While Hong Kong is rightly famed for being home to some of the world's most palatial hotels, visitors looking to save a few dollars will also find a fabulous selection of budget accommodation. The best Hong Kong hostels can rival some of the world's finest, especially the luxurious Salisbury YMCA. Below are five of the best Hong Kong hostels, although buildings such as Chungking Mansions, Mirador Mansions are literally heaving with hostels and guesthouses. The five below focus on dormitory style hostel options, if you prefer an equally cheap guest house with a private room, there are also many Hong Kong guesthouses to choose from.
Every bit as stellar as the name suggests, including rooms which feature direct phones, big screen TVs, and even free WiFi. Rooms, while small, are a cut above the white-walled Hong Kong average, with some small splashes of Ikea design thrown in. The location on Nathan Road is in the heart of downtown.
They might do dorm rooms but a stay at Campus is more like a stay at a hotel. These are student digs, and from the 50’s refrigerators to the Scandinavian seating, there is plenty of style. The rooms sleep four and each one comes with an ensuite bathroom as well a kitchenette and super fast WiFi. You’ll also have access to a gym and swimming pool. The drawback? It’s in Tsuen Wan -- a town in the countryside that's not exactly accessible for urban adventures in downtown Hong Kong. Campus does provide free shuttle buses to and from the local MTR station. From there it’s about a twenty-minute ride into town. While students only vacate in summer, a certain number of rooms are always made available for guests.
Garden Hostel is one of the few Hong Kong hostels that is less guesthouse more hostel, including comfy sofas and a selection of second-hand books. 24-hr check-in, laundry service, and even a business center (well, a pair of computers and fax) are just a few of the reasons that Garden Hostel remains a constant favorite with backpackers.
Salisbury is completely unlike the usual hostel experience, equal to one of the better three-star hotels in the city, or even some four-stars. The Salisbury boasts excellent service, a scene-stealing harborside location, spacious rooms and more. While the hostel is a great value, it is not cheap, and the price can be a major drawback for those carefully counting their dollars.
One of the most lauded Hong Kong hostels, with over fifteen years in the business and plenty of happy customers. The Dragon Hostel boasts 24hr check-in and check out, as well as a host of extra services, such as Chinese and Vietnamese visa assistance and sightseeing tours. Rooms are bare, but clean, with singles and doubles, but no dorms.
Mixed reviews from one of Hong Kong’s longest established hostels, with extra points for the laid-back communal feel, including a shared kitchen, large dorms, and a lounge. But negatives include rooms that haven’t had a lick of paint since the 60’s and overcrowding. Nevertheless, the bargain basement price and friendly staff keep beds filled and the atmosphere lively.