Hong Kong was my entryway to Asia on my solo trip to the Orient. During my six night trip, I stayed close to the less shiny district of Kowloon -Mongkok- in the glitzy side of Kowloon -Yau Ma Tei- and on a Chinese wood teak boathouse anchored in the nearby waters of Aberdeen in Hong Kong Island. I have a broader understanding of Hong Kong from experiencing its different neighborhoods. If you are wondering where to stay in Hong Kong, this is for you.
Below is my favorite places to stay in Hong Kong from studios in the cool kids neighborhood to a boutique hotel repurposed from a 19th century police station to a boathouse anchored on a harbor.
I came across Hotel Madera searching for an affordable yet stylish hotel centrally located. It was a great choice despite of having smaller rooms compared to an American standard. The rooms are modern and include a portable wifi which is a great addition . This hotel in Hong Kong located in the island of Kowloon is in a safe rustier side of the city , yet close enough to explore the ¨darker side¨ and glitzy side of Hong Kong,along the Avenue of the Stars famous for its views and museums.
The great part of staying here its only a 7 minute walk from Temple Street night market where you can explore the night markets, try street foods and wander through the neon light streets. Plus you can get a foot massage (came back to this area for this) at the best rate in the city. At the same time, you are close enough to an MTR station a few stations to Kowloon promenade where you can board a Ferry to Hong Kong Island.
The Hullett House is a boutique hotel that is located in the glitzy side of Kowloon. Set amidst skyscrapers, this three story house sets itself apart. A repurposed 19th century marine police station turned to a 10 room hotel that each have been carefully crafted to represent a distinct period in Hong Kong´s history
If you are an art lover ,stay at the Deep Water Bay room, where Bottero and Andy Warhol meets Mao, this room decorated with larger-than-life statues and Asian pop-art keeps you inspired. If you are feeling nostalgic about the British heritage, stay at the relaxing Stanley Bay Suite that includes a turquoise wall art mural with bamboo trellis with songbirds and cages with white bamboo furnishing.
Besides from the 10 different rooms you can pick from 7 restaurant and bar where to indulge from. This accommodation in Hong Kong is the perfect combination where you are taken back to time but only steps away from the Avenue of the Stars where you can gaze at the daily night light show or hop on the Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island.
Across from the Island of Kowloon, in Hong Kong Island is the Upper House. This luxury hotel is haven a within the city. It was designed by Andre Fu one of the most sought after young talents in Asia Pacific that has left a mark in Singapore , Provence and London.
The design of the hotel embodies the architects vision ¨ create luxurious interiors that elevate the essence of the space, and defines a new generation of ´relaxed luxury´.This hotel has a lot of attention to small details with spacious rooms and magnificent bathrooms. If you really want to splurge and relax, stay here .It comes at a hight price tag yet you will be pampered.
4. Studio in Sheung Wang
This studio is located in Hong Kong’s coolest neighborhood, Sheung Wang. This was my favorite part of the city to explore as its a mixture of hip and traditional.One moment you will be shuffling through antique street vendors and the next among sleek restaurants.
This option of where to stay in Hong Kong , listed as Airbnb top 40 worldwide rentals, is an awesome option to stay in Hong Kong in a hip area .Surrounded by cool bars, hidden coffee shops, design stores,up and coming restaurants and a vibrant art scene , this studio is all about location, location, location.
5.Boathouse near Aberdeen Harbor
This Chinese teak-wood boat restored and converted into a comfortable houseboat was my last home away from home where i stayed in Hong Kong . Its located south of Hong Kong Island on a harbor in Aberdeen close to the Aquatic Ocean Park. Definitely away from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet closely connected to good public transport. The bus station is close to a shop converted to a water taxi stand where you take a wooden boat to the boathouse. Staying at this setting in Hong Kong, was a highlight of the trip.
I met a few expats that work in the city and live on boats. Not surprising considering the property prices in Hong Kong. The single most expensive house sale in Asia, was for a property under construction in Hong Kong’s The Peak district, with the South China Morning Post reporting was sold for $HK2.1 billion($USD257million).