There are many hotels throughout Hong Kong and staying in one can be quite expensive. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t find affordable hotels at all in Hong Kong. Your best option is to take a look at hotels in the Kowloon peninsula, just north of Hong Kong island.
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The Kowloon peninsula is the gateway to China. But it’s also a bustling small city, so small you can walk across the narrowest point in less than a day. Kowloon is made up of several districts with names like Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), Mongkok, Jordan and Yau Ma Tei. The main avenue called Nathan road runs through all these districts so if you’re on Nathan road you’re never lost.
Now the best hotels in Kowloon are found near or on Nathan road. Hong Kong’s underground train system also runs mostly beneath Nathan road with many stations above ground. The MTR also runs through a tunnel beneath Hong Kong harbor and straight into Hong Kong island. Plus there are many great restaurant options from cheap eats to gourmet delights with top price. Whatever your budget is you’ll be able to fill your stomach with food that’s way better than the take out back home.
Several of the best hotels in Kowloon are found in the Tsim Sha Tsui district such as the Holiday Inn and the Mira Hotel. The Holiday Inn of course is a popular chain of hotels in the USA but the rooms here are small. The Mira Hotel was recently renovated and the rooms here are more spacious with a hip boutique style design. Back since the 1940’s it was one of the fanciest hotels in the neighborhood and after an extensive overhaul it still is today. Both hotels are right on Nathan road with MTR train stations within easy reach.
Just further up Nathan road is the Prudential Hotel and BP International Hotel. These two hotels are even more affordable and also offer easy access to the MTR and is a great area to explore local culinary delights. The Prudential Hotel however has bigger rooms so it’s quite popular with returning guests. The BP International’s rooms are smaller, yet very clean, comfortable and modern.
Hotel room rates throughout the country fluctuate wildly and especially when a trade convention is in town. I find that it’s not a good idea to book a hotel in Hong Kong too far in advance. It’s best to wait one month before your departure. Two months is the max. The best deals are the last minute deals.