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No longer simply known as a finance centre dense with millionaires and thoughtless luxury, Hong Kong is carving itself a reputation as a hub of creativity. With art galleries to inventive Cantonese cuisine, there is so much more to Hong Kong than gleaming skyscrapers.

Yet it’s still a non-stop eating, drinking and party destination, with a pick ‘n’ mix of everything from ultra-luxury to a blossoming underground scene. Hong Kong nails the high-low aesthetic. Our guide to this non-stop city has something for every visitor: enjoy drinks with sprawling views, off-the-radar basement clubs and the cheapest Michelin-starred meals in the world. Start planning.

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Upper House

Designed by architect Andre Fu, Upper House provides a stylish retreat from the bustle of central Hong Kong, which it overlooks from its perch above Victoria Harbour. Cleanly styled with natural woods and geometric lines, this modern hotel offers the sensation of stepping into a spa or a gallery, without betraying its intimate boutique ambiance. TIP: Don’t forget to visit Café Gray Deluxe, which serves modern European classics with an emphasis on organic produce. Rooms from £458 per night

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  • Pacific Place 88
    Queensway
    Admiralty
    Hong Kong

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Yes it’s big, yes it’s a chain, but this hotel has one of the best pools in Hong Kong and, during the summer, Hong Kong is nothing short of a sweat-storm. The rooms have fantastic harbour or city views and, like many large-scale five-star hotels, there is an array of dining choices (the breakfast buffets and room service are particularly noteworthy). Fun-fact: if it’s just the pool you’re after, the hotel offers pool passes to non-guests for $500 HKD (around £50).

Little Tai Hang

Discover the charming village vibe of Tai Hang and check into Little Tai Hang. With hotel rooms and serviced apartments, this is a great option if you’re planning a longer stay in Hong Kong. Most of the mid-century modern rooms have views of Victoria Park and Harbour, and are bathed in natural light. The neighbourhood is the draw card, attracting in-the-know locals with its cool café and bar scene.

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  • 98 Tung Lo Wan Road
    Causeway Bay
    Hong Kong

99 Bonham

If it’s a central location, modern amenities and sky-scraping views you’re after, but at an affordable price, 99 Bonham gives you the best bang for your buck. It’s more like a serviced apartment – while there’s no restaurant or bar, its central location means you can order in from some of the best restaurants in town. Its roof terrace dotted with sun loungers is the perfect spot for sundowners.

Tuve

Fans of industrial-chic design should check into Tuve. Although located in the crowded Causeway Bay, the retail heart of Hong Kong, this hotel is given a hyper-cool minimal finish by polished concrete floors and carbon metal fittings – a nice contrast to the chaotic neighbourhood. There’s no gym or bar, but the restaurant, Silver Room, draws a crowd in the evening.

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  • 16 Tsing Fung Street
    Causeway Bay
    Hong Kong

Eaton HK

Experience a hipper side of Hong Kong and bed down in at Eaton HK. The hotel pays homage to the Jordan neighbourhood’s gritty past with bright neons, bold graphics and original tiles. It’s a hotel for the well-travelled millennial who wants a space that draws both like-minded travellers and locals. With its co-working area, art gallery and ground-floor “foodhall” with multiple street-food vendors, Eaton HK is a hotel for the new creative class.

The Fleming

A design lover’s dream, The Fleming is a luxury porthole that gazes out onto Hong Kong’s maritime past. Designed with an art deco, Streamline Moderne aesthetic, the hotel’s symmetrical styling, smooth nautical curves, wood panelling and bottle-green and brass tones have all the trademarks of #AccidentallyWesAnderson. The Italian restaurant Osteria Marzia on the ground floor is worth a visit on its own, both for its coastal Italian menu and seafaring design.

Ovolo Hotel

With a number of outlets dotted around the city, you can check into one of Ovolo’s smart rooms almost anywhere. Their flagship Central hotel is at the heart of the city’s entertainment and business district within walking distance of restaurants, bars, shops and clubs, as well as the Central MTR station. TIP: Guests at Ovolo can access wifi spots throughout the city for free. Rooms from £163 per night.

Hotel LKF

Located in the heart of the city’s nightlife, this boutique hotel towers over Hong Kong’s most notorious knot of bars and clubs, Lan Kwai Fong. Worried it sounds a little rowdy? Fear not. Although the carnival of LKF is on your doorstep, this design hotel is every bit the five-star destination. Enjoy your champagne cocktail then sneak downstairs for a jelly shot in one of the street bars. TIP: Avoid during Hong Kong Sevens, unless you plan to host a large afterparty for a hundred new best friends. Rooms from £235 per night

Mandarin Oriental

Few hotels in the world combine old-world sensibilities with the trappings of modern luxury as completely as the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. This is not news to the hotel’s devout clientele, who have been returning to this bastion of elegance for generations. Visit Captain’s Bar, which is fitted out with dark wood and grand leather sofas where you can sit as you sip cold draught beer in large silver tankards. TIP: Boys, book an appointment with the Mandarin’s barber for an old-fashioned wet shave or trim. Rooms from £493 per night

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