Modern Hong Kong hostels that will blow your mind

PHOTO: Hop Inn on Hankow

This article was originally published on the global travel search engine Skyscanner.

Hong Kong might be known for having costly accommodation but don't despair! Skyscanner has found a few places where even the most spendthrift backpacker or student traveller can find a roof over her head.

Whether you're travelling on a shoestring budget, or in a pair with your most frugal friend, you'll find these places to be clean and comfy.

As a bonus, you'll probably meet other like-minded travellers for even more fun and adventure in this exciting city.

1. Hop Inn on Hankow (starts from S$27)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sleep inside a work of art? The Hop Inn on Hankow is an award winning hostel with rooms designed and illustrated by local artists.

One example of this is Karen Pow's "Boom" room, whose calming blue walls and a light made of electronic innards, inspired by the industrial history of Hong Kong, will give you something to write home about. The value for money is unquestionable.

Outside, the Tsim Sha Tsui district is always a buzzing hive of activity, vibrant with neon lights, restaurants and even branded stores. Furthermore, it is also known to have some amazing views of the city skyline.

No worries about ambient noise though; the Hop Inn is peaceful and quiet after the sun sets. Some rooms don't actually have windows but the inventive interior should make up for that.

Flat A, 2F Hanyee Building, 19-21 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, or 9/F James S Lee Mansion, 33-35 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

2. Espace Elastique B&B (starts from S$90)

If you're travelling in a pair or more, consider Espace Elastique B&B which offers spacious rooms. Hong Kong isn't known to have many Bed and Breakfasts, but it does have a notable one in Lantau's Tai O village.

Some would describe it as being the perfect place to unwind and explore the "other sides" of Hong Kong. Lantau's Tai O Village is a charming ancient fishing village that comes with hiking trails and mountain biking tracks.

It is the perfect base to set up for your hiking needs. The B&B has two spacious rooms connected to a cafe on the top floor of the three-storey building.

There is even a hot tub in the roof top! The multilingual, super friendly and ever helpful Veronica who runs the places, makes good coffee, crepes, waffles among other things, so make sure you chill out at the cafe as well.

57 Kat Hing Street, Tai O, Lantau, New Territories.

3. Yesinn (starts from S$29)

Located only two minutes' away from Causeway Bay MTR station, Yesinn is a perfect base for exploring Hong Kong. Think location, location, location!

It was recently renovated, and offers the rare treat of private rooms at dorm prices. Try hanging out in their common room or in their roof top garden, make new friends and socialize with some tasty drinks here.

The beds are big and can fit taller persons and include a bed-side curtain, built-in universal adapter sockets and a bedside lamp for each. Yesinn services include free coffee and tea, free local calls, massage chair, iPads, internet and Wi-Fi coverage throughout the entire building.

Feel free to use their shared hair dryer, refrigerator, kitchen, rooftop garden and there is even a smoking area, if you require. Amenities like toothbrushes, toothpaste and slippers can be had cheaply, and towels can be rented so light travellers needn't worry about what they forgot to bring.

The staff has a reputation for kindness and they organise several activities such as dim sum feasts, trips to horse races, and hikes. Bonus is, they also have long-term luggage storage, handy for if you have any side trips planned while you're here.

2/F, Nan Yip Bldg., 472 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

4. The Mahjong (starts from S$37)

The Mahjong, a boutique hostel, is possibly Hong Kong's hippest hostel. It's location is fantastic, connected by over 30 bus routes to tons of attractions. You don't even have to leave the area for a good time, as it is a foodie's paradise. To Kwa Wan, the hostel's neighbourhood, is where you'll get to taste local life.

The hostel features a large social lounge and custom built bunk pods that maximise privacy with your own light & sockets, key card security locker, and even a privacy screen. The mattresses are thick, the pillows are fluffy, and the water pressure is amazing too!

Designer touches around the hostel showcase Hong Kong heritage and culture. The hostel also organises a range of activities which you can partake in, such as hiking tours, pub crawls and a dim sum experience.

1F, No.10-16 Pak Tai Street, To Kwa Wan, Hong Kong

5. Stay in the granddaddy of them all, Chungking Mansions (starts from S$18)

One of Hong Kong's most iconic buildings, Chungking Mansions has been immortalized in Hong Kong movies. It is a massive complex with an intense, adventurous atmosphere. This complex is made of five 17 storey towers, each offering different styles of accommodation for different types of travellers.

Located right in the middle of Tsim Sha Tsui district, it is popular with tourists and a hub for street markets and other shops. You can find residential apartments, accommodation, offices, money changers, cheap meals, ethnic cuisines and even tailored suits. About 5,000 people actually live here full-time, but the number increases to about 10,000 when you count international visitors.

Block A is the most popular block and rates start at around S$36, though they are open to bargaining. The priciest rooms are in Block E, which is about $220 but you can find newly renovated rooms in this block going for S$55.

36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

 

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