Friday, December 1

HK Trip Tip: Hong Kong Cheapotel

Another one on our #cheapotel series. :)

I'm really a fan of cheap hotels, hostels, inns, or guesthouses. As long as they are clean and safe, why would I bother going somewhere that costs $$$ right? I'll use the extra money instead on food and experiences while I'm there.

The entrance to the Alhambra building
Presenting our booking from our Hong Kong trip last June - the ASIA TRAVEL HOUSE. This one located in Kowloon is a really good accommodation because:

✓ it's only 4400php for a 3-night stay for 2 persons (that makes it just 733php per person per day)
✓ it's in between the Yau Ma Tei and the Jordan Stations of MTR, just a 5-min walk from either station to this guesthouse
✓ it's so close to Temple Street Night Market! if you love streetfood, the night life, city vibes, you should stay here or any hotels along Nathan Road
✓ the operator we nicknamed "Wiggums" is really kind, including his entire family (he and his wife couldn't speak in English so I think it was their son who talked to us)
✓ they gave us a free 4-days worth of coffee (3-in-1 sticks of Nescafe) which really helped us save some more on our breakfasts
✓ there's Bonjour convenience store just below the guesthouse as well as fruit and food stalls on the ground floor
✓ the room is clean, there's hot water, the sheets are cleaned daily, there are bath towels available as well as toiletries
✓ it's perfect for solo budget travellers and/or backpacking couples like us.

WORD OF CAUTION:
I almost booked a room from two hostels in Chungking Mansions. I read extremely bad reviews about this building and I saw photos of really bad conditions of pipes and exit doors, etc. Great thing I cancelled. This is why I love Booking.com!


I think we really lucked out here. I mean, the room we booked is not big, it's actually cramped and there's minimal space you can move around in, but it was enough for us and I think it would be enough for any budget-savvy couples out there.

My only suggestion is if you're not super close with the person you're going to HK with, then book a different room or a larger one. Cause with Asia Travel House, you really have to sacrifice your intimate personal space. Lol.


At the first floor of the building where Asia Travel House is located

Inside the first floor entrance - facing the road, on the left is Yau Ma Tei and towards the right is Jordan

Shops at the ground floor and the elevators are the ones on the right

Hallway to our room

That's Wiggums




     

Our room has two single beds adjoined to form a double bed

It has the basics - a working AC, tv, towels, a water heater, hangers for your clothes, soap and shampoo, toothbrush and paste. You can also borrow a hairdryer.

Water pressure is strong and there's also heated shower

That's it. Enjoy your stay in Hong Kong! Cheers to more budget-friendly travels. 😀

PS:
Here are some other Hong Kong tips I have for you:
1. Money Exchange
2. Hong Kong Itinerary

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