Whether you’re indulging in a shopping spree in Tsim Sha Tsui, eating out at one of the city’s Michelin-star restaurants or laying a few bets at the Happy Valley Racecourse, a visit to Hong Kong can take its toll on a traveller’s wallet. Stretch your budget a little further by booking a stay at one of these cheap hotels.
Hotel 108 | Courtesy of Hotel 108 / Hotels.com
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 its narrow streets jammed full of markets peddling everything from knick-knacks to flowers –providing a stylish retreat from the bustling alleyways below.
The Emperor Hotel | Courtesy of The Emperor Hotel / Hotels.com
Welcome to a little slice of luxury on a budget. The Emperor Hotel’s 299 rooms were designed by prestigious Turkish firm Autoban and French botanist Patrick Blanc, combining a lush vertical garden with plush sleeping quarters and even a Michelin-star in-house restaurant, Golden Valley. A complimentary shuttle bus service also connects guests to Causeway Bay, Wan Chai and Central.
Pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon | Courtesy of Pentahotel / Hotels.com
The Pentahotels chain bills itself as “your neighbourhood lifestyle hotel”, delivering fresh, youthful design and a more casual atmosphere than your average accommodation. Their signature? The “lifestyle lobby”, a laid-back living space that functions as the reception, bar and café. Pentahotels’ Kowloon location is situated in the thick of the action, surrounded by countless delicious eateries and busy shopping areas.
Pentahotel Hong Kong, Tuen Mun | Courtesy of Hotels.com
Pentahotels’ other Hong Kong location is in Tuen Mun, bringing the chain’s 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.
Towering over the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park near the Macau-Hong Kong ferry terminal, this stylish, simple hotel is the perfect base to explore everything the island has to offer. Hotel LBP is only a few minutes’ 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.
Man Lai Wah Hotel | Courtesy of Man Lai Wah Hotel / Hotels.com
When you’re putting your feet up on the balcony watching the ferries cruise in to Lamma Island, you’ll wonder how this hotel carries such a bargain price. Many visitors only visit this island on a rushed day trip, but book a stay at Man Lai Wah Hotel to truly experience Lamma’s charms, from its rustic fishing villages and historic temples to its dramatic coastal scenery and hiking trails.
The iclub Sheung Wan Hotel is perfect for tech-savvy travellers | Courtesy of iclub Sheung Wan Hotel / Hotels.com
Sheung Wan is one of Hong Kong’s most colourful neighbourhoods – the streets abound with dried seafood shops, traditional medicine dispensaries and the city’s iconic ‘ding ding’ trams – and this affordable hotel is situated smack-bang in the middle of it. The rooms are comfy and the 24-hour fitness centre is another big plus.
Harbour Plaza North Point | Courtesy of Harbour Plaza North Point / Hotels.com
Hong Kong is home to thousands of high-class restaurants, and four of them are found within the walls of this bright budget hotel. North Point’s outlet stores also sit right on the Harbour Plaza’s doorstep, if you can drag yourself away from the hotel’s huge outdoor pool and elegant eateries.
This boutique hotel boasts million-dollar views at a fraction of the cost, offering a glimpse of Victoria Harbour from many of its 48 rooms. Located one minute’s walk from the Sai Ying Pun MTR station on Hong Kong Island, WE Hotel is a cosy, comfortable, central place to stay without an extravagant price tag.
Butterfly on Waterfront offers complimentary pocket Wi-Fi devices and smartphones with select rooms | Courtesy of Butterfly on Waterfront / Hotels.com
Huge windows flood the rooms of this boutique hotel with natural light as well as sweeping views of the harbour. Kitted out with modern facilities and enjoying a prime Sheung Wan location, Butterfly on Waterfront is a particularly popular choice for travellers with kids because of its airy family rooms.