During my recent visit to Hong Kong, I had the pleasure of staying at the highly regarded Four Seasons Hong Kong.
The property is widely recognized as one of the top luxury hotels in Hong Kong and one of the leading locations of the Four Seasons chain.
Currently, the hotel is in the midst of a significant renovation, overseeing a complete refurbishment of all 399 guest rooms and public areas.
In a bid to seek out some of the most prestigious accommodations on Hong Kong Island on this trip, it was only natural that the Four Seasons was at the top of my list.
Four Seasons Hong Kong – Booking
If you’re considering a stay at the Four Seasons Hong Kong, be prepared to pay a premium price. A standard room retails for $6,500–7,000 HKD ($1,107–1,191 CAD) per night, with some leeway on either side.
I was fortunate to secure a favourable industry rate for this particular stay.
Four Seasons doesn’t have a traditional loyalty program with points and elite status, but you can still enjoy added value when booking through Four Seasons Preferred Partner. This exclusive program provides complimentary breakfast for two and a $100 (USD) property credit, among other benefits, at no additional cost.
Furthermore, unlike comparable programs such as Virtuoso or Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons Preferred Partner gives priority to their own reservations for upgrades, early check-ins, and late check-outs.
Lastly, the Preferred Partner advantages can be combined with all promotional rates, including prepaid, promotional, flexible, and fully refundable rates.
Book a hotel stay with Prince of Travel through Four Seasons Preferred Partner and enjoy exclusive additional benefits at no cost to you, including:
- Daily breakfast for two guests, including in-room dining
- Room upgrade, subject to availability at check-in
- $100 (USD) property credit for room bookings; $200 (USD) property credit for suite bookings
- Special offers combinable with Preferred Partner benefits
- Third, Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Night Free at select properties
Four Seasons Hong Kong – Location
The Four Seasons Hong Kong sits in a prime location in the heart of Hong Kong Island’s bustling financial district, suitable for both business and leisure travellers.
A brief 15-minute stroll from the Four Seasons Hong Kong are the vibrant districts of Lan Kwai Fong and Soho, renowned for their dynamic nightlife, as well as an eclectic array of dining options and cafés.
The hotel is situated on the western side of International Finance Centre (IFC), providing direct access to the massive shopping complex.
Covered walkways connect the hotel to the Central and Star Ferry piers, as well as the Macau ferry terminal, which are a 10-minute and 20-minute walk away, respectively.
Using the walkway, you can also reach the Central and Hong Kong MTR stations within the same amount of time, providing easy access to the Island Line, Tsuen Wan Line, Tung Chung Line, and Airport Express.
Given the hotel’s proximity to a series of transportation options, it’s an ideal base from which to explore key attractions in Hong Kong like Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Museum of History, and Kowloon Park, all of which can be reached via Central MTR Station.
To get to the hotel from the airport, you can take the Airport Express train to Hong Kong MTR Station, followed by the Four Seasons’s complimentary car service.
Alternatively, you can access the hotel via IFC Mall from the MTR station, though navigating multiple floors with luggage might be challenging.
For those arriving from Mainland China, take the East Rail Line to Admiralty MTR Station, then switch trains for a one-stop ride to Central MTR Station. From there, you can access IFC Mall or use the hotel’s car service to reach the Four Seasons.
Four Seasons Hong Kong – Check-in
Immediately, The Four Seasons Hong Kong’s curved façade commands attention from a distance, soaring high with glass windows and elegant, sleek grey slates. A long driveway takes you up to the hotel’s porté-cochère, where a small water feature sits in the middle.
Upon arrival, I was greeted warmly by the attentive hotel staff who promptly offered to assist with my luggage and directed me towards the check-in desks.
The hotel entrance consists of a series of floor-to-ceiling windows that seamlessly blend together, creating an illusion that makes it difficult to distinguish where the doors end and the windows begin.
To the left of the entrance, the hotel is emblazoned with the Four Seasons logo in distinctive black lettering.
A secondary entrance to the hotel is accessible directly via the IFC mall, on the fourth floor.
Heading inside, I was met by a dramatic glass atrium lobby in the Four Seasons signature opulent style. Light poured into the space, accentuating the lengthy marble columns and the lobby’s newly refurbished interior.
Towering glass windows extend stunning vistas of Hong Kong’s iconic harbour, one of the Four Seasons primary draws, and one which extends to its guest rooms.
An elevated marble stage plays host to ample seating arrangements, ranging from plush sofas to contemporary leather two-person seating.
Anchoring the lobby is a central staircase that adds a touch of elegance and grandeur to the space. Adjacent is the Gallery, the lobby café.
I appreciated the use of metal partitions in the space, lending a subtle separation between the lobby and the Gallery, yet maintaining an open concept that invited exploration.
To the left of the entrance are a striking set of marble-clad check-in desks, with a golden slated backdrop.
I was welcomed by the friendly front desk associate who quickly completed my check-in and confirmed my reservation in a Deluxe Harbour View Room with twin beds.
I collected my room keys and navigated my way to the elevator lobby, making my way up to the Deluxe Harbour View Room.
Four Seasons Hong Kong – Deluxe Harbour View Room
Upon entering the Deluxe Harbour View Room, I immediately noticed its generous size. At almost 500 square feet, this room is significantly larger than the average hotel room found in Hong Kong and offers ample space for an lower-level room category.
A brief foyer leads you into the bedroom, showcasing sleek, custom furnishings and modern finishes as a result of the hotel’s recent makeover.
The fusion of contemporary and Asian styles is elegantly executed, thanks to the soft neutral hues, dark wood accents, and silk-panelled walls. This harmonious blend creates an inviting luxury that feels like a home away from home.
Positioned on the left side of the room are two comfortable twin beds. The Four Seasons offers customizable options for the firmness of the mattress, as well as a range of pillows to choose from – an example of the level of personalized service that you can expect here at the Four Seasons.
To the right is a generously sized closet with ample storage room and a lovely Chinese-inspired painting on the doors, adding an artistic touch to the room.
An impressive 46-inch flat-screen TV is wall-mounted on the right-hand wall, optimally positioned for viewing from the bed.
Adjacent to this is a multi-functional work-dining table area, accompanied by plush leather armchairs. An impressive welcome amenity of Hong Kong milk tea and dim sum snacks was waiting for us at the table.
Beyond the seating area, geometric open shelving in lightly polished wood is adorned with glassware and ornaments, for a subtle connection between the floor and walls.
Heading back towards the foyer, a beautifully lit alcove plays host to a well-stocked minibar, pantry, and glassware, while a Nespresso coffee maker is tucked away in a separate cabinet.
The luxurious bathroom is situated immediately to the right of the entrance, complete with a striking dual vanity with vessel sinks, granite countertops, and a large LED mirror.
To the right of the vanity is a deep bathtub and separate rain shower with great water pressure, albeit somewhat compact in size.
The bathroom features a built-in LCD screen television, so you can stay on top of the news or watch your favourite show while soaking in the bathtub.
The toilet is housed within their own separate chambers for added privacy.
The rooms at the Four Seasons are equipped with luxurious L’Occitane bath amenities, whilst the suites benefit from an upgrade to more premium Bvlgari bath amenities.
The crown jewel of the Deluxe Harbour View Room is, without a doubt, the floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of Victoria Harbour. I found myself gazing out in awe many times throughout our stay.
(While many hotels on Hong Kong Island claim to have impressive harbour views, the Four Seasons surpasses them with its unrivalled proximity to the harbour, offering truly spectacular views that no other property on the island can match.)
It’s worth mentioning that the tier below the Deluxe Harbour View Room has the same room layout, but faces the city and The Peak instead, providing a different perspective of the bustling metropolis.
Overall, the Deluxe Harbour View Room is very impressive, with a modern in-room aesthetic that balances Chinese-inspired elements. Moreover, I appreciated the luxurious touches synonymous with the Four Seasons brand, such as the elevated welcome treat and luxurious bath amenities.
With unrivalled views of Victoria Harbour and Kowloon, this room serves as a luxurious but cozy home in Hong Kong, and would be a wonderful choice to book or to seek an upgrade to as part of a Preferred Partner booking.
Four Seasons Hong Kong – Superior Harbour View Suite
Naturally, I wanted to tour some of the other room-types available here at the Four Seasons Hong Kong.
Nestled in prime corner locations of the Four Seasons, with only one suite perched on each floor, the Superior Harbour View Suite offers a touch of exclusivity.
Encompassing an expansive 732 square feet, the suite boasts a distinct living area, outfitted with an L-shaped sofa, versatile work and dining table space adorned with comfortable leather chairs, and an inviting circular chaise longue.
Blending classic elegance and contemporary flair, the suite’s design showcases modern furniture complemented by traditional Chinese details and vibrant pops of blue in the carpet and wall accents. Additionally, the space is bathed in ample natural light.
From the living room, guests can enjoy breathtaking floor-to-ceiling corner views of Victoria Harbour, Kowloon, and Stonecutters Island.
The equally spacious bedroom features stunning harbour panoramas, a generous walk-in closet, and an ensuite bathroom.
The ensuite bathroom is designed with a shower and toilet enclosed in a single wet room and is fully stocked with premium Bvlgari amenities.
For those seeking awe-inspiring corner views and ample living space, the Superior Harbour View Suite offers a spacious and well-appointed option.
Four Seasons Hong Kong – Premier Harbour View Suite
Upon entering the Premier Harbour View Suite, you’ll be welcomed by an impressive 980 square feet of elegantly designed space, featuring hardwood floors and walls adorned in chic neutral tones.
The suite reveals a spacious living area, complete with a dining table that comfortably seats four. Further into the space, you’ll find a luxurious L-shaped couch, coffee table, chaise longue, and a flat-screen TV.
The tastefully decorated bedroom includes a desk, an additional circular chaise longue, and a roomy walk-in closet.
Passing through the walk-in closet, you’ll encounter the opulent marble bathroom, outfitted with a dual vanity, separate bathtub, and a walk-in shower.
For added convenience, a half-bathroom is thoughtfully positioned within the foyer.
Both the bedroom and living area provide views of Victoria Harbour.
The Premier Harbour View Suite is the only suite offering the option of twin beds, making it the most accommodating for families.
Four Seasons Hong Kong – Deluxe Suite
Sprawling across an impressive 1615 square feet, the Deluxe Suite features a dedicated living room and dining room.
The living room is home to a large and inviting plush L-shaped sofa, artfully paired with a coffee table and armchair, all facing a flat-screen TV. Just a few steps away, the dining area comfortably accommodates up to four guests.
Additionally, the living area showcases a sleek bar counter that leads to a well-equipped kitchenette, complete with a refrigerator and induction stove for your culinary convenience.
The bedroom is adorned with a plush king bed, armchair, and ottoman nestled snugly into the corner, as well as a versatile work and dining table area.
There’s a spacious walk-in closet and a stunning marble bathroom, reminiscent of the Premier Harbour View Suite.
The Deluxe Suite is infused with a similar warm and welcoming residential ambiance, beautifully complemented by the hotel’s standout panoramic harbour views.
Four Seasons Hong Kong – Imperial Suite
The Imperial Suite is the second highest suite-type available at the Four Seasons Hong Kong and is a downright massive space, spanning 2,456 square feet. The suite sits on the 42nd floor and is adorned with elegant old-world charm and décor.
There’s a large living room with comfortable seating and a particularly lengthy sofa. A dining room that comfortably seats up to eight guests and a separate office for more focused endeavours.
The bedroom is complete with a plush king bed, adorned with a stately headboard drawing in your attention. Positioned by the windows are two armchairs and a table.
Meanwhile, breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour and Kowloon serve as a stunning backdrop from the living area and bedroom.
The marble-clad bathroom of the Imperial Suite is spacious with a stunning dual vanity in-keeping with the other suite-types, a freestanding bathtub, separate, glass-enclosed walk-in shower and views from the adjacent floor-to-ceiling window.
Four Seasons Hong Kong – Presidential Suite
The Presidential Suite at The Four Seasons Hong Kong is the highest and most prestigous suite-type, with an extraordinary 3,430 square feet of sheer luxury. Situated on the hotel’s top floor, the suite commands unparalleled views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline.
In terms of design, the Presidential Suite boasts a harmonious blend of contemporary elegance and Asian-inspired sophistication, while maintaining an old-school luxury feel.
The spacious living area features floor-to-ceiling windows that bathe the space in natural light, highlighting tasteful artwork, exquisite furnishings and grand chandeliers, with ample seating. Moreover, the suite is equipped with a grand piano, further accentuating its ostentatiousness.
Adjacent to the living area, a formal dining room offers seating for up to 10 guests and is serviced by a well-equipped kitchenette. Additionally, there’s a dedicated office space with a sturdy desk and seating for two.
The Presidential Suite’s ensuite bedroom features a king bed, plush furnishings, and a luxurious ensuite bathroom. The high-light of the bathroom is the large, marble-clad bathtub positioned by the windows for views of Victoria Harbour.
Additionally, through the bedroom, there’s a small gym, equipped with a treadmill, elliptical and massage table.
Note that the hotel has refreshed most of its rooms and public spaces, with the exception of the Imperial and Presidential Suite, as well as the Executive Lounge on the top floor. These are the last spaces scheduled to be renovated, and should be complete by the end of 2023.
Four Seasons Hong Kong – Breakfast
At the Four Seasons Hong Kong, there are two options for breakfast.
You can choose from a selection of à la carte dishes at The Lounge, or opt for an impressive breakfast buffet at Argo, both of which are situated on the ground floor of the hotel.
If breakfast is included in your room rate, you have the flexibility to select whichever option suits you best.
The breakfast buffet runs from 7–10:30 am and features a diverse range of both Western and Asian cuisine and a beautifully laid-out spread.
Western-inspired hot items included sausage, bread pudding, and open-face sandwiches. As well as cold items varied from meats and cheese, fruits, a salad bar, and pastries, and a yogurt and juice station.
Japanese spreads include Yamagata dumplings and an impressive sushi bar. Meanwhile, the Chinese favourites include a made-to-order noodle bar, dim sum station, a congee station, steamed rice noodle rolls, fried noodles, and miso soup.
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In my case, I opted to test out the more modest à la carte menu at The Lounge, also located on the ground floor.
I ordered the steak and eggs, while my travel companion tried the Japanese set breakfast, both of which were delicious.
Four Seasons Hong Kong – Dining
When it comes to dining, the Four Seasons is in a league of its own among Hong Kong hotels, with a jaw-dropping seven Michelin stars spread across its various venues.
What’s more, it’s the only hotel in the world to house two three-star establishments within the same building.
Post-breakfast, Argo transforms from a beautiful spot for a morning breakfast buffet to a stunning and bold bar in the evenings.
The new cocktail bar has won numerous awards for its exquisite design and selection of premium liquors.
The use of chrome-plated furniture and colourful pastel upholstery creates a unique and futuristic atmosphere. The design is meant to capture the bar’s innovative and forward-thinking approach to cocktails, which sets it apart from more traditional bars.
The cylindrical units situated at the bar reveal a diverse array of the finest spirits, earning it a spot on the list of the World’s 50 Best Bars.
The cocktail menu is inspired by traditional Hong Kong-style cuisine and culture, creating a unique and unforgettable drinking experience. I popped down one evening and tried the “Dynasty Old Fashioned”, a contemporary take on a classic whisky drink, with a unique soybean twist.
The soybean flavour is a nod to Hong Kong’s rich culinary heritage and provides a subtle contrast to the whiskey’s smoky notes.
On the sixth floor, Chef Guillaume Galliot leads Caprice, a lavish three-Michelin-star French restaurant.
The restaurant’s dining room is grand and intimate with mirrored walls, impressive crystal chandeliers, and sweeping views of Hong Kong’s picturesque harbour.
The venue’s bar offers an impressive selection of libations prepared by skilled mixologists for a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap.
Lung King Heen is a legendary Cantonese restaurant located on the fourth floor of the Four Seasons hotel. Led by Chef Chan Yan-tak, the venue has the distinction of being the first Chinese restaurant in the world to earn a coveted three Michelin-star rating.
Finally, Sushi Saito, renowned worldwide for its exquisite sushi, holds the remaining Michelin Star. Chef Takashi Saito personally handpicks the freshest seasonal seafood every morning from Tokyo’s Toyosu Market, transporting it to Hong Kong on the same day.
The restaurant’s décor features contributions from legendary Japanese artists such as Kitaoji Rosanjin, Shiro Tsujimura, and Kai Tsujimura.
In terms of other dining options at the hotel, the Gallery is an ideal lounging spot for a quick bite or a leisurely meal. The cozy living room-like space located in the lobby, serves artisanal coffee as well as western dishes with an Asian twist during the day.
What’s more, the two three-Michelin-starred chefs regularly come together to design a unique East-meets-West afternoon tea selection that’s served in the Gallery.
Four Seasons Hong Kong – Other Facilities
The Four Seasons has an Executive Lounge on the 45th floor, which while not yet fully renovated, comes with a beautiful balcony, one of the few balconies at this level on Hong Kong Island with an incredible view of Kowloon and the ICC building across the harbour.
Similarly, the pool area on the sixth floor is truly exceptional thanks to its commanding harbour views, easily ranking as one of the most impressive city hotel pools I’ve ever experienced.
This space features a very generously sized main infinity pool, a lap pool, a cold plunge zone, and a steamy whirlpool.
The heated infinity pool is a standout, serving as the focal point of the outdoor area, and blending effortlessly with the stunning Victoria Harbour. Meanwhile, fitness aficionados will appreciate the 20-metre heated lap pool that provides an ideal setting for swimming laps.
The pool deck is also quite picturesque, dotted with rows of inviting lounge chairs, luxurious daybeds, and lush greenery.
Additionally, a pool terrace features casual all-day dining, refreshed poolside drinks and smoothies.
The fitness centre is also situated on the sixth floor, and is a state-of-the-art workout spot with breathtaking views of the stunning Victoria Harbour through expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. The space is abundant with natural light and an excellent selection of cardio machines, weight equipment, and free weights.
While the gym itself is quite impressive, there’s also a thoughtful assortment of refreshments, including coffee, tea, water, and snacks.
Finally, the Spa at the Four Seasons Hong Kong offers an impressive 17 treatment rooms, with views of the harbour. Guests without treatment bookings can still make use of the vitality pools, sauna and steam facilities.
The Four Seasons stands out as a premier luxury accommodation in Hong Kong. From the moment we arrived, every detail had been thoughtfully considered to create a seamless fusion of style and comfort, all against the backdrop of some of the best views you’ll find anywhere on this side of the harbour.
The exceptional service training at the Four Seasons is evident in every interaction. Attentive staff members apologize for even the briefest wait, while pool attendants proactively set up pool chairs upon guests’ arrival, exemplifying the personalized service that distinguishes the Four Seasons brand.
It’s no surprise that this hotel is widely regarded as one of Hong Kong’s finest, thanks to its prime location, captivating harbour views, impeccable service, and extensive array of dining and beverage options – with no fewer than seven Michelin stars under its belt. While a stay here comes at a premium, it promises to be a truly memorable experience for those with the means to splurge.