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Whether you’re indulging in a shopping spree in Tsim Sha Tsui, eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant or laying a few bets at the Happy Valley Racecourse, a visit to Hong Kong can take its toll on your wallet. Stretch your budget a little further by booking a stay at one of these cheap hotels.
Hotel 108 proves that budget accommodation in Hong Kong doesn’t have to be cramped and dated. These 61 modern rooms are located on Soy Street in Mong Kok – an area known for narrow streets jammed full of markets peddling everything from knick-knacks to flowers – providing a stylish retreat from the bustling alleyways below.
Welcome to a little slice of luxury on a budget. The Emperor Hotel has 299 rooms designed by prestigious Turkish firm Autoban and French botanist Patrick Blanc, combining a lush vertical garden with plush sleeping quarters and even a Michelin-starred in-house restaurant, Golden Valley. A complimentary shuttle bus connects you to Causeway Bay, Wan Chai and Central.
The Pentahotel chain bills itself as “your neighbourhood lifestyle hotel”, delivering fresh, youthful design and a more casual atmosphere than your average accommodation. The hotel’s signature? The “lifestyle lobby”, a laid-back living space that functions as the reception, bar and cafe. This Kowloon outpost is situated in the thick of the action, surrounded by countless delicious eateries and busy shopping areas.
Towering over the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, near the Macau-Hong Kong ferry terminal, this stylish, simple hotel is the perfect base for exploring everything the island has to offer. Hotel LBP is only a brief walk from the Sheung Wan MTR station and the commercial areas of Hong Kong Island, making it a popular choice for both business and leisure travellers.
When you’re putting your feet up on the balcony, watching the ferries cruise to Lamma Island, you’ll wonder how this hotel carries such a bargain price. Many only visit this island on a rushed day trip, but book a stay at Man Lai Wah Hotel to truly experience the charms of Lamma, from rustic fishing villages and historic temples to dramatic coastal scenery and hiking trails.
This Tuen Mun branch of the Pentahotel chain brings its millennial vibe to the New Territories. This great-value stay is just a short stroll from the huge, leafy Tuen Mun Park, with easy access to Macau, Shenzhen Bay and the international airport.
Hong Kong is home to thousands of high-class restaurants, and four of them are found within the walls of this bright budget hotel. The North Point outlet stores also sit on the Harbour Plaza’s doorstep – if you can drag yourself away from the huge outdoor pool and elegant eateries at the hotel.
This boutique hotel has million-dollar views at a fraction of the cost, offering a glimpse of Victoria Harbour from many of the 48 rooms. Located next to Sai Ying Pun MTR station on Hong Kong Island, WE Hotel is a cosy, comfortable, central place to stay without an extravagant price tag.
Huge windows flood the rooms of this boutique hotel with natural light while offering sweeping harbour views. Kitted with modern facilities and enjoying a prime Sheung Wan location, Butterfly on Waterfront is a particularly popular choice for travellers with kids because of the airy family rooms.
Siobhan Warwicker contributed additional reporting to this article.