PHOTO: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Fodor's Expert Review The Landmark, Mandarin Oriental

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Kate Springer

Located in the heart of Central, on Hong Kong Island, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental—stylish sister of the historic Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong—provides an urban oasis for well-heeled travelers. Walking into this fashion-forward address, guests are effectively transported far from the crowded, dense streets outside and into a sanctuary of spa-like interiors, warm wood surrounds and serene lighting. In addition to the relaxing atmosphere, the hotel just so happens to be home to 111 newly renovated rooms and suites, one of the city's top spas and two-Michelin-starred Amber restaurant.

Photo: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong


Recently renovated, the hotel’s rooms and suites have been meticulously designed by prestigious Hong Kong interior designer Joyce Wang, who created apartment-like spaces with a contemporary vibe. From the entry-level L600 Deluxe rooms to the 2,250-square-foot Entertainment Suite, these abodes feature gorgeous details—think custom crafted bird sculptures, art deco touches, brass fixtures, and seven-foot-wide bathtubs. Most rooms provide city views of Central and a popular touch: daily snacks and wines (served in test-tube like glass vials) prepared by Amber restaurant.

Photo: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
Photo: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong


The bathrooms are among the sexiest in Hong Kong. Filled with natural light, guests will enjoy a walk-in rainforest shower and a spectacular bathtub. The size depends on the room type, but even the Deluxe rooms have a 7-foot-wide circular tub that you’ll hate to leave behind.

Photo: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong


Right off Queen’s Road Central—a major artery running through downtown Hong Kong—the lobby is located up a small set of stairs, out of sight from street level. Though on the smaller side, it’s a relaxing, fashionable area where you can lounge while waiting for your Tesla to arrive.

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In the wellness center, there's an 18-meter-long indoor swimming pool with poolside snacks and refreshments.

Photo: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong


The world-class The Oriental Spa is hidden away in the belly of the hotel. It’s a two-floor affair—featuring everything from a Turkish Hammam to Aroma stone massages, and everything in between. The “holistic spa area” is a highlight in itself, thanks to a lineup of vitality pools, crystal steam rooms and ice fountains to ensure you’re as relaxed as humanly possible.


Spacious and filled with natural light, the fitness center provides cardio equipment, a yoga studio, and Pilates reformers. Coaches are on hand too, should you be in the market for a fitness assessment or a personal sweat session.

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The jewel in the crown is Amber, a two-Michelin-starred contemporary French restaurant that’s been the scene of many a business power lunch and romantic celebration. The pièce de résistance—a glittering chandelier made with 4,320 bronze rods—sets the scene. To start the experience, amuse bouche (bite-size hor d’oeuvres) arrive to ignite all five tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami. From there, Chef Richard Ekkebus harnesses super fresh seafood from Japan, as well as Tasmanian truffles and Spanish strawberries to create an internationally inspired French menu.

Photo: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong


On street level, MO Bar provides an excellent breakfast buffet and all-day dining options—highlights include Hainan chicken rice, dim sum bento boxes, and a popular afternoon tea. After dinner, the place turns into a buzzing bar with regular “Unplugged” concerts and DJ events, and occasional pop-up bars, such as award-winning cocktail bar PDT (Please Don't Tell) from New York.


Getting Around

The hotel is in the heart of Central, part of the Landmark Mall, which is home to luxury fashion houses and a slew of restaurants and bars (including three-Michelin-starred L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Dr. Fern's Gin Parlour). In the basement of the Landmark, there’s a metro station, plus easy access to taxis on the street, and a nearby tram stop. Within walking distance, you can easily wander to cultural landmarks such as the historic Pedder Building (packed with art galleries), Hong Kong Park and the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea War.


Central has no shortage of great restaurants—all within easy walking distance of the hotel. Check out The Chairman restaurant for Cantonese fine-dining (15-minute walk) and Ho Lee Fook for Australian-inspired Chinese cuisine in a trendy environment (10-minute walk). Then there’s Gough’s on Gough for modern British cuisine and killer wine pairings (15-minute walk), Yung Kee for a traditional dim sum experience (10-minute walk), and Grassroots Pantry (15-minute walk), where vegetarians and vegans will be in paradise.


Just up the street, Duddell’s (3-minute walk) is favored for its outdoor terrace and swanky surrounds, and underground, Foxglove (3-minute walk) provides a British speakeasy experience. Also worth a visit are J.Boroski Cocktail Lounge (10-minute walk)—a speakeasy without a menu—and Cé La Vi (3-minute walk) in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong nightlife district, where stellar views from the rooftop skydeck await.


Few Hong Kong hotels manage to combine location and service with culinary flair, style, and atmosphere as effortlessly as the Landmark Mandarin Oriental. It’s a fashionable address with the serenity of a spa, beautifully appointed rooms, romantic restaurants and an attention to detail that will make every guest feel like a celebrity. The easy access to Hong Kong’s top attractions, restaurants and bars makes this luxury address as convenient as it is classy and comfortable.




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