Causeway Bay bustles with shoppers here for the luxury malls, department stores, boutiques and Jardine’s Crescent street-market finds. It’s a compact, if intense, area where you get the feeling you really could shop ‘til you drop.
It’s an especially convenient base not only for retail therapy but also for experiencing the Hong Kong Sevens (held at Hong Kong Stadium) and the spectacle of urban horseracing at the Happy Valley Racecourse.
For a breather, head east to Victoria Park and on to Tai Hang, which is fashionable for a different reason. A recent influx of great restaurants and bars have made it a preferred hangout for many locals, while the quaint low-rise buildings recall an older Hong Kong and more human scale. It brushes up against Tin Hau, another cool corner well worth exploring.
Whatever brings you to the area, let our reviews of the best hotels in Causeway Bay be your guide in booking your next stay – or staycation.
Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay
A high-rise retreat in a high-energy ’hood. $$
It’s a few minutes’ walk from Crowne Plaza to the Times Square and Hysan Place mega malls, but gaze in the other direction, and you’ve got uninterrupted views of Happy Valley Racecourse – a real rarity for hotels in Causeway Bay. (Hong Kong Stadium, where the Hong Kong Sevens takes place every year, is also nearby.) The hotel’s 263 rooms and suites provide a quiet haven, equipped with double-glazed windows and a pillow menu for sound sleep. Guests tend to be business travellers but after hours the 28th floor is the place to be: Club @28’s rooftop bar and pool has a fantastic vantage point.
Detail You’ll Love: Breeze, on the fifth floor, has an outdoor fitness centre, with weights, treadmills, a dedicated station for mat work – and some powerful fans.
Pool? Yes, an outdoor pool.
8 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay; +852 3980 3980
Lanson Place Hong Kong
Boutique hotel for fashion moguls and those who buy their goods. $$
Lanson Place is one of only two Hong Kong establishments in the Small Luxury Hotels of the World network (the other being Ovolo Central). With 194 rooms and suites, we’d argue it’s more medium-sized than small, but luxurious? Absolutely. It’s probably the least well-known of Hong Kong’s five-star hotels and priced favourably in comparison. The atmosphere is discreet; the aesthetic classical and refined with the occasional splash of modernity. As a result, Lanson is the kind of base that design directors for fashion brands would – and do – choose when in town.
Detail You’ll Love: The courtyard garden and the in-room kitchenettes that really do make you feel at home.
133 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay; +852 3477 6888
The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel
Refreshed rooms and fantastic rooftop views. $$
For decades, The Park Lane has been a reliable and convenient choice among hotels in Causeway Bay, just on the fringes of the bustling shopping district. Following its acquisition by the Accor group and a HK$300 million renovation, the hotel emerged in 2016 with a focus on contemporary art and design. The lobby is brighter and breezier, with a wall of vintage luggage behind the concierge that caught our eye straight away. The 818 guestrooms also feel lifted by the pop of colour from abstract depictions of the bauhinia, Hong Kong’s flower, above the beds. Top floors overlook Victoria Harbour and next-door Victoria Park – but the best views are from rooftop bar SKYE.
Details You’ll Love: Early birds will appreciate the lobby’s coffee station (4am-6am); families get complimentary buffet breakfast (for those under five) and kids’ amenities.
310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay; +852 2293 8888
Little Tai Hang
A mid-century neighbourhood gem. $
There’s a real pride of place at Little Tai Hang, a hotel and serviced apartment complex that channels the spirit of its district: quaint, under-the-radar and full of inviting spots to eat and drink. The 91 accommodations range from studios up to two-bedroom flats, with a cosy mid-century Scandinavian vibe. Most have expansive views over Victoria Park and the harbour; some add balconies with planters, and there’s one especially spacious penthouse. Italian restaurant Bond is a local gathering spot – complete with a terrace garden – as is May Chow’s gastropub Second Draft.
Detail You’ll Love: A laundry room and a fitness room come in handy, whether you’re staying a few nights or a few months.
98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay; +852 3899 8888
Minimalist luxury for a modest price. $
Wintertime photos of Sweden’s foggy Lake Tuve inspired the mood of this strikingly minimalist boutique hotel. It presents natural materials in the raw, using concrete, unpolished wood and oxidized metal and letting their imperfections (swirls; flecks of gold) shine. A block of marble and a leather and metal chair suffice for seating; if that sounds like cold comfort, be assured that the beds are wonderfully plump and snow white. Among the 66 rooms, the Premier category benefits from the most natural light. Tuve is easy to miss – down a side street in Tin Hau – but there’s no mistaking the aesthetic from the moment you set foot in its cavernous entryway.
Detail You’ll Love: A seemingly unremarkable large wooden box opens up to become a desk with a city guide and minibar stocked with gourmet treats and craft beer.
16 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau; +852 3995 8800
Hotel Pricing Guide
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