Best family friendly Hong Kong hotels feature Island Shangri La

Hong Kong is a bustling, vibrant city that is still finding its way in a post-pandemic world. As a result, to the benefit of tourists, there is a pretty big drive to get more visitors into the city. Ticket prices are competitive and there is a wide range of family-friendly hotels to suit different budgets.

One thing to note when staying in Hong Kong is that the densely-populated Special Administrative Region generally offers smaller spaces than Singapore. Hotel rooms, even the more luxurious ones are not that big and for the bigger ones, you will have to pay a premium. Also, be sure to note the number of occupants each room can take. On average, this will be two adults and two young children, but this is not always the case. Here we list some family-friendly hotels in Hong Kong that are particularly kid-friendly and offer various amenities that work well for younger guests.

(We haven’t included any of the Disneyland Resort Hotels as those have been covered in this story).

1. Island Shangri-La, Admiralty

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Having recently undergone a major renovation, Island Shangri-La is located in Admiralty right above the MTR station and Pacific Place mall. This five-star family-friendly hotel pulls out all the stops while maintaining a high degree of luxury that parents will love. In addition to children’s amenities, high chairs in the dining venues, and colouring pencils available at meals, the hotel has also just launched an entire floor of themed rooms and suites on the 45th floor which includes “The Hangout”, a living-dining-playroom space, and “The Pantry”, which offers parents a wide range of appliances that children may use (minimising any need to pack these on your trip). Children will also love Waterplay on the eighth floor, where toddlers have a paddling pool, a splash park with a water tunnel as well as water jets and LED lights plus more interactive features. 

Family rooms start at HKD3900 and suites from HKD9200, visit the hotel’s website here.

2. Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Wan Chai

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With beautiful views and conveniently located between Admiralty and Wan Chai, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is a great base for families with facilities aplenty to keep the little ones entertained. These include a 50-metre outdoor heated pool and a large children’s playground, located on the 11th floor of the hotel. Parents will love the outdoor spaces and the relaxing spa. The hotel is within walking distance of Wan Chai HarbourChill, a themed space at the pier which offers fun for the whole family including a transformed bus terminus that now functions as a race track for little ones.

Rooms start at HKD3740 a night, visit the hotel’s website here.

3. Dorsett Wan Chai Hong Kong, Wan Chai

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Space can be an issue in densely-populated Hong Kong, but at the Dorsett Wan Chai, options like its triple room, quad room, or interconnecting rooms make this one of the island’s best family-friendly hotels, without a hefty price tag. They also provide an array of kid-sized amenities (think toothbrushes, a snack box, a teddy bear to take home, and kid-sized robes) as well as other surprises to keep your kids intrigued and entertained whenever you head back to the room for a break from exploring. The hotel is currently running its “Fantastic 4 Family” promotion for the rest of 2024, which includes breakfast for the whole family. While facilities are limited at the hotel (no pool or kids’ club), it is very strategically located to get out and explore. Plus, the hotel itself lists some of the best kid-friendly activities in the area here.

Rooms start at HKD700 a night, visit the hotel’s website here.

4. Rosewood Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Another luxury option across the harbour, the Rosewood Hong Kong is still a relatively new hotel, located above K11 Musea mall (also popular for its kid-friendly offerings and playground). Inside the hotel is the Rosewood Explorer’s Club, which features two playrooms designed to be a fun-filled escape for both kids and parents. Children can take part in educational workshops and pick out toys from the Rosewood-curated library. Rooms are larger than usual at 53 sq m and offer gorgeous views of Hong Kong’s very busy waterways.

Rooms start at HKD6000, visit the hotel’s website here.

Close to Disneyland:

5. Sheraton Tung Chung, Lantau Island

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If you and the family prefer an escape from the urban jungle of Hong Kong and Kowloon, consider booking your stay on Lantau Island, the Special Administrative Region’s largest island (and home to Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Ngong Ping 360). A family-friendly hotel here is the Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel, easily accessible via MTR to both the airport and the city. The hotel offers an extensive gym, an outdoor pool, and a kid’s club on the third floor. Bicycles are also available for rental so that you can enjoy the lush greenery and mountain views of Lantau Island. For kids, expect kid-sized slippers and toiletries in the rooms, while the restaurants are all equipped with high chairs, playmats, kids’ menus, and cutlery.

Rooms start at HKD1710, visit the hotel’s website here.

6. Auberge Discovery Bay, Lantau Island

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While Discovery Bay is most well known for being a comfortable expat enclave, this characteristic also makes it very kid-friendly and conducive for a family stay. You’ll need to take a ferry from Hong Kong Island over but once you’re there, check in to the Auberge Discovery Bay for a stay your kids will love. Rooms are a mix of standard and suites with some offering amazing views of the surrounding mountains. From the relaxing outdoor pool to the well-stocked kids’ club, plus a spa and gym for parents, this will be something different for your next Hong Kong vacation. What’s more, there are also packages for visits to Hong Kong Disneyland and a free shuttle bus to the park which makes getting around a lot easier.

Rooms start at HKD 1500, visit the hotel’s website here.

Close to Ocean Park:

7. Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel, Southside

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If you’re planning to head to Hong Kong’s other theme park, Ocean Park, during your holiday, the Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel sits right across from the marine-themed entertainment centre while still being easily accessible via MTR. The hotel’s design and decor are clearly inspired by the marine life across the street and include shark-themed rooms as well as a dedicated kid’s pool with fountains and slides for the kids. Naturally, the kid’s club is also marine-themed with a padded climbing tunnel and submarine for the kids to explore.

Rooms start at HKD1440, visit the hotel’s website here.

8. Fullerton at Ocean Park, Southside

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Another family-friendly hotel option in Southside, where Ocean Park is located, is The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel. The kids will love in particular the whimsical themed rooms that include a Mermaid Princess room, a Hong Kong safari room and a Pirate’s Paradise room, just to name a few. Besides package offers with both Ocean Park and Water World, the hotel has a 60m-long infinity pool and a kid’s pool with water slides called The Lagoon. There’s also a kid’s zone called The Explorer’s Club with a padded indoor play area and slides.

Rooms start at HKD2948, visit the hotel’s website here.

Further afield/Something different:

9. Gold Coast Hotel Hong Kong, West Kowloon

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Out on the western outskirts of Kowloon is the Gold Coast Hotel Hong Kong, a popular staycation destination for locals because of its beachside vibe. It’s a fun choice to make when you have young ones thanks to its plethora of kid-friendly activities including mini golf, outdoor playground, water play, an indoor kid’s club, and even an outdoor skating rink. The kid-themed rooms are equally enjoyable for the family and include an 83 sq m “glamping” suite complete with tents for sleeping and “stars” (this costs around HKD 5,888 and sleeps up to seven guests). There’s also a racing car room and a Hong Kong tram-themed room. The hotel offers shuttle bus services that make the hotel easily reached from Tsim Sha Tsui or West Kowloon Terminus, as well as Tsing Yi and Tsuen Wan.

Rooms start at HKD1700, visit the hotel’s website here.

10. WM Hotel, Sai Kung

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Known for its fresh seafood and being a world away from the usually urban landscapes of Hong Kong, Sai Kung is a fishing village that offers a completely different kind of vacation experience. Over 70 percent of the 260 hotel rooms are equipped with balconies that let you look out at the sea, with some even featuring private gardens or a private rooftop. Kids will love the rooftop infinity pool and a chance to explore another side of Hong Kong not often part of the tourist track. You can even “glamp” on the rooftop in some instances. 

Rooms start at HKD2230, visit the hotel’s website here.