Last Updated: 03/03/20 | March 3rd, 2020
What’s not to love about Hong Kong? The view from Victoria Peak, the bright lights, amazing markets, great shopping, lovely temples, good hiking, delicious food… I could go on and on.
Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities in the world. It has everything you could ever want and more.
A city of 7.3 million people, it also has a ton of accommodation options. There are literally thousands of places to stay.
And hundreds of cheap hostels!
Dorm room prices do vary widely, though. They start around 125 HKD ($15 USD) per night, but on average, for a decent and clean room, expect to pay closer to 150 HKD ($20 USD) (smaller rooms are usually more expensive). Private rooms in hostels start at around 250 HKD ($30 USD) per night and go as high as 500 HKD ($65 USD) for a double room. Free Wi-Fi is standard at almost all hostels in town, as are shared kitchens.
I’ve been visiting Hong Kong for a decade and have stayed in dozens upon dozens of places. There are a lot of things to consider when selecting a hostel. The top four when picking the best hostel in Hong Kong are:
- Location – HK is huge and, while the metro does go everywhere, it can take some time to get around. Pick a place that is central to the sites and nightlife you want to see. All the hostels listed here are in central locations.
- Price – In Hong Kong, you really get what you pay for, so if you go with a really cheap one, you’re probably going to get a hostel that is small, cramped, and doesn’t offer great service.
- Amenities – Every hostel in the city offers free Wi-Fi, and some have a free breakfast, but if you want more than that, be sure to do your research to find the hostel that best meets your needs!
- Staff – All the hostels listed here have amazing staff! They are super friendly and knowledgeable. Even if you don’t end up staying at one of the places listed below, be sure to look up reviews to ensure you end up somewhere where the staff is helpful and friendly! They can make or break a hostel!
To help you plan your trip, here is my list of the hostels in Hong Kong that I like the most. If you don’t want to read the longer list below, the following hostels are the best in each category:
Best Hostel for Budget Travelers: Hong Kong Hostel
Best Hostel for Families: Hop Inn on Carnarvon or YHA Mei Ho House
Best Hostel for Solo Female Travelers: Urban Pack
Best Hostel for Digital Nomads: Studio Studio
Best Overall Hostel: Hong Kong Hostel
Want the specifics of each hostel? Here’s my comprehensive list of the best hostels in Hong Kong:
Price Legend (per night)
- $ = Under $25 USD
- $$ = $25-35 USD
- $$$ = Over $35 USD
1. Hong Kong Hostel
This is my favorite hostel in Hong Kong! The common area is perfect for meeting other travelers, and there’s always a really diverse crowd hanging out here. A majority of the rooms come with a TV, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. It’s one of the cheapest places to stay too! Plus there’s free coffee and tea in the mornings.
Hong Kong Hostel at a glance:
- Great place to meet other travelers
- One of the cheapest places to stay in the city
- Convenient location near the metro
Beds from 129 HKD ($15 USD).
2. Hop Inn
A modern hostel with a unique touch: each room is designed by a different local artist. This kid-friendly accommodation has 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi, and air conditioning, with towels and linens included. There are two locations in Hong Kong, with the first being the larger. Carnarvon also has a better common area and laundry, as well as an awesome rooftop patio with stunning views. If you stay at one of the locations, you can use the facilities at both!
Hop Inn at a glance:
- Laid-back rooftop patio for hanging out and mingling
- Great place to meet people
- Kid-friendly (good choice for families)
- Hop Inn on Carnarvon – Beds from 150 HKD ($20 USD).
- Hop Inn on Mody – Beds from 195 HKD ($25 USD).
3. Urban Pack
Urban Pack is a cozy hostel owned by two Canadians and located on Kowloon Island. It’s decorated in a very stylish way, with murals, maps, and funky furniture giving it a lively atmosphere. Catering to budget travelers, it offers free Wi-Fi, Nintendo Wii, board games, books, coffee and tea all day, irons, hairdryers, and a kitchen to cook your food in. It offers a variety of accommodation, from single rooms and small dorms to eight-person dormitories and serviced apartments. It’s one of the cheaper hostels in town.
Urban Pack at a glance:
- Spacious common areas with lots of activities
- Female-only dorms for extra privacy and security
- Free coffee/tea all day
Beds from 150 HKD ($20 USD).
4. Jockey Club Mt. Davis Youth Hostel
This hostel has a spectacular view of Mount Davis and Victoria Harbor. It’s also close to the buzzing center of clubs, bars, and restaurants and has free Wi-Fi, backpack-sized lockers with power sockets, a common room equipped with a pool table, board games, a canteen/multipurpose room, a TV room, barbecue sites, and self-serve laundry. There’s also a hiking path next to the hostel that will take you straight up to Victoria Road!
Jockey Club Mt. Davis Youth Hostel at a glance:
- Organizes lots of activities
- Convenient location near lots of bars and clubs
- Great place to meet other travelers
Beds from 180 HKD ($23 USD).
5. Rainbow Lodge HK
What I love is that the staff at this hostel organize tons of activities for guests. There are cooking classes, walking tours, and bar crawls, as well as a well-equipped game room. The hostel is clean and quiet and provides everything you need for a comfortable stay. The beds have curtains for maximum privacy.
Rainbow Lodge HK at a glance:
- Organizes tons of activities (walking tours, cooking classes, pub crawls)
- Easy to meet and mingle with other travelers
- Quiet atmosphere so you’ll get a good sleep
Beds from 185 HKD ($24 USD).
6. Chungking Mansions
Chungking Mansions offers some of the cheapest lodging in Hong Kong. If you’re on a tight budget, stay here. The name really refers to a huge shopping and dining complex where you can buy a knock-off version of anything you want. On the top floors, there are a variety of guesthouses that you can choose from. I mean, there are dozens in this building (some of the cheapest go for as little as $5 USD (though you get what you pay for!).
Chungking Mansions at a glance:
- Super affordable shoestring accommodation
- Lots of accommodation options all in one place
- New Peking Guest House – Beds from 180 HKD ($23 USD).
- Marrigold Hostel – Beds from 199 HKD ($26 USD).
- Australian Guesthouse – Beds from 432 HKD ($55 USD).
- Super 7 Hostel – Beds from 540 HKD ($70 USD).
7. The Mahjong
This is a new and clean boutique hostel. The neighborhood is quiet, and you’re close to both the mountains and coast here. It’s just a 15-minute bus ride to downtown though. The deluxe beds are comfy, cozy, and spacious, and the dorm beds are pod-style so you can have a good night’s rest. There are events daily, including city walks!
The Mahjong at a glance:
- Organizes lots of events
- Quiet neighborhood away from the city center
- Super clean and well-maintained rooms
Beds from 255 HKD ($33 USD).
8. YHA Mei Ho House
Part of the YHA global chain, this hostel located in Sham Shui Po is wonderful for families and those looking for a quiet place to stay. All of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms, and the hostel has massive common areas, a courtyard, a garden, a guest pantry, a café, a mini-store, and laundry. They serve free breakfast every morning in the café.
YHA Mei Ho House at a glance:
- Huge common areas make it easy to meet people
- Free breakfast
- Courtyard and garden for relaxing and hanging out
Beds from 300 HKD ($38 USD); YHA members can get a reduced rate on rooms.
Y-Loft has great amenities: each room has an en-suite shower, there are common areas on each floor, there’s a gym and Wi-Fi, linens are included, and it’s located close to shopping, delicious places to eat, and a metro station. The dorm rooms have all been designed by local artists, making for some beautifully colorful and interesting spaces. This hostel is huge and has 148 rooms of varying sizes (including handicapped-accessible rooms!). It’s kid-friendly too.
Y-Loft at a glance:
- Common areas on each floor so it’s easy to meet other travelers
- Kid-friendly and accessible rooms
Beds from 400 HKD ($51 USD).
10. Studio Studio HK
Studio Studio HK offers long-term rentals for visitors, students on internships, travelers on extended tours, or others living in Hong Kong. There are common-access full kitchens (stoves, sinks, refrigerators, cookware, and utensils) and living rooms. This is one of the best places for people staying long-term.
Studio Studio HK at a glance:
- Long-term rentals for slow travelers and digital nomads
- Kitchen access so you can cook food on a budget
Beds from 6,000 HKD ($770 USD per month).
There are a lot of amazing hostels in Hong Kong, but to me, these places above are the best. They offer all the things that I think are important when picking a great hostel. If you stay in any of these hostels while in town, you won’t go wrong!
If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments!
Book Your Trip to Hong Kong: Logistical Tips and Tricks
Book Your Flight
Use Skyscanner or Momondo to find a cheap flight. They are my two favorite search engines because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned. Start with Skyscanner first though because they have the biggest reach!
Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the biggest inventory and best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels.
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:
- World Nomads (for everyone below 70)
- Insure My Trip (for those over 70)
- Medjet (for additional repatriation coverage)
Looking for the Best Companies to Save Money With?
Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel. I list all the ones I use to save money when I’m on the road. They will save you money when you travel too.
Want More Information on Hong Kong?
Be sure to visit our robust destination guide to Hong Kong for even more planning tips!
Photo credits: 4 – Hop Inn, 5 – Urban Pack, 6 – Jockey Club Mt. Davis Youth Hostel, 7 – Rainbow Lodge HK, 8 – Australian Guesthouse, 9 – The Mahjong, 10 – YHA Mei Ho House, 11 – Y Loft, 12 – StudioStudio HK