Notorious for its tiny spaces and expensive real estate, finding accommodation in Hong Kong can be a challenge for travellers coming to the city. And while a few days in a hotel may not put a dent in your bank account, longer stays could blow your budget right through the ceiling. But there is good news: the growing trend of remote working has opened up the market. So we’ve put together some affordable options for visitors looking to stay for a couple of weeks to thoroughly explore Hong Kong, or for digital nomads looking to find a home in this concrete jungle for a few months.
An obvious alternative to hotels is serviced apartments. They’re perfect for families, groups, and those who want more space, or plan to stay longer than a week.
The NateTsim Sha Tsui
Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, The Nate Studios provide studio apartments in three different sizes ranging from 12 square metres (133 square feet) to the biggest at 23 square metres (251 square feet), complete with a balcony. Each apartment comes with a queen sized bed, housekeeping, and high-speed wifi. There is a shared laundrette, as well as a common area, fully equipped kitchen and rooftop for residents. Travellers can rent a studio from a month, up to 12 months.
Shama ApartmentsMultiple throughout Hong Kong
With six locations dotted across the city, Shama Apartments are operated by Thai hospitality group Onyx, which also manages the Amari hotel and resort chain. Shama Apartments clientele include both foreigners and locals.
Little Tai HangTai Hang
Little Tai Hang is made up of a boutique hotel and serviced apartments in the charming neighbourhood of Tai Hang. Their hotel rooms offer discounts for long-term stays, and also offers comfortably and chicly furnished serviced apartments, with views of Victoria Harbour and Victoria Park. Tai Hang is within walking distance of shopping district Causeway Bay, but remains tucked away, an oasis away from the bustle of city life.
Co-living as a concept is not new. Sharing an apartment with flatmates is often the only choice for young professionals in the city if they want to live in a space any bigger than a shoebox, without forking out an arm and a leg for the rent. This has bled into the short-term rental market as well, with property management providing single room options together with a shared living space and kitchen. This provides the opportunity for community, together with social events.
Apple DormSai Ying Pun (Hong Kong Island), Sham Shui Po (Kowloon)
Located in the up-and-coming and hip neighbourhoods of Sai Ying Pun and Sham Shui Po, Apple Dorms’s two locations are conveniently within walking distance of MTR stations. Private rooms (single and loft bedrooms) come with a shared pantry and bathrooms. Prices include water, electricity, wifi, management fees and cleaning services, and spaces come with multilingual staff to help with all your questions about the city.
Weave StudiosPrince Edward, Hung Hom, Olympic and Kai Tak
Weave Living owns, develops and manages their own properties, with an aim of building community while providing comfortable living spaces. They offer suites, which are more like hotel rooms; residences which are full apartments; and studios, which consist of a private, lockable room with shared living spaces. With regular social events and shared spaces, Weave Living is ideal for students, young professionals and travellers hoping to meet new people during their time in Hong Kong.
Dash LivingMultiple throughout Hong Kong
Dash manages over 500 rental units in Hong Kong, ranging from co-living units to one-bedroom flats, all fully-furnished with private bathrooms. The company also partners with some hotels in the city, offering monthly rental packages. The minimum stay is 28 days.
HmletMultiple throughout Hong Kong
Hmlet membership lets you narrow down your housing criteria by area, home type, price and more, with a minimum length of stay at 6 days. They hold onto 1 month’s worth of rent as your deposit. It’ll be fully refunded within 30 days of your move-out date. Homes come fully furnished, with wifi, housekeeping, maintenance and access to community events.