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Finding a decent accommodation in Hong Kong can be tricky, and I frequently get questions from friends and colleagues coming to Hong Kong and looking for a cheap and affordable budget accommodation.

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[UPDATE 06/08/2013]

Timeout has a list of Hong Kong’s best love motels. Laugh all you want, but some of those offer an amazing value for money and are actually cheaper than many of the options below.

More reads from previous years - The “love motels” of Kowloon Tong and The best short-stay hotels

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[UPDATE 19/07/2013]

Very good options, especially for students, for a short term/monthly rental are :

If you’re looking for short-term stays, also check out this page on Its Hong Kong.

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[UPDATE 30/04/2013]

Metropolasia has a decent guide on HK hostels.
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[UPDATE 11/04/2013]
HKUST has a page with suggested cheap short term accommodation for visiting students and scholars.
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[UPDATE 23/07/2012]
This hostel has been getting excellent reviews – Hop Inn.
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[UPDATE 01/07/2011]
Check out my recommendation for cheap accommodation in Hong Kong on It’s Hong Kong with some updated options.
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[UPDATE 29/05/2011]
The American hotel bidding style arrives in Hong Kong. Priceline HK now offers bidding for Hong Kong hotels. If you don’t mind not knowing in advance what hotel you’re booking, you can expect up to 50% off listed hotels.
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[UPDATE 11/03/2011]
Check out my list of hostels in Hong Kong on It’s Hong Kong as a response to repeating emails on the subject.
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[UPDATE 07/12/2010]
CNNGo has a list of relatively cheap places.
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[UPDATE 04/10/2009]
I’ve been asked a few times whether I know of accommodations close to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Since HKUST is a bit far off from the center, there aren’t that many hotels close by, and those that are closer are not that close and usually a bit far from the center. I’d actually recommend staying in Kowloon/HK island and making the trip with the above options, focusing on how close the hotel is to an MTR station. With that said, here are a few of the closer options :
Although City Garden Hotel (4 stars) is on HK island next to Fortress Hill station, I think it’s a convenient option to balance central HK and HKUST. Same for the much cheaper Ibis North Point Hotel (3 stars) next to North Point.
Newton Place Hotel (3 stars) is just next to the Kwun Tong MTR station, which is already in eastern Kowloon. You’d still need an MTR ride and a bus, but it’s already on the Kowloon side. Not much in the area for the average tourist, though, I’m afraid.
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I’ll start off by recommendations I recently got from three different friends coming in to visit Hong Kong and wanting to stay on HK island:

But what is “budget” and “affordable” anyways? Obviously, it depends. Depends by what you mean by affordable and where you want to stay. Here are two examples from two Hong Kong based bloggers I follow with different definitions and different range of accommodation types.

Elmer – Living in Hong Kong (blogger “how to get there” instructions removed, check out his website for more info)

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There are so many hotels and guesthouses in Hong Kong, ranging from claustrophobic squeezed “sardines” layout to spacious, luxury rooms with harbor views. The difference of course is the price. And if we’re talking about budgets, premium accommodation often does not come into the equation. So here are some of the cheaper options you can consider. Each of them are close to major transport links and shopping venues.

Cosmic Guest House - Tsim Sha Tsui

Sun Kong Hostel - Causeway Bay

Dragon Hostel – Mong Kok

Thomas Crampton – Cheap Hong Kong Hotels (Semi-affordable) (blogger description of the hotels removed, check out his website for more info)

Here’s a list of reasonably priced Hong Kong hotels that I recommend to my entrepreneur friends who prefer to deploy their company resources in places other than rooms with panoramic views of Hong Kong harbor that they never have time to enjoy.

Ice House 38 Icehouse Street +852-2836-7333

Biship Lei International House – 4 Robinson Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong. (852) 2868 0828

YWCA MacDonnell Road - 1 Macdonnell Road, Central. +852-2877-3737

Empire Hotel - 33 Hennessy Road, Wanchai +852-2866-9111

Rosedale on the Park -  8 Shelter Street Causeway Bay. +852 2127 8888

Harbour Plaza North Point MTR Quarry Bay Station Exit C, 665 King’s Road, North Point. +852 2621 3188

Lanson Place Hotel 133 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay. +852 3477 6888

The Excelsior Hong Kong +852 2894 8888

Lan Kwai Fong Hotel at Kwai Fong.  +852 3650 0299

Obviously, Thomas Crampton’s on a much larger budget.

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On all my visits to Hong Kong before coming here for my studies, I’ve booked my hotel online based on the area I wanted to stay at, but it’s best that you call them up and make sure you’re getting the best deal. Personally, I think that unless you’re on a really tight budget or for a backpacker experience – do whatever you can to avoid to the Nathan rd. Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui. It may very well ruin your whole stay and perception of Hong Kong. It did for me during my first visit ever to Hong Kong.

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Other recommendations from bloggers I’m not very familiar with include :

Everything nice – Cheap accommodations in Hong Kong

HK Taisan Guesthouse – Store 1

Golden Crown Guesthouse

Hotel Benito

About.com – Best Hotels in Hong Kong on a Budget

Hotel Jen

Cosmo Hotel

The Charterhouse

Dorsett Seaview Hotel

Ramada Hong Kong

Hope that helps somewhat.

Let me know where you ended up staying and how it was.



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  • http://www.farwestchina.com/ Josh

    Many of these definitely aren’t “cheap” in terms of what I think of as a low price. Then again, the dump, hole-in-the-wall that I stayed in during my visit to Hong Kong (one of those “mansions” in Kowloon) are hardly worth mentioning, much less recommending.

    Thanks for the list, I’ll have to try something better next time I come down. :)

  • http://www.farwestchina.com Josh

    Many of these definitely aren’t “cheap” in terms of what I think of as a low price. Then again, the dump, hole-in-the-wall that I stayed in during my visit to Hong Kong (one of those “mansions” in Kowloon) are hardly worth mentioning, much less recommending.

    Thanks for the list, I’ll have to try something better next time I come down. :)

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Josh – those mansions are among the worst travel experiences that I’ve had anywhere. When in Hong Kong one has to face the fact that you either need to put in more money, or move away from the center. If you’re really on a budget, Couchsurfing and the likes are the best option.

    If you find something decent and it’s cheap – please do let me know.

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Josh – those mansions are among the worst travel experiences that I’ve had anywhere. When in Hong Kong one has to face the fact that you either need to put in more money, or move away from the center. If you’re really on a budget, Couchsurfing and the likes are the best option.

    If you find something decent and it’s cheap – please do let me know.

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Josh – those mansions are among the worst travel experiences that I’ve had anywhere. When in Hong Kong one has to face the fact that you either need to put in more money, or move away from the center. If you’re really on a budget, Couchsurfing and the likes are the best option.

    If you find something decent and it’s cheap – please do let me know.

  • http://www.thomascrampton.com/ Thomas Crampton

    Great list Fili! Well done.

  • http://www.thomascrampton.com Thomas Crampton

    Great list Fili! Well done.

  • http://popwuping.com/ Clark

    I like the Anne Black in Kowloon. The location might not suit those who want to stay out late but with a welcome mart next door and a pastry shop on the corner it has all I require for a short stay.

  • http://popwuping.com/ Clark

    I like the Anne Black in Kowloon. The location might not suit those who want to stay out late but with a welcome mart next door and a pastry shop on the corner it has all I require for a short stay.

  • http://popwuping.com/ Clark

    I like the Anne Black in Kowloon. The location might not suit those who want to stay out late but with a welcome mart next door and a pastry shop on the corner it has all I require for a short stay.

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  • http://www.blacksmithbooks.com/blog/ Pete

    Good point about the Mansions on Nathan Road ruining people’s first impressions of Hong Kong :D For many travellers though, that’s the only cost-effective option. There are youth hostels, which are nice and reasonably priced, but they’re mostly out in the rural areas.

  • http://www.blacksmithbooks.com/blog/ Pete

    Good point about the Mansions on Nathan Road ruining people’s first impressions of Hong Kong :D For many travellers though, that’s the only cost-effective option. There are youth hostels, which are nice and reasonably priced, but they’re mostly out in the rural areas.

  • http://www.myseveralworlds.com/ Carrie

    Great list, Fili. And what kind of camera are you using? Spectacular photos! While some of these accommodations might not be coined as ‘budget’ by many travelers, they are still cheap for downtown hotels. We stayed at the Lan Kwai Fong one year and were quite happy with our room there.

  • http://www.myseveralworlds.com/ Carrie

    Great list, Fili. And what kind of camera are you using? Spectacular photos! While some of these accommodations might not be coined as ‘budget’ by many travelers, they are still cheap for downtown hotels. We stayed at the Lan Kwai Fong one year and were quite happy with our room there.

  • http://www.myseveralworlds.com Carrie

    Great list, Fili. And what kind of camera are you using? Spectacular photos! While some of these accommodations might not be coined as ‘budget’ by many travelers, they are still cheap for downtown hotels. We stayed at the Lan Kwai Fong one year and were quite happy with our room there.

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Pete – I’d recommend going for the couchsurfing homestay options. They cost less and provide a much nicer local experience. I’ve yet to meet someone who was disappointed with his couchsurfing experience in HK.

    Carrie – :) On a nice day, Hong Kong’s really easy to produce great shots with almost any camera. October to January are best for that, weather and pollution wise, I believe.

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Pete – I’d recommend going for the couchsurfing homestay options. They cost less and provide a much nicer local experience. I’ve yet to meet someone who was disappointed with his couchsurfing experience in HK.

    Carrie – :) On a nice day, Hong Kong’s really easy to produce great shots with almost any camera. October to January are best for that, weather and pollution wise, I believe.

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Pete – I’d recommend going for the couchsurfing homestay options. They cost less and provide a much nicer local experience. I’ve yet to meet someone who was disappointed with his couchsurfing experience in HK.

    Carrie – :) On a nice day, Hong Kong’s really easy to produce great shots with almost any camera. October to January are best for that, weather and pollution wise, I believe.

  • http://www.badudets.com/ Badet

    Hi Fili, The Golden Crown Guesthouse and HK Taisan Guesthouse that I also included in my blog is far from the famous mansions, so don’t worry. The two guesthouses have a very strategic place along the golden mile, Nathan Road. =)

  • http://www.badudets.com/ Badet

    Hi Fili, The Golden Crown Guesthouse and HK Taisan Guesthouse that I also included in my blog is far from the famous mansions, so don’t worry. The two guesthouses have a very strategic place along the golden mile, Nathan Road. =)

  • http://www.badudets.com/ Badet

    Hi Fili, The Golden Crown Guesthouse and HK Taisan Guesthouse that I also included in my blog is far from the famous mansions, so don’t worry. The two guesthouses have a very strategic place along the golden mile, Nathan Road. =)

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Badet – Thanks for the recommendations. It’s very helpful.

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Badet – Thanks for the recommendations. It’s very helpful.

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Badet – Thanks for the recommendations. It’s very helpful.

  • http://www.hongkong-vacationrentals.com/index.html Bill

    I keep a list of short term flats for rent on my web site at Visiting Hong Kong Everything is under $100 USD in one section, under $150 USD in another. These are mostly not hotels but vacation rentals, some 3 bedrooms.

    • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

      Bill – looks somewhat commercial, but helpful nonetheless. Thanks for the link.

  • http://www.hongkong-vacationrentals.com/index.html Bill

    I keep a list of short term flats for rent on my web site at Visiting Hong Kong Everything is under $100 USD in one section, under $150 USD in another. These are mostly not hotels but vacation rentals, some 3 bedrooms.

  • http://www.hongkong-vacationrentals.com/index.html Bill

    I keep a list of short term flats for rent on my web site at Visiting Hong Kong Everything is under $100 USD in one section, under $150 USD in another. These are mostly not hotels but vacation rentals, some 3 bedrooms.

    • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

      Bill – looks somewhat commercial, but helpful nonetheless. Thanks for the link.

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  • Jake cooper

    I think that unless you’re on a really tight budget or for a backpacker experience – do whatever you can to avoid to the Nathan rd. Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui. It may very well ruin your whole stay and perception of Hong Kong. It did for me during my first visit ever to Hong Kong.
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