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The price guides mentioned below should be seen simply as guides. The irritating thing about Hong Kong is that hotel room prices may vary quite considerably according to busy periods. If there is a large convention in town, or it's Golden Week (national public holiday) for Mainland China residents, then I've seen hotel room prices double, even triple. Research online. It helps to book really really early, or at the last minute.
BEST CHEAP ACCOMMODATION ON THE KOWLOON SIDE
The main city areas of Hong Kong are divided into the "Kowloon side" and the "Hong Kong side". Kowloon is part of the mainland China peninsula and it's where the majority of Hong Kongers live. Hong Kong side is a island which has the most expats and also the Central Business District. Are you wondering what's the best location in Hong Kong to stay? I think both Kowloon and Hong Kong locations are good choices. Generally, I would say that if you're crazy mad about shopping, then pick Causeway Bay. If you want the classic view of Hong Kong as seen from the Kowloon Peninsula then pick Tsim Sha Tsui. If you love being in the heart of all things local, pick Mongkok. If you're not sure at all and you're Ok with a little bit of noise and people, then Tsim Sha Tsui. If you want to get away from it all....why are you picking Hong Kong in the first place!! Actually, there are many great beaches and green areas of Hong Kong such as Hong Kong's Gold Coast or some of the islands like Lantau (home of Hong Kong Disneyland and the airport), Lamma (slightly hippy vibe, very laidback) and Cheung Chau (home of the famous steamed bun festival)
Wanchai is the red-light district of Hong Kong, but it's not that seedy. There are great eating places here and the government is just completing a major uplift project (which has made some local residents feel that all the heart and soul of Wanchai is being stripped out....a long with the sleaziness!)
CASA HOTEL, Yau Ma Tei/Mongkok
Mongkok has the (in)famous distinction of being the most populated area in the world by people per square feet. It is also one of the areas most represented of Hong Kong: the mix of east and west, the hustle and bustle, the rich and poor side by side and there's still a lot of family run, individual businesses from clothes to food and more. The Casa is an absolute bargain for the location (about 50 strides from the MTR) and price. It has free wi-fi, clean and modern rooms. The rooms are very small, even the double rooms so that would be a drawback. See it as a convenient, cheap and clean bed to sleep in, and perhaps not as a hotel you would lay back and relax in.
IMPERIAL HOTEL, Tsim Sha Tsui
Right in the heart of the noisy, busy and thriving area called Tsim Sha Tsui (home of Star Ferry, the Cultural Museum, Avenue of the Stars, the Space Museum and the famous shopping street Nathan Road) lies the Imperial Hotel. The Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station is one minute away which can get you to Central, Wanchai, Causeway Bay and other convenient areas very easily. There are two great restaurants at the Imperial: Ootaya Japanese Restaurant and PJ Murphy's Irish Pub
YMCA, Tsim Sha Tsui
For a YMCA, this probably doesn't seem cheap, but it is a very great YMCA. The views out to Hong Kong island are THE views you are looking for. It's opposite the Cultural Center, next door to Harbour City, probably the biggest and best shopping mall in Hong Kong and just one block away from the tourist mecca of Nathan Road. There's a great choice of rooms from dormitory style to habor view suites and the eating locations are reasonably priced. There's even a swimming pool, indoor climbing wall, and regular activities and classes to keep you amused. Whenever there are guests coming to Hong Kong, I always tell them to check out the prices at YMCA first before anywhere else.
BEST CHEAP ACCOMMODATION ON HONG KONG SIDE
CHARTERHOUSE HOTEL, Causeway Bay
Midway between Wanchai and Causeway Bay, the Chaterhouse has a great vibe. There's the popular Champs Bar and Restaurant which has comedy nights and shows all the big sporting events. Harry's Bar and Lounge is a good spot for a drink after a hard day of shopping in Causeway Bay. If you're a first time visitor to Hong Kong and you're a tourist out to see Hong Kong's top sights, I would say that the Charterhouse is not the most conveniently located of all hotels, but it's a solid choice with decent room, friendly staff and good restaurants.
BISHOP LEI INTERNATIONAL HOTEL
A lot of companies put up their staff who have just arrived in Hong Kong at the Bishop Lei International Hotel. It's in a good expat area, very close to the Central escalator which takes you through the eating and partying areas of Soho, Lan Kwai Fong and down to the Central business district such as the IFC building (International Finance Center) and Exchange Square. The rooms are small and little dated but clean and there's a swimming pool and outside terrace which are not used that much. The fitness center is small but perfectly okay too. The Bishop Lei is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong and it has a YMCA feel about it i.e. not too much character!
THE WHARNEY GUANG DONG HOTEL, Wanchai
The Wharney Guang Dong hotel is in Wanchai, close to the Wanchai Convention and Exhibition Center and the Academy of Performing Arts (theatres and galleries). There's a health club and an outdoor swimming pool. It caters to many Japanese and Chinese guests. It's know for The Canny Man pub in teh basement which contains over 100 whiskeys and beers from Belgium, Scotland and beyond. Great choice if you are coming for a convention or you want to be in the heart of Wanchai.
If you are visiting Hong Kong and you have a little bit more money to spend on your accommodation, you might also be interested in this accompanying article on boutique hotels in Hong Kong.
And if you're going to Sydney, read about the top budget motels in Sydney.