Hong Kong, though not your typical snowy Christmas getaway like Germany or New York City, shines bright in its own way as an urban wonderland, blending shopping, dining, and festive fun for the holidays.
Those acquainted with the city will also be well-aware of the city's spectacular New Year's Eve fireworks that illuminate the harbour every year. While some opt for spots like IFC, The Peak, and the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront for the best views, others prefer to witness this dazzling display from the comfort of their hotel room windows, while avoiding the crowds.
Here are 10 hotels that boast stunning vistas of Victoria Harbour, so you can enjoy the sunrise, sunset, city lights, cityscape, harbour activity, and the dazzling fireworks — all from the luxurious comfort of your room.
For the crème de la crème of Victoria Harbour vistas, ascend to The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, a towering giant standing tall at 1,600 feet — it’s the city's pinnacle perch. Nestled within the ICC (International Commerce Centre), this skyscraper serves up a 360-degree spectacle of the urban sprawl — with views of the Island, Kowloon, and Victoria Harbour. With 118 stories of modern-meets-traditional charm, their rooms flaunt not just natural light but also front-row seats to the city, sea, and skyline through colossal windows. To watch the fireworks, be sure to book yourself into the Deluxe Victoria Harbour Room or any of the top 10 suites.
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Fresh on the hospitality scene since 2019, Rosewood Hong Kong may be the newbie, but it's already etched itself as a must-visit for globetrotters in the city. Nestled in Tsim Sha Tsui's Victoria Dockside, its prime waterfront locale is a major draw. This 65-storey marvel places itself smack in front of the Victoria Harbour, treating guests to vast vistas of sea and cityscape. Rooms, starting at a generous 570 square feet, guarantee stunning views, with a whopping 80% of accommodations offering floor-to-ceiling panoramas of the harbour. Opt for a room with a private terrace for the ultimate viewing pleasure.
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A stalwart in Hong Kong's hotel scene, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong has been the forefront of top-notch service for over 80 years — and it's still the go-to for those seeking unparalleled Victoria Harbour vistas. The opulent flagship boasts 447 rooms, including 60 lavish suites, offering either harbour or city views. While the interiors pay homage to the hotel's rich history with a blend of East-meets-West motifs and an oriental theme, it's anything but outdated. Lavish furnishings and top-of-the-line amenities keep things contemporary. Here, guests can soak in the city's twinkling skyline against the backdrop of stunning harbour views.
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Nestled in the heart of Central, with front-row seats to mesmerising Victoria Harbour views, the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong holds one of the city's prime addresses. Set within the International Finance Centre, it's a top pick for both business and leisure travellers. The 399 rooms, inclusive of 54 lavish suites, exude understated luxury and elegance. You can imagine waking up to the harbour's splendour right from your bed, while the spacious marble bathrooms offer ample space to luxuriate and soak in opulence after an adventurous day out.
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Nestled in the vibrant neighbourhood of Hung Hom, just a skip and a hop away from the bustling Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hotel ICON Hong Kong is a haven for travellers in search of an immersive and design-savvy hospitality encounter. Proudly owned by Hong Kong Polytechnic University, this hotspot was envisioned as a “hotel with a purpose”. Don't overlook the meticulously curated themed suites, each an embodiment of thoughtful detail. Among them, a creation by local fashion luminary Vivienne Tam offers a distinctive charm, while bestowing guests with unparalleled vistas of the bustling harbour.
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A go-to spot for hip, millennial travellers, W Hong Kong nails the upbeat atmosphere — and throws in a killer view of the harbour for good measure. This design-forward, "fun" hotel hosts some of the city's highest pool parties and conveniently sits within the vibrant arts and culture hub of West Kowloon’s Elements shopping mall. It's a stone's throw away from designer boutiques, the Xiqu Centre, M+, Hong Kong Tourism Board’s annual WinterFest, and more. Among its 393 rooms and suites, this glamorous hotel obsesses over every detail, including spacious options like the Extreme Wow Suite, spanning a whopping 2,160 square feet.
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Nestled in Wan Chai, the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong seamlessly melds the essence of an urban resort (there’s a gorgeous outdoor pool) with the conveniences of a high-end business hotel. As you step inside, the grandeur of a majestic three-storey marble atrium welcomes you with open arms, setting the tone for an opulent experience. The property's Asian-inspired design, resonating throughout its architecture, offers not just a stay but an immersion in culture, all while affording prime and uninterrupted views of the majestic Victoria Harbour.
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The Peninsula Hong Kong, affectionately known as the Grand Dame of the Far East, has been an enduring global icon since its inauguration in 1928. This colonial marvel, steeped in British heritage and regal charm, remains a haven for the city's elite and discerning travellers alike. While some rooms overlook the courtyard, those seeking the pinnacle of vistas can opt for the harbour view rooms, offering a breathtaking city panorama. Each room boasts spaciousness, blending Chinoiserie influences with modern comforts and ample natural light — a lavish setting to savour your harbour views in style.
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K11 Artus isn't your run-of-the-mill hotel; it's a snug haven intentionally crafted to feel like a home — a very lavish one at that. Nestled within the revamped Victoria Dockside along the Kowloon waterfront, this chic space exudes an art gallery ambiance, adorned with pieces sourced from owner Adrian Cheng's personal collection. The plush and luxurious accommodations boast a generous size, blending contemporary flair with Chinese-inspired décor, modern mid-century furniture, and a rich wooden colour palette for an irresistibly inviting atmosphere. But what steals the show here are the remarkable wraparound balconies in each room, lauded as the epitome of its "artisanal living experience" ethos. These spacious balconies offer unparalleled vistas of Victoria Harbour.
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Positioned majestically above Pacific Place in Admiralty, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong’s coveted location immerses guests right in the heart of bustling city life. The fusion of East-meets-West aesthetics defines its allure, evident in the palatial European-style lobby, dazzling chandeliers and breathtaking 16-storey Great Motherland of China landscape silk painting. While the rooms at Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong offer a variety of views, opting for the harbour view is an absolute game-changer for a quintessential Victoria Harbour experience. The Horizon Club rooms are always a fan favourite, showcasing the distinctive Shangri-La flair — spacious, contemporary, and thoughtfully equipped with cutting-edge technologies for the utmost in modern comfort and convenience.
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Whether you're seeking a front-row seat to the annual New Year's Eve pyrotechnics and other dazzling events, or simply, have a love for admiring the beautiful sunsets and sunrises, these hotels offer an ideal spot to experience the Victoria Harbour in all its glory.