Hong Kong's Best Inexpensive Hotels: Sleep Tight on a Tight Budget

It's often said that Hong Kong is an expensive city, with accommodation making the biggest hole in any travelers' budget. There again, any hotel marketing manager would rather see beds full than empty, and will adjust rates accordingly. But apart from keeping an eye open for good deals, it's also worth knowing that some hotels in Hong Kong have long been known for having consistently good rates all year round. Bishop Lei in Mid Levels is a sterling example, as is BP International House in Tsim Sha Tsui, which has the added advantage of being right next to Kowloon Park. And there can be few better located inexpensive hotels than the YMCA, which is a short hike from Star Ferry and the Avenue of Stars and slap bang next to The Peninsula, one of the plushest hotels in the world with rates to match. Yet the YMCA offers beds at prices that wouldn't get you a cup of coffee and a croissant next door!

There are some new stars on the budget scene as well. Check out Espace in Tai O – one of Hong Kong's most remote fishing villages – or Y-Loft, a neat take on the traditional hostel. Wherever you end up, it's nice to go to bed knowing that you'll wake in the morning only a little poorer!

Southern District
Ovolo Southside
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Ovolo Southside is Hong Kong's first warehouse-to-hotel conversion. Originally built in 1976, the former multi-use industrial building now features 162 open-plan guestrooms, a fully-equipped 24-hour gym and a collection of social spaces that...  Read More

ibis Hong Kong Central And Sheung Wan
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This part of Hong Kong Island has been colonized by numerous hotels in recent years. The Ibis is one of the best deals going, and unlike the slightly anonymous Central Business District this area has real character. The hotel itself is...  Read More

The Empire Hotel, Hong Kong
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Conveniently, the Empire Hotel Hong Kong is just five minutes from several shopping centers as well as area nightlife venues. Area attractions include the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Center, the city's central business district, the Hong...  Read More

Espace Elastique
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board


You can't get much further away from the concrete jungle than Tai O, a fishing village at the westernmost extremity of Hong Kong on Lantau Island. Espace is a converted village house: there's a couple of regular rooms, a family suite, and a...  Read More

Prudential Hotel
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Like many hotels in this category, the Prudential reckons there's not much point in trying to do very much more than provide 400 or so rooms for guests to sleep. That said, there's one very nice restaurant, and a similarly amenable bar – both...  Read More

B P International
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Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, the B P International is close to the tranquil Kowloon Park and the city's business district. Multiple shopping and leisure opportunities are available close to the hotel. The Mass Transit Railway station, China Ferry...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Sohotel


This Hong Kong hotel is situated in the city's SOHO District and commercial center, and is close to many of the area's attractions and points of interest. The Sohotel Hong Kong's close proximity to the piers allows guests to easily explore Macau...  Read More

Y Loft Youth Square
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At the eastern end of Hong Kong Island, Chai Wan is unlikely ever to make it onto a list of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: but it is on the MTR line, and right next to the station is Y-Loft, whose 148 rooms make it something slightly less...  Read More

Bishop Lei International House
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Located five minutes from downtown Hong Kong, the Bishop Lei International House is near to such attractions as Lan Kwai Fong, Soho, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Man Mo Temple, Ocean Park, and Victoria Peak. Shopping, dining,...  Read More

The Salisbury -YMCA of Hong Kong
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The Salisbury is probably one of the best budget hotels on earth. It's a short walk from some of Hong Kong's best-known attractions: Star Ferry, the Avenue of Stars, the Golden Mile, and the Cultural Centre. And it's right next door to the...  Read More


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Ed Peters has been based in Asia for much of his life.