Friday, 30 October 2020

Hong Kong travel bubble: The best places to stay in Kowloon

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With its glittering shopping malls, vibrant night markets and diverse nightlife scene, Hong Kong is a city that pulsates with energy. With the recent announcement that Singapore and Hong Kong have established an air travel bubble that will soon allow for leisure travel between the two locales, there’s no better time to start planning your next trip to the city.

When deciding on where to stay, most travellers are often torn between Hong Kong Island or Kowloon. Both have its merits and in fact, are well-connected by several MTR connections as well as the Star Ferry. Some travellers, however, gravitate towards Kowloon, lured no doubt by its charming old architecture and authentic street food.

Check out SilverKris’ series of Hong Kong city guides here. In this guide, we highlight a list of hotels in Kowloon to consider on your next trip.

A host of options with Royal Hotels

With four properties, the Royal Hotels Hong Kong has something for everyone. The Royal Plaza Hotel above Mongkok East MTR station puts city-slickers close to the action, and offers spacious rooms and a health club when it’s time to recharge. Those with kids will love the colourful themed rooms at Tsuen Wan’s Royal View Hotel, and if your family needs more space, the Royal Park Hotel in Sha Tin boasts river views, mall proximity and an outdoor heated swimming pool. Nearby, the new ALVA HOTEL BY ROYAL is perfect for wellness travellers seeking a quiet retreat. Along with its mountain views, it has high-tech touches such as an in-room iPad and VR gym machines. The promo code HKBUBBLE gets you HK$100 in dining credit for stays of two nights or more.

royalpark.com.hk; resvn@royalpark.com.hk; +852 2694 3898
royalplaza.com.hk; resvn@royalplaza.com.hk; +852 2622 6110
royalview.com.hk/hk; reservation@royalview.com.hk; +852 3716 2888
alva.com.hk; rsvn@alva.com.hk; +852 3653 1188

New World Millennium Hotels
The capacious rooms in New World Millennium are great for families

Family-friendly options at New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel

If you’re heading to Hong Kong during the school holidays, make a beeline for this 5-star hotel located in Tsim Sha Tsui. Fully renovated in December 2017, this modern 464-room hotel has nine sets of family rooms (two adjoining rooms with an entryway) and also offers flexible bedding arrangement to accommodate different needs from group bookings. Young ones will love the rooftop swimming pool while adults will appreciate the sumptuous dining options at the seven restaurants on site. The hotel has currently rolled out several promotions for travellers from Singapore, including one that comes with the third night free if you book a minimum of two nights.

newworldmillenniumhotel.com; reservations@newworldmillenniumhotel.com; +852 2313 4305 

ritz carlton pool
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong offers many luxurious facilities, including an indoor infinity pool

Live in the lap of luxury at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

After a long period of no travel, make your trip superlatively exciting by checking into the highest hotel in the world. Occupying floors 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Centre in Kowloon, the luxury hotel is surrounded by mesmerising views. The palatial bedrooms are all outfitted with large windows, with most overlooking the scenic Victoria Harbour or the South China Sea. Guests are also invited to pamper themselves at the hotel’s opulent spa, or swim a few laps in the indoor infinity swimming pool that features a mirrored ceiling and a high-resolution LED wall. For meals, you’ll be spoiled for choice with six stellar dining establishments available, including the one-Michelin Italian restaurant, Tosca di Angelo and two-Michelin starred Cantonese restaurant, Tin Lung Heen.

ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/china/hong-kong; rc.hkgkw.leads@ritzcarlton.com; +852 22632263 

W Hong Kong
W Hong Kong is renowned for its design-centric interiors

Be swept away by the glamour at W Hong Kong

Always outstanding in whichever city it graces, W is a brand synonymous with style and design. The eye-catching Hong Kong outpost  is located smack in the middle of the action in Tsim Sha Tsui – ideal for travellers looking to hit up Hong Kong’s energetic dining and nightlife scene. Back in your hotel, unwind in capacious nature-themed guestrooms or enjoy a poolside cocktail on the WET® Deck. Or book yourself a relaxing treatment at the spa that overlooks the harbour from the 72nd floor. From now until 31 December, 2020, book the DINE Whatever/Whenever room package and enjoy up to HK$2,000 dining credits and breakfast for two.

w-hongkong.com; wreservations.hk@whotels.com; +852 3717 2992

K11 ARTUS
Bask in the gorgeous interiors of K11 ARTUS

Artsy stays at K11 ARTUS

Experience a whole new perspective at this ultra-luxe artistic bolthole in the heart of Hong Kong’s newest art and design district – Victoria Dockside – conveniently located close to the Arts & Cultural Centre, the Museum of Art and the Space Museum. After a day of museum-hopping, retire to your well-appointed residence, designed by celebrated designer André Fu. Each of the 287 residences offer a spaciousness rarely found in the city as well as spectacular views from your private open-air balcony. What’s more, with art and sustainability at the forefront of their ethos, the residence channels 1% of your stay to preserving and conserving fast-disappearing craftsmanship. 

artus.com.hk; info@artus.com.hk ; +852 2107 3388 

Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers_Harbour View Suite
Situated in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui alongside the Victoria Harbour, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers has rolled out a series of room packages to let travellers enjoy the most of Hong Kong

Downtown buzz at Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers

If you’re looking for the perfect base to explore Kowloon, this 782-bedroom hotel is located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, with the High Speed Rail, MTR and Star Ferry just a few minutes away. Of course, you may want to stay in to luxuriate in your plush room where you can admire views of the Victoria Harbour or take a dip in the temperature-controlled pool and Jacuzzi. There are also six dining establishments available, ranging from Michelin-recommended Chinese cuisine to a dedicated oyster bar. The hotel has recently rolled out several room packages that includes perks such as dining credits as well as wine served in your room. When booking, enter “59K” as the booking code.

For full details of promotions, click here or email res.hongkong@sheraton.com or call +852 2732 6771  

The Peninsula

Time-honoured elegance at The Peninsula Hong Kong

Stepping into the ornate marble lobby of The Peninsula is to step back into a gilded era of warm, discreet and personalised service. Opened in 1928, this is one of the city’s most iconic hotels and for good reason. Guests are treated to an elevated experience, with the hotel offering airport transfers in bespoke Rolls-Royce limousines as well as the city’s only helicopter flight-seeing experience that lifts off from the hotel tower rooftop. Stalwart dining experiences at the hotel include Michelin-starred French fine dining at Gaddi’s, Michelin-starred Cantonese delicacies at Spring Moon, and more. To unwind, pop by the award-winning spa, Roman-style pool and sun terrace to enjoy gorgeous views of the harbour.

peninsula.com/en/hong-kong; phk@peninsula.com; +852 2920 2888

Cordis Hotels
Cordis, Hong Kong offers complimentary walking tours of the surrounding Mongkok neighbourhood

Authentic local experiences with Cordis, Hong Kong

For first-time visitors to Hong Kong, you’ll love the personalised approach taken by this 5-star hotel situated in the colourful neighbourhood of Mongkok. The hotel offers an array of local experiences such as complimentary Mongkok market walking tours, Tai Chi classes and even a private wine tasting workshop. Families travelling with young ones will appreciate the spacious family rooms that accommodates up to four guests as well as the fun-filled amenities for children. While your kids are kept entertained, you can relax at the award-winning Traditional Chinese Medicine-inspired Chuan Spa or grab a bite at one of the hotel’s four dining establishments, which includes Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Ming Court.

cordishotels.com/hongkong; cdhkg.info@cordishotels.com; +852 3552 3388 

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