Staying in YHA Hong Kong is a way to find a budget accommodation and at the same time to see HK from a different angles. Most of its hostels are situated outside the city either surrounded by forests or have a good view of the ocean. I was looking for a budget room or bed during my trip in 2012/2013. I discovered the YHA Hong Kong, but due to high season most rooms and beds were fully booked. So I did not get the chance to stay in YHA Hong Kong.
YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel is a newly built YHA Hong Kong. It is the only YHA hostel situated in the city. It will open for business around mid of Oct 2013. The YHA Mei Ho House could be a great option for budget accommodation in the city.
Jockey Club Mt Davis could be a great choice too!
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The female dorm & the bathroom was OK
No security any stranger from the street can enter the dorm room and that’s what happened
No cleaning at all the house keeper is doing a lousy job in fact she doesn’t do anything other than replacing the trash pin!
They don’t change the sheet or the pillowcase…only one time upon your arrival and that’s it so if you’re staying for a month don’t expect any new sheets
The common room is so small, depressing and crowded
I haven’t been to the terrace or the roof garden so I can’t say anything about it
I’ll stay there again but only because it’s the cheapest I can get in expensive Hong Kong
Location: only 2 minutes walk from the MTR station
The Hotel is less than 500 meters from the fashionable Soho district offers stylish rooms with city views, located in the Sheung Wan district, in the heart of HongKong, 25 km from the International airport, Chek Lap Cook
Many people ask this question and I think its really a matter of personal choice. I always stay in Kowloon (Mongkok) as I find it has the most vibrant local areas in Hong Kong but most districts are central enough to make sightseeing and shopping easy to indulge in and the extremely efficient MTR system is an effective way to get to most parts of Hong Kong. Many people choose hotels that are in close proximity to MTR stations for this reason. If you are wanting to enjoy the best harbour and skyline views then I would choose a hotel looking towards Hong Kong Island from the Kowloon side.
Many hotels have specials during the year so once you decide when you want to be in Hong Kong I would recommend reserving a hotel room as early as possible. This is especially important during the Chinese New Year period when accommodation is highly sought after and of course as a result of this, prices are inflated. October is also a busy period as Hong Kong hosts numerous trade fairs.
If you are looking for a luxury hotel experience on Hong Kong Island then head to Central as there is a large concentration of 5 star brand hotels around the business and financial centre of Hong Kong. The Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental are two of the best reviewed along with the Island Shangrila.
The Peninsula and Langham hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Kowloon Shangri-La beside the Harbour, Langham Place in Mongkok and the newish Ritz Carlton in the ICC building (although it is a little hard to get to without using a taxi) would be the best known brand hotels in Kowloon. The Intercontinental on the Avenue of Stars is, in my opinion, the best located hotel for Hong Kong skyline views and its lobby lounge is a great place to watch the nightly laser show. (8.00pm - 8.15pm).
At the other end of the scale is the wonderful YMCA in Salisbury Road TST which has probably one of the most sought after locations in Hong Kong and is extremely well reviewed and well priced and caters for families.
The Kowloon Shangri-La is a very nicely appointed hotel. It is right on the harbour but I didnt realise until I actually saw the view from my room that the hotel faces more towards Causeway Bay rather than Central. Despite this the views, especially at night are still pretty spectacular. The public areas and lobby are spacious and opulent with chandeliers, comfortable couches, a grand piano and a large fountain. There is a bar area and a tapas bar and you can order snacks and lights meal in the lobby lounge area.
The rooms are really large by Hong Kong Standards and I'm assuming this is because the hotel is 30 years old. Both the Deluxe and Harbour view rooms are nicely furnished in an underwhelming way but personally I found the decor to be a little bland (brown/beige) without any of the high tech modern touches, aside from the remote controlled curtains, that I expect from a Hong Kong hotel room. Some rooms have been recently refurbished which surprised me however the bathroom was spacious and functional with a great walk in rain shower.
I did find the staff I came in contact with were uniformly excellent. Nothing is too much trouble for their guests and, for me, this is what really defines a 5 star hotel.
The location is both good and not good in my opinion. The hotel is situated right on the harbour with the Avenue of Stars directly across the road (accessed by an elevated walkway). It is away from the hustle and bustle of lower Nathan Road. but it is a decent walk (10 to 15 minutes) to the Star Ferry Terminal and around a ten minute walk, if you dont use the moving walkways, from the MTR entrance (opposite the hotel) to the actual Tsuen Wan Line at TST. Taxis are plentiful though. A fare from the hotel to the centre of Mongkok will cost up to $40HKD depending on the time of day. The Shangri-La is walking distance from the restaurant and shopping areas of Knutsford Terrace and Granville Road and there are a number of busy and popular bars/restaurants along Salisbury Road (in front of the hotel).
I liked how the carpet in the lift was changed each day. Nice touch. If you are a car buff there are many expensive models parked outside the hotel day and night.
At 1700 HKD for a cracker-box room that was supposed to include a free upgrade to business class, you should NOT have to pay 100 HKD per day for internet OR 78 HKD EACH for breakfast. The room was nice but barely bigger than the bed, and the staff was courteous enough, but the premium was definitely over the top! One night was enough, and never again!
Whenever my mum comes to stay in HK she stays in Causeway Bay at either the Cosmopolitan Hotel or the Holiday Inn Express. She has enjoyed staying at both but preferred the Holiday Inn Express as it is closer to my place and right next to Times Square. I find Causeway Bay really convenient as you are close to town but it is also very quick to get to the Southside. There is loads of places to eat, drink and shop all right outside your door. I think she usually pays between HK$900-$1200 per night.
The Hop Inn was recommended to me by my friend Carole, a fellow VTer, as she had stayed here recently. She did warn me that the rooms were small, but that the value for money and location far outweighed the size of the rooms!
Booking online direct with Hop Inn was an easy process and they only required 10% deposit to secure the booking. We paid $610HK per night for 10 nights for a double room. They also have single, triple and bunk bed rooms. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly, both with the booking process and during our stay, and I would definitely recommend this Hostel to the budget conscious traveller whose first priority is location location location!!!!
There are only 9 rooms in total at this Hostel. All rooms are airconditioned and have their own bathroom, although the bathroom is very small too! We were staying in the Birdlovers Room. Each room has its own name with very different and distinct artwork and decorations in the room.
Pros and cons of the Hop Inn are as follows:-
PROS: - Definitely the main advantage is the location, within walking distance to so many things, including Nathan Road, Victoria Harbour and many MTR stations. Also within 1-2 minutes walk from Hop Inn are 7-Eleven, Macdonalds, Pizza Hut, ATM, Nathan Road, Starbucks and MTR stops.
The price was outstanding value, at about $75AUD per room per night.
The staff were extremely helpful during our stay and were quick to grant us any request we had.
FREE wi-fi for your stay and if you dont have a computer of your own, they will even loan you one of theirs to use!!!
CONS: - Definitely the size of the room, as there is barely enough room to put 2 large suitcases on the floor. Also the bathroom is very small, with the shower actually over the toilet, so everytime you shower, the toilet gets wet! The shower was also a bit temperemental with pressure and temperature.
The bed was rather hard and small.
Located with window facing a rather busy street so sometimes it was a bit noisy.
The Stanford Hotel in Kowloon is conveniently located within walking distance of shopping centres, restaurants, the Metro and the famous Ladies Market.
The reception staff are extremely efficient and helpful with various aspects from organizing tours to assiting with internet connection.
The breakfasts that we enjoyed at this hotel was something to remember - they were an interesting mix of East and West.
Our room was comfortable and clean with a stunning view over the city skylyne.
The outstanding characteristic at the Stanley Hotel is that of the efficient management and fabulous breakfasts!
First and foremost this hotel is not for anyone !!!! The price is out of this world, but what isn't in Hong Kong ???? The Intercontinental must be or is one of the top 2 or 3 hotels in all of Hong Kong !!!! So awesome isn't enough to say about this hotel !!!! When I mean Perfect, I mean Perfect. from the minute you arrive, the service is out of this world !!!!
The location can't be beat !!! I don't care what anyone says, any closer to Victoria Harbour and you fall into it !!!!
Now let's talk about the room !!!! We opted for a full harbour view club room. The price was a steep $5,000 HKD with breakfast included for 2. But when we walked into our room, my jaw just dropped !!!! I had been in Hong Kong many times but never had a chance to just stare at the harbour the way we did out of our room !!!! I felt like I was in a HUGE postcard !!!!
Needless to say we stayed in the first night and order room service and just enjoyed the view !!!
If you can afford it, then do it !!!! Not sure if we can afford it to do more than the 3 days we were there, but what a great experience we had at this hotel. Now, the hotel has 5 restaurants that are out of this world !!! this place is meant to take your money and take it fast !!!!!
Everyone we encountered at the hotel were extremely nice and helpful.
It was like I was in a dream for 3 days and after coming back every afternoon of sightseeing.... it was great to walk in and just relax knowing your in the most perfect place away from home !!!!
When we made our reservation in the Holiday Inn Golden Mile we were attracted by the very central location of this hotel, and the assumption that this was a "sure bet" because the hotel is part of the Hiliday Inn chain.
Transportation from the airport to the hotel was very easy: we took the MTR Airport Express to Kowloon station, where we were immediately ushered into the free "K3" hotel bus-shuttle to the hotel entrance. The whole journey took 40 minutes.
The hotel is located right on Nathan Road, in the so-called "Golden Mile", a very convenient location, within minutes' walking distance to the Avenue of Stars, museums, Star Ferry, Kowloon Park and the main shopping district of Kowloon.
The Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station is immediately near the hotel, with excellent connection to all parts of Honh Kong.
Our room (on the 10th floor) was good and convenient. We heard some noise from the hotel air-conditioning system, but it was not loud. Although Nathan Road is always very busy, we did not hear any street noise.
The service at the front desk and by the concierge was very good.
I stayed at the Panda Hotel in Tsuen Wan Hong Kong for 4 nights in the first week of January, 2010. My experience was great and I have reviewed my hotel stay as given below.
The Panda Hotel is located on the outskirts of the Hong Kong City is the suburb of Tsuen Wan. However it is well connected to the heart of the city by bus routes as well as the Metro which in Hong Kong is called the MTR. The Tai Wo Hau MTR Station is a 5 minute walk from the hotel and gets you to Central Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui & Central) within 35 minutes. The taxi drive from the airport is 250 HKD and takes 30 minutes. I would not rate the location as a constraint if you have that extra 30 mins to travel up and down.
The room is very well equipped with all the basic amenities. It has a flat screen TV, a comfortable bed, a side table and a sofa set and a clean and well maintained bathroom with a bath tub. If you are lucky to get a room above the 20th floor you get a good view as well. A Tea / Coffee Maker is also available and the facilities match that of an average 4* Hotel
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We have stazed in the Chi Residence 393 which is on Shanghai Street in Kowloon, 2 minutes away from Yau Ma Tei Station! The apartments are very small but I still prefer to stay in apartment than in a hotel! You will find a small kitchenette where you can prepare a small dish or breakfast! The Concierge Tony is great and helped us a lot with planning some trips! Price is great for what u get!!!!
Clean, close to MTR, good neighbourhood
Unfortunately, the Kowloon Shangri-La, where we stayed on our last two visits had priced itself out of our range for this trip, so we had to look for a cheaper alternative. We got a great deal at the Nikko, just up the road, with harbour view rooms on the Nikko floor, which included full daily breakfast, all-day snacks with beer and soft drinks and very generously proportioned alcoholic drinks and dim sum in the evenings. The room price also included free wi-fi, a discount at all the hotel’s bars and restaurants and separate check-in/check out facilities in the Nikko lounge to save queuing in reception. All this for HK$2,150 per night for 27-29/12 and HK$2,600 for 30/12-2/1 (about £173 / £210 currently), which was less than the price of a standard room only at the Shangri-La.
We were pleasantly surprised by the standard of the hotel and although the rooms were a little smaller and the views not quite as spectacular as the Shangri-La’s, we thought it was excellent value for money. It took an extra couple of minutes to walk to the Star Ferry pier and the MTR station, but hey, we were on holiday, so what’s the rush? I’d definitely recommend this hotel to anyone looking for something around this price range and the Nikko floor upgrades were well worth paying the extra for!
Harbour views of the island, reasonable distance from public transport, outdoor pool.
If Chungking is more famous, more multicultural and crowded, then Mirador is more quiet, more private and somehow more Chinese/Cantonese of a place. And it's is still only a few steps from Chungking and Kowloon Mosque, so yes, you are in the centre of activity!
It is another tall block building here with large open kare in the middle (hmmm... if you want, call this atrium or square) and the views from top to ground are stunning, see those many windows and balconies and air con machines and pipes... but hey, this isn't 5 star hotel and you get what you pay for. I found it as well slightly more friendly than Chngking and slightly less claustophobic, maybe because there's more 'air' between different wings of the building.
It also doesn't have that much guesthouses and shops here and sometimes your guesthouse will be next to family flat and you can actually see here how is the life in Hong Kong, the life of a 'normal' people.
We stayed here on our second visit and actually we just followed a landlady from the street in front of the mansion and lived in her flat/guesthouse... we got our own room with bathroom and had a nice view (see the photo at my front HK site) on the side street down there in front of Holidays inn... and you could watch things going on in the ground floor then, but in matter of fact we didn't really spend much time in the room because we had plenty of things to check out around HK still. Yet, those were really much better views than in Chungking where we saw only to our neigboors rooms in next block, pretty close.
It is okay to take a look into different rooms and if you stay longer you may as well ask for a 'discount'.
Basically rooms are a bit cheaper here and better quality than Chungking mansions (i believe you'll be reading this if you're on low budget), and it is in general safer feel because you can view the public balconies with your eyes and it's not like being in a labyrinth with too many dead ends.
The ground floor is as well full of shops here.
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Great choice for budget accomodation if you feel like living like local. Many rooms to choose from with views.
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