Rising to a dizzying 490 meters above the West Kowloon waterfront, the worldâ€™s highest hotel occupies the top 17 floors of the International Commerce Centre, itself the worldâ€™s fourth tallest building. All 312 rooms and suites provide vertiginous views of Victoria Harbor or the Kowloon peninsula, along with goose-down duvets, leather headboards, lacewood paneling, and onyx sinks.
The hotelâ€™s 102nd-floor restaurant level, crafted by Tokyoâ€™s Spin Design Studio to such dazzling effect that the decor competes with the panorama filling the double-height windows, includes top-notch Cantonese and Italian dining rooms; 14 floors up, the ambience is considerably more sedate at the hotelâ€™s mineral-toned ESPA spa. Crowning it all is Ozone, a sleek rooftop bar where cocktails are sipped to mind-blowing vistasâ€”providing the tower isnâ€™t enveloped in clouds.
1 Austin Rd. West, Kowloon; 852/2263- 2263; ritzcarlton.com; doubles from US$772
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