Accommodation in Hong Kong, any recommendations?

Lots of accommodation options depending on budget and where you want to stay (Kowloon or Island). Think about your accom budget then go to Agoda.com or Zuji.com and find a deal. You'll get a decent / nice room for around AU$150 a night.

Chungking Mansion, AU$25 - $50

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The Peninsula, AU$700 - $3,400

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Presidential Suite, Intercontinental AU$13,400

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Think about your accom budget then go to Agoda.com or Zuji.com and find a deal. You'll get a decent / nice room for around AU$150 a night.
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thanks for this. I didn't know about agoda.com. AU$150 a night is OK with me.

Do you know the area? what do you recommend?

Causeway Bay
Tsim Sha Tsui
hong kong island itself
 
I think Agoda are better than Zuji and have good hotel deals everywhere in Asia.

Your itinerary depends how long you're here for and what you want to do... shop, eat, hike, visit places of interest. You could also do day trips to Macau and Shenzhen.

thanks for this. I didn't know about agoda.com. AU$150 a night is OK with me.

Do you know the area? what do you recommend?

Causeway Bay
Tsim Sha Tsui
hong kong island itself

CWB = major shopping district on the island.. this place is always rammed with people especially on Sundays when the domestic helpers have their holiday. Virtually anything in the world you want to buy is available here.

TST = major tourist hub in Kowloon, especially along the golden mile of Nathan Rd. Chungking Mansion is here, a 17 story building housing 5,000 people. Good place to change money (go to the back) and eat genuine Indian, Nepalese, Pakistani and African food. Lots of touts here selling watches, suits, hash, cocaine and women (remember to bargain). Head up the red line towards Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po for markets, bars, restaurants, cheap cameras, smartphones and computer gear. A Symphony of Lights is best seen from TST... the world's largest light and sound show features 44 buildings on both sides of the harbour and starts 8pm every night.

HK Island = most expats prefer to live here with many working in Central. Lots of bars / restaurants around SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong. More shopping, especially antiques. There's more bars in Wan Chai but many of them are strip bars filled with expats and US sailors. Lots more to see and do ... check here for more info: http://wikitravel.org/en/Hong_Kong

We also have lots of good hiking trails and nice beaches including this one at Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung which we hiked to on Sunday for a swim:

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I recommend the royal pacific hotel Kowloon. Canton rd tsim sha sui. Clean, cheap and central.

Directly adjoining the jet star ferry terminal to Macau.
 
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Chungking Mansion, AU$25 - $50

Ahhh....this brings me back to my backpacking days.

About 10 years ago I stayed here for 10 days paying $60 HKD a night. It was a tiny room that they squeezed four of us into. We could have gotten a cheaper room but we decided on taking the room with a door (the one where the door had recently been ripped off was a mere $50 HKD a night).

Cheers

Jamie
 
Salisbury YMCA has one bed suites at a good price overlooking the Peninsula Hotel and harbour

A bit further out of town I have found the older Island Pacific Hotel to be good value and service.

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Thanks guys.. the wikipedia link is awesome... I'm planning my activities now... Got few hotels in mind. The ones that Rolf and Maxwell suggested are good, will keep them in mind.

will post later with my findings...
 
dont go Chungking Mansion.. security is not good at all although is cheap.

I would say go for at least those YMCA/YWCA. There is one in Yau Ma Tei (YWCA)

http://www.caritas-chs.org.hk/eng/bianchi_lodge.asp

Chungking Mansion - There was a rape incident just happened few days ago someone from middle east/india (cant remember) raped an university student from china. Thats the latest incident.
 
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you can also try
http://www.asiatravel.com/

they offer even better rates

Thanks Melbournian.. will add it to my search sites.

dont go Chungking Mansion.. security is not good at all although is cheap.

I would say go for at least those YMCA/YWCA. There is one in Yau Ma Tei (YWCA)

http://www.caritas-chs.org.hk/eng/bianchi_lodge.asp

Chungking Mansion - There was a rape incident just happened few days ago someone from middle east/india (cant remember) raped an university student from china. Thats the latest incident.

Thank you Malau, wasn't planning to go to Chungking. I liked the way TingTong explained the options, but I ruled that out as soon as I saw the photo and the price :).
 
Ok, I've done a bit of research, thanks to Malau and TingTong.. here's an overview.

1 Male, 1 female, 1 14-month old.

22 October: Morning: Nan Lian Garden
Late afternoon: Peak tower,
Night: avenue of the stars (symphony of light at 8pm), then clock tower.
23 October: Disneyland (full day)
24 October: Morning/midday: Giant Budha and Po Lin Monastery
Afternoon: Citygate outlets (shopping)
25 October: Macau (I heard it's cheaper going on a week day). Full day. Take it easy, go to Venice Casino and gamble 20 dollars or so...
26 October: Ocean park (full day)
27 October: Morning/midday: Noah's Ark
Afternoon/evening: Kowloon Park, Victoria Harbour, Ladies Marke, bit of shopping...
28 October: Take it easy.. catch the tram? walk around.. a bit more shopping...any other shopping area that I can stock up clothing for the next few years :)?

I've used Google Maps to map the location of each place (so I don't go North-South in a day), and they appear to be the most reasonable in terms of travelling time.

Based on the itinerary above, it looks like the best location to stay is the Kowloon/TST area.

The hotels mentioned above by the somersoft members are at the top level for my budget, so I've reduced it a little bit (nope, I'm not staying at Chungking Mansion :D). One that's been recommended and has got good reviews is:

Golden Crown Guesthouse
5F, Golden Crown Court, 66-70 Nathan Road, Hong Kong, China

And it's right in the middle of where it appears the most reasonable place to stay based on my itinerary.

I will buy the octopustravel thingy and used MTR most of the time.

does this look reasonable?
 
If you want to buy electronic stuff. dont do it in TST. Buy it in the chain store like DSE... called Broadway or Fortress in Hong Kong. They have few shops in Mong Kong. Also when you go to crowded place becareful your pocket, including in MTR. There are some professional pocket picker,
 
If you want to buy electronic stuff. dont do it in TST. Buy it in the chain store like DSE... called Broadway or Fortress in Hong Kong. They have few shops in Mong Kong. Also when you go to crowded place becareful your pocket, including in MTR. There are some professional pocket picker,

Thanks Malau... will keep that in mind!
 
If you're in TST Canton Rd might be a better place to stay than Nathan Rd but not a biggy.. HK is easy to get around and most things are within 30min MTR ride away. If you stay in TST, eat at nearby Knutsford Terrace where many locals go for good food and not too rowdy. Get an Octopus card when you arrive at airport and use it for the airport express into town. Apart from transport (MTR, trams, ferry, bus) it can be used at any vending machine, 7-11 and lots of other outlets. If funds are low top it up with cash at any place which accepts it.

Some comments below..

Ok, I've done a bit of research, thanks to Malau and TingTong.. here's an overview.

1 Male, 1 female, 1 14-month old.

22 October: Morning: Nan Lian Garden
Never been but worth a visit if you like gardens. If you like flowers visit the flower market and nearby bird garden at Prince Edward.
Late afternoon: Peak tower,
Night: avenue of the stars (symphony of light at 8pm), then clock tower.
Take HK$2.20 star ferry across harbour for amazing views of skyline.

23 October: Disneyland (full day)
Give it a miss if you've been to other Disneylands. Locals prefer Ocean Park which has recently been refurbished and has more thrill rides.

24 October: Morning/midday: Giant Budha and Po Lin Monastery
Afternoon: Citygate outlets (shopping)
Get the cable car from Tung Chung to Ngong Pin 360 (monastry, big buddha) and come back for shopping at Citygate.. a bit touristy but worth a look. If you like sport shoes go to Fa Yuen St in Mong Kok where they have about 60 shops selling latest models including foreign and limited edition.

25 October: Macau (I heard it's cheaper going on a week day). Full day. Take it easy, go to Venice Casino and gamble 20 dollars or so...
I think you mean the Venetian which is about 1 million sq mt in size and the 5th largest building in the world. It's worth a visit to see the gondolas and you can get a free shuttle from the ferry... play Baccarat for the best odds. Also visit the remains of St Paul's.

26 October: Ocean park (full day)
Good choice and worth the admission fee

27 October: Morning/midday: Noah's Ark
Afternoon/evening: Kowloon Park, Victoria Harbour, Ladies Marke, bit of shopping...
Also visit Temple St market which is 2 MTR stops away from Ladies market in Jordan and gets busy about 7pm. Bargain here and pay about 50-70% of their first price.

28 October: Take it easy.. catch the tram? walk around.. a bit more shopping...any other shopping area that I can stock up clothing for the next few years :)?
Sit on the top level of a double decker tram (DeVeaux Rd) for cheap sight seeing, costs HK$2.30 to travel as far as you want. Catch it from Central to Causeway Bay for shopping. I think Shenzhen in nearby China is the best place to stock up on clothes but it's a day trip (visa on arrival). Many places in HK sell clothes.. visit the Li Yuen street lanes (east and west) in Central for cheap clothes etc. Stanley market on a Sunday might be worth 3-4 hours and has nice views on the way, get the 6 or 6X double decker bus near IFC building and sit on top (right side).

I've used Google Maps to map the location of each place (so I don't go North-South in a day), and they appear to be the most reasonable in terms of travelling time.

Based on the itinerary above, it looks like the best location to stay is the Kowloon/TST area.

The hotels mentioned above by the somersoft members are at the top level for my budget, so I've reduced it a little bit (nope, I'm not staying at Chungking Mansion :D). One that's been recommended and has got good reviews is:

Golden Crown Guesthouse
5F, Golden Crown Court, 66-70 Nathan Road, Hong Kong, China

And it's right in the middle of where it appears the most reasonable place to stay based on my itinerary.

I will buy the octopustravel thingy and used MTR most of the time.

does this look reasonable?

Look here for 750 things to do in HK before you die:
http://hk.asia-city.com/restaurants/article/750-things-do-hong-kong-you-die

Some other things:
- stick to the right side when on an escalator, walkers use the left.
- if you smoke cigarettes, don't walk and smoke.
- bring smartphone and use maps to navigate.. also download open rice app for good HK restaurant guide.
- watch horse racing at happy valley, a great experience
- get your fortune told at Wong Tai Sin Temple (see Mr Chan at booth 123 but go early because he gets big crowds especially on Sundays)
- Chungking mansion is worth a visit if you're staying nearby. They do great Indian food at the back on ground level. Don't worry too much about safety, HK is very safe
- visit Tai O which is a fishing village on stilts. Catch a bus from Tung Chung after you visit big Buddha and before you go shopping at Citygate. Or catch bus from TC to Tai O for a look then catch bus from Tai O to big Buddha then catch cable car back to Citygate in TC.
- eat cheap local meals at Cafe De Coral chain of restaurants, you'll see them everywhere.
- high tea at the Peninsula hotel for a posh experience
- if you want cheap smartphones and tablets visit Apliu St in Sham Shui Po, catch MTR and take exit C1. Take exit D2 at same MTR to visit Golden Computer Arcade for cheap PC's, laptops, peripherals and vid games. They have all the big names plus Chinese clones.
- seafood restaurants at Sai Kung town.
- maritime and science museums.
- junk rides
- helicopter rides
- sight see from hop on hop off open air bus
- jump on any double decker bus and sit up the top for cheap sight seeing.. it's hard to get too lost.
- Repulse Bay, Aberdeen
- HK has loads to offer, the list is endless
- enjoy yourselves and message me if you want any specific info.
 
If you want a cheap hotel stay at excelsior in cwb. Very convenient.

friend told me theres a new space hotel in tsuen wan very cheap. Tw is far tho
 
My advice for trips for travelling with a small child is make sure you have enough of your own comforts with you. Not all hotels will supply a portacot and don't take a full size pram - take a backpack carrier or small pram like a Quinny Zapp.

Be prepared with some food from home if your 14mth old has some particular tastes or dietary requirements. We love travelling in Asia as our kids can't have dairy and there are lots of options for them.

I'm not sure a 14mth old will get a lot out of Disney World but I'm sure you guys will :) You'll just have to take turns on the rides - which does work out well sometimes as 'singles' often get to beat some queues to fill in the gaps. Do check trip advisor etc about these places - the queues can be 1-3hrs long for certain rides and I would only put up with that if I really, really, really wanted to go.

A 14mth old will be presumably needing one sleep during the day so you might want a morning outing, lunch then rest at hotel then go again after that. It looks like you have catered for that in your timetable.
 
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