A cheap hotel in Hong Kong is difficult to find because you can't really trust anyone.
The best accommodation in Hong Kong is often booked months ahead, especially the best ones nearest the tourist attractions.
People want to make money and they see the foreigner as rich and a target to force into any old accommodation Hong Kong has to offer at their price.
I call it the 'Shake Down' and you will do well to avoid it by booking a room before you land in Hong Kong, especially if you are arriving after dark.
Here are a few guidelines that have helped me immensely.
Don't Fly Into Hong Kong Without a Pre-Booked Room
I don't care how you do it. Book a room online, over the phone, by email...whatever.
If you fly into Hong Kong expecting to find cheap hotels in Hong Kong available and right in your guidebook then you will end up either without a room or paying $60USD for a room that normally goes for $15USD.
Read the Customer Feedback on the Budget Hotels Hong Kong has to Offer
If you click for more information on any of the Hong Kong hotels listed here then you will find customer feedback. I find it the most honest source of information on any hotel.
It's been my experience that people who have nothing to gain don't lie. So, make sure to read the customer feedback.
Never Pay Upfront
If the hotel asks you to pay for the room in advance, go elsewhere.
The hotels we list on this cheap hotel in Hong Kong page will ask for a minimum of a name, date of arrival and email address. At most we allow some hotels to ask for 10% of the room rate up front.
That is not much when you are booking a room for $18USD a night. It is one dollar and eighty cents to ensure you have a room to go to, an address to give your taxi driver and the peace of mind after a long flight.
The worst hotels advertise as often as possible in the pages of Budget Travel Guides like the Lonely Planet China, whose recommendations are more often than not about advertising dollars.
Listed hotels send a stampede of tourists to any cheap hotel in Hong Kong that gets a mention in their bible-like pages.
And then the hotel owners raise their prices to match the increased demand.
These hotels have the largest advertising budgets because they can't get bookings on their own merits. Word of mouth is poor so they target 'Newbies'. But you won't be a newbie if you do some research with us here first.
You'll have to sift though the cheap hotels in Hong Kong yourself before you will find the right place for you in the right place in town.
It may look like a lot of Hotels when you first look at the page. Best if you choose the district you most want to stay and focus on the Hong Kong hotels in that specific district.
Hong Kong is divided up into five districts. We cover each of the best Hong Kong hotels in every one of the districts.
Causeway Bay is located on Hong Kong Island itself. It's an area directly across Victoria Harbor from the Tsim Sha Tsui area on the Kowloon side. It's also very near the 'Happy Valley' horse racing track.
Causeway Bay is a heavily built-up area of Hong Kong, located on the Northern Shore of Hong Kong Island, and covering parts of Wan Chai and some Eastern Districts.
Most people work on Hong Kong Island but live in Kowloon. It's ideal for the tourist looking for a cheap hotel in Hong Kong because it is vibrant and the views of the city from the promenade that includes 'The Walk of Fame' are second to none.
I have always stayed in Kowloon. From Kowloon you can look across Victoria Harbor and watch the light-shows at night, the shopping is great and it's home to the Mirador Mansion, the perfect example of a cheap hotel in Hong Kong.
Mongkok is sandwiched between the Border to the New Territories and Tsim Sha Tsui in the Kowloon District. It's only a 10 minute bus ride North from the bottom of Nathan Road and the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station.
Shatin is one of the 9 districts located in the New Territories. It is the first district you'll come to if you head North, away from the waterfront.
If you were to get on a bus in Tsim Tsa Tsui, heading up Nathan Road, North away from Victoria Harbor you would first reach Shatin District. It is part of the New Territories and I am not sure why people would want to stay so far away from the city center.
Then again, hotels in Hong Kong are more expensive and it is much more peaceful in Shatin. It is more of a rural setting in Shatin and there are many outdoor activities including hiking and biking trails to seek out.