Backpacking in Hong Kong is an amazing, once in a lifetime experience. Many backpackers overlook the city as they think it is too expensive but with the right planning and knowledge, backpacking here can become both financially viable and supremely enjoyable.

There’s a lot more to Hong Kong than meets the eye. Besides seeing the towering skyscrapers that dominate its skyline, you can even do some hiking or camp on the deserted beaches and islands. Backpackers and other explorers will find that their exploration can reveal many of the hidden gems that Hong Kong has to offer.

One of the main deterrents to backpacking in Hong Kong is the price of lodging.

However, there are several excellent hostels in the city which help you overcome this hurdle by providing reasonable pricing and excellent quality of stay.

In this article, we are going to make your Hong Kong backpacking dreams come closer to reality by telling you about the 6 best hostels for backpackers in Hong Kong.

Let’s get straight into it:

Campus Hong Kong

 Booking.com (*8.2) Map Starts at ($41 ) for bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

Campus Hong Kong is a tranquil and soothing hostel. It is located close to the sea in Tsuen Wan. The stylish single-sex dorms available are comfy, hygienic and accommodate four people.

This great place to stay has writing desks, dining tables, and refrigerators so it’s hard to remember that you are in a hostel and not a spacious studio apartment.

There is a restaurant on campus and a big common room equipped with TV and comfortable chairs

What’s more, you can work out in the gym and cool off in the swimming pool, all free of cost.

Check Inn HK (Best Hostel For Digital Nomads)

HostelWorld (*8.7) Booking.com (*7.8) Map Starts at ($22) for 10 bed-private

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

This family run jewel is located in Hong Kong island near Wan Chai subway station.

The location is especially good because there are several shopping centers, Central Plaza and even temples such as the Pak Tai temple and Hung Shing Temple nearby which you can explore at ease.

If you need a Chinese visa, this hostel is ideal as it is just 5 mins away from the main office.

What sets Check Inn HK apart from the crowd is that it has a deeply personal touch because it’s owners really care about the functioning of the hostel.

Along with this, the staff are excellent, friendly, informative and always ready to tell you anything you would like to know about China or Hong Kong.

The Hostel is run by brother-sister duo  Wincent and Tracy.

While Wincent is an energetic and enthusiastic activity manager who arranges several things you can do such as water sports, horse racing, and hiking, Tracy always looks after the guests’ needs and sees to it that they are comfortable, safe and are having a happy stay at the hostel.

The hostel provides several free services like computers, hair dryers, irons, WiFi, adapters and has amenities like a coin operated laundry. Some other personal touches are musical instruments such as a piano and guitars.

Finally, the rooms are clean, cozy and comfortable and the rates are very affordable.

Yesinn @Causeway bay

HostelWorld (*8.2) Booking.com (*8.0) Map Starts at ($13) for 21 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

Yesinn @Causeway bay is a relatively new hostel which was started in 2012 but this doesn’t mean that it is any lesser than the others. In fact, Yesinn stands its ground and provides stiff competition to the best of its rivals.

In location, it is perfect as it is located in central Hong Kong and is just a short walk away from the bus stand where the bus to the airport leaves from.

The hostel comes packed with extras such as a free massage chair, free tea, coffee, WiFi and iPad use.

There are also curtains for privacy and personal reading lights.

The rooms of this hostel including the bathrooms are clean, cozy and comfortable.

With regards to the staff, you can say that they are brilliant, super friendly and helpful. The property also comes with two roof terraces and a roof top garden from which you can gaze at the Hong Kong skyline.

It often happens that beds in Hong Kong are not big enough for tall people especially from Europe and USA but this hostel has no such problems as it comes with large, comfortable beds.

If you want to cook your own food after exploring the markets for ingredients, the hostel provides you with a kitchen, all kinds of utensils and a refrigerator.

The hostel doesn’t lag behind in security either and has a 24-hour front desk, key cards and private lockers.

If you forget your basic amenities, there is no need to worry as the hostel will provide you with slippers, toothbrush and paste for a nominal price.

A downside to this hostel is that towels are not provided free of cost.

One thing to keep in mind is that this hostel caters exclusively to foreign passport holders and those who are above 10 years of age.

The Mahjong

HostelWorld (*9.0) Booking.com (*8.7) Map Starts at ($26) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

Dorms in The Mahjong start from $27.11.

This hostel is famous for being happening, welcoming and clean.

The bedrooms have ample space and are cozy and comfortable.

You will see that everything you need is just around the corner.

The Mahjong has a hip decor which makes the place look cool.

Locker facilities are available so that you can keep your valuables safe but the truly valuable things will be the amazing memories of backpacking in Hong Kong that you will always be able to carry with you.

The best thing about the Mahjong is its amazing secluded and quiet location which is well connected to the bustling center of the city.

All these things make The Mahjong one of the best hostels in Hong Kong.

Wang Fat Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.3) Map Starts at ($16) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

The Wang Fat hostel is fabulous and lives up to its reputation of having a trained world-class staff which delivers “360-degree customer service 24/7” (TM).

Made by backpackers for backpackers, this hostel understands the needs of its clients thoroughly and knows what experienced travelers need.

This hostel pays very close attention to the desires of its guests and acts on feedback promptly unlike several other establishments.

If you want to go shopping, this hostel is for you because it is located in Causeway Bay, the premier shopping district in Downtown Hong Kong island.

Several departmental stores such as Mitsukoshi, Sogo, Seibu and Fashion island are located close by.

There are also several 24-hour bars, restaurants and supermarkets nearby.

Your transportation needs will be met easily as you can just take a bus to where you want to go or take the MTR subway.

This hostel is trendy, artistic and popular with young backpackers.

YHA Mei Ho House

HostelWorld (*7.9) Booking.com (*8.5) Map Starts at ($44) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

Nice food, an amazing location and great reviews make the YHA Mei Ho House the overall best hostel in Hong Kong.

This hostel has an endearing laid back feeling to it which enhances its charms.

Along with this, it has amazing facilities and is in the vibrant neighborhood of Sham Shui Po.

Breakfast is complementary and there is also an onsite cafe from where you can grab a bite if you are feeling hungry.

You even get to use basic cooking facilities so you’ll have absolutely no problems with food in this hostel.

If you feel like bonding with your fellow travelers, the hostel includes a social area facility with games that you can play together.

Elevator facilities, housekeeping, card key access, laundry facilities, cable television and even hairdryers are some of the many perks found in this value for money hostel.

Comfort Hostel, HK

HostelWorld (*7.9) Booking.com (*7.6) Map Starts at ($19) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

The Comfort Hostel HK is reputed to have a super friendly and cozy vibe. The rooms are comfortable and clean and the location is very central and within walking distance of MTR station in Causeway Bay, a Welcome SuperMarket, Victoria Park and bus stops.

Every room is air-conditioned with attached private bathrooms and several amenities such as free WiFi are provided. The beds are wide and comfortable.

There is a 24-hour front desk and your room comes with luggage storage facilities.

A shared kitchen and lounge is also at your beckon.

Comfort hotel HK allows you to avail discounts on Big bus tours, local tours and even hikes.

The property is of prime value and has a rooftop where you can sit, order a beer,  relax and unwind by watching Hong Kong drift by after an amazing day full of exploration.

An added benefit is a massage chair where you can treat yourself to a long and relaxing rest.

Ah Shan Hostel, Hong Kong

HostelWorld (*7.5) Booking.com (*7.4) Map Starts at ($15) for 4 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

The Ah Shan Hostel deserves an honorable mention on our list for its various amenities and great location at the center of Kowloon, Mong Kok. This makes it just 2 minutes away from the MTR station by foot.

Ladies market, Temple Street Market and Jade Market along with several boutiques are quite nearby.

The hostel has several amenities like-

  • Free WiFi
  • Free toiletries which give it an edge over Yessin Hostel
  • Microwave and refrigerator facilities
  • Discounts for those staying longer
  • Same day luggage storage
  • Hair dryer with a refundable deposit

Those who like amusement parks will love this hostel as it has special prices for Disney Land and Ocean Park.

The peak and Nong Ping 360 tickets are also available.

While these were some of the best Hostels in Hong Kong, there are several other alternatives which deserve a mention and we are including them below-

Day and Night Hostel

HostelWorld (*5.9) Booking.com (*5.9) Map Starts at ($14) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

We know that not all backpackers have big budgets.

For those of you traveling on a tight budget, the Day and Night Hostel located in Chungking Mansion is the absolute best deal you are likely to get.

You have a choice of availing yourself to private en-suite rooms for one, two, three, four, five or even six person dorms.

This backpackers dream has been recently renovated and is hygienic, clean and ultra modern.

Guests have lockers and the reception is on call both during the day and the night.

You will also find a mini-market in the mansion along with high-speed free WiFi.

For those who might have some work to do, printing and faxing facilities are also available.

This bang for the buck hotel also offers currency exchange facilities.

Traveller’s Pack Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.6) Booking.com (*8.4) Map Starts at ($27) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

The Traveller’s Pack Hostel Hong Kong has the unique distinction of being a hostel made by backpackers, for backpackers.

This means that it has every facility a backpacker might need in a hostel.

The staff is informative, friendly, helpful and ready to give you tips and tricks which will let you make the best out of your Hong Kong journey.

The hostel also regularly organizes events for its guests.

You can go hiking early in the morning and then come back to rest in the comfortable common room or terrace.

The hostel leaves nothing to be desired.

Coffee, tea, WiFi and maps are complementary.

Facilities which will make your stay more comfortable include-

  • An elevator
  • Laundry services
  • Luggage storage facilities
  • Onsite café
  • Basic cooking equipment

Rainbow Lodge Hong Kong @ HP

HostelWorld (*8.2) Booking.com (*8.2) Map Starts at ($20) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

Rainbow Lodge Hong Kong @ HP is centrally located in the middle of Tsim Sha Tsui right opposite to Chungking Mansions.

It has a superb, accommodating and friendly staff.

Its atmosphere is sociable and the hotel just gives off good vibes.

The hostel even regularly arranges events to help its clients meet new people, explore and get a good feel of the city.

You can mix with other backpackers in the lounge which comes equipped with WiFi and TV.

You’ll even find that you can kill time by playing on the Wii, foosball and other assorted board games.

Some of the other amenities in this hostel are a tour desk, storage space for luggage, laundry service and even cooking equipment.

There is also free tea and coffee you can have while reading stories with your fellow travelers.

The hotel respects your privacy and each and every bed comes with its own reading light and curtains so that you can have a degree of privacy even if you’re sharing a room with other people.

This hostel has been consistently ranked very high in ratings and reviews and so we say that it is the Best Hostel in Hong Kong.

Guangdong Guest House

HostelWorld (*4.9) Booking.com (*7.3) Map Starts at ($92) for 4 bed-family room

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

For those, backpacking on a budget, the Guangdong Guest House is a place which is definitely worth considering.

The hostel is quite near the avenue of Hong Kong’s stars and close to a metro station so you will have no traveling issues if you choose this option.

The owner of the establishment, Simon will make you feel as if you really are an esteemed guest in his home.

The rooms in Guangdong Guest House are well ventilated and clean.

They are well worth the price making this one of the best backpacker friendly hostels in Hong Kong.

Whether you come to Hong Kong from a hotel in Mumbai or somewhere in the United States, this city is a must visit for all globe trotting backpackers.

This was our list of the best hostels in Hong Kong for backpackers.

We hope you enjoyed reading and we wish you a fun and memorable journey ahead.


Author’s Bio: Lysha works at Lalco Residency- Hotels In Mumbai Suburbs and she loves her job. Helping clients and monitoring the progress of business strategies along with her leadership skills make her perfect suit for Hospitality services. You can catch-up with Lysha at Lalco Residency in Mumbai.