Views from Hong Kong Island's tallest hotel are incentive enough to stay here, but its interior is also a feast for the eyes, with more than 700 paintings and artworks decorating its walls and the world's largest silk landscape painting extending 16 stories in an inner atrium. During its construction, the hotel also went to great lengths to preserve a 130-year-old Banyan tree, which still stands majestically in the lobby lounge. Although the Shangri-La offers free shuttle service to Central and Wan Chai, guests can walk to the nearest MTR station without venturing outdoors and the hotel is connected to Pacific Place with its many shops and restaurants. Another plus is Hong Kong Park, just across the street, but weary travelers can also seek respite with the hotel's free yoga and pilates lessons and many leisure facilities. Rooms are spacious and luxuriously appointed, with large bathrooms and views of either The Peak or Victoria Harbour. In short, with its views, artwork, restaurants (Café TOO and Petrus are standouts), and other facilities, the Shangri-La epitomizes the best of Hong Kong. A great place to stay if you want to be reminded of where you are every waking moment.
- Beth Reiber