Hong Kong isn’t going to be topping a list of cheap places to travel any time soon but that’s not to say you can’t stick to a relatively small budget in Hong Kong.
You can see a list of awesome things to do on a budget in Hong Kong here, and below you’ll find some of the best cheap hostels in Hong Kong too. I found it pretty hard to find Hong Kong hotels or a hostel that wasn’t either super expensive or unbearably small when researching budget Hong Kong accommodation.
I did eventually find somewhere that wasn’t a shoebox and meant we wouldn’t be staying in a huge communal room but it wasn’t easy. That’s why I’ve put together this list of affordable hostels in Hong Kong including cheap private rooms too. If you’re wondering where to stay in Hong Kong, check out the list below!
Best budget hotels in Hong Kong by district
Hong Kong can be divided into three main sectors: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and New Territories. Within these, it’s broken down further into 18 districts. Most visitors to Hong Kong will be staying in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island as these two districts are where most of the top Hong Kong attractions and sights are.
Kowloon includes the following districts: Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, West Kowloon, Kowloon and Sha Tin. Hong Kong Island includes the districts of Sheung Wan and Western, Central, Wanchai and Causeway Bay.
Useful resources for your Hong Kong trip
A south-west China itinerary – ancient towns, Yangshuo and rice fields
Skyscanner – Cheap flights to Hong Kong
Booking.com – Cheap accommodation in Hong Kong including Hong Kong guesthouses, hotels & apartments
Hostelworld.com – Cheap hostels in Hong Kong
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui is most well known for the Star Ferry Pier (one of the best things to do in Hong Kong on a budget) and the clocktower. As with most of Hong Kong, there’s also a lot of shopping here, restaurants and some museums. It’s also home to some of the best budget accommodation in Hong Kong.
Best hostels in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
This Hong Kong hostel is one of the top hostels in Hong Kong. It’s in the middle of Tsim Sha Tsui and is super close to the Star Ferry Pier, Harbor City and the Road of Stars so it’s a great place to stay for a trip to Hong Kong.
There are dormitories here that sleep 6, 8 or 10 people and you can book female-only dorms too if preferred. Each bed has its own light and the hostel includes free WiFi and city maps, linen, board games, luggage storage and washing machines are jist some of the services available.
Day and Night Hostel is one of the best hostels in Hong Kong for budget travellers. At this hostel, you can book a private en-suite room or stay in a 6-bed dorm. It’s been fairly recently renovated so it’s super clean and modern and all guests have access to a locker to store valuables.
The staff can help you with visas to mainland China and the hostel is just a 5-minute walk fromTerminal and a 10-minute walk from Harbour City Mall.
Traveller’s Pack Hostel was set up by backpackers for backpackers so they know what travellers want. The hostel regularly organises events which are a great way to meet other travellers especially if you’re a solo traveller.
There’s a kitchen, luggage storage, on-site cafe and laundry facilities too at this Hong Kong backpacker hostel.
Right next to Hong Kong’s lovely Kowloon Park and just minute’s from some of the biggest shopping centres I’m sure you’ll ever have seen, is Beepackers Hostel.
The Hostel opened towards the end of 2015 so it’s fairly new and everything looks clean and in good condition. There’s a kettle in each room and the usual toiletries you’ll find throughout China; toothbrush and toothpaste, soap and perhaps some shampoo and conditioner.
With all the money you’ve saved on the room, you could splash out on the designer shops nearby which include Tiffany’s, Gucci and much more!
Ruby Hostel is just minute’s away from Temple Street Night Market and Kowloon Park making it a great location. Kowloon Park is extremely relaxing and if you get up early enough you’ll be able to watch locals doing Tai Chi in the park!
All rooms come with their own bathroom and they’re brightly decorated giving the hostel a modern feel. There’s WiFi in all areas and kitchen facilities too with a shared lounge area. However, the lounge area isn’t the biggest on the list and feels more like someone’s home than a hotel or hostel so bear that in mind!
In Chinese, Mong Kok means a ‘popular corner’ and you’ll quickly understand why. Known for its crowded streets, markets and food it’s an area of Hong Kong you must visit. The shopping here is less expensive and designer but personally I think that makes it more fun!
The Mahjong is a super stylish hostel near Mong Kok MTR that’ll make you feel right at home. It’s about a 15-minute drive or metro ride to the harbour and super close to the Mong Kok markets such as the goldfish market and Ladies market. You can rest assured there’s plenty of food nearby too as Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district is one of the main shopping and food areas!
Each room at The Mahjong comes with an individual safe and air conditioning to keep you cool even when the humidity is at a high. There’s also a kitchenette, microwave and fridge at the hostel. Rooms have a private bathroom too and you’ll also get a view of the city from your window! The common area is really cosy and there’s plenty of space to meet fellow travellers and talk travel plans.
Central Hong Kong
Central Hong Kong is the best area of Hong Kong to stay in if you want to feel like you’re in the middle of the action. It’s at the heart of Hong Kong’s business district, full of expats and buzzing nightlife. From this part of Hong Kong, it’s super easy to get to Victoria Peak by taking the tram, ride the Mid Level Escalators, see the street art in SoHo and discover Hong Kong’s past as a British colony along Pottinger Street.
Mojo Nomad has to be one of the coolest hostels in Hong Kong. It has mixed and female-only dorm rooms as well as private rooms if you’re travelling in Hong Kong as a couple.
All the rooms and dorms at Mojo Nomad have en-suites and large windows with amazing views. There are loads of great common areas here including a bar and café, a movie room, kitchen, workspace and a reading corner.
Check Inn HK is a great budget hostel and in a great location too. The lobby area has been recently renovated and now has great views of the bustling streets below and nice comfy couches. All guests get their own locker and there’s luggage space in each room as well as a common area on each floor. The hostel also arranges hiking trips, pub crawls and shopping tours.
Cause Way Bay is the area to stay in Hong Kong if you love shopping. There are several large malls which sell everything from high-end fashion to boutique items and there’s also the Jardine’s Crescent street market for bargain hunters. Spend a morning watching locals do Tai Chi in Victoria Park; the largest park in Hong Kong or at Tin Hau Temple.
Yesinn Hostel is just a couple of minutes away from the Causeway Bay MTR station and is another fantastic cheap hostel in Hong Kong for budget travellers. It was recently refurbished and if you’re staying here now be sure to check out the rooftop patio nursery which is a great place to hang out and meet other backpackers.
There are both private and shared rooms and a huge 21-bed dorm for people on a super tight budget. One of the nicest, cheapest places to stay in Hong Kong.
Other recommended hostels in Hong Kong
Hang Ho Hostel was the hostel we stayed in for the first three nights of our trip to China and it had everything we needed and more – it was pretty much the ideal budget Hong Kong hotel for us.
The rooms are small but there was still enough space for us and our two huge backpacks. There’s a private bathroom (again, small but not the smallest out of all the hotels we stayed in), a TV, kettle and a fridge/freezer in the corridor to store any food you’ve bought. Oh, plus super-fast WiFi, I uploaded a YouTube video in about 2 minutes compared to the 30 minutes or more it takes back home.
The other plus of Hang Ho Hostel besides the cost is the location. The hostel is right next to the Jordan MTR and only a 20 minutes walk down to Victoria Harbour. You’re less than 5 minute’s away from Temple Street Market and there’s plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants too.
Close to the sea and plenty of hiking, Commune is a great cheap hostel in Hong Kong.
The single-sex dorm here sleeps four and there are work desks, dining tables and refrigerators which mean the dorms seem more like mini studios than a hostel dorm.
On top of this, there’s an onsite restaurant, a large common room with a TV and even a swimming pool and gym!
Wontonmeen hostel in Hong Kong has a unique interior design and dorm rooms have individual reading lights and cloth hangers. There are great communal areas with table tennis and darts to play. There’s a good shared kitchen here and a terrace too.
Hong Kong’s Tempo Inn is located right next to Temple Street Market which, if you’ve seen my top 12 things to do in Hong Kong on a budget post, you’ll know is a great place to pick up souvenirs for yourself, family and friends. The hostel is super close to lots of street food options and restaurants too.
The rooms at Hong Kong’s Grand Motel are much like the rooms at Hang Ho Hostel. They’re small but well-equipped and all rooms have free WiFi, a private bathroom with hairdryer and slippers, kettle and air conditioning.
The hotel is just a few seconds from Yau Ma Tei MTR, a few minutes from Mong Kok MTR and super close to Ladies Market for some souvenir shopping! Some rooms have a city view although they are a bit more expensive.