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1. Posted by mouldyking (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Hi

I am Flying to Hong Kong on the 25th of May. I am looking for accommodation, I have read some horror stories of people staying in Hostels.

What I was wondering has anybody stayed in Hostels there, and can you recommend any?? Me and my girl friend are flying out for two days then go to Australia for three months.

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 8y

I stayed at the dragon hostel in january for 4 nights and it was fine -very clean, friendly and great location. Rooms are tiny, but this is to be expected in Hong Kong. Our room had ensuite and TV and we paid around $250 HK per night.

here is the website address - i booked through hostelworld. the owner is a really friendly guy by the name of Stanley Fan
http://www.dragonhostel.com/

the horror stories you have heard were probably about chungking mansions or mirador mansions - both of these are probably best avoided. i have never stayed at either, but i visited a friend who was staying in mirador and it was awful - way below the standard in Dragon. Both buildings have reputations as being death traps due to the lack of fire escape facilities, although i believe this may have improved due to the Chinese government oredering improvements recently, with many places closing down as a result.

3. Posted by mouldyking (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Quoting bex76

I stayed at the dragon hostel in january for 4 nights and it was fine -very clean, friendly and great location. Rooms are tiny, but this is to be expected in Hong Kong. Our room had ensuite and TV and we paid around $250 HK per night.

here is the website address - i booked through hostelworld. the owner is a really friendly guy by the name of Stanley Fan
http://www.dragonhostel.com/

the horror stories you have heard were probably about chungking mansions or mirador mansions - both of these are probably best avoided. i have never stayed at either, but i visited a friend who was staying in mirador and it was awful - way below the standard in Dragon. Both buildings have reputations as being death traps due to the lack of fire escape facilities, although i believe this may have improved due to the Chinese government oredering improvements recently, with many places closing down as a result.

Yes most of the reviews I read were from Chunking mansion. Is Dragon Hostel secure? Place to leave your bag or is it best to keep it on you?? Any places you reccomened to see??

4. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

I have just got back from Hong Kong and I also stayed at the Dragon Hostel. I was on my own and I had my own private room with bathroom and I payed 240 HK Dollars per night. It was very clean, very secure (3 locked doors to get through after reception to get into the room) and right by the Mongkok MTR (underground rail) station. The MTR is very cheap and amazingly quick and reliable, trains every 2 mins and always arrive exactly on time.

Recommendations:

1. You must go to The Peak as the views are stunning and the tram ride up there is pretty amazing too.
2. Take the Star ferry across to HK Island. I did this several times as it only costs 2.20 HK Dollars one way!
3. Watch the nightly light show put on by the buildings on both sides of the water at 8pm. It is spectacular. Go down to the Avenue Of Stars for a great view.
4. Ride the tram on HK island. Its only $2 HK (have exact money, ther dont give change) and you will get to see a lot sights as it is a double decker, so get a seat on the top.
5. Just wander around, it is a great place to just wander as it is like no other city. Incredibly busy 24 hours a day, the buildings are ridiculously tall and all show off their lights at night, and walk through some older parts of town for an old China feel. HK is a very safe place and I never felt worried at all, wherever I went.
6. Drink some local beer, I particularly enjoyed Hong Kong beer and Lang Kwai Fong beer, which is named after the district of the same name which is a great place to go in the evening for bars and restaurants.

5. Posted by mouldyking (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Thanks for the reply. I'll probably have load more question's nearer the time. Just after using google earth to look at some of the places you said. They look fantastic

Thanks

Oliver

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 8y

yes it's secure - we left our bags there for the day after we checked out and they chained them up in a back room and it was fine. wealso left valuables in the room while we were staying there and it was fine. further to the previous suggestions, try and visit one of the surrounding islands such as Lamma or Lantau. also, macau is an interesting place for a day trip. don't forget your passport if you go to Macau.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 13, 2008, at 12:23 AM by bex76 ]

7. Posted by stoneman (Respected Member 216 posts) 8y

I concur with Bex 76. I stayed at Dragon Hostel after much research and had no problems. The manager is a wealth of information. Rooms are certainly small but for HK that is par for course. Dragon Hostel is adjacent to the Ladies Market, Bird Market, Plant market and 1 block to the bus services and rail services. Walking distance to the Jade Market and electronic shopping area. For peace of mind you couldn't pay me to stay in Chungking Mansions.