99 BONHAM: Hong Kong
Hong Kong, known for its impressive skyline, sparkling harbour, and colonial-era influences dispersed Pollack style around the city, can be a bit vertiginous, which is why a posh 99 Bonham is so appealing. Its clean aesthetic and ultra-modern, spaceship-esque vibe offers a respite from the hustle of the city. Located in the Sheung Wan district of Hong Kong Island, 99 Bonham is a fifteen minute walk to the Macau Ferry Terminal and Soho, and a three minute drive from the IFC Shopping mall and Financial Disctrict, rendering its location ideal for vacationers and business travelers alike.
A direct flight from New York’s JFK to Hong Kong International (HKG) airport clocks in at 16 hours, ranking it among the world’s longest flights in the world by time. Despite the long haul, weary travelers find respite in the ease of navigating their way out of the airport upon arrival. Consistently ranked among the top 5 airports in the world, HKG’s intuitive layout makes the shift from plane to train seamless.
The Airport Express train carries passengers from their terminal to Hong Kong Island’s IFC mall in just 24 minutes. Although Über is the simplest and most efficient method of getting around the city, taxis are cheap and always lined up just outside the IFC’s Airport Express terminal, making a quick ride to 99 Bonham a breeze.
*Tip: Screenshot your hotel’s address in Cantonese (the translation is usually listed in Google Maps) for your cab driver, as many do not speak fluent English.
Bonham’s 36 story building contains three apartment-style rooms per floor. Those on the upper levels can experience views of the city, Victoria Peak, and Victoria Harbour. Three suite styles are available; Standard, Premium, and Deluxe. I booked a Deluxe Suite for six nights, and was pleasantly surprised to be assigned the best room in the hotel (room 36C), located on the top floor’s southeastern corner. I arrived late at night, which rendered my first impression of the room spectacular. Each corner room offers floor to ceiling windows on two, full walls. When I entered, the curtains had been pulled back so that sparkling views of Hong Kong’s famous skyline were visible. The outline of Victoria Peak contrasted starkly with the sparkling skyscrapers out the south-facing window, and the eastern window boasted views of Victoria Harbour where boats and building reflections illuminate the water.
Designed by Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel and Partners, Bonham offers sleek elegance with elements of marble, metal, glass, and wood. Crisp linens and gray-toned furniture are welcoming and peaceful, while shiny surfaces and en pointe lighting feel luxurious against the backdrop of the city. Be sure to visit the rooftop both during the day and at night. At 37 stories, the breeze is strong and cool, and the vantage point is perfect for a birds’-eye view of the city, drone flight, or champagne toast.
The staff were extremely kind, and I experienced excellent service when my Über app quit working and I needed to call cabs multiple times per day (cabs are notoriously difficult to hail in HK). When staff members saw me come off the elevator, I was often asked, “Shall I call a cab for you, ma’am?”
I’d also requested extra pillows at booking, and was pleasantly surprised to find eight (yes eight) extra pillows on my bed when I arrived.
- Spacious rooms
- Stunning views
- All the expected amenities (Nespresso, refrigerator, laundry service, luxury toiletries)
- 24/7 gym
- Basic glassware, flatware, dinnerware
- Premium linens
- Excellent staff, fuss-free concierge
- Central location
- No pool
- No room service*
- All beds are queen size- no king size available
- Only certain rooms have bathtubs, but they can be requested at booking
*There is a restaurant attached to the hotel. A complimentary bar drink and daily English breakfast is included with the room, and the restaurant can be accessed via the hotel lobby. Asian fusion is served for lunch, happy hour, and dinner.