Sleeping

  • Peninsula Hong Kong World-class luxury and colonial elegance at the harbour end of Tsim Sha Tsui.
  • Tuve A tiny paradise for design fans in a pleasant neighbourhood full of restaurants.
  • Hotel Indigo Large, colourful rooms, attentive staff and a fabulous bar in a lively part of Wan Chai.
  • Mojo Nomad Flashy Aberdeen hostel with harbour views, organised activities and cool design.
  • Upper House A Zen-like atmosphere, yoga on the lawn and warm service overlooking the hills in Admiralty.
  • Jervois Elegant, spacious and bang in the middle of trendy Sheung Wan.

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  • Hop Inn on Carnavon Local art murals, sofas and a beer fridge sum up this Kowloon hostel.
  • Campus Hong Kong Live like royalty in a student hostel (if you manage to book a room, that is) in Tsuen Wan.
  • Mojo Nomad Magnificent water views complemented by offbeat design.
  • Helena May Simple heritage rooms (some female-only) in a Central institution.
  • SLEEEP Eco-conscious capsule hotel with just eight beds and fancy gadgets in an expensive area.
  • Mini Hotel Central Tiny rooms but plush lounge and hard-to-beat location slap bang in the middle of Central.

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  • Twenty One Whitfield Clean, bright rooms available for daily and monthly stays in Tin Hau.
  • Tuve Sleek, industrial-chic rooms, an artsy reception area, and helpful staff in Tin Hau.
  • 99 Bonham From the same local team as the Jervois; impeccable taste in a great location.
  • Hotel Jen The best deal on Hong Kong Island with a rooftop pool, in a pleasingly local area.
  • Little Tai Hang Charming hotel with Scandi-style furnishings in an equally charming neighbourhood.

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  • Peninsula Hong Kong One of the most elegant and richly storied hotels in Asia.
  • Hotel Indigo Chinese-inspired design, state-of-the-art facilities and exceptional service make this a winner.
  • Hotel Icon Affordable luxury with a rooftop pool.
  • Murray Hotel A pioneering luxury reinvention of a heritage building in Central.
  • Fleming An updated classic, with design flourishes that mimic Hong Kong's beloved retro ferries.
  • MGM Cotai Eye-catching design, duplex sky-lofts and private villas in a Macau casino complex.

Clubbing

Design

  • Tuve It's all about design here, from the beds to the soft-drink bottles in the mini-fridge.
  • W Hong Kong Fanciful urban aesthetics that are almost too cool for school – almost.
  • Madera Hong Kong Boldly coloured, whimsical decor reminiscent of the movie sets of Pedro Almodóvar.
  • Mira Moon Taking a famous Chinese legend to new and creative heights.
  • Landmark Mandarin Oriental The subtle elegance associated with the Mandarin Oriental name infuses every nook and corner.
  • SLEEEP Hong Kong's first capsule hotel has won design awards for its eco cred and high-tech gadgets.

Local Character

  • Lan Kwai Fong Hotel Chinese uniforms, dark wood carvings and silk furnishings.
  • Hotel Indigo Accented with odes to Wan Chai, Hong Kong pop culture and Chinese design.
  • Mandarin Oriental The original MO, and the grande dame of oriental hotel design.
  • Mira Moon Rooms whimsically themed around a Chinese fairy-tale.
  • Pottinger Old sepia photos of Hong Kong adorn the walls; contemporary Chinese furniture decorates the rooms.