Hotel rates in this intense city are some of the highest in the world. But the rest of Hong Kong, despite its reputation, isn’t so expensive. Food is cheap and most of the best sightseeing is free.
To sidestep hotel rates, an increasingly popular option is Airbnb, which gets you an entire apartment for about the same price you'd likely pay for accommodation at a Hong Kong hostel. Even if you were thinking about a bargain-priced budget hotel, you’d be able to bag yourself a one-bedroom Airbnb place for about the same price as an underwhelming two-star hotel.
Below is our pick of five top reasonably priced Airbnb rentals in Hong Kong; all are located in popular neighborhoods that are close to most attractions, restaurants, and shopping. These are all whole apartments, not private rooms in shared apartments (where you’ll find even cheaper prices).
All of these are close to an MTR station. The MTR, or Mass Transit Railway, is the rapid transit railway system in Hong Kong. The railway network consists of 10 urban lines, one Airport Express line that connects the airport and downtown, one light rail system, and one tourist cable car system.
Three of the five Airbnb finds listed below are operated by experienced Airbnb "super hosts," who provide extraordinary amenities, service, and communication. The three apartments with super hosts earned 5 out of 5 stars. The remaining two have nearly 5 stars. Prices are based on two-person occupancy.
A word about Hong Kong apartments: Tiny houses for Hong Kong residents are not a trend; they're a way of life. Apartments here tend to be snug, so if a description calls a place "spacious," know that the term is used relative to what else is available in Hong Kong. You'll find that most are furnished simply with IKEA pieces and there are seldom rugs on the floor or curtains on the windows, which can be bare or equipped with blinds.
If you want or need something beyond what's on this list, try going to the Airbnb home page. Type in Hong Kong, and choose the dates and the number of guests, which will take you to the Hong Kong section. Use the filters in the upper lefthand corner of the page; choose the "More Filters" drop-down menu if you want a super host. This will give you a manageable number of apartments to choose from.
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This tiny recently renovated studio apartment in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon actually looks more like a stylish hotel room than an apartment. You enter directly into a beautiful bedroom with a comfortable double bed for two, then turn the corner into the generous bathroom with the jewel of this listing: a big bathtub, which is a rarity in Hong Kong apartments.
While there is no kitchen, the studio does have a small fridge and microwave. Other amenities include free Wi-fi, air-conditioning, TV, and a 24-hour security guard for the building.
Tsim Sha Tsui is a very busy area of Hong Kong. From the studio itself, it's about three minutes to the MTR and buses. The unit is also close to a shopping mall and hundreds of restaurants and street food vendors.
You can cancel up to seven days before check-in and get a 50 percent refund (minus service fees).
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Located in a private residence yard minutes away from the Sai Ying Pun metro, this 400-square foot, two-bedroom, exceptionally quiet apartment is in a prime location full of indie restaurants, markets, bars, and shops.
Sai Ying Pun is a neighborhood in the full grip of gentrification. Neighborhood restaurants now rub shoulders with gourmet coffee shops and Mediterranean eateries. Shops and nightlife are thin on the ground but then Central, a center city for Hong Kong, is just a 20-minute tram ride away and you'll find more than enough there.
This apartment, operated by an Airbnb super host, is exceptionally bright and airy and includes two bedrooms, each with a double bed. The living room sofa becomes a queen bed when pulled out, for a total capacity of six.
In addition to numerous home and kitchen appliances, the apartment also has professionally cleaned and sanitized duvets, pillows, linens, and towels to ensure a quality experience for guests.
Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and a heater, a washing machine, and a fully equipped kitchen.
Cancel up to seven days before check-in and get a 50 percent refund (minus service fees).
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This spacious and bright one-bedroom apartment is in the middle of Sheung Wan, Hong Kong's charming creative district. The interior has a definite Scandinavian vibe, with thoughtful design throughout, thanks to the Stockholm native (a super host) who owns this unit. He's a designer who also owns a shop called squarestreet, a stone's throw from this small, pretty apartment. He and his wife own two dogs, so take care if you are allergic.
The apartment has one queen-size bed and can sleep a maximum of two. It has free Wi-Fi, a TV, a washer-dryer combo, air-conditioning, and a hair dryer as well.
The flat is located next to the well-known Man Mo Temple and Hollywood Road, which runs like a pipeline through Central. The MTR Blue Line is close by, but most of what you need is within a few minutes walk. The area, which has really grown in recent years, is now considered the most vibrant of all districts in Hong Kong.
Sheung Wan is one of the oldest districts of the city, dating back to the mid-1800s. There is a lot of history and local culture here, the very best restaurants in town, art galleries, and interesting boutiques (like the host's). In recent years, as artists, designers, bohemian cafés, boutiques, and design studios have moved in, this area has been transformed into a funkier neighborhood that locals call Po Ho.
Cancel up to five days before check-in and get a full refund (minus service fees). Cancel within five days of your trip and the first night is nonrefundable, but 50 percent of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded. Service fees are refunded when cancellation happens before check-in and within 48 hours of booking.
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While the building isn’t much to look at, this studio apartment in unit Apt. 8H wins points for space. The high ceilings and generous windows make it far more comfortable than the usual cramped Hong Kong apartments while the furniture, bedding, and impeccable bathroom give it a nice touch. What's more, the Central MTR station is just three minutes away, as are the trams, buses, and every other kind of transportation.
Amenities include a small kitchen area with a microwave, kettle, stovetop, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a hairdryer. Three can sleep here, two in a queen-size bed and one in a convertible chair that pulls out into a twin bed.
The highly rated, U.S. born and educated host rents out several other apartments in the same building, some less expensive, some much more expensive. Search Hong Kong Airbnb for "Central Lan Kwai Fong Rooftop" to see what other units he rents out; you'll be able to distinguish the apartments by their unit numbers. An added bonus is the huge rooftop terrace, which guests in all of his units share. It is equipped with plenty of chairs and tables and an outdoor grill.
Perched just above the party district of Lan Kwai Fong, you’re close enough to enjoy the party but far enough away that you don’t have to hear it. The flat is in the heart of Central, a minute's walk down to Lan Kwai Fong, famous for all kinds of restaurants and bars. A few more steps and you're at Queen's Road Central, where high fashion boutiques and local shops line the main and back roads.
Cancel up to seven days before check-in and you'll get a 50 percent refund (minus service fees).Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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This cozy and warm two-bedroom on the 18th floor at #2 MJ SEVVA House is in a wonderful location. It's an easy walk here from the Causeway Bay station, where you can get the metro, tram, and bus and close to Wan Chai, Central, and Sheung Wan neighborhoods.
The super hosts flat has fantastic views of the affluent Happy Valley residential zone and the harborside Ferris wheel from a petite balcony where you can enjoy drinks and a meal alfresco. Times Square, the district's largest shopping mall, and Sogo Hong Kong, the city's largest department store, are just a walk away. Downstairs, there's a market where residents shop for groceries.
Other amenities include a full kitchen, free Wi-Fi, TV, DVDs, a washing machine, and air-conditioning.
Cancel up to seven days before check-in and you'll get a 50 percent refund (minus service fees).