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Hostelz.com's Review
Hong Kong Hostel in Causeway Bay is a typical Hong Kong backpacker hostel in that it occupies a floors in a multi-story building. It has taken over other hostels in the same building . There are no signs at the entrance so you must just look for the correct address -- the map on the hostel's website is accurate enough to get you there. There is security on the door and the doorman might not come and open it for you, but there will be other people coming and going so you shouldn't have to wait long. The hostel provides twenty-four-hour access and there is neither a curfew nor a lockout period, though the common area and free internet PCs are closed around midnight.

The Location

The hostel is within easy walking distance of the Causeway Bay Metro station and the A11 bus from the airport. This is just one Metro stop from the visa issuing section of the Chinese Consulate at Wan Chai. Around the hostel are plenty of cheaper eating places and supermarkets. In all, you are well positioned to get to any part of Hong Kong.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are small (it's Hong Kong) but not badly overcrowded; for example, one dorm has a double bunk and a single bed rather than two double bunks -- however, the single bed is narrow. The bunks are metal and solid, so there's a minimum of squeaking and the mattresses are typical of China (hard). The upper bunks are set low so that the lower bunk user cannot sit upright. Beds do not have individual lights or power points over them; in some rooms the only window is in the bathrooms but all rooms have air conditioning.

The bathrooms definitely do not invite showering with a friend -- unless you are both very slim -- but they are adequate and clean, with the bonus of towel, shampoo, and body gel provided. Hot water is from electric immersion tanks in each room and require up to an hour to heat the full tank, which prevents a fast follow on after a roommate.

Security is mostly good -- the downstairs front door requires a numeric key to be entered; each room has a lock and the rooms have large lockable lockers, plus there are smaller lockers for valuables at reception. Baggage can be left short term but it's just tucked in a corner, not locked away.

Common Spaces

The hostel is modern, clean, and tidy, and decorated with travel and youth themes, and has some maps and activity brochures. The reception area and common areas are all one and, as is standard in Hong Kong, are quite small. There's a small kitchen with a microwave, steamer, and toaster; a plentiful supply of plates and mugs; and just one table. It's enough to allow you to self-cater but not produce a banquet. The layout and small size are not great for socialising but it's typical of HK.

As well as four free internet PCs there is free Wi-Fi in the common area, though there's a tendency for it to slow or drop out completely. The TV and DVD player are set inconveniently in one corner and seldom used. Smoking is permitted in the common area. Drinks, but not food, can be bought at reception -- probably because there are so many food outlets and twenty-four-hour supermarkets close by.

Summary

Hostels here just don't have the facilities and space that can be found in hostels in many other countries, as floorspace here is too precious. There's nowhere to hang wet washing but there is an expensive laundry service for those who are desperate, there's no pool table or anything else like that, and there's only a small common area. Otherwise, this is a good hostel for Hong Kong, but a little more more expensive than some in the city.

by OldNomad
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
April 2011

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Hong Kong Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
1   Threatened with a Knife Wow -- this was bad. Basically our room flooded due to a faulty shower and all my clothes got soaked. The owner sent a young woman down to kick us out (without enquiry). She was lovely but said if we wanted to stay we would have to speak to the owner (fair enough). When I went to reception to speak with the owner he jumped out of his seat and just yelled profanities at me. He ran over to me and grabbed a knife that was on the table and threatened to kill me. This is not a joke -- he seriously threatened to kill me. DO NOT GO HERE.  , age 30, Australian ()
4   Satisfied and highly recommended Friendly, uncomplicated, quick response, and a cute cat named hanson.  , age 39, indonesian ()
4   Simple I got a single room. The price for Hong Kong seemed decent. Convenient area, close to the Causeway Bay MTR and to Hennessy. There's a supermarket across the street. Hot water any time of day. Internet connection was quite slow and sometimes the routers were down. The staff at the other hostel I stayed at in HK was much more helpful, knowledgeable, and warm, so I can't give high marks for service. They weren't bad, but could have been quite a bit better. All in all I would stay there again.  , age 42, USA ()
3   Good Location We booked three twin rooms for an overnight stay in Hong Kong. The hostel is undeniably in one of the best districts in the Causeway Bay area. Rooms and toilet are ok -- larger than we expected. Wi-fi connection can sometimes become wobbly. (The old male staff was not that friendly when we informed him about this.) The lady receptionists are nice, though -- especially the younger looking one (with glasses). Too bad we were not given complimentary bath towels, which other guests were lucky enough to be provided with. Nevertheless, we give them an ok rating.  , age 28 ()
4   Accessible and affordable price Nice place to stay, price affordable, accessible to everything ... MTR and Bus going to airport is just a step away. Looking forward for our next stay here soon.  , Philippines ()
1   Very poor service, not clean room The service was incredibly poor, staff barely speaks english. You have to rent the towel (it is not warned), the room have lots of humidity and hot water is scarce. The room has no windows (also not warned) and the bed is unbelievably uncomfortable. The only plus side is location.  , Argentina ()
2   Broken toilet/cockroaches The toilet wouldn't flush, asked the reception to have it checked/fixed two times in two days. I was told someone will come by. Surprisingly no one came! Plenty of little cockroaches running around in the room, so sleeping at night was hard, even for someone who has stayed in some really really bad places. Location is very good; the single room (2nd floor) is relatively larger than others in HK; wifi was good; tv was fine. I wouldn't recommend this place.  , British ()
1   Worst hostel ever Horrible!!! This is the worst hostel I've ever seen. Staff was really not friendly when we arrived. We paid for a twin room but got a 4 bed room which was extremely dirty (including the beds). The bathroom was a complete disaster (I would have rather showered in the rain outside). Everything was so dirty and the smell was horrible. The drain was full of mold and hair. So we switched to a hotel after 1 horrible night. 2 Great things: Location and Wifi. I guess if you don't mind a really dirty room + dirty bathroom and just need a cheap place and a good location, this is the place to go. But if you care a little bit about your accommodation go somewhere else.  , Germany ()

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