Hong Kong is a city steeped in rich history and culture. From Taiping rebels in the streets to the cultural boom in the ‘60’s, Hong Kong has seen its fair share of excitement. It’s no wonder that so many Hong Kong hotels in the area reflect their colonial past. Read on to learn more about five of the most storied hotels in Hong Kong.
Highly celebrated and sought out for, the Peninsula Hong Kong hotel opened its doors on December 11th, 1928 and has since been a popular hot-spot for celebrities, politicians, and even royalty. Nicknamed Hong Kong’s “Grand Old Lady”, the hotel immediately transformed the sleepy quays of Kowloon into a vibrant hub of social activity.
The Peninsula Hong Kong has witnessed and weathered times of war, serving as quarters for soldiers and even enemy occupation. It’s no wonder that the names of celebrities such as Marlon Brando, Elton John, and more can be found in its guestbook! The Hong Kong hotel has even been used during the filming of a scene for the hit movie “The Dark Knight”.
For those of you looking for a Hong Kong hotel steeped in history, the Tai O Heritage Hotel is a former police station that has been renovated into a beautiful 9 room boutique property. Built in 1902, the police station was meant to prevent the piracy and smuggling that ran rampant in the area and so the hotel is outfitted with cannons, searchlights, and even guard towers!
As if that wasn’t enough, the Tai O Heritage Hotel offers a beautiful view of Tai O village, a quaint little fishing village that has been nicknamed “Venice of the Orient” due to its unique infrastructure of overwater homes on stilts. While rowing through the streets of Tai O village, guests can even observe Hong Kong’s fabled pink dolphins, which date back to the 17th century and are known for their unique color and friendliness.
Located in Kowloon, the Hullett House is located on the site of a compound that was once occupied by the Marine Police. Opening in 1884, the compound is one of the four oldest surviving government buildings in Hong Kong and is a declared monument. The Hong Kong hotel and compound has weathered wartime efforts and underground tunnels were even built under the lawn during Japanese Occupation, although they have since been filled in.
Currently, the Hullett House serves as a reflection of the colonial times it has lived through. Each suite within the hotel is decorated to represent a certain time period in Hong Kong history. Ranging from Confucian themed poster beds to modern day pop art, the Hullett House is a Hong Kong hotel that has something for everyone.
Built in October of 1963, the Mandarin Oriental has built a legacy of glamour that has endured to this day. At 26 stories, it was the tallest building in Hong Kong at the time. It was also the first hotel in Asia to have a bathtub in every room as well as the first hotel to have direct dial telephones. Since then, the Mandarin Oriental has established itself as a leader in the hospitality industry, attracting celebrity guests such as Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman, and many more!
The Mandarin Oriental is also a hot-spot for foodies with its two Michelin starred restaurants. Celebrity chefs such as Pierre Gagnaire and Dong zhen-Xiang constantly lend their talents to the Hong Kong hotel and guests can be sure to enjoy amazing food while being surrounded by the wonders of old Hong Kong.
Sitting right on Wan Chai’s Victoria Harbour Front, The Fleming is a 66 room boutique Hong Kong hotel that offers a historic maritime feel. Much of The Fleming’s aesthetic is based on the popular Hong Kong icon, The Star Ferry, and it’s reflected in the red and green shades that adorn the hotel.
The hotel features vintage decor and nostalgic throwbacks such as classic nautical instruments, brass furnishings, and ‘60’s art. You can walk straight from the hotel to view the harbor, which has been the site of everything from invading warships to Hong Kong’s first sports club, the Victoria Recreation Club.