By John Wogan
July 10, 2019
Courtesy of The Peninsula Hong Kong

Frenetic and perpetually buzzing, Hong Kong offers something for everyone. It’s the Asian hub of commerce, culture, food, and art, with a hotel scene to match. It’s also a crossroads, where travelers often have a layover on their way to even farther-flung destinations — which means hotels are always at the top of their game, with plenty of healthy competition in order to attract bookings.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.

“Remarkable on every level” is how one reader described the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. “It caters to a very discerning guest.” The hotel group’s flagship property came in at No. 3 on the list this year, and although it’s been open since 1963, it still dazzles with fun traditions like the opulent champagne brunch every Sunday in the clubby Clipper Lounge. And the location in the Central neighborhood puts Hong Kong’s best shopping, galleries, and restaurants within walking distance.

Across Victoria Harbour in Kowloon, the Peninsula (No. 2) is another grande dame. Opened in 1928, it still possesses a sense of Art Deco glamour, especially in its soaring, palm-fringed lobby, home of its famed afternoon tea, which is accompanied by a string quartet. “It’s among the most luxurious and elegant properties at which I have ever stayed,” wrote one reader. “Fantastic service, rooms, food, views, and location.” Airport pickup in a house Rolls-Royce is another of the Peninsula’s over-the-top perks.

For the full list of the top hotels in Hong Kong, including this year’s winner, scroll down.

5. Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Score: 91.45

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4. The Upper House

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Score: 93.54

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3. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

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WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 93.75

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2. The Peninsula Hong Kong

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WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 93.83

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1. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

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Score: 94.20

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As you’d expect from a hotel occupying the 102nd to 118th floors of a mega high-rise — one of the tallest buildings in the world — the views from all 312 rooms and the common areas at the Ritz-Carlton are spectacular. But readers seemed to love everything else about the Kowloon property, too. There are two Michelin-starred restaurants, Tosca (for Italian) and Tin Lung Heen (Cantonese and dim sum); a 116th-floor spa with nine treatment rooms and an indoor infinity pool; and Ozone, the self-proclaimed “world’s highest bar,” for Asian tapas, cocktails, and an incredible panorama of the Hong Kong skyline.

See all of our readers' favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World's Best Awards for 2019.