If you are setting off to the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong but your platinum card application is pending, you may be searching for affordable accommodation to make the most of your holiday here. Hong Kong is a fantastic melting pot, a place where East meets West amongst the skyscrapers, green spaces and boulevards of this fascinating and history soaked city. There are a number of guest houses, hostels and mid range hotels that are excellent value for travellers on a budget. They do tend to fill up quickly so it is worth booking ahead to secure your place, especially during festivals or other peak times.
If you are looking to stay in the mainland district of Kowloon but want to avoid the infamous Chungking Mansions, there are several other decent options. Cosmic Guest House and Dragon Hostel come recommended, while the Garden Hostel and Traveller Hostel are both known for their laidback social atmosphere. The harbour side Salisbury YMCA offers levels of service on a par with three star hotels or higher. Look out for the Licensed Guesthouse Logo for licensed guest houses.
For those wanting to get away from it a little, Lantau Island has always been a popular destination. Redevelopment in recent years has altered the character of the island from a sleeping fishing island into a more visible and integrated extension of the metropolis, with the construction of projects such as the Lantau Link, Hong Kong International Airport and Hong Kong Disneyland. However it remains a good option for affordable accommodation, especially for those wanting to incorporate hiking and a visit to the Po Lin monastery into their trip. The mountaintop SG Davis Youth Hostel is in Ngong Ping, convenient for all tourist activities.
The New Territories have a wide range of guest houses and hotels, and is popular with hikers and those wanting to explore the farming communities in this outlying region. Recommended guest houses include Bradbury Hall and Pak Sha O Hostel in Sai Kung Country Park, the mountainside Sze Lok Yuen with panoramic views, and Bradbury Jockey Club Youth Hostel, conveniently located at an outdoor centre with various facilities for cycling, hiking and water sports.