You can stay fabulously on Hong Kong Island without breaking the bank! Budget travelers flock to Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon on the mainland for cheap sleeps, but its possible to stay on the island without shelling out too much, especially if you’re traveling with someone or in a small group.
Hidden away amidst the high-rise offices and shopping centers is Mini Hotel Causeway Bay, a small and affordable boutique hotel that doesn’t scrimp on style. It’s perfect for those who love shopping and eating out, as the hotel boasts of a prime location – right at the heart of a pulsating shopping district, surrounded by shopping centers like Time Square, Lee Gardens and Hysan Place. There’s an Apple concept store and IKEA warehouse not far away, too. Moreover, iconic tourist attractions like Hong Kong Park, Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Gardens and The Peak Tram are just a couple of stations away.
Mini Hotel Causeway Bay offers very compact rooms in minimalist design. Space comes at the premium in Hong Kong, so roominess isn’t the hotel’s strong suit. But they sure make up for it by cleverly maximizing the limited floor space. A tight sleeping quarter that can fit up to four people, the MiniQ bunk-bed room I stayed was equipped like a standard hotel. It had a hairdryer, towels, LCD TV, high-speed wifi and a room safe.
If you book through the Mini Hotel website, rooms also come with complimentary pocket wifi that you may take with you while exploring the city. Note that there’s a refundable deposit of HKD 650 though.
The hotel may have small rooms but their spacious basement reception area and salon sure makes a statement with an eclectic blend of vintage, chinoiserie, pop art and old Hollywood. There are several couches, sofas and chairs to sit and relax on, so its definitely more comfortable to hang out here when your room starts feeling too cramp.
Mini Hotel Causeway Bay definitely has a lot going for it, but one important aspect that it should improve on, however, is customer service. I was put off by the aloof demeanor of the receptionists as they never seemed friendly or helpful during our entire stay. Being the front liners of the hotel, they should welcome guests warmly with a smile and an inviting attitude. The cleaning ladies I encountered along the hallways were far more friendly and courteous!
Rooms unfortunately don’t come with any complimentary breakfast. The hotel has no cafe or restaurant, but is surrounded by numerous dining options. There’s a vending machine at the reception area for snacks and drinks. I consulted my Foursquare app for cheap eats nearby like Wing’s Catering along Caroline Hill Rd, where you can get grilled chicken bowl for less than HKD 50.
The tariff rates at Mini Hotel Causeway Bay change depending on the season, but one may avail rooms as low as HKD 450 (PHP 2,700) for the MiniQ bunk-bed room for four persons. Find discounted room rates here!
How to Get There
Mini Hotel Causeway Bay is a 10-minute walk from Causeway Bay MTR subway station (Exit F1).
From Hong Kong International Airport, one can get to Causeway Bay on the A11 airport bus (HKD 40, one hour), or the Airport Express hi-speed train (HKD 100, 25 minutes) to Hong Kong Station, then the free shuttle bus to Causeway Way (Alight at Regal Hong Kong Hotel and walk to Mini Hotel Causeway Bay).
This blog post was made possible through a blogger tour in Hong Kong organized by Eton Properties Ltd. from August 29 to September 1, 2016.