep more pedestrian (albeit well-known) accommodation in favour of hotels with real character. It’s one thing to step out of the front door into an anonymous mall: quite another to find yourself Alice-Through-The-Looking-Glass’d into a tumultuous thoroughfare whose sights, sounds, aromas and remarkable brio could only belong to Hong Kong. A final note: The Ritz-Carlton re-opens in Hong Kong in March 2011; apart from anything else, it will be the highest hotel in the world. As they say - watch this space.

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.

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