How to choose a hotel
in Hong Kong
Above: view of Kowloon and Hong
Kong Island from Victoria
Chai area at night with a tram
stopping at a traffic light.
Choosing a hotel is usually at the top of a tourist's list. There
are a few factors usually taken into consideration.
We have taken into account of those and rated a few of the areas
an average tourist is more likely to stay in the table below.
In each category, the quantity and variety are taken into account.
In sights, the number of nearby attractions
is taken into account.
In shopping, the number of nearby malls and shops is taken into
In accessibilty, distance and access to the top
Hong Kong attractions are taken into account.
The areas Central,
and Wan Chai
are all quite close to one another. By MTR
(subway), they are all within 5 minutes apart in terms of from
train station to train station.
Please note that the rating has been done from intuition and
not scientifically. If you prefer one supported with statistics,
we can be commissioned to do so for a small fee!
Tips on choosing a hotel
Being far or near is relative. Some hotel and booking
agencies describe how near the a hotel is from the airport
or the city center, Central, in terms of kilometers or
miles. You need to properly decode that because Hong Kong
is small and the locals measure distances by travel time.
Of course hotels in out-of-the-way places in HK often
provide shuttle buses. But beware that it means you're
at the mercy of their bus schedule and traffic conditions,
and just dropping by the hotel to go out again to an attraction
could take you one and a half hours. But then, if you
can shop all day till you drop, just ignore our comments!
In Hong Kong convenience is spelled 'MTR'
- the subway train system, so you should find out the
distance between the hotel and an MTR
station. Within walking distance would be ideal. Then
the number of stops to the places or attractions
you want to visit also should be considered - figure in between
1.5 to 2 minutes per stop.
If you're looking for a budget hotel, we've listed a few convenient ones on our budget hotel page. And then there're some that we call cheap hotels.
Above: traffic waiting for
a traffic light in Tin
Hau / Causeway
Hotel rooms in Hong Kong are often small. Be prepared to pay
more if you can't imagine staying in a small room.
Some hotels may not have access for wheelchairs.
Some hotels may be located on a busy street where no vehicle
other than public buses may load or unload passengers directly
in front, including taxis.
There're 4 kinds of accommodations for travelers (according
to the government's licensing): hotels, guest houses,
holiday flats, and holiday camps. Know what you're getting into.
On some days of the year - such as New Year's eve, & the second night of the Chinese New Year, there're fireworks over the Victoria Harbor. They're nice to watch from a harbor view hotel room, but the roads around some of these hotels may be closed off starting early evening on those days. Hence it could be challenging to get to - even by taxi.