Hotels with a View in Hong Kong

by Maureen Katemopoulos

The usual definition of “a view in Hong Kong” is Victoria Harbor, which separates Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. Several hotels in Hong Kong overlook the harbor, providing guests with panoramic views. By day they see a bustling port and by night the dazzling neon lights of one of the world’s most vibrant cities. The main difference in the harbor view is whether you see it from Hong Kong side, or Kowloon side.

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The Peninsula Hong Kong Views

In the Tsimshatsui entertainment and shopping district of the Kowloon Peninsula stands The Peninsula Hong Kong, the flagship of the Peninsula Group and the “grande dame” of hotels. Whether in the original hotel building or the newer tower, there are rooms and suites with breathtaking views of Victoria Harbor. They are the perfect vantage point from which to watch the nightly Symphony of Lights laser show, which highlights 44 buildings and the Hong Kong skyline. Overlooking the harbor, the Peninsula's avant-garde Felix restaurant serves contemporary cuisine. For a completely different view, the Peninsula Lobby is the place to be to watch the world go by as you sip afternoon tea to the musical accompaniment of the lobby strings. You might just decide to stay on for a full meal.

The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Views

In the Wanchai business and entertainment district of Hong Kong Island, the five-star Grand Hyatt Hong Kong occupies a prime waterfront location just a five-minute drive from the Central banking and financial district. Most of the Grand Hyatt’s rooms and suites feature views of Victoria Harbor looking towards the Kowloon peninsula. Eight floors offer Grand Club rooms and Specialty Suites serviced by two private glass elevators. These floors have exclusive access to a split-level lounge overlooking the harbor, plus amenities including breakfast, refreshments, boardroom access and 24-hour concierge service. At the Grand Hyatt’s restaurants, the cuisine comes with harbor views. The One Harbour Road restaurant specializes in Cantonese cuisine. Italian cuisine and wines are the specialty at Grissini. The Grand Café is a relaxed, art deco setting for all day, international dining.

The Excelsior, Hong Kong Views

The Excelsior, Hong Kong enjoys a waterfront location in Causeway Bay’s business, shopping and dining district on Hong Kong Island. The business-friendly hotel offers guests panoramic harbor views from all its 34 floors. The Excelsior’s ToTT’s and Roof Terrace features alfresco dining with spectacular views of the harbor and the city skyline.

The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong Views

At the heart of the Central business district of Hong Kong Island is the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, whose rooms and suites offer harbor and cityscape views. Its’ ideal location is mere steps from all the major banks and businesses, and high end shopping. At the Mandarin, Cantonese cuisine in The Man Wah, French cuisine at the Pierre, and cocktails and tapas at the M Bar, all come with harbor views.

About the Author

Based in Northern California, Maureen Katemopoulos has been a freelance writer for more than 25 years. Her articles on travel, the arts, cuisine and history have appeared in publications such as "Stanislaus Magazine," "Orientations," "The Asia Magazine" and "The Peninsula Group Magazine." She holds a Baccalaureate degree in journalism from Stanford University.

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