I am stopping off in Hong Kong for around 4/5 nights on the way to New Zealand.
Having trawled the internet I am confused as to which hostel is best, conflicting ratings and reviews...
So if anyone knows of a good, clean cheap hostel then let me know!! I'm not worried too much about facilities like internet and the likes, just somewhere well located!!
Have you checked out the new hostel booking system? Unfortunately it looks like mapping the hostels there is a REALLY hard job since only one seems to be mapped (the link is on the right hand side). The New Garden hostel and USA Hostel (yes, that's in HK ) are two of the more popular ones I know, but they look like they are both in the same building and run by the same company.... not sure how exactly that works! They are both mapped on the HK hostels page. Hope that helps!
[ Edit: Fixed up mapping. ]
Laura, I undertook extensive internet research before visiting HK last year. I settled on the Dragon Hostel. Good location - walking distance to both rail transport systems, buses to Kowloon, harbour etc, bird, goldfish and flower markets and just across the road from the Ladies market excellent for clothes shopping. I pre booked a room with ensuite (my days of European hostelling are well behind me) and I felt secure. Even though the room was the smallest I had ever stayed in that was until I checked in to my accom. in Singapore. The Manager (forget his name) is a wealth of information etc he organised my visa for my day trip by train in to China. Strongly recommend pre booking because even though I visited in May I noted they turned away people wanting a bed on a daily basis. If you have a late departure they will secure your bags (chained) for the day at no extra charge. Anyhow google away and see what you think. Hope this helps and enjoy your visit. I certainly did. The sheer numbers of people around at any time of day blew me away but fortunately they have one of the best public transport systems I have ever experienced. Numerous restaurants around this hostel but that can probably be said for wherever you stay. Even though I from Oz I did visit New Zealand travelling around both islands for 3 weeks back in the eighties. I still consider it to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world (even ahead of Switzerland) so enjoy.
I agree entirely with Stoneman. The Dragon Hostel is a great place to stay, I highly recommend it. I will even be going back there for a second time in September.
I recommend dragon hostel too. Rooms are tiny but that's to be expected in HK. I visited a friend who was staying in a guesthouse in Mirador mansions and it was grim!
I am going to HK this July, thinking whether to stay in Dragon Hostel. Looking at your review, my problem is solved.
Oh another brilliant thing about HK is that you can check your luggage in for your flight in the main train station in town. It is a great idea so you don't have to either 1: carry your luggage round with you all day if you have a late flight 2: leave it at your hostel/hotel with everyone else's luggage 3: go to the airport early to check in as you can do it at any time of day so you check in earlier and reserve a good seat!
It is a great system and more cities should do it. But do check that your airline uses this service first. Most big airlines do but low cost airlines may not, for example Cebu Pacific doesn't use it.
Thanks everyone for the comments about Dragon Hostel - that's where we're staying now!
And thanks for the info about checking in the luggage in the train station!!
Laura, I am sure you will have a great time in HK. I think it is one of the best cities in the world. I will be back there in September but only for 1 night But I will be at the Dragon Hostel!!!!