The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The gorgeous Landmark hotel is one of the best luxury hotels in Hong Kong, and one of the most intimate as well. With only 113 rooms (which makes it tiny compared to its behemoth competitors), the hotel offers top-notch, personalized service. The interior design is exceptional: The lobby, restaurant, and rooms feature warm brown and silver tones, with Asian-inspired accents (typical of the Mandarin brand). The hotel has every amenity one could want -- a large fitness center with a yoga and Pilates studio, meeting rooms, a French restaurant helmed by a Michelin-starred chef, tons of kid-friendly amenities and gifts -- but the gorgeous spa may be the highlight, with treatment rooms, a Turkish Hammam, a pool, and a spa cafe. And the spacious, high-tech rooms feature marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, iPod docks, at least three flat-screen TVs, and Wi-Fi.
Lkf Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Hotel LKF is in Lan Kwai Fong, a lively area of Hong Kong that's bustling with bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and shops. This 95-room luxury boutique hotel is part of the Rhombus brand, and lives up to chain's reputation for modern, edgy decor. The stylish rooms are spacious by Hong Kong standards, and feature flat-screen TVs, DVD players, large comfy beds, and bright-colored espresso machines. And the bathrooms are big and modern, with great soaking tubs nestled by a window with partial city views. Since it's a small boutique hotel, the amenities aren't plentiful -- just a small fitness center and a rooftop lounge/restaurant. But the views from the roof (where breakfast takes place) are amazing.
The Luxe Manor Rating: 4.0 Pearls
With 159 rooms, The Luxe Manor may be slightly larger than some boutique properties on our list but it perhaps embodies a boutique vibe better than the rest. After all, it is a true sensory experience for the eyes. This upscale hotel is designed to look like Salvador Dali's imagination -- and the result is certainly surreal, if a bit busy and over-the-top. The lobby is decorated in bold colors, there's a lip-shaped sofa in the bar, and the rooms have details such as animal-print carpets, and flat-screen TVs hanging in frames above faux fireplaces. The decor is quirky, to be sure, but might but it may not be to everyone's taste, and can have a sort of dizzying effect. The Luxe Manor is certainly a one-of-a-kind hotel, and has a convenient location in the popular tourist area Tsim Sha Tsui.
Butterfly on Waterfront Rating: 3.5 Pearls
From its height and swanky entrance to the minimal, upscale look of its guest rooms, the mid-range Hotel de Edge is a contemporary new addition to Hong Kong's skyline. Like most hotels in the city, de Edge lacks ample space, but the 90 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.
Hotel Bonaparte by Rhombus Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Flanked on either side by tall, skinny buildings, the mid-range, 80-room Hotel Bonaparte feels a bit claustrophobic even from the outside. And inside is no different: The all-black lobby, while swanky, is tiny with low ceilings. And the rooms are even smaller than most in this city -- it may take a minute to decide how best to navigate the minuscule space if there is more than one person in the room at a time. Still, the rooms are clean with updated amenities like flat-screen TVs, free minibars, and modern platform beds. One aspect that may bother some guests is the open flow into the bathrooms (in several cases, the bathroom is completely exposed through glass walls). Despite this openness, each bathroom is adorned in tiny, pretty iridescent tiles and features a walk-in shower. The property lacks a spa, fitness center, and meeting spaces, but there is a small cafe with a good happy hour special. With a central location near major metro lines, Hotel Bonaparte is a good option for both business travelers and tourists who are used to capsule hotels.