Planning on visiting Hong Kong? Worried about prices of accommodation? Here’s your chance to cut back on some of your Hong Kong expenses.
Hong Kong is an exciting, fast paced, and wonderfully interesting place that combines so much of an old world with so much of a new one. Expect to see high end fashion stores like Gucci and Prada built right into the same structure as a derelict apartment building that looks like the remnants of some post-apocalyptic civilization.
In all seriousness there are a tonne of cool attraction to see such as Lamma Island, the Big Buddha Statue, the many street markets, Daoist and Buddhist temples, Asian Disneyland, and Macau which is just a short boat trip away.
Areas In Hong Kong
Hong Hong is divided into districts including Central and Western, Wan Chai, Eastern, Southern, Yau Tsim Mong, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon City, Wong Tai Sin, Kwun Tong, Kwai Tsing, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, North, Tai Po, Sha Tin, Sai Kung, and Islands.
Be sure to check out the location of your hostel in relation to the places you would like to visit before booking anything.
How To Find The Best Hostel In Hong Kong
I suppose “best” is a relative term as it depends on what you are looking for. If you seek adventure on the cheap and are not afraid to slum it, then you may want to try one of the sketchy hostels that HK is famous for. But if money is not an issue and you want to stay in place where you will be pampered, there are also many expensive hotels.
How To Know If A Hong Kong Hostel Lives Up To What Its Website Claims
Some hostels will claim that they are super clean, that the staff is friendly, and that the location is excellent. But anyone who has done more than a little bit of backpacking will tell you not to believe everything a hostel or hotel tells you.
I recommend searching the hostel that you would like to find out about on Google Maps. Then click on the link that says “reviews”; here you will find firsthand accounts of people who have stayed at that particular location.
Prices vary immensely depending on whether you want to live in the lap of luxury or if you just want a place to lay your head. When I visited Hong Kong I stayed in the district of Kowloon, which was a short walk to the water and a short subway ride anywhere else.
For a 2 bedroom unit during Chinese new year it cost me 60 Hong Kong Dollars per night; this is less than $8 American Dollars. This was also during one of the most expensive times of the year. On the other hand, some people pay several thousand Hong Kong Dollars per night.
Finding Places to Stay When Visiting Hong Kong
Hong Kong is both a modern and ancient city. First appearances reveal a modern metropolis teaming with commerce, crowds and traffic you would expect to find in any major city in the world. Walk down an alley, however, and you will find all kinds of oddities and a feel for the underlying currents of the city. Big business is done in Hong Kong, but so is a unique way of life. Whichever you pursue, you will need a good base to survive this hectic city.
Place to stay in Hong Kong come in all types of quality, shapes and prices. There are really cheap youth hostels with lots of “character” and five star luxury hotels that would make an emperor blush. Universally, the accommodations are smaller than you would expect in other parts of the world. You can expect rooms to be smaller than Thailand, but a bit bigger than what you find in Japan for corresponding prices.
Luxury lodgings are primarily located on Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong Island is the central area of Hong Kong, the location you see in pictures of the massive skyline. It is situated on an amazingly thin strip of land between the ocean and mountains. If you are doing business in Hong Kong, this is where you want to stay as most of the major commerce centers are on the island. There are a bevy of five star places offering accommodations. In truth, your choice is limited only by your budget.
If you are looking for cheaper accommodations in Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New territories offer a variety of sources. You can even find hostels on Hong Kong Island. Put another way, accommodations are plentiful regardless of where you are. Hong Kong is a major transportation hub for Asia, so it caters to all budgets.