Where should you stay? A relatively complicated and puzzling question which I attempt to tackle. Depending on your budget and preferred location, Hong Kong does cater to all types of travelers. However, being limited in land size, the space you get is usually proportional to the amount of wealth you wish to splash out. Live in style or basic necessity? I will give 3 recommendations for each category.
Completely based on my own personal experience
1. Luxury Hotels ($$$)
a. Four Seasons, 8 Finance Street, Central
If there’s something Four Seasons does well, it’s making you feel like a royalty. The hotel does that really well and although it’ll hurt your pocket, during your time there, you will think that it’s worth every penny.
Their Cantonese Restaurant, Lung King Heen, boasts spectacular views with smackingly delicious food. Be warned though, it’s pricey.
b. Hotel LFK, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
Right smack at Lan Kwai Fong and it houses the very popular Hong Kong Brew House and The Tavern. Both are expatriate hangouts and gets crowded later in the week. Very nice hotel, chic designs and award winning but expensive too.
c.Harbour Grand Kowloon
Luxurious and boasting the best view in Kowloon or all of Hong Kong, this is a mecca for all you city dwellers. It’s situated at Victoria Harbour and you get to enjoy the unique beauty of Hong Kong.
** W Hotel
W hotel looks awesome but I haven’t tried it. It looks so good!!! When I have money, I’ll definitely try it.
2. Middle Range ($$)
a. Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, 3 Kau U Fong, New Territories
A boutique hotel nestled in the slope of the hill and 15 minute walk from Hong Kong’s premier waterhole, Lan Kwai Fong hotel is a small, basic boutique hotel with interesting furniture and decoration. Worth staying but very small. It’s near Luk Yu Tea House though!
b. JJ Hotel, 65-171 Wanchai Road
Clean, basic hotel which is considered value for money. 10 minutes walk to the Wan Chai MTR, 18 minutes walk to the Wan Chai drinking spots. Very convenient with many restaurants that open 24 hours around it. However, Wan Chai is one of the ‘dirtier’ neighbourhood in Hong Kong.
c. Metropark hotel, 148 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay
Again, standard rooms. Nothing much to shout about, it’s comfortable with a nice pool on the top floor. 20 minutes to MTR.
The last time I went there, I was upgraded to a suite, so that was nice and hence the points up!
3. Budget Stay
a. Dragon Hostel or Ah Shan Hostel
Room 1406, 14/F, Sincere House,83 Argyle Street, Mongkok
At the heart of Mong Kok, it’s a good location for those of you who wants a simple, basic, cheap accommodation. More basic than basic. Just a bed, with barely walking space available. The toilet is small, enough for you to turn around and walk sideways like a crab.
I suspect that Dragon hostel and Ah Shan hostel are both operated by the same company; If they are not, they are basically similar, in the same building and around the same price.
b. Chung King Mansion
Small, located in a very queer building with many Arabs peddling their wares from electronics, cloths, tailoring to curries. I won’t recommend it for a bunch of girls but it’s at Tsim Tsa Tsui and cheap. Very cheap. So, go only if you have limited budget.
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( All images courtesy of the respective hotels)