Words by Carlie Tucker
Hong Kong is known for its thriving nightlife, where neon lights cast a beckoning glow over the city streets and late night dance parties carry over into the wee hours of the morning. Though, by the light of day, it's one of the top 10 international destinations for Australian business.
With professional travellers flocking to Hong Kong in search of corporate pursuits, we're easing the burden of finding a business-friendly hotel amidst the myriad of choice. These top hotels offer the perfect combination of location, comfort and amenities to ensure a quality stay.
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Harbour Grand Kowloon
If your tastes lean more toward the luxurious side of business travel, this 4-star stay is a premium choice. It holds up a fantastic position along Victoria Bay, providing convenient access to the city's key business districts while offering stunning water views from many of the 555 rooms and suites.
The staples of a great stay are accounted for: spacious layouts, comfortable beds and well-appointed bathrooms. Rooms also come standard with work spaces, two wall outlets for charging gadgets and large windows offering courtyard or water views. Beyond the room, a dedicated business centre on the third floor provides a number of convenient services, with private meeting rooms also available. A fitness centre, pool and spa add to guest convenience, ensuring health and wellbeing aren't sacrificed when you're travelling for work.
Daily and long stay rates are available for an added element of convenience. What's better is this SmartSTAY property also comes with complimentary WiFi access, a complimentary breakfast and three pieces of laundry with stays of three nights or more when you book through FCBT.
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Boutique style with a 4-star rating can be found at the Hotel LKF by Rhombus. This 95-room hotel sits at the heart of Hong Kong's city centre, providing guests with a sleek, modern stay and incredible city views from the rooftop Azure Restaurant Slash Bar. It's only a five minute walk from MTR Central Station and a five minute drive to MTR Hong Kong Station.
Each room, from the G500 Superior to the Rhombus Suite, provides a spacious layout with individually designed interiors. Soothing, rich colour schemes offer a more personalised feel while surround sound, illy espresso coffee machines and L'OCCITANE bathroom amenities come standard. R-Touch allows you to further tailor your stay by allowing you to request any additional requirements such as your favourite newspapers or extra pillows.
There is WiFi available throughout the hotel along with a dedicated Business Centre available 24-hours a day. Meeting rooms are available as is a fitness centre, foreign exchange service and limousine service.
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The Kowloon Hotel
Another great option along Victoria Bay, the Kowloon Hotel provides business travellers with the convenience of being within walking distance to both professional and leisure hotspots. Key rail stations are a mere stroll away from the hotel, as is the Star Ferry and China Hong Kong City Ferry Pier. Should you have time for a little fun during your stay, the Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard and Kowloon Park are within 10 minutes, while the Clock Tower and Hong Kong Cultural Centre are just five minutes away.
There are 736 guest rooms and suites in the Kowloon Hotel, each designed for optimal comfort while you're on the road. Contemporary finishes compliment savvy room layouts, each offering the benefit of executive work spaces, international direct dial telephones and urban or water views. All guests also have access to a 24-hour business centre in the lobby, meeting facilities, a fitness centre and a swimming pool.
This SmartSTAY hotel also offers the benefit of complimentary breakfast for one person, late check-out until 3pm and a complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability) when you book through your FCBT Travel Manager.
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Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel
If you're time in Hong Kong is limited and you value the convenience of a quick airport getaway, this hotel will suit your needs. Consistently named one of the world's best airport hotels, this one is perfect for short stays, long layovers or something in between. It's situated on the edge of Lantau Island and is directly connected to AsiaWorld-Expo. Of course, there is also an airport shuttle to whisk you off to your flight.
There are 658 guest rooms available, all of which provide sea or airport views. Spacious designs ensure plenty of room to spread out, while soundproof windows, comfortable beds and marble bathrooms cover the comfort points. Business travellers in particular will appreciate the working desk with ergonomic chair and power panel to charge mobile gadgets. Access to the 24-hour fitness centre, swimming pool , whirlpool and spa is also available.
There are five different eating and drinking establishments on-site for your added convenience along with in-room dining. Those in need of some private space for a meeting or client get together are well taken care of with 14 different event rooms, 13 maximum breakout rooms and the capacity to accommodate up to 650 delegates.
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Epitomising business travel luxury, the Kowloon Shangri-La is an impeccably presented 5-star hotel that epitomises the Shangri-La brand's approach to premium style and comfort. What's better is the ultra-convenient location along Victoria Harbour that allows you to take full advantage of the spoils of this city.
Offering guests 688 of the city's largest rooms and suites, you will be treated to the elegance of 5-star finishes, contemporary art, marble bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows with incredible city or water views. Whether you're staying in a Deluxe room or the Presidential Suite, you will be treated such amenities as a full-size executive desk, international direct dial telephones, 24-hour butler call button, computer dataport and a pillow menu.
As you might expect, all other aspects of your stay will be well taken care of with seven different restaurants and bars, a fully equipped health club with a spa and meeting and event spaces to suit business get togethers of all sizes. Book a stay at this hotel through your FCBT Travel Manager and you will also receive complimentary WiFi access, complimentary breakfast and a room upgrade if one is available.