Hong Kong is not noted for cheap accommodation. Because of the high cost of property, hotels and guest houses here tend to be a little more expensive than in other global tourism hotspots and business hubs. Savvy travellers usually do their research well and look for the most popular cheap hotels in Hong Kong, well in advance.
The district of Tsim Sha Tsui, where many cheap hotels are located, is one of the most vibrant places on earth and its pavements are busy day and night. There are shops selling everything from electrical products to imported brand name designer clothing and accessories. Dining options and bars are just as varied and there is something for everyone.
Mirador Mansion and the five-block Chungking Mansions are on Nathan Road, the main thoroughfare through Tsim Sha Tsui. As well as lots of service shops and restaurants these buildings contain a significant proportion of the cheap hotels in Hong Kong.
Although these hotels are cheap they do not stint on facilities and guests can expect air-conditioning, private bathrooms, televisions and, in some cases, wireless internet connectivity. This part of Nathan is the premier location in Hong Kong for attractions. The Star Ferry Pier, the Avenue of Stars, Kowloon Park and the city's heritage discovery centre are 10 minutes on foot.
Tsim Sha Tsui is not the only place with cheap Hong Kong hotels. The MTR’s Tsuen Wan line follows Nathan north through Kowloon. Stations en route are Jordan, Yau Ma Tei, Mongkok, Prince Edward and Sham Shui Po. Hotels in these areas are usually close to the stations and also provide convenient access to markets such as Temple Street.
There are cheap places on Hong Kong Island, but the choice is not as eclectic as Kowloon’s. Kennedy Town, Queen's Road West and Central have a few between them, although the best area for budget hotels on the island’s north shore is Causeway Bay. Aberdeen on the south coast has a couple of cheap Hong Kong hotels and Silvermine Bay on Lantau Island has one which is aimed at families and offers services including bicycle hire.