Luxury lodging at affordable prices in Hong Kong
We love when guests come to visit the 852, but how can we host them in our teeny flats? Although it feels rude to not offer a bed to your family or friends, we all know making room for even one extra person (let alone a whole family!) is close to impossible. HK isn’t commonly known for the word “budget,” but we have done some research and found a few options that make staying in our great city not only affordable, but also downright awesome.
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Just a quick MTR ride away from Hong Kong Island, this TST gem is a favourite among its clients. Tourists will love how close it is to some of the attractions – just a three-minute walk to the Jade Market, an eight-minute walk to Miramar Shopping Centre, and a 14-minute walk to the Ladies Market. You will feel good about how chic and modern this little boutique hotel is, offering many amenities, including a handy phone with your stay! Prices for guest rooms start around HK$1,400.
Located in Sheung Wan, the Ibis Hotel boasts incredible sea views, making this place a great spot for tourists. It’s also close to a lot of what HK has to offer – fine restaurants, the waterfront, the nearby Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park (a beautiful and large green space for kids to play) and Sports Centre (where you can pay a very cheap daily rate to go swimming). It’s also super close to the touristy Hollywood Road, Central and LKF. With rooms starting at a ridiculously low $898 per night, this family-loved hotel is option we can’t ignore.
One of the newest luxury boutique hotels located smack dab in Central, One96 is a beautifully designed. Just a five-minute walk to Soho and LKF, and just as close to the Macau ferry terminal, your guests will enjoy its proximity and gorgeous views. Those with really little ones are welcome here, too, as cribs and infant beds are on hand when needed. Twenty-nine of the rooms are smoke-free (yay!) and the amenities are too long to list! Starting at HK$1,900 a night, it’s a bit more expensive but guest reviews (families give it a solid four out of five stars, and other travellers give it five out of five) say it’s worth the extra money. Plus, there is free continental breakfast and Wifi!
Another guest fave, this luxury hotel has three restaurants and two bars, although considering it’s located near some of the best dining and drinking around, your guests will have a hard time deciding whether to eat out or stay in! Families give it just shy of five stars, calling the place “fabulous,” and “exceptional.” Rollaway beds are available but at a surcharge. Our priciest yet, this one starts at HK $2,400 a night. For a bit more ($4,200) you can request a studio room, which has a separate bedroom (for those “alone time” moments, mamas and papas!). This one is definitely worth the splurge. #treatyoself
Okay, perhaps not a really “low” budget (prices start at HK $2,600), this hotel is still worth mentioning because families, couples and business folks alike seem to rave about it. With its funky, artsy and incredibly cool design (you’re greeted by neoclassical murals with Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn and Frank Sinatra), this upscale hotel is just steps from Soho. Offering free rollaway beds or cribs, it has kitchenettes, microwaves and a host of other “must have” amenities. The best part? All rooms are one-bedroom suites (woop!). Kids can go to bed early, and mum and dad can pretend they are alone in Honkers for a little while. Win-win in our book!
We usually try to feature places that only cater to families, but just in case it’s hubby and you out for a weekend in HK, we had to mention the Hotel Indigo. For HK $1600 a night (prices vary depending on time of year), this artsy hotel is one you’ll feel good about sending your friends and family to. With its trademark glass bottom infinity pool (hanging several stories above ground!), this adults-only hotel is just a short walk from two bus stops and near the Happy Valley Racecourse. Rooms are intentionally decorated and tasteful, and the bar by the pool is a great place to relax and enjoy some “me” time. A Sassy Husband stayed here for business and loved every minute of it.
These go-to sites are a must for many families because they feature homes, apartments, townhouses and villas, which are maintained and owned by landlords who often use the facilities themselves when vacationing in those areas. Some of the Sassy Mama team have used all three to find affordable yet luxury apartments around the world (Caribbean, Costa Rica, California, France, Spain and to Mexico, to name a few!). A quick peruse of the HK flats available show apartments with pools (hello – built-in activity for kids!), those with a view (we aren’t short on those!) and even a few with gyms or clubhouses. Flats can be found within your price range (you select a range and these sites will give you options) and often times you can negotiate with the landlords for a better deal, especially if you’re going off season.
Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO), www.vrbo.com