The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The gorgeous Landmark hotel is the most romantic hotel in Hong Kong, in large part due to its intimate vibe. It's a boutique property with only 113 rooms (a rarity among luxury hotels in Hong Kong). 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, a French restaurant helmed by a Michelin-starred chef -- 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. Considering its beautiful design, long list of amenities, and extremely attentive service, this hotel is our top romantic pick in Hong Kong.
Island Shangri-La Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Arguably one of the most elegant hotels in Hong Kong, the 565-room Shangri-La features opulent details -- including the largest Chinese silk painting in the world, and TVs in every bathroom. Romantic rooms are outfitted with silk throws, gilded wooden furniture, crystal chandeliers, and high-tech features such as large flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Amenities include an outdoor pool, a well-equipped fitness center, and a spa. The Shangri-La has steep rates, but most guests claim the hefty price tag is worth it, particularly when staying in rooms with harbor views. Even those not staying at the hotel opt to check out its Michelin-starred restaurant.
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Mandarin Oriental is one of the top luxury hotels in Hong Kong, and a popular choice among well-heeled families and couples. It has 501 elegant rooms featuring contemporary Chinese decor, large windows with wonderful views, and gorgeous bathrooms with sleek glass-enclosed showers and bathtubs. Study Rooms, however, only have walk-in showers which is why this Mandarin is a step behind the Island Shangri-La. Highlights include a nice spa, a modern fitness center, an indoor pool, upscale services such as floor butlers, and a convenient location in the heart of Central. There is also a wide array of dining options, including three romantic Michelin-star restaurants.
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Like the rest of the hotels on our list, the Ritz-Carlton boasts a high level of luxury. Large rooms feature decadent touches, such as plush beds with 400- to 600-thread count linens, iPods and iPod docks, Nespresso coffeemakers, and high-end toiletries. The hotel is set on floors 102 to 118 of Hong Kong's tallest building, and while acrophobes may not appreciate being this far from the ground, the height does make for breathtaking views -- that is, when the sky is clear. Highlights include a stylish indoor pool, sleek gym, and top-notch spa. Its location in an up-and-coming business area west of Tsim Sha Tsui is a bit out of the way for leisure travelers, however.
W Hong Kong Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The 393-room W Hong Kong is a fun, modern hotel in Kowloon, a popular tourist area. In many ways, this W feels like all others; it features funky decor the W brand is known for -- bizarre sculptures, pop art wall murals, and bright, colored lighting -- as well as a Bliss spa and a Living Room bar, with a DJ at night. But this W feels a bit more special, and romantic, than some you might find in the U.S. The Bliss spa is absolutely gorgeous, with beautiful teak tubs and soft lighting, and the stunning rooftop infinity pool on the 76th floor offers poolside service and dizzying views. The decor is downplayed in the rooms, which have bright green comforters, high-tech amenities, and sleek slate bathrooms (unfortunately, some rooms have slate that is already discoloring).
The Peninsula Hong Kong Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The 300-room Peninsula Hong Kong is the city's oldest hotel; built in 1926, it evokes the elegance of the '20s but the modern sophistication of the 21st century. The grand lobby features high, gilded ceilings and stately pillars, and hosts the hotel's popular afternoon High Tea. The European-style rooms are classic and romantic, if a bit stuffy to some, and marble bathrooms have separate showers and soaking tubs. The amenities are, as expected from such a high-caliber hotel, top-notch: six gourmet dining options, a gorgeous indoor pool, a full-service spa with stellar city views, and a modern fitness center, also with stunning views. Many people (who can afford it) stay here for the bragging rights alone -- after all, some of the hotel's guests are flown in by private helicopter. The vibe is very upscale, and there's even a dress code that's enforced throughout the hotel (no flip-flops allowed!). Overall, it is a gorgeous hotel with all the amenities one could want.
Langham Place, Hong Kong Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The 665-room Langham Place is one of the most romantic hotels in Hong Kong, but while other four- and five-pearl hotels are largely concentrated along the water, the Langham is part of a large shopping complex in central Mong Kok. The hotel has a long list of on-site (and upscale) amenities, including a gorgeous spa, a small rooftop pool, and five restaurants (one with a Michelin star). The sleek, contemporary style is consistent throughout: Picture sleek lines, high ceilings, and funky local artwork. Rooms are understated, with plush white bedding and neutral tones, as well as art-adorned walls and sexy peek-a-boo bathrooms. Technology includes flat-screen TVs (that are tiny in some rooms), DVD players, iPod docks, and Wi-Fi (for a fee). Harbor views are limited, but the Langham is still a popular choice for couples looking for an upscale hotel in a convenient location.
The Langham, Hong Kong Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Located in the heart of the popular tourist area Tsim Sha Tsui, the 495-room Langham Hotel is a luxury property and a shopper's paradise -- it's close to designer stores like Fendi and Louis Vuitton, and also near the Langham Place Shopping Mall. The hotel itself fits right in to its high-end surroundings. The gorgeous European-style lobby features high, gilded ceilings with huge crystal chandeliers, and the romantic rooms have fancy golden fixtures in the bathrooms and modern amenities like iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Although there are plenty of dining options right outside the hotel, The Langham does have several of its own restaurants, including The Bostonian, an American-style lounge with a raw bar, and the Michelin-starred Tang Court. After a day of shopping or sightseeing, guests can head to the rooftop pool and Jacuzzi, sweat it out in the very well-equipped fitness center, or relax in The Langham Club, a trendy lounge with a DVD library, a modern business center, and buffet-style kitchen stocked with snacks. Though its pool is larger, The Langham is a step behind it's sister hotel because some rooms are still in need of renovations.
Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This luxury hotel lives up to the Shangri-La brand's stellar reputation. Beautiful rooms have elegant furnishings, wood accents, and floor-to-ceiling windows, most with sweeping views of Victoria Harbor or the skyline. There are several fine dining options, as well as a more casual tapas bar and a lobby lounge with bar service, but the highlight here is the Shang Palace, a wonderful Cantonese restaurant boasting two Michelin stars and outstanding service. The fitness center and spa make it a great pick for couples. One of the few downsides, however, is that the indoor pool is small. Also, several rooms only have showers.
The Mira Hong Kong Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This hip 492-room luxury property is centrally located in hopping Tsim Sha Tsui. From the pool to the rooms and the spa, everything here has a sexy -- almost futuristic -- touch: Think colorful lighting, straight lines, and a sleek design. Most rooms are decent-sized by Hong Kong standards, and all feature Bose iPod docks, LCD TVs, wireless keyboards, and entertainment units that incorporate a computer and Blu-Ray DVD player. Marble bathrooms feature clear glass walls -- a sexy touch for couples on a romantic getaway. The hotel boasts seven outstanding dining and dinking options -- two of which are Michelin-rated -- that range from upscale to casual. There's also a modern fitness center, and great services such as the use of cell phones provided during the stay.
Harbour Grand Hong Kong Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Harbour Grand impresses guests upon entry. The massive marble lobby with huge chandeliers is imposing, and the stately, yet modern, look continues throughout the hotel. Rooms here are up-to-date, with none of the stuffy grandeur of some other luxury hotels in Hong Kong. Simple, sexy decor with peek-a-boo bathrooms, large sepia-toned wall photos behind the headboards, and views of the harbor give the rooms a sophisticated vibe, and they have been updated with flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi (for an additional fee). Overall this 828-room mega-hotel is a gorgeous option; with only four full restaurants, a fitness center, large outdoor pool, and spa.
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.
Conrad Hong Kong Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The upscale Conrad Hong Kong is housed in a gorgeous skyscraper in Central, taking up the upper-level floors of a large, high-end shopping center. Shops, restaurants, and public transportation can be found right below the hotel, and there are also plenty of amenities within the hotel itself, including four restaurants, two bars, a rooftop pool, and a well-equipped, 24-hour fitness center. But there's no spa, unlike at most of the other hotels on this list. Romantic rooms are outfitted in gold tones and have large windows -- many of which open up to gorgeous views -- flat-screen TVs, and large marble bathrooms with separate showers and tubs.
The Luxe Manor Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Luxe Manor is a true sensory experience for the eyes. This upscale boutique 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 busy 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.