WHERE TO STAY IN HONG KONG: BEST AREAS & HOTELS
Hong Kong is a thriving city where the East meets the West. It is considered as one of the richest financial and business centers in Asia. In a nation where more than nine out of ten people live in the city, Hong Kong has a reputation for some of the most interesting urban environments in the world. A country with a dense population and diverse in culture, a public transport utopia, a mecca for endless shopping and top-notch dining. Home to stunning city skyscrapers, sprawling markets, mind-blowing peaks to tranquil fishing villages, Hong Kong is a city that never runs out of things to do and see. So the question is, where to stay in Hong Kong to suit your style of travel? In this blog post, I will break down your options region by region and help you choose the best area to stay in Hong Kong for you.
There are no other cities that I know where you can go hiking, swim at the beach, and be back in the city for dining or a night out like you can in Hong Kong. The country is composed of three distinctive districts:
- Hong Kong Island
- Lantau Island
When it comes to Hong Kong’s accommodation, there are plenty to choose from depending on your budget. The Kowloon district (Tsim Sha Tsui) is generally cheaper than Hong Kong Central, while Lantau is a whole other story as it is much more isolated. In this article, I will share with you my recommended places to stay in Hong Kong. I hope this blog will help you in finding accommodation that suits your taste and budget.
Here’s a little checklist to start!
- Hong Kong Central: If you want to be in the middle of the action and experience the nightlife, Hong Kong Island (Central) is the best district for you! There’s also shopping and hiking.
- Kowloon: If you want shopping, some hiking and prefer to do things on a budget try Tsim Sha Tsui or Kowloon District.
- Lantau Island: If you want to visit the beach, Disneyland, or be close to the airport, Lantau Island is your best option. There’s also great hiking on Lantau Island.
WHERE TO STAY IN HONG KONG COMPARISON TABLE
|Kowloon Shangri-La*****||8.9- Fabulous||$151|
|YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel***||8.6-Fabulous||$39|
|Urban Pack*||8.1-Very Good||$11|
|Hong Kong Island|
|Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong*****||9.3-Superb||$528|
|JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong*****||9.0-Superb||$283|
|Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay Hong Kong****||8.5-Very Good||$73|
|The Fleming Hong Kong****||9.1-Superb||$138|
|Alohas Hostel*||8.5-Very Good||$15|
|Mojo Nomad Aberdeen Harbour by Ovolo*||8.8-Fabulous||$12|
|Regal Airport Hotel*****||8.1-Very Good||$163|
|Novotel Citygate Hong Kong****||8.6-Fabulous||$180|
|City Oasis Guesthouse*||9.1-Superb||$115|
*** Indicates a star rating
WHERE TO STAY IN HONG KONG
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN TSIM SHA TSUI & KOWLOON
Kowloon has a mixture of the old and new cultures and a diverse host of attractions to explore, this side of the harbor has turned out to be the most densely populated area. Tsim Sha Tsui is the shopping hub of Hong Kong. You will find any brand name you can imagine here. It’s shopping heaven. Also on this side of town, you will find many knock-off stores and markets selling fake designer products. It’s a mixture of both. This is where you’ll find the best ladies market, the Avenue of Stars, and museums.
Aside from shopping, it is a great area to base for hikes. You have a minimum of 10-15 good hikes within 1-hour of transit and many of them are just nearby. Don’t worry about being far from Hong Kong Central, you are just 10-minutes away on the subway or ferry so it’s actually a very great hub for all. I stayed here for two full weeks.
I’ve handpicked four accommodations in the region to help you with your search. Whether you want a luxury or budget, Kowloon has it all.
Hotel Icon (Luxury/Value): If you are crazy about rooftop pools, Hotel Icon is your best option. This 5-star hotel is nestled at the best-rated area where access to shopping malls, museums and parks is easy and convenient. Everything is made simply to provide comfort from their modern and chic guest rooms to their world-class services at reasonable prices. Regarded as one of the reputable harbor view hotels in Hong Kong, guests can also take advantage of its outdoor heated pool and take that Instagrammable pose in the rooftop. With high reviews and positive comments, no wonder this property has the most number of repeat guests.
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Kowloon Shangri-La (Luxury): Wake up in a spacious room and a stunning view of the harbor in Kowloon Shangri-La hotel. This is a hotel that truly inhabits its landscapes. This property is one of the top luxury hotels in the bustling Yau Tsim Mong District. This hotel even has it’s own Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant! Food lovers will have the best time in this hotel.
If you’re into luxury brands, this place is a good pick because it is not only close to sightseeing places but also close to high-street shopping stores. It really isn’t as expensive as you might think as you can get a Deluxe King Room for only $151 a night.
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Hotel Stage (Value): This 4-star hotel offers an ultra-modern-style design and rooms are equipped with pretty much everything plus breakfast is included in the price. The city can be viewed from the room, but what I like more about this property is the dedication they pour into nurturing the culture and environment. If you stay in this hotel you will find yourself being surrounded by the latest masterpieces of both local and international artists.
The attention to detail is extraordinary and I really love the minimalist design at Hotel Stage. Ideally, it’s good for all types of travelers as rooms are fully equipped and strategically located close to MTR station so you can easily get around. The availability of cots for a family with an infant is a plus factor since not many luxury hotels have one. Absolutely a lovely place to stay at a reasonable rate considering it is a 4-star hotel! This is my value pick for Kowloon without sacrificing the luxury at all.
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YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel (Budget): A lovely youth hostel with an exceptional value for money plus free breakfast is waiting for you in Sham Shui Po District. Set foot in YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel and feel the cozy atmosphere or get in touch with other guests from all parts of the world. All rooms are brand-new, well-maintained and surprisingly spacious, so you can definitely relax. The neighborhood is great as you can easily find street food, shops, and a market. This is about the fanciest hostel I have ever seen so you get a cheap price and a high degree of comfort. Good value in my opinion.
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Urban Pack (Budget): As the name suggests, Urban Pack is well situated and near to important landmarks in Kowloon such as Kowloon Park and Harbour city. For the price of as low as $11 per night, you will get a bunk bed in a mixed dormitory room and be sleeping comfortably and safely! The hostel staff are very welcoming and ready to make your whole stay a stress-free one. If you are budget-conscious, Urban Pack is your hostel in Kowloon. I guarantee that there is no mistake in recommending this place.
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN HONG KONG ISLAND/CENTRAL
Hong Kong Island is more than just iconic skyscrapers, shopping, and bright lights. A little like of Manhattan in terms of financial and entertainment aspects. There is more to it that lies waiting to be discovered for wanderlusts. You can find yourself admiring the architecture, galleries, tourist attractions, and street foods during the day. But the fun doesn’t stop there. This part of Hong Kong is where the city goes to a party as clubs and pubs are plenty and viewed as vibrant and so alive at night. Attractions also await you including the infamous Victoria Peak so make sure to fully charge your battery and take more memories home with you. Although, costs are a bit higher than Kowloon, with the right and thorough search you will find that it isn’t too bad compared to Kowloon. Below I’ve listed my 6 top picks in Hong Kong Island when it comes to luxury, value, and budget accommodation.
Four Seasons Hotel (Luxury): Pamper yourself once in a while in a hotel that is already seasoned in providing the best of the best to guests and vacationers. Four Seasons Hotel boasts rooms and suites that are incredibly luxurious. Seriously they are rooms to remember. If you are too lazy to go out then just enjoy the magnificent view of Victoria harbor and peak from the floor-to-ceiling windows of your room.
From dining to the infinity pool, I cannot find any fault in this hotel as this is equipped with almost everything that you couldn’t ask for more. Simply, this property is superb in all elements. Location wise, it is very comfortable and close to almost everything that Hong Kong offers.
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JW Marriott Hotel (Luxury): A prestigious property that is nicely nestled in the famous Pacific Place Complex, JW Marriott loves to provide comfort. Like any other 5-star luxury hotel, they are equipped with state-of-the facilities and one of the best pools in Hong Kong. What exceeded my expectation is their customized 7-layer mattress perfect for a night’s sleep and tired soul. A daily fruit basket and Nespresso pods are a surprise to me, too. As for dining options, authentic Cantonese cuisine and fresh catch seafood restaurants are housed. Not to mention JW Marriott has a grand infinity pool that melts away everyone’s pressures of daily life. This is one of the best 5-star hotels in Hong Kong island.
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Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay (Value): This is hands down one of the best hotel views in Hong Kong Central. The Metropark is a mix of a convenient location with a pocket-friendly rate. Location wise, this property is only a two-minute walk from Tin Hau MTR, so you won’t tire yourself from walking and laying out your map. If you are a budget-conscious but won’t compromise quality, then this is the place best for you. Where else in Hong Kong can you find a luxury hotel for a very reasonable price that starts at $73? What amazed me more are the views of the infamous city or harbor from the rooms of this property. The stunning sight of Hong Kong you can’t help but strike a pose with it as a background. This is by far one of the best value hotels in Hong Kong!
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The Fleming Hong Kong (Value): This chic, boutique property is situated in an excellent location and the vibrant neighborhoods such as Wan Chai, Hong Kong Convention, and Exhibition Center. The Fleming Hong Kong is a fancy property with incredible interior one that reminded me of a vintage cruise liner. The rooms are fabulous and the hospitality of the staff is incomparable. I am impressed by how much care they put into small details like providing drinking water in a reusable glass bottle rather than disposable plastic. Surprising at it is, cots and beds for children under 13 years old are made available without any charges for families with little ones. May you be traveling for business or pleasure you will have a wonderful stay here. This price is not cheap but it will be rewarded with nothing but the best.
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Alohas Hostel (Budget): This is your budget-friendly hostel with so much to offer. What I like about this place aside from its rate (as low as $15/night) is the proximity to MTR and shops. There’s not much space in their rooms, but these are well-maintained to make sure you’ll have a good rest. Lockers with locks are made available. This is literally the cheapest option you will find in Hong Kong Central that is clean, safe and reliable. Save your money for adventures!
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Mojo Nomad Aberdeen Harbour by Ovolo (Budget): If you want an escape from the hustle-bustle of the city center yet not too far to miss the fun, this one-star hotel is probably your best choice. Mojo Nomad Aberdeen Harbour by Ovolo is set in a skyscraper and a non-touristy but quiet neighborhood in the South District.
This hostel is fantastic for the price. I mean it has views, is super modern and clean. You can’t ask for much else at this price. It even has nice workspaces for during the day to get some emails, travel arrangements or digital nomad hustle done. I would say that it is more like an urban hotel when it comes to service and facilities offer. I love the scan card security system they use as this gives me the feeling that they value the safety of all the guests.
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN LANTAU ISLAND/NEAR AIRPORT
Lantau is by far the best option if you’re not into shopping (overrated) and you want to be away from the hustle and bustle of the hectic city of Hong Kong. I mean, who needs to sleep next to the damn shops! Set North of Kowloon, Lantau Island is one of the outlying islands of Hong Kong. There are plenty of reasons why you should add Lantau into your itinerary when you visit Hong Kong. For one, you’ll be closer to the airport and Disneyland. But there is more to see and do in Lantau Island than just visiting the infamous Disneyland. It is also home to some nice beaches, fishing villages, the Big Buddha and a few of the best hikes in all of Hong Kong such as Sunset Peak, Lantau Peak and West Dog’s Teeth Ridge. I did all three but decided to stay in Central and Kowloon and take the train to Lantau. It’s a personal preference. The Tian Tan Buddha or known as “Big or Giant Buddha” is quite a popular attraction in the region where you’ll experience the Ngong Ping cable car ride if you’re not up to hike. Another interesting place to visit is the Po Lin Monastery where you can see the ten thousand Buddhas.
Regal Airport Hotel (Luxury): Getting some good sleep after a long flight is essential to recharge yourself. This 5-star hotel is ideal for travelers who have a long haul, those who want to visit Disneyland and the giant Buddha, or are staying only for a night in Hong Kong. It is popular for business travelers and families as it offers a sense of privacy and relaxation. It’s also in close to the AsiaWorld-Expo Convention Center. This hotel is connected to the airport so it’s pretty handy when it comes to location. The rooms and lobbies are airy and bright with ample space and plenty of options. With exceptional service and amenities, you can’t fault Regal Airport Hotel and Disneyland is just a short drive away. No wonder why it’s been recognized as The World’s Best Airport Hotel by Business Traveller Magazine.
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Novotel Citygate Hong Kong: Another luxurious and well-known hotel in Lantau island for business travelers and families is Novotel Citygate Hong Kong. This stunning 4-star hotel stands proudly near the airport with free shuttle service to all their guests. Location wise, it’s great as it’s also a walking distance from Tung Chung MTR and Ngong Ping 360. This means the hikes are right at your fingertips. Each room boasts a panoramic view of the ocean and mountains. Imagine lying in a huge bed and be able to look out the lovely view of the ocean,
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City Oasis Guesthouse (Budget): If you are on a tight budget and looking for a peaceful location to spend a night not far from the airport and Disneyland, City Oasis Guesthouse is probably your best option. As its name suggests, this guesthouse is a bit remote yet only a ten-minute taxi ride from the airport. The guesthouse is very close to two excellent hiking trails, one is to Tai O village which is the renowned fishing village in Lantau Island and the other one is to the Big Buddha. If the location does not appeal to you, the views of the jungle and the skyscrapers from the room is absolutely breathtaking! The host (Terry) is amazing as he makes sure every guest has a comfortable stay. I highly recommend this guesthouse!
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PRE-BOOK YOUR 4G SIMCARD FOR HONG KONG (AIRPORT PICKUP)
Before I arrived in Hong Kong, I pre-booked my 4G sim-card for pick-up at the airport. It gives you unlimited data for 5 days of traveling in Hong Kong at 4G speeds. As soon as I arrived at the airport, I walked to the stall, the guy put in my new sim-card and activated it and I was connected from the very first moment. You can Click Here to pre-book your 4G sim-card here and you’ll be surprised it’s actually cheaper to book it in advance.
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PRE-BOOK YOUR 4G OCTOPUS CARD
You will need to purchase an ‘Octopus Card’ and then you reload it at the machine at the subway station. I pre-ordered my octopus card through Klook, which meant that when I arrived at the airport I simply picked the card up at the Klook counter and caught the train to my accommodation. It saved me from catching an expensive taxi and figuring out the Octopus card later.
You simply scan in at the station you enter and scan out where you exit and the fee is deducted from your card. On the bus, you will pay a fee depending on how much of the route is left and you only scan the card once for a fixed rate. I found moving around in Hong Kong very cheap, efficient and safe.
Click Here to pre-order your Octopus Card with 100 HKD credit loaded onto the card. Pick-up at the airport desk. 100HKD is good for 6-8 train rides and then you can top it up as you go.
Book yours now: HKD 50 Pre-loaded Octopus Card
CHEAPEST AIRPORT PRIVATE TRANSFER SERVICE
The airport in Hong Kong is on Lantau Island, which is about 40-minutes away from Hong Kong Central and 30-minutes away from Kowloon. If you don’t want to bother with public transport, you can book a private transfer that will pick you up at the airport and drop you to your hotel (or vice versa picking you up at your hotel and dropping you to the airport). It’s actually not that expensive and can save you valuable time. The cheapest option is actually the coolest and is in a Tesla car, which is pretty cool. I did this to and from the airport for less than $40.
Book yours now: Hong Kong Airport Transfer in Tesla
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