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How to choose a hotel

in Hong Kong

Above: view of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island from Victoria Peak.

Above: Wan Chai area at night with a tram stopping at a traffic light.

Choosing a hotel is usually at the top of a tourist's list. There are a few factors usually taken into consideration.

We have taken into account of those and rated a few of the areas an average tourist is more likely to stay in the table below. In each category, the quantity and variety are taken into account.

In sights, the number of nearby attractions is taken into account.

In shopping, the number of nearby malls and shops is taken into account.

In accessibilty, distance and access to the top Hong Kong attractions are taken into account.

area sights shopping eating accessibility remarks
Causeway Bay  
North Point    
Wan Chai  
Tsim Sha Tsui  
Mong Kok  
Hung Hom   Not far from city center, but MTR is 5-min bus-ride away.
Lantau Island very far away from city center
Sha Tin   far away from city center
Tsuen Wan   quite far away from city center
Tin Shui Wai   very far away from city center

The areas Central, Admiralty, and Wan Chai are all quite close to one another. By MTR (subway), they are all within 5 minutes apart in terms of from train station to train station.

Please note that the rating has been done from intuition and not scientifically. If you prefer one supported with statistics, we can be commissioned to do so for a small fee!

Tips on choosing a hotel


Being far or near is relative. Some hotel and booking agencies describe how near the a hotel is from the airport or the city center, Central, in terms of kilometers or miles. You need to properly decode that because Hong Kong is small and the locals measure distances by travel time. Of course hotels in out-of-the-way places in HK often provide shuttle buses. But beware that it means you're at the mercy of their bus schedule and traffic conditions, and just dropping by the hotel to go out again to an attraction could take you one and a half hours. But then, if you can shop all day till you drop, just ignore our comments!

In Hong Kong convenience is spelled 'MTR' - the subway train system, so you should find out the distance between the hotel and an MTR station. Within walking distance would be ideal. Then the number of stops to the places or attractions you want to visit also should be considered - figure in between 1.5 to 2 minutes per stop.

If you're looking for a budget hotel, we've listed a few convenient ones on our budget hotel page. And then there're some that we call cheap hotels.

Above: traffic waiting for a traffic light in Tin Hau / Causeway Bay area.

Room size

Hotel rooms in Hong Kong are often small. Be prepared to pay more if you can't imagine staying in a small room.

Wheelchair access

Some hotels may not have access for wheelchairs.

Busy Street

Some hotels may be located on a busy street where no vehicle other than public buses may load or unload passengers directly in front, including taxis.

Accommodation Types

There're 4 kinds of accommodations for travelers (according to the government's licensing): hotels, guest houses, holiday flats, and holiday camps. Know what you're getting into.

Special Days

On some days of the year - such as New Year's eve, & the second night of the Chinese New Year, there're fireworks over the Victoria Harbor. They're nice to watch from a harbor view hotel room, but the roads around some of these hotels may be closed off starting early evening on those days. Hence it could be challenging to get to - even by taxi.
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