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Where to Stay in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong Island offers an array of world-class hotels, but finding cheap accommodation in Hong Kong can be tricky.
In the north of Hong Kong Island, glitzy Central is where gleaming skyscrapers overlook Victoria Harbour, close to the Star Ferry pier. From here you’ll have easy access to the best nightlife, with the chic restaurants and cocktail bars of Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo on your doorstep.
Causeway Bay is the city’s shopping hub, packed with department stores as well as the Times Square mall. Take a break from shopping in the vast green spaces of Victoria Park, or head to Happy Valley with its famous racecourse.
Culture buffs should head to Kowloon, located on the Victoria Harbour opposite Hong Kong. Here you can find the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre close to the Star Ferry pier offering exhibitions, concerts and performing arts.
If you’re looking for a cheap hotel room, avoid popular periods including the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens in March, or the Dragon Boat Festival in June.
Hong Kong Accommodation Options
If you are on a tight budget, in the east of the city, Hong Kong Island’s colourful Wan Chai dazzles with neon-lit signs for bars, budget shops and restaurants. This area also offers the best selection of affordable accommodation.
If money is no object, head to Victoria Harbour or The Peak which house an array of high-end hotels, including the luxe Mandarin Oriental. Alternatively, standing beside the Star Ferry terminal is the soaring 88-storey International Finance Centre, home to the swanky Four Seasons hotel as well as an array of fine shops, restaurants and bars. If you’re travelling on expenses, this is the place to stay!
For a more sedate stay, Silvermine Beach Hotel on Lantau Island gives a rare glimpse of Hong Kong’s peaceful side with an outdoor pool and terrace café, plus easy access to the pier for fast ferries to central Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Hotel Recommendations?
Hong Kong’s The Peninsula hotel in Kowloon exudes colonial luxury, offering huge rooms with marble floors and jaw-dropping views. If you can’t stretch to a stay here, definitely pop in to enjoy a massage in the spa, or cocktail in Philippe Starck-designed Felix bar.
The top boutique choice is Hotel LKF by Rhombus. Rooms offer slick interiors decorated with contemporary photography and the restaurant serves up palate-pleasing Russian and Scandinavian cuisine.
A good mid-range hotel is the Island Pacific Hotel. While the price tag may be more purse-friendly, the hotel still offers an outdoor pool and harbour views from floor-to-ceiling windows.
If you’re on a tight budget, the self-catering Olympic Terrace Suites may be your best bet. Near the Olympic subway station, these apartments are fully furnished with washing machine and cooker, plus you’ll get free access to the gym.
Transport in Hong Kong
Rail, bus and taxi links from the airport to central Hong Kong leave from the Ground Transportation Centre. The easiest connection is via the high-speed MTR Airport Express train which leaves every 12 minutes and takes less than half an hour to transport you to key stops in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
By bus, the quickest way to central Hong Kong is on the Airbus or Cityflyer airport bus which depart every 15 minutes and take 1 hour to reach Central.
Taxis to Hong Kong are readily available. Red taxis serve Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, green taxis serve the New Territories and blue taxis serve Lantau Island. The journey time to Hong Kong is around 45 minutes and costs £20+.
It is also possible to hop on the ferry to the New Territories, Macau or Shenzhen.