Above: Hallway of inexpensive serviced apartment.
There is a range of accommodations that you can find in Hong
Kong. From cheap hostels to hotels
fit for kings and heads of state, Hong Kong has it.
For those who plan on being in Hong Kong for more than a couple
of weeks, finding a serviced apartment / flat or a furnished apartment
is probably on the agenda. (A serviced apartment in Hong Kong
is usually both furnished and serviced - i.e. they come and clean
it for you regularly just like in a hotel.)
Nowadays (Apr 2013), serviced apartments
probably start at HK$12,000 (~US$1,500) a month, and better ones
- in terms of location, decor, etc. - go for much higher. But
there are some that cost a bit less. The photo shown here is the
hallway of such. It offers no frills, but it offers your own bathroom,
broadband internet access, washing machine, and cleaning service.
And the price is more like renting a small flat. But then this
is Hong Kong, so it is still not cheap. Above left:
hallway of a low-cost serviced apartment - the opposite of the
spectrum from the complex pictured at the top.
To choose one, other than your budget, you probably would also
consider a few other factors:
- location - proximity and accessibility to where you work,
and play, and how safe the area is. Some of the popular areas for expats include
Central, Admiralty, the Mid-Levels, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Happy Valley, and Tsim Sha Tsui.
Locations with a suburb feel include Stanley, South Island, Discovery Bay,
more on location
- size - Hong
Kong housing is typically small; what the management calls
a studio apartment may just be a room the size of two beds and
a 2 square-yard standing room only bathroom (hopefully you can
at least sit down for ye ole #2 business).
- noise - some walls maybe so thin that you'll be listening
to things you don't care to. Having windows facing a busy street
is another source of unwanted noise and sometimes even light
pollution from neon
- view - a nicer view out your windows is a commodity, and harbor
views fetch a premium. more on view
- ammenities - internet access, club house / gym, cable TV,
etc. more on amenities