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Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, a 5-star luxury hotel in Central
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

【Hotel Review】Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong|5-star Luxury Hotel in Central

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Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

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  • Iconic luxury hotel with a rich history and stunning harbour views
  • World-class dining options, including two Michelin-starred restaurants
  • Extensive range of wellness facilities, including the award-winning Mandarin spa
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, a 5-star luxury hotel in Central
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Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is one of the most iconic and luxurious hotels in the city. Originally built in 1963, the 26-storey hotel was once the tallest building in Hong Kong, adjacent to the Victoria Harbour. The harbour is now blocks away from the hotel as a result of land reclamation, but it remains a landmark of elegance and sophistication.

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
▲ Exterior (official image)

Location

The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is in a sweet spot right in the heart of the bustling Central district. It’s connected to some of the city’s top business spots via an air-conditioned walkway, making it a popular choice for both business and leisure travellers.

The hotel is just a short walk from the iconic Star Ferry, which provides easy access to Kowloon and other parts of the city. The Central MTR station is also nearby, making it easy to explore other parts of Hong Kong.

Nearby tourist attractions around Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong:

  • Statue Square (0.5 km)
  • Hong Kong Park (0.6 km)
  • Peak Tram (0.7 km)
  • Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower (1.4 km)
  • Victoria Harbour (1.5 km)
  • Star Ferry Pier (1.5 km)
  • Avenue of Stars (1.6 km)
  • Tai Kwun (1.7 km)
  • Lan Kwai Fong (2.2 km)
  • The Peak (3.5 km)

Hotel Check-in

When I arrived at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, I walked through the connected walkway from Prince’s Building, which was pretty convenient. As soon as I stepped inside the hotel, I was impressed by the elegance and stunning decor. However, I did notice that the ceiling wasn’t very high, which made the space feel a bit cramped.

We visited the hotel in 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic, so it is understandable that the hotel might be understaffed and the service might not be as attentive as before. It took us a little while to figure out where the check-in counter was located. We ended up taking the lift back to the ground floor and eventually found our way to the counter.

However, the staff was friendly and courteous, and the check-in process was quick and hassle-free.

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
▲ Lobby (official image)

Accommodation

The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is a 25-story hotel that offers two distinct types of room decor to its guests. The first type of room is called the Veranda room, which has a more feminine and Western style, while the second type is called the Taipan room, which has a more masculine and Asian style.

In the Veranda rooms, guests can enjoy a separate workspace that has been created by enclosing former balconies, providing a bonus area for work or relaxation. The decor in these rooms is more feminine and Western, with soft colours and elegant furnishings.

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, a 5-star luxury hotel in Central
▲ Veranda room (official image)

On the other hand, the Taipan rooms have a more masculine and Asian style, with darker colours and bolder patterns. These rooms offer a cozy and comfortable atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing stay.

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, a 5-star luxury hotel in Central
▲ Taipan room (official image)

Room

Our Superior Room was a 40 square-metre room, overlooking the lively streets and office buildings in Central. The room itself was spacious and elegantly designed. The contemporary Asian decor, with rich silk drapes, sumptuous carpets, and exquisite furnishings, was a beautiful nod to the refined spirit of the Orient.

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, a 5-star luxury hotel in Central
▲ Superior Room
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, a 5-star luxury hotel in Central
▲ Superior Room – Smart TV
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, a 5-star luxury hotel in Central
▲ Superior Room – Mini Bar
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, a 5-star luxury hotel in Central
▲ Superior Room – Wardrobe

The bed was incredibly comfortable, and the bathroom was luxurious, with a deep soaking tub and separate rain shower complemented by thoughtful amenities, such as exclusive Diptyque bath products.

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, a 5-star luxury hotel in Central
▲ Superior Room – Bathroom
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, a 5-star luxury hotel in Central
▲ Superior Room – Bathroom
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, a 5-star luxury hotel in Central
▲ Superior Room – Bathroom
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, a 5-star luxury hotel in Central
▲ Superior Room – Bathroom

One thing to note is that while the city view room was still spacious and well-equipped, the view was not as impressive as I had hoped. The room looked directly onto a commercial building, which meant that there wasn’t much to see in terms of scenery or skyline. However, this is a minor issue that didn’t detract too much from my overall experience at the hotel. I would highly recommend upgrading to a harbour view room to fully appreciate the stunning views that Hong Kong has to offer.

The hotel’s turndown service was a standout feature of my stay. While I was out enjoying dinner at the Clipper Lounge, the housekeeping staff came in to prepare the room for the night ahead. Their attention to detail was impressive, with even the smallest things taken care of, such as placing slippers by the bedside, leaving a weather forecast, and putting a glass of water on the bedside table, making my stay at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong truly unforgettable.

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
▲ Superior Room

Food & Drinks

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong boasts a diverse selection of 9 exceptional restaurants and bars, each with its own distinct personality and flavor to tantalize my taste buds:

  • Mandarin Grill + Bar (European) — Classic steakhouse serving premium cuts of meat and fresh seafood, accompanied by an extensive wine selection
  • Man Wah (Chinese / Cantonese) — One Michelin-starred restaurant offering refined Cantonese cuisine
  • The Krug Room (Modern Seasonal) — Exclusive private dining room offering a bespoke menu paired with Krug Champagne
  • Clipper Lounge (International) — Classic lounge serving afternoon tea, light bites, and a wide selection of wines and spirits
  • Café Causette (International) — Casual all-day dining venue with an open kitchen offering international cuisine
  • The Aubrey (Japanese / Izakaya) — Modern Japanese izakaya restaurant and bar with a vibrant atmosphere
  • The Chinnery (British) — Elegant bar and restaurant serving traditional British cuisine and an extensive selection of single malt whiskies
  • Captain’s Bar (Bar) — Iconic bar with a nautical theme, serving classic cocktails and light bites
  • The Mandarin Cake Shop (Confectionery) — Artisanal bakery offering handmade cakes, pastries, and chocolates
Mandarin Grill + Bar at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, a 5-star luxury hotel in Central
▲ Mandarin Grill + Bar (official image)
Man Wah at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, a 5-star luxury hotel in Central
▲ Man Wah (official image)
The Aubrey at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, a 5-star luxury hotel in Central
▲ The Aubrey (official image)
The Chinnery at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, a 5-star luxury hotel in Central
▲ The Chinnery (official image)

Amenities

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong provides guests with a range of top-notch amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, a luxurious swimming pool, and an award-winning spa that has been recognized as one of the best in the world by leading publications and guides. While the spa treatments are highly acclaimed, they can be quite expensive. As such, we didn’t indulge in any spa treatments during our stay.

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
▲ Mandarin Spa (official image)

Value for Money

Standard room daily rate from HK$3,500 in low season; and from HK$4,500 in high season, with free Wi-Fi included. Rates for Club rooms and suites offer access to The Mandarin Club on the 23rd floor, with complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails, as well as a host of exclusive privileges and bespoke services throughout the day.

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
▲ Mandarin Club (official image)
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
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4.7
Highly Recommended

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