The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$).


Ibis North Point

"Spartan lodging near the waterfront. Some rooms have sea views. Small, almost Japanese-esque rooms, but right above the Mass Transit Railway [MTR], so really not far from anything."—James Moore, multimedia producer at the South China Morning Post. 138 Java Road, North Point; tel. 1 852 2588 1111.

Caritas Bianchi Lodge

Part of established chain of budget hotels run by the Catholic Church. Ninety rooms in busy, central Kowloon, just off of Nathan Road thoroughfare and a few blocks from MTR. 4 Cliff Rd.; tel. 1 852 2388 1111.


The Salisbury-YMCA

"Some dormitory-style rooms, 363 private ones; some rooms have sea views; others overlook the science museum and cultural center complex across the road. It's beautifully located and one of the city's best values."—Peter Moss, author of  Hong Kong, What's In, What's Out. 41 Salisbury Rd., Tsimshatsui, Kowloon; tel. 1 852 2268 7000.

Bishop Lei International House

219-room high-rise in the Mid-Levels residential area; small rooms, no restaurant, good location from which to explore Soho and Central areas. "Room 2303 is a duplex suite with a balcony that has the most stunning view of Hong Kong Harbor."—Claire Saeki, publisher of Hong Kong-based RFP magazine. 4 Robinson Rd., Mid-Levels; tel. 1 852 2868 0828.

Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay

266-room hotel on edge of Causeway Bay district and near Tin Hau MTR; views of Victoria Park and the harbor from the small rooftop pool; free wireless broadband throughout. 148 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay; tel. 1 852 2600 1000.

Warwick Hotel Cheung Chau

Beachfront 70-room hotel half an hour from Central by ferry; on a pretty island steeped in fishing-village history; plenty of seafood dining options in the area. East Bay, Cheung Chau; tel. 1 852 2981 0081.

Cosmopolitan Hotel

Perched between Causeway Bay, with its shops and restaurants, and Wan Chai, the hotel offers 454 rooms and suites and a modern-chic lobby. 387-397 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai. tel. 1 852 3552 1111.


Langham Place

"665 rooms in Mongkok on the Kowloon side of the harbor. Views give you a totally different angle on Hong Kong, a refreshing change from Central hotels."—James Moore. 555 Shanghai St., Mongkok; tel. 1 852 3552 3388.

Kowloon Shangri-La

A 700-room luxury property on the eastern fringe of Tsimshatsui, with an Italian restaurant with water views. 64 Mody Rd., Tsimshatsui East; tel. 1 852 2721 2111.

Lan Kwai Fong Hotel @ Kau U Fong

A boutique hotel near the Sheung Wan MTR; close to Central/Soho; décor is China chic; workout room, no pool, convenient location and views from many of the 163 rooms. 3 Kau U Fong, Central; tel. 1 852 3650 0000.

Park Lane Hotel

Almost half of the 803 rooms have harbor and Victoria Park views; located near the waterfront and in the middle of the busy shopping and dining district of Causeway Bay. 310 Gloucester Rd.; tel. 1 852 2293 8888.

Excelsior Hotel

Sister hotel to the more famous Mandarin Oriental; offers a similar level of discreet service but restaurant areas are busier and its restaurants are popular with local families on weekends; 884 rooms in a building opposite the Yacht Club. 281 Gloucester Rd., Causeway Bay; tel. 1 852 2894 8888.


Peninsula Hotel

"Kowloon-side 300-room colonial-era landmark that opened in 1928. Lobby is heavily touristed, with lines for high tea on the weekends; top-floor bar and restaurant have stunning views, while Gaddi's is still considered a great French restaurant. For nostalgia freaks, it ranks high."—Peter Moss. Salisbury Road, Kowloon; tel. 1 852 2920 2888.

Mandarin Oriental

Old-world grandeur in Central, from the white-gloved, Mandarin-collared bellhops to the veined-marble lobby; flagship hotel, with 502 guest rooms, in a well-known chain; around the corner from city's main office towers as well as luxury shopping and top-flight dining. 5 Connaught Rd., Central; tel. 1 852 2522 0111.


Waterfront area of Kowloon; three temperature-controlled infinity pools that seem to flow into the harbor; 92 harbor-view suites, some with landscaped gardens and Jacuzzis, plus 403 other rooms; near museums and shops. 18 Salisbury Rd., Kowloon; tel. 1 852 2721 1211.


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