Hong Kong's colorful accommodations include skyscrapers and pagodas, hostels and former monasteries. Here's FTF's round-up for every budget.
Hong Kong has a variety of accommodations for families, and from the most posh business hotels to the local YMCA, children are very welcome. Read about my favorite business and budget options below.
Glitzy Business Hotels, Bring Along the Kids!
The Langham Hotel
8 Peking Road
Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Not to be confused with its Hong Kong sister property, Langham Place Hotel, the Langham has a great location right near Nathan Road, the main thoroughfare of the Tsimshatsui district. The 469 rooms and 26 suites are both stylish and comfortable, and a free extra bed is available for kids up to 12 years old. Rooms have a choice of king or two double beds, plus interesting perks like a mist-free mirror and complimentary laundry service. The suites really crank up the luxury with a Jacuzzi, two televisions, and upgraded bathroom amenities. Renovations of the guest rooms were completed in 2008, with 150 new guest rooms added, completing a US$22 million project. A Mediterranean-style rooftop pool and large fitness club allow for relaxing exercise, while some high-quality restaurants can help guests refuel (most offer a children’s menu and kids are always welcome).
Dining favorites include T’ang Court, a Cantonese restaurant honored by Gourmet Magazine as one of the “World’s Best Hotel Dining Rooms,” and the Western-themed Bostonian Restaurant. Travelers and expats seeking some serious comfort food might stop by at the Main St. Deli, inspired by the hotel director’s visit to New York City’s 2nd Avenue Deli. Where else in Hong Kong could you find Dr. Brown’s soda? For a grown-ups-only night on the town, childcare is available through the Langham’s housekeeping department. Rooms start at about US$410/N, while suites start around US$705/N and climb from there.
64 Mody Road
Tsim Sha Tsui East
Kowloon, Hong Kong
The Kowloon Shangri-La has gone through major renovations in the past few years, and it shows: everywhere from the dazzling, gilded lobby to the 700 upgraded guestrooms and suites, this hotel is beautiful. Rooms offer either a king or two double beds with satellite TV, wireless Internet, and marble bathroom, and many have a priceless view of neighboring Victoria Harbor. The Family Plan allows for an extra bed to be provided for children under 12, free of charge depending on availability. In their kids program children between 2-8 years old receive a family photo, stuffed toy, baby toiletries, and welcome cookeis and milk. The 4-8 age group will receive a coloring book and crayon set, a children’s bathrobe and slippers (only on loan, you can’t take them with you when you leave). Other family options include a baby bib for the under 2 crowd, bottle sterilizer, bottle warmer, and stroller, and babysitting services may be arranged in advance. The health club includes a heated indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and workout equipment, and childcare can be booked through the concierge.
Great dining options (always open to kids, all the time, and many with children’s menus) include dim sum and other Cantonese specialties at the Shang Palace, the Japanese flavor of Nadaman’s sushi bar, and the not-to-be-missed for families CafÃ© Kool. At CafÃ© Kool, diners visit a variety of open kitchens—salad, seafood, Western, Asian, Indian, and dessert, to be precise—to pick up a varied, delicious meal buffet-style. Much of the food is cooked right in front of you (the naan bread arrives straight from the tandoori oven), and the chocolate fountain is to die for. They offer a Children’s Meal Plan, where kids under 6 eat free at the buffets and pool cafes, and 6-12 year olds get a 50% discount. Rooms at the Kowloon Shangri-La start at about US$465/N for a standard room, and can climb upwards of about US$2,750/N for the presidential suite.
JW Marriott Hong Kong
852 2810 8366
Located right next to the world-class Pacific Place shopping center, with direct indoor access to the Admiralty MTR station, the JW Marriott is top-notch in both service and location. It holds 602 rooms including 25 suites, and accommodations offer a king-size bed or two double beds. Connecting rooms are available for larger families, and complimentary rollaway beds and baby cots are available upon request. There’s also babysitting, wireless Internet, in-room coffee and tea, an outdoor pool, children’s playground nearby, Sony Playstation upon request, and a 24-hour health club.
The Marriott has plenty of luxurious dining options including 24-hour, in-room dining, the Man Ho Chinese Restaurant with its variety of Cantonese seafood and health-promoting dishes, the Marriott CafÃ©, serving international buffets all day, and the California and Sushi Bar. Children are welcome in all restaurants, special requests are honored, coloring paper and crayons are likely to appear, and children’s menus are available. And as you would expect, the service everywhere is impeccable. Up to two kids under the age of 12 can stay in their parents’ room free of extra charge, and they’ll even receive cute welcome gifts at check-in.
Great Location, Better for a Budget
41 Salisbury Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong
852 2268 7000
With perhaps one of the prime tourist locations in Hong Kong (situated steps from the Star Ferry, Cultural Center, Art Museum, Space Museum, and Nathan Road), the YMCA is also celebrated by many as one of the best deals in town. It has what you might expect, dorm-style bunk beds at about US $30/N a pop plus 10% service charge (perhaps not a bad deal for a family of four), and it also has standard, simply furnished, hotel-style rooms, and specifically-designated family suites with king bed or two twin beds, living room, sofa bed, cable TV, wireless Internet, and a mini-bar (small fee for usage, but coffe/tea are free). Whether you’re staying in or going out, there’s plenty for an active family to do. The YMCA offers an above-average choice of family-friendly services, including a reasonably-priced cafeteria with food all day (children’s menu available), two adult pools and a children’s pool, fitness center, rock climbing walls, and children’s library. Suite rates vary from about US$100 and US$250/N depending on the season and length of stay.
BP International House
No. 8 Austin Road
852 2376 1111
Another conveniently located budget accommodation, the BP International House allows kids under 12 to stay free in its 529 rooms. The on-site CafÃ© on the Park offers both buffet and Ã la carte options throughout the day. This property seems to expect that families will come for a stay, since babysitting is available upon request and family rooms with either triple or quad bunks are an option. These family rooms cost between about US $161 to US$174/N; a standard room with an extra bed for a teen would start around the same price. The BP International House is also right next to Kowloon Park and a short walk to Nathan Road.
Holiday Inn Golden Mile
50 Nathan Road
852 2369 3111
Yet another relatively reasonably-priced, dependable property in a great location, the Holiday Inn Golden Mile has a rooftop pool, a well-stocked health club, babysitting upon request, and a variety of cuisines available. After underoing a renovation in 2008, the hotel now has 609 guestrooms and nine suites that include high-speed Internet, bathrobes, and mini refrigerators, while rollaway beds are available with prior notice. Hungry families can choose between the lounge at Hari’s at Golden Mile, Osteria Ristorante Italiano, the Loong Yuen Cantonese Restaurant, and, for a delicious bite on the go, the Delicatessen Corner. The view isn’t great, but the street address is, and double rooms run from about US$135 to US$206/N; suites start at US$450/N. Maximum occupancy for a room is two adults and two children; children under 19 sharing existing bedding can stay for free, and kids eat for free.
For other accommodation ideas, visit the Hong Kong Tourism Board or call their multilingual visitor hotline at 852 2508 1234.
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