From its height and swanky entrance to the minimal, upscale look of its guest rooms, the mid-range Butterfly on Waterfront is a contemporary addition to Hong Kong's skyline. Like most hotels in the city, Butterfly ample space, but the stylish rooms -- with light wood finishes and natural light -- feel bigger, and are actually much larger than the rooms at sister Hotel Bonaparte. The beds, though they may be a bit hard for some, feature crisp white bedding, and unobstructed windows offer views of the harbor. Each room offers a flat-screen TV, iPod dock, and DVD player. The bathrooms are chic and clean, but the open layout might bother visitors who prefer more privacy. Guests can grab a cocktail or bite to eat the trendy restaurant, Glo, though because of its small size it can become quite crowded. At night, the hotel serves guests free tea and cookies, which is a thoughtful touch.
Overlooking gorgeous Victoria Harbour, near Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park
Butterfly on Waterfront overlooks panoramic Victoria Harbour and verdant Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park in the Sheung Wan neighborhood of Hong Kong. It's walking distance from major commercial centers, Sheung Wan MTR station, and the Macau Ferry Terminal.
Trekking through Hong Kong is truly a feast for the senses. Much like Times Square and the blinking neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip, Hong Kong could at first be a sensory overload, but areas outside the statuesque skyscrapers showcase the true charm and beauty of the city.
After exploring the city's tightly packed streets and navigating the ever-present stream of traffic, one great place to escape is The Peak, Hong Kong's most popular attraction. Visitors arrive at The Peak via the Peak Tram, which rises 1,300 feat above sea level to provide outrageous views of the city. Once at the top, The Peak Tower offers shopping and dining, and The Sky Gallery displays artwork by local Hong Kong artists.
Another way to take in the sights of Hong Kong is to ride the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour, one of the world's busiest harbors. It's an essential part of local commuter life, but also an important aspect of the city's tourism. Once at Victoria Harbour's waterfront, visitors can seek the Avenue of the Stars -- Hong Kong's version of Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Avenue of the Stars is accompanied by the Symphony of the Stars, a sound and light show that pays tribute to the city's film industry. Experience thrill rides at Ocean Park Theme Park, or get lost in the magic at Hong Kong Disneyland, which incorporates the different lands of Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Not unlike New York, Hong Kong is quite the expensive city, but public transportation is a relatively cheap way to get to around.
42-minute drive to Hong Kong International Airport
2- to 4-minute walk to several bus stops
8-minute walk to Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park
11-minute drive to Belcher Bay
12-minute drive to upscale IFC Mall
25-minute drive to Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and Expo Promenade
10-minute drive to West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
15-minute drive to Victoria Park
15-minute drive to Hong Kong Stadium
16-minute drive to The Peak
17-minute drive to Jade Market
18-minute drive to Avenue of the Stars
19-minute drive to Victoria Harbor
21-minute drive to Ocean Park theme park
30-minute drive to Disneyland Hong Kong
41-minute drive to Lantau Island
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