W Hong Kong


Situated next to the 108-storey International Commerce Centre, W Hong Kong certainly fulfills its mission to create a World of WOW! You may want to lie down in your darkened room briefly to adjust but, like the city where it’s situated, it’s oddly energising.

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The W is on the western side of the Kowloon peninsula, on top of a large and, be warned, confusing mall called Elements that’s also an Airport Express station. Once you’ve worked out the route down to the MTR entrance, it’s perfectly convenient. There’s also a free one-way shuttle-bus to the tourist spots of Tsim Sha Tsui. The hotel is adjacent to the relatively expensive (HK$55/£5), and therefore under-used, Western Harbour tunnel. If you get a taxi, you can easily be on Hong Kong island within five minutes.

W Hong Kong via The Loop HK

Style & character

“Are you excited?” asks the young (they’re all young) man as you check in. The hotel’s relentless hipness and fixation with the letter ‘W’ means the pool area is known as ‘Wet’, the business centre is ‘Wired’ and front-desk advice is referred to as ‘Whatever Whenever’. As it’s busy, people tend to loiter in public areas so it can feel a bit like a railway station in the ground-floor lobby, and sixth-floor reception, especially at weekends. Essential tip: lift buttons are hidden inside the (Wacky) ghostly book-shelf design in the corridors.

Service & facilities

The ‘Whatever Whenever’ tag conveys a rather shrugging attitude to service which isn’t the case. It’s a little harried but pleasant – testimony to good Starwood training. The gym, Bliss spa and outdoor pool are all located at the top of the hotel. The 76th floor pool, the highest outdoor pool in Hong Kong, isn’t huge but is certainly spectacularly-sited. You don’t have to pay to use the sauna, steam room, whirlpool tub and Bliss body products on the 73rd-floor changing rooms, which stay open until 11pm. A definite plus if you haven’t got time for a full spa treatment.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Wi-Fi
W Hong Kong via Booking.com


There are 393 rooms and even the standard ones are decent-sized with good bathrooms. Try and go for a harbour view; the aspect isn’t the classic one of Hong Kong island but (as befits the W theme) faces west and, on higher floors, you get an emphatic sense of sea and sky.

Food & drink

Sing Yin, on the ground-floor, is a retro-styled Cantonese restaurant; Woobar, on the sixth-floor next to reception, serves drinks and ‘light fare’; Kitchen, also on the sixth-floor, is the main all-day restaurant (crowded at breakfast, average food but absorbing views); you can get ‘munchies’ by the pool and even the spa offers a brownie-buffet (with the line ‘Carrot sticks just don’t cut it’). Failing that, Elements mall is packed with restaurants.

For a truly memorable drink, head to the Wet Deck bar by the 76th floor pool. The ICC looms another 32 floors above you; the city’s neon forest gleams below. Indisputably wow!

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