This is a list of top 10 budget hotels in Hong Kong.
A hidden gem and a relatively new player in the up-and-coming industrial district of Chai Wan, 20 minutes on the MTR from Central, a 20-minute taxi ride from the southern beaches of Hong Kong island, and a great starting point for hiking trails in the nearby Tai Tam Country Park. This affordable and contemporary ho(s)tel at the final stop of the island metro line features spacious rooms with wooden floors and large windows, and guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, fitness facilities and a 180-metre rooftop jogging track.
7. Hop Inn on Hankow
At the Hop Inn on Hankow, budget bedrooms are designed and illustrated by local artists, making each room a piece of art – Karen Pow’s “Boom” room features calming blue walls and a light made of electronic innards, inspired by the industrial history of the city. Outside, the Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) district is always on a roll; ever-buzzing convenience stores, flashy neon lights, restaurants with kitchens from every corner of the world and a good mix of low- and the high-end fashion shops. Despite all that, the Hop Inn enjoys peace and quiet at night. In some rooms it achieves this by not having windows – this is Hong Kong after all – but the inventive decorations should make up for that, and the value for money is unquestionable. There is also a Hop Inn on Carnarvon, also in TST.
8. Bridal Tea House Hotels
The first Bridal Tea House opened in Yau Ma Tei in 2003 in a residential building and has grown to become a franchise with 12 different locations across Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, offering simple, stylish and (yup) tiny rooms in each of the hotels. The Arthur Street Bridal Tea House is the pick of the bunch, in the traditional residential district of Yau Ma Tei, next to a century-old fruit market and dozens of bakeries and 7-Elevens.
An excellent value for money option – a small hostel with only eight rooms close to TST MTR station, Kowloon Park, and the Star Ferry, which takes travellers to Hong Kong Island in 10 minutes for only a couple of dollars. The rooms are brightly yet tastefully decorated with natural motifs, and all come with air-conditioning, private bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. The hotel does not have its own website, but booking can easily be done via a variety of travel websites. A popular choice, so book well in advance.
With dimmed lights and a dark interior, Sohotel has rooms varying from 100 to 300 sq ft, and wall-to-wall windows making up for the lack of space. Its Sheung Wan location is full of surprising traces of history – in the middle of nearby Hollywood Road Park, Possession Point, where the British landed and took possession of Hong Kong in 1841, is now a pleasant green where locals practise t’ai chi. Sheung Wan is centrally located, and walking distance from ferry piers for outlying islands.