Hong Kong Island skyline seen from Kowloon
Central is a district of Hong Kong Island. The district is the political, administrative and financial hub and home to some fantastic skyscrapers and Victoria Peak.
Central in this guide means the administrative district of Central and Western. It includes the following neighbourhoods that are either in or close to the Central Business District:
- Central (中環) — previously known as Victoria, this is 'downtown' Hong Kong and maybe defined as the area within walking distance of Central MTR station. Head north towards the harbour and you will find modern buildings such as the IFC shopping mall. Alternatively, make your way uphill towards the mountain and you will encounter some of the oldest parts of Hong Kong.
- Lan Kwai Fong (蘭桂坊) — small area just southwest of Central Station focussed on the L-shaped street of Lan Kwai Fong and also including parts of D'Aguilar Street, Wellington Street and Wyndham Street forming a square around Lan Kwai Fong. The area is packed with restaurants, bars and clubs. Popular with expats and local drinkers.
- Soho (荷南美食區) — entertainment zone between Hollywood Road and Bonham Road-Caine Road, besides restaurants, bars and clubs, the area also features galleries and shops. Take the elevated walkway from the IFC mall to catch the escalator up.
- The Mid-Levels (半山區) — continue up the escalator to find the high-end residential area half way up Victoria Peak. In the morning the escalator moves residents down the mountain to their offices in Central.
- Sheung Wan (上環) — interesting area below The Mid-Levels between Central in the east and Sai Ying Pun in the west. Although adjacent to Central, it has its own identity and is worth exploring if you are interested in small shops and remnants of the territory's colonial past.
Further afield, you might explore:
- Victoria Peak (太平山) — high class neighbourhood and popular tourist destination that looks down on Central and Victoria Harbour.
- Sai Ying Pun (西營盤) — traditional Chinese residential neighbourhood that is host to Hong Kong University.
- Kennedy Town (堅尼地城) — famous for being at the end of the tramline and little else. This used to be the place to locate undesirable people and noxious industries. With the expectation of the MTR, Kennedy Town has recently gentrified.
The classic way to get to Central is the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui. $2.50/2.00 on the upper/lower deck.
Central Station is the end of the Tsuen Wan Line. The Island Line passes through Central.
The Airport Express terminates at Hong Kong station.
The tram serves Hong Kong Island from Shau Kei Wan (筲箕灣) in the East to Kennedy Town in the far west.
The Cenotaph. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, it is almost identical to the London Cenotaph.
- Cenotaph (和平紀念碑), Central (between Statue Square and the City Hall, north of Chater Rd). Built in 1923 in honour of the fallen soldiers of WWI and later also attributed to the ones from WWII. It is a copy of the more famous one in London.
- City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong (Central Station J Exit, Hong Kong Station A Exit), . Concert hall, theatre, and exhibition space. This cultural hub is famous for its dim sum restaurant.
- Man Mo Temple, Hollywood Road, Soho. Nestled in amongst the antique shops of Hollywood Road. With air full of smoke from the hundreds of burning incense coils, it was built in the 1840s and is Hong Kong Island's oldest temple. While you are there, pop into one of the many antique shops to see some of the best Chinese and South-East Asian antiques in the world, but beware that there are many very clever fakes for sale.
- Statue Square (皇后像廣場), Central (Central Station, exit K). Public square from the 19th century, originally with a number of royal statues, but now only with one statue of banker Sir Thomas Jackson. It is a relaxing place with plantings and fountains. The square is surrounded by some impressive buildings, including the HSBC headquarters and the Legislative Council.
Museums and exhibitions
- Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, 7 Castle Rd, The Mid-Levels, ☎ (852) 2367 6373 ([email protected], fax: (852) 3580 0498). M-W, F-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 10AM-7PM. Exhibits on the life of Sun Yat-sen. $10, concession $5, W free.
- Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong Park, Central, ☎ (852) 2869 0690, . W-M 10AM-5PM. Free.
- Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, 2 Caine Lane, The Mid-Levels, . The neighbour of one of the earliest hospitals in Hong Kong, Tung Wah Hospital, this museum shows how the healthcare system evolved from traditional Chinese medicine to modern Western medicine, via the establishment of numerous hospitals and the first medical school (now the University of Hong Kong), of which Dr. Sun Yat-sen was a student.
- Hong Kong Planning and Infrastructure Exhibition Gallery, G/F, Murray Road Multi-storey Car Park Building,, ☎ 3102-1242, . W-M 10AM-6PM. The Hong Kong Planning and Infrastructure Exhibition Gallery, located on ground floor of the City Hall Annex, was set up in 2002 as a temporary exhibition gallery, pending the establishment of a full-fledged permanent exhibition gallery which will occupy the entire City Hall Annex Building. The expansion works are in progress and the permanent Gallery will be open in 2012. To make way for the refurbishment and expansion works at the City Hall Annex, the temporary Gallery has been relocated to the ground floor of the Murray Road Multi-storey Car Park Building in mid-2009 to maintain continuous services to the public. The temporary Gallery showcases the planning proposals and infrastructure projects by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to enhance the quality of life and strengthen Hong Kong's status as Asia's world city. It comprises six main sections: Imprint, Hong Kong 2030, New Kai Tak, Transport & Logistics, Sustainable Development and Living Environment. Interactive features and devices give visitors the latest information on planning and infrastructure developments in Hong Kong. Free.
- Hong Kong Police Museum, 27 Coombe Road, The Peak (NWFB Bus 15 from Exchange Square, get off at the stop after Stubbs Rd), ☎ +852 2849 7019 (fax: +852 2849 4573), . W-Su 9AM–5PM, Tu 2PM–5PM. There are five galleries, Orientation describing the history of the force, Triad Societies and Narcotics describing the history of Triad Societies and narcotic problems, Police Then & Now describing the transformation of Hong Kong Police Force over the years, Current Exhibition exhibiting changing themes, and Heroin Factory exhibiting a heroin production site.
- Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, 7A Kennedy Road, The Mid-Levels, ☎ 2521 3008 (fax: 2501 4703). W-M 10AM-9PM. Offers visual arts studios for artists as well as exhibition halls.
- Madame Tussauds, The Peak, . The usual Tussauds waxworks with characters that appeal to Chinese interests.
- University Museum and Art Gallery, 94 Bonham Rd, The Mid-Levels, ☎ +852 2859 2114, . M-Sa 9:30AM-6PM, Su 1PM-6PM. The oldest museum in Hong Kong dating back to 1953. Has a large permanent collection of Chinese antiquities as well as modern paintings. Is also home to exhibitions of contemporary and ancient art.
Parks and nature
- Charter Gardens, Central. Adjacent to the Legislative Council Building, this is the place where disgruntled Hongkongers come to protest.
- Hong Kong Park, Central, ☎ (852) 2521 5041 ([email protected], fax: (852) 2537 1236). 6AM-10PM. A great place to relax in Central. Head for L16 cafe and bar which is one of the few places where you can eat and drink outdoors away from the traffic.
- Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, The Mid-Levels. A small, free zoo with reptiles, primates, a jaguar, and rare and endangered birds and plants.
- King George Fifth Park, Sai Ying Pun.
- Lung Fu Shan Country Park, The Peak, . Hong Kong newest and smallest Country Park. Its proximity to the Peak makes it highly accessible and one is rewarded by a pleasant hike away from the crowds nearby. A convenient place to make a BBQ with great views over Victoria Harbour. Budding military historians will enjoy exploring Pinewood battery and other remnants of the Second World War.
The Peak Tower: close to highest point on the island, the views on a clear day make this an essential part of every tourist's itinerary
- The Peak, (follow the signs for ten minutes from Central Station to find the Peak Tram; from the Star Ferry pier, bus number 15C runs regularly; you can also walk to or from the Peak from Mid-Levels along Old Peak Road), . Take the Peak Tram, a train line going to one of the highest points on Hong Kong island for a great view of the natural landscape in stark contrast with the city (if it is not too cloudy or polluted). The tram also makes a few stops, so it is possible to go half-way and hike the winding roads on the sloping geography. Victoria Peak was once the place the rich were carried in their sedan chairs to escape the summer heat. Since 1888 the Peak Tram has been carrying passengers. At the upper tram terminus is The Peak Tower and the Peak Galleria, both full of souvenir shops and overpriced restaurants with spectacular views. There are also some viewing galleries. For the best views and to get away from the crowds, there is a circluar walk along Tregunter Road and Harlech Road. From Lugard Road there are views of the skyscrapers of Central and Victoria Harbour, from Harlech road, the views are of Lamma and other Outlying Islands. This takes around an hour. From Harlech Rd, you can hike into the Lung Fu Shan Country Park and explore the relicts of the last war.
- Central-Mid-Levels Escalator, The Mid-Levels. At 800 m long, this is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. The escalator runs downhill from 6AM to 10AM and uphill from 10:30AM to midnight every day.
- Mount Davies. Walk up Mount Davies to see the abandoned second world war era gunnery fortifications. Take the steps up from Victoria Road just west of Kennedy Town; or follow Victoria Road until you reach the roundabout (about a kilometre), and take the mountain road up. The climb will take a while, but there are many ruins to explore, and great views. There's also a youth hostel at the top if you are too tired to make it back in one go.
- Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Sheung Wan, .
- Wellington Street, Central. Nice street with dried foodstuffs, various restaurants, majong pieces. Also check out Art Jam at 123 Wellington Street. They provide you with canvas, paints and materials. From $200 to $500 depending on when you go and canvas size.
- Flow, 7/F, 29, Hollywood Road, Central, HK, ☎ 29649483. Second hand bookshop where you can exchange your used travel guides.
- Hollywood Road, Soho. Antiques.
- IFC Mall, Central (in the International Financial Centre complex right above MTR Hong Kong/Central stations). Sleek and impressive, this is arguably the most prestigious shopping centre on the island. Here you will find one of the best cinemas with the added bonus that the film will be the English language version (if it is an animation). Go up to the rooftop and you will find yourself in what is technically public open space. The views of Victoria Harbour are good and you will find a couple of bars that will help you enjoy the public terrace on the rooftop by selling you drinks. Although the bars dominate this area, there is nothing to stop you taking your own food and drinks and picnicking on the tables and chairs provided.
- The Landmark, Central. An older shopping centre that has had a recent facelift to incorporate a five-star hotel. For many, it remains a focus for many of the most expensive designer fashion shops in Hong Kong.
- Pedder St and Queen's Rd, Central. One of the best locations for jewellery and designer watches at prices that can be up to 35% less than Europe. As always, shop around for the best prices and always buy from reputable dealers to avoid fake goods.
- Pacific Place and Queensway and Admiralty Centre, Admiralty. A number of interconnected shopping malls near Admiralty MTR. Pleasant air-conditioned shopping for mid-price to expensive branded goods and restaurants.
- Soho and south of Hollywood Rd area. Has a new a trendy shopping area around Staunton and Lower Elgin street with lots of local designers.
- The Lanes, Central. Buy silks, fabrics, Chinese dresses, watches, leather bags and many other things here. Li Yuen Street West and Li Yuen Street East, between Queens Road and Des Voeux Road Central. Despite its prime location close to Central MTR, these narrow streets have a reputation among locals for quality goods at competitive prices.
- Cat Street, Sheung Wan. Probably the best place to buy souvenirs, lots of Mao memorabilia, porcelain, buddha statues and "antiques". Lok Ku Rd, walk down Hollywood Road towards the west, when you see the Man Mo temple walk down the stairs on the right hand side.
Central is a world-class place to eat, with prices to match. Although Downtown Hong Kong has a reputation for posh nosh, travellers on a budget will not starve if they are careful. When it comes to food, Central justifiably feels like ‘Asia’s World City’ and has the full range of Chinese cuisines punctuated by restaurants from around the world. There is even a British-style fish and chip shop.
Eateries are found across Central and if you wander, perhaps looking for evidence of its colonial past, you can trust serendipity to stumble upon somewhere interesting to eat. If you are lost, the famous escalator will guide you past some of the best restaurants and will take you up the mountain to Soho. Soho (Staunton and Elgin Street) is a focus for mid-range and more expensive places to dine. Drinkers will find that the bars of Lang Kwai Fong provide a good range of international food. Adjacent to Lang Kwai Fong is ‘Rat Alley’ (Wing Wah Lane) where a selection of cheaper restaurants can be found. Despite the nickname, Wing Wah Lane is a popular place to eat, and has the advantage of having some places to sit outside in a car-free street.
The IFC shopping mall has a roof terrace where you will find a choice of bars and restaurants. Technically the roof is public open space, here you can eat and drink outdoors with a view of Victoria Harbour.
- Dumpling House, 26 Cochrane St, Central (below the escalator). Great Beijing-style dumplings, avoid going there during lunch hour, because it is packed. $8-30.
- Good Luck Thai, 13 Wing Wah Ln, Central (locally known as Rat Alley, off Lan Kwai Fong). Seating is both indoors and outdoors, very popular on weekends, nice atmosphere. Dishes starting from $40.
- Law Fu Kee, 50 Lyndhurst Terrace, Soho, ☎ +852 2850 6756. Popular little restaurant serving congee and noodles.
- Wai Kee Congee Shop (威記粥店), G/F, 82 Stanley St, Central, ☎ 2551 5564. A good place to sample some traditional Hong Kong style food. Below $45.
- XTC Gelato, G/F, 45B Cochrane St, Central, ☎ 2541 0500. A popular place to get your fix of ice-cream or frozen yoghurt.
- Zhong Guo Song, Wo On Lane, Lan Kwai Fong. Good chinese food, without MSG and less oil. Set dinners for two about $180.
- 辣米線 or in English: Good Idea Restaurant, 238 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, HK, ☎ +852-25203600. mon-sa 08:00 - 21:00. Great, spicy (if so chosen), mostly local food for a budget price and no worries about the hygiene because it is clean. The specialty of the house is pork chop noodles. Prices for big bowls of noodles vary between $30-$45; extra spicy!.
- China Tee Club, 101 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central (close to Central MTR, exit D1), ☎ +852 2521 0233, . M-Sa. A colonial gem. A private club that welcomes visitors.
- Lin Heung, 160-164 Wellington Street, Central, ☎ +852 2544 4556. No Reservations. This is one of the most authentic old world style dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong that uses trolleys to cart its dim sum snacks instead of ordering it using the tick box sheet. Be prepared for a stress induced visit to this restaurant as it is always crowded and you need to work out the system on finding an empty seat and how to grab your desired dim sum snacks from the trolleys. Its a first come first served system, no reservations taken.
- L16 Cafe and Bar (湖心餐廳酒吧), Hong Kong Park, 19 Cotton Tree Drive, ☎ +852 2522 6333, . Serves Thai and Italian food, but come for the location - not the food. A rare place to drink and eat outside away from the noise of Central.
- Maxim's Palace, 3F City Hall, Central (just east from Star Ferry terminal), ☎ +852 2526 9931. One of Hong Kong's most popular dim sum spots, featuring harbour views if you're lucky enough to score a window table. The atmosphere and food are very much in the classical dim sum tradition, a large, noisy hall with waitresses pushing around carts laden with goodies; try the siu mai (燒賣), har gao (蝦餃) and mango pudding. Dim sum served from 11 to 3 PM daily, expect to queue on Sundays (when the restaurant opens at 9 AM). Try to gather a few people so you can try many different kinds, and expect to pay $100-200 a head. Don't confuse this with Maxim's Restaurant on the 2nd floor.
- Pizza Express, 21 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central. Has a nice view overlooking the Mid-Levels Escalator.
Lan Kwai Fong
- Baci, Lan Kwai Fong. Pizza.
- Beirut, Lan Kwai Fong. Lebanese cuisine is top of the sheet. Lamb or Chicken Kebab and Sisha. Nice decor but the food is a far cry from the real deal (particularly in taste).
- Tokyo Joe, Lan Kwai Fong. Japanese food.
- Fung Shing Restaurant (鳳城酒家), 7 On Tai Street, Sheung Wan (in Western Market), ☎ +852 2815 8689. Very local eatery known for its dim sum, which is cheap and good at $10 and up per serving. Open daily from 7:30AM for the dim sum breakfast crowd, but no English menu.
- Al Dente, 16 Staunton St, Soho (中環蘇豪士丹頓街16號地下), ☎ +852 2869 5463. Italian cuisine. Serving large, medium quality dishes not too different from what you would find in an Italian bistro. Their pastas and meat dishes are better than their pizzas. Often full.
- Ayuthaiya, 35 Hollywood Rd, Soho (中環荷李活道35號), ☎ +852 3105 5055, . M-Sa noon-after midnight, Su 6PM-after midnight. Thai cuisine. Serving quite authentic food in stylish, dark environment. Expect $300-500 each.
- Brunch Club, 70 Peel St, Soho, ☎ +852 2526 8861. Neighbourhood-style Western coffee shop (pre-Starbucks style) specialising in brunch and breakfast, although dinner is also served. Customers are provided with a wide range of newspapers and magazines in English and Chinese. Clientele is mainly expatriate.
- Double Happiness Cafe, 48 Staunton St, Soho, ☎ +852 2549 1862. Shanghai cuisine. Nice and simple little restaurant serving authentic Shanghainese dishes. Prices reflects that this is in the centre of Soho and comparable food can be found much cheaper elsewhere.
- Jashan, 23 Hollywood Rd, Soho, ☎ +852 3105 5300, . noon-3PM, 6PM-11PM. Indian cuisine. Serves great curries and perfect naan. The lunch buffet is good value. Lunch buffet $99.
- Life Restaurant, 10 Shelley St, Soho (中環些利街10號), ☎ +852 2810 9777, . Organic, vegetarian food. Mains around from around $100.
- Oola, G/F, Centre Stage, Bridges St, Soho (take the Central Escalator up to Staunton St and then turn right along Staunton until it becomes Bridges St), ☎ +852 2803 2083. Away from the crowds in Soho, but worth the extra walk. International menu in a comfortable environment. Serves as both a place to eat or drink. Drinks are expensive. $150-300.
- Paisano's Pizzeria & Sub Shop, 9 Lyndhurst Terrace, Soho, ☎ +852 2544 4445, . 14'' pizzas around $120.
- La Pampa, Staunton St, Soho. Argentinian.
- The Peak Lookout, 121 Peak Rd, The Peak (near the top of the Peak Tram), ☎ +852 2849 1000, . M-Th 10:30M-11:30PM, F 10:30AM-1AM, Sa 8:30AM-1AM, Su 8:30-10:30PM. Serving a range of international cuisine such as naan bread, Hainan chicken, and steaks in a 19th century heritage building. Also has a pleasant garden patio.
- Percy Bakery, Shop b, g/f, 68 Catchick St, Kennedy Town, ☎ +852 2855 1882, . A high quality bakery. Take away and delivery service only.
- Bistro Bouchon, 49 Elgin St, Soho, . French bistro focusing on steaks. Mains form around $200.
- Cafe Deco, Level 1-2, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, +852 2849 5111, M-Th 11:30AM-12AM, F-Sa 11:30-1AM, Su 9:30-12PM . Located opposite the top of the Peak Tram. Features an international menu with items such as fresh oysters, sushi, Himalayan chicken, and pizzas. The food is reasonable, and the views spectacular (especially during the 8PM Victoria Harbour lights/fireworks).
- Chez Patrick, 26 Peel St, Soho, ☎ +852 2527 1408, . An excellent, Parisian style, French restaurant. The proprietor, Patrick, has a delightful obsession for foie gras which extends to creative dishes such as foie gras ice cream served as a first course.
- Chilli Fagara, 51A Graham St, Soho, ☎ +852 2893 3330, . Sichuan cuisine. Great spicy dishes including the favourites you will find in Sichuan Province. This restaurants ambitions appears to go further than just making the food as the mainland original implying that some might be disappointed. Somewhat overpriced but still good.
- Luk Yu Tea House (陸羽茶室), 26 Stanley St, Central. Famous for the excellent tea and traditional dim sum. It is a popular meeting place for businessmen. Service, once famously surly, has improved in recent years and they now even provide an English menu on request.
- Pure Bar + Restaurant, 32 Hollywood Rd, Soho (中環荷李活道32號建業榮基中心2樓), . Mains from $138, steaks from $278.
- Taku, 35 Elgin St, Soho, ☎ +852 2545 9966, .
- Yung Kee Restaurant, 32-40 Wellington St, Central, +852 2522 1624 . Established in 1942, this restaurant has enjoyed unparallelled success and was once named in the "Top Fifteen Restaurants in the World" by Fortune Magazine. Previously a humble BBQ house serving its renowned roast goose, it has evolved into a world famous cantonese restaurant. Dim sum is also served at lunch-time. Be prepared for a noisy environment at peak times, this type of restaurant is not for those seeking a quiet meal and is best experienced in a large group.
Lan Kwai Fong
A few blocks uphill from Central MTR, this is Hong Kong's traditional expat hangout. Drinks are fairly pricy with even your basic beer costing $50 and up, but there are dozens of bars for you to chose from (plus a 7-11 store which sells beer and mixed drinks for much lower prices than the bars - and the staff will even open the bottles for you). There is always something going on in The Fong, be it street festivals during the Halloween and New Year's celebrations or the Beer and Food Festivals that pop up in the summer. If you want good food, a party atmosphere, or just to people watch, make sure Lan Kwai Fong is part of your trip.
- La Dolce Vita, Lan Kwai Fong.
- Al's Diner, Lan Kwai Fong.
- HAHAClub, D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong (next to C Club). For cheaper booze, you can try here.
- Works, 30-32 Wyndham Street. A good place for tourists to start on the gay bar-scene. Popular with expats and tourists alike, it is easily accessible in Central. Friday and Saturday are the most popular nights but do not expect many drinkers to arrive much before 11PM.
Jump on the mid-levels escalator, and you'll find plenty of bars and restaurants on your way up the hill on Hollywood Road, Staunton Street and Elgin Street:
- Club 1911, 27 Staunton St, Soho, .
- Club Feather Boa, 38 Staunton St, Soho, ☎ 28572586.
- The Globe, 45-53 Graham Street, Soho, ☎ +852 2543 1941, . 10am - 2am. Excellent beer pub, also has good menu aimed at western taste buds. It is also one of the few places that has Typhoon T8 on tap, a locally produced cask ale.
- Hidden Vine, 11 Staunton St, Soho, .
- Liquid Lounge, G/F & L/F 3 Lower Elgin St, Soho, Central, Hong Kong (Located between Hollwood Rd and Staunton St.), ☎ 2547 7778, . Chic and classy bar serving food.
- McSorley's Ale House, 55 Elgin St, Soho, .
- The Spot Bar, 11 Staunton St, Soho, .
- Stauntons, Staunton St, Soho.
- Propaganda, B/F 1 Hollywood Rd, Soho (close to Works, it has an entrance that is hard to find so try and follow the migration along Hollywood Rd from Works). Famous gay club. Tends to get going after Works has faded. * <drink name="Hong Kong Pub Crawl" alt="" address="Bassment Bar, 13 Lyndhurst Terrace, Soho" directions=" Fun night, cool people and cheap drinks.
- Studio Apt, Wanchai, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Studio apartment just 2 min walk away from the Wanchai MTR subway station. Easy access to restaurants. Room has TV, refrigerator, water heater, air-conditioners, microwave and free Wi-Fi. 65 $.
- Bishop Lei International House, 4 Robinson Rd, The Mid-Levels, ☎ +852 2868 0828 ([email protected], fax: +852 2868 1551), . Operated by the Catholic Diocese. From $535.
- Cosco Hotel (香港中远酒店), 20 Kennedy Town Praya, Yik Fung Garden Block A, Sai Wan (Kennedy Town Praya & Callinson St), ☎ +852 2816 2878 (fax: +852 2816 5698). Listed rates from $858, discounted from $409.
- Mini Hotel Central (Ice House), 38 Ice House St, Central, ☎ +852 2836 7333, . From $500.
- Island Pacific Hotel (香港港岛太平洋酒店), 152 West Connaught Rd, Sai Ying Pun, ☎ 85221311188 (fax: 85221311212). Rooms with internet service. Business centre, fitness and outdoor swimming pool available. Western restaurant, bar and room service available. Listed rates from $2,147, discounted to $600, breakfast $141.
- Lan Kwai Fong Hotel @ Kau U Fong, 3 Kau U Fong, Central, Hong Kong (2 minutes’ walk from Sheung Wan MTR), ☎ +852 3650 0000 ([email protected]), . Lan Kwai Fong Hotel is a boutique hotel uniquely designed with a distinctive touch of oriental style. Each room's furniture, fabrics and artifacts are meticulously chosen displaying striking individuality. Awarded as "Asia's Leading Boutique Hotel" by World Travel Awards 2009.
- Traders Hotel (formerly Hotel Jen) (香港仁民饭店), 508 Queens Road West, Kennedy Town, ☎ 85229741234 (fax: 85229740333). Rooms with free internet and views of Victoria Harbour and nearby mountains. Business centre, fitness and outdoor swimmingpool available. Chinese and Western restaurants as well as bar. Listed rates from $1,243, discounted from $600, breakfast $152 (included for more expensive rooms).
- Mingle Place On The Wing, 105 Wing Lok St, Sheung Wan, ☎ +852 2581 2329, . Full sized suite provides separate living/work and bedroom areas. Rates start at $1,280.
- Ramada Hong Kong, 308 Des Voeux Rd West, Sai Ying Pun (on tram line), ☎ +852 3510 3333, . Rates starting at around $900, sometimes discounted to as low as $600.
- Conrad Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Central, ☎ +852 25213838 (fax: +852 25213888), . One of three elegantly appointed 5-star hotels at the conveniently located Pacific Place complex. Features 513 rooms, a swimming pool, and a health club. Amongst their five restaurants is Nicholini's. From $2,500.
- Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance St, Central, ☎ +852 31968888 (fax: +852 31968899), . Since its opening at the end of 2005, this contemporary hotel next to the IFC has become one of the most prestigious in Hong Kong. Features 399 rooms, wall-to-wall windows with view of Victoria Harbour or Victoria Peak, 2 outdoor infinity pools, a 22,000sq ft spa, and a fitness centre. The only hotel in the world with two three-star Michelin restaurants on the premises. From $4,200.
- Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Rd, Central, ☎ +852 28773838 (fax: +852 25218742), . One of three elegantly appointed 5-star hotels at the conveniently located Pacific Place complex. The hotel comprises of 531 rooms and 34 suites decorated with Asian-accented European furnishings. Facilities include a health club and swimming pool. From $2,800.
- JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Central, ☎ +852 28108366 (fax: +852 28450737), . One of three elegantly appointed 5-star hotels at the conveniently located Pacific Place complex. Features 577 rooms, a swimming pool, 24-hour fitness centre, and six restaurants. From $2,800.
- Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central (a few minutes walk from Lan Kwai Fong), ☎ +852 21320188, . Opened in 2005, this 113-room boutique hotel with contemporary oriental ambiance has won numerous awards worldwide. Also features the 25,000sq ft Oriental Spa. From $3,900.
- Hotel LKF, 33 Wyndham St, Lan Kwai Fong, ☎ +852 35189688, . A 95-room boutique hotel in the middle of Lan Kwai Fong. From $2,500.
- Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Rd, Central, ☎ +852 25220111, . Reopened in 2006 after extensive renovations, this original Mandarin Oriental continues to be the flagship of the prestigious hotel group. Features 502 rooms, The Mandarin Spa, indoor swimming pool, and a fitness centre. Also worth noting is Pierre, a French restaurant serving dishes inspired by Michelin 3-star chef Pierre Gagnaire. From $3,900.
- The Mercer (尚圜), 29 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong (1 minute walk from Sheung Wan MTR Station), ☎ +852 2922 9988 ([email protected]), . Opened in 2011, this 55-room boutique hotel typified by exquisitely tasteful contemporary design. Also features an outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour fitness centre with complementary minibar, coffee and tea.
- An interesting way to spend your day is by taking the tram to Wan Chai and Causeway Bay in the east.
- The shopping mecca of Kowloon is just across Victoria Harbour; take the Star Ferry for the experience or the MTR for speed.
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