Top 10 Budget Hotels In Hong Kong (Part 1)

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Caritas Oswald Cheung International House
Caritas Oswald Cheung International House

This is a list of top 10 budget hotels in Hong Kong.

1. Bishop Lei International House
Space is a rare commodity in Hong Kong, especially in the hustle and bustle of Soho. This hotel features small (sometimes very small) rooms, but the magnificent views over Victoria Harbour, the convenience of the location and the outdoor swimming pool (a blessing during the hot Hong Kong summer months) compensate. The hotel is a local institution, run by the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong and pitched at budget business travellers who walk into Central each morning. Book well in advance for good deals, or scour the aggregator websites.

2. Caritas Oswald Cheung International House
An excellent off-the-beaten-track choice, this large hotel with 119 rooms opened for business in 2006 in one of Hong Kong’s oldest fishing villages, Tin Wan. Even though the interior may be a little old-fashioned, rooms are rather spacious by Hong Kong standards and offer great views over the South China Sea and Aberdeen. The beaches of the Southern district are within easy reach, as is the Jumbo floating restaurant in Aberdeen. Public transport or taxis can take travellers to Central in about 15 minutes.

3. Espace Elastique B&B

Espace Elastique B&B Hotel
Espace Elastique B&B Hotel

Hong Kong isn’t big on B&Bs, but it does have one of note in Lantau’s Tai O village: two spacious rooms connected to a bistro-style cafe on the top floor of the three-storey building run by Veronica. A perfect place to unwind and explore the other sides of Hong Kong – this ancient fishermen’s village is laced with hiking trails and mountain biking tracks, and is an ideal foil for the perpetual motion of the city. Add a few days to your trip.

4. Cosmo Hotel Mongkok
A smart choice for those looking to soak up the bustle of crowded Mongkok. With its stylish, high-ceilinged, glass-fronted lobby on Ivy Street, and light, bright rooms, it’s a peaceful contrast to the old, jam-packed neighbourhood outside. Mongkok is perfect for exploring, with Sneaker Street (a street dedicated to, yup, shoes) and a variety of markets nearby – including the “Ladies” Market (for women’s clothing), Temple Street Market (for men’s clothing), and markets dedicated to flowers, fish and birds. Pitstop as often as possible at the numerous dai pai dongs in the area – street kitchens with tables and chairs scattered in front of them.

5. YesInn Hostel @Fortress Hill
The queen of the budget options on Hong Kong Island with vibrant warm colours and cosy rooms, the YesInn Hostel @Fortress Hill accommodates the budget traveller who likes to roam around the city and is happy with basic, clean accommodation. It has Wi-Fi and ensuite rooms. Bed linens are included, towels are not – although at under £1 per towel, picking one up won’t break the bank. Fortress Hill is very conveniently located, with Central and Soho three MTR stops to the west and the old-meets-new districts of Quarry Bay and Taikoo a couple of stops towards the east. YesInn recently also opened in Causeway Bay, where there is a roof terrace.