Finding decent and affordable accommodation in Hong Kong is not exactly easy. Like most megacities (think Tokio, New York, Singapore, Shanghai) there are a lot of luxurious hotels, and prices are through the (high-rise) roofs. Frankly, I would have loved to splurge on a nice boutique hotel with a huge bed, bathroom, and a stunning view, not to mention impeccable room service, 100 TV channels on a huge flatscreen and the feeling of being well-pampered. If this is what you are after, Hong Kong is a good place to go.
With a total of 60 days of travel ahead, though, we were a little budget-conscious and not willing to spend a fortune on a bed and shower. I’ll cover the mantraps of finding accommodation in Hong Kong in an extra posting… after quite some research we ended up booking the ibis Hotel, North Point.
A standard double with a view of the adjacent buildings starts at 370 HKD, that’s about 37 Euro, plus tax, at least that’s what the website says; for the period we booked we paid 408 Euro for 5 nights, totalling at about 82 Euro per night – not exactly budget, but reasonable for Hong Kong.
The hotel is located at the North Point pier, on Hong Kong island, right around the corner of North Point MTR. It is not a posh area, but it has its perks – like the Chun Yeung Street Market and a couple of decent eateries in the vicinity. We needed it for sleep and a shower, and wifi, and the ibis provides all three.
The room, we had one on the 15th floor, was tiny, but functional, and equipped with a good bathroom with shower and toiletries (fresh toothbrushes each day?!).
The bed – although small and short – was hard (in a good way) and pretty comfortable for the two of us. In some reviews you can read that the two elevators can be crowded and slow, but we did not have problems or long waiting times. The service at the reception desk was fast and efficient and friendly, wifi worked very well (24-hour password, free of charge), nothing to complain about.
For those who need it there is also the option to have breakfast at the hotel; we chose to grab egg tarts and pastries at a nearby bakery instead; and just around the corner there is a very Chinese dim sum restaurant for those who want to do it in style.
If you are in need of a reasonably priced hotel in Hong Kong, the ibis North Point may fit the bill. I actually preferred the slower pace of the area to the hustle of Tsim Sha Tsui. (Now, if someone was inclined to sponsor me a few nights at the Intercontinental, I might revise that verdict…, but then, they charge for one night as much as the whole stop at the ibis cost us for five ;))