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Cheap Accommodation in Hong Kong; Mei Ho Hostel

Finding Cheap Accommodation in Hong Kong is tough. I’ve been to Hong Kong a couple of times, and accommodation can be a nightmare. Pound for pound it’s one of the most expensive places in the world to sleep and finding ‘cheap’ accommodation is next to impossible.

Cheap Accommodation in Hong Kong
Cheap Accommodation in Hong Kong

Chungking Mansions? No thanks!

If you’re on a backpacking budget, you have to search long and hard for anything affordable. A lot of travelers I met end up in the infamous Chungking Mansions, and believe me when I tell you guys, that is not ideal! It’s a fun place to get a curry or a fake Rolex, but sleeping there? No thanks.

One Dim Sum

Anyways, I stumbled across a real gem of a hostel in Hong Kong that I want to share with you guys. Not directly on the harbour, but in an awesome location, in the middle of ‘real’ Hong Kong with a bustling night market on your doorstep and transport links to everywhere. What’s more, is that it’s walking distance to One Dim Sum, the cheapest Michelin Starred restaurant in the world – unreal. 2 people, loads of Dim Sum, about $25 yum yum yum.

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Mei Ho Hostel

Mei Ho Hostel is without-doubt the best budget, accommodation option in the country. A big claim I know, but it’s really that cool.

The hostel itself has been built/converted from the first-ever public housing in Hong Kong. The ‘H’ block should feel like a prison, but actually, the air of history, the amenities, the atmosphere and the price make it feel like the awesome hostel that it has become. I love staying in a place that is more than just your bed for the night, but actually a part of the history of the city you’re in.

 

With the significance of the building, the hostel is more than just a hostel. There’s a whole museum attached within the building detailing the fire that caused the public housing to be built. It also shows how the accommodation was before it becomes a modern hostel, quite the contrast.

I stayed in a private double room, complete with en suite bathroom, flat-screen etc and the price for a room like that is around $90 US (I need private rooms with wifi these days to maintain my digital media company and pay the bills!). However, they have awesome dorms for around $25 a night, which is a steal in a city like Hong Kong.

 

The breakfast bar/restaurant is as funky as they come too, and the complimentary breakfast allows you the choice of western, Asian or Hong Kong-style breakfast.  These quirky additions, along with the rooftop chill-out room, are why I fell in love with this hostel so much. The hostel is a 5 minute stroll to the mass transit train, and from there the whole country is on your doorstep, 15 minutes to the harbor, 30 minutes to the airport, it’s a huge incentive to stay here.

A message in the breakfast area
A message in the breakfast area

Anyways, I love Hong Kong. I loved it the first time I came here, and I loved it again this time around. The Mei Ho Hostel added so much to my trip that I couldn’t imagine staying in HK without them next time around. Enjoy guys, and happy travels!

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