One thing that most people do know about traveling to Hong Kong is that accommodation rarely ever follows the whole ‘value for money’ concept, so it’s fair to say that I had a skewered idea when it came to choosing where to stay for my one week of adventure. I can tell you now, I made the best decision to stay at the very lovely Hop Inn. It has to be one of the only hostels that does offer accommodation for those on a budget whilst still maintaining a high quality of bedding and furniture, excellent customer service and rooms so spacious that you won’t be left feeling like Harry Potter in the cupboard under the stairs.
As I am extremely indecisive, I made the smart move to stay at both Hop Inn on Mody and Hop Inn on Carnarvon to really get the best of both worlds. Both are incredibly well located in Kowloon with just a few minutes’ walk to Tsim Sha Tsui station where it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away (3 stops on the MTR to be precise) to Mong Kok which is the place to be for all the crazy action. The Star Ferry is also only a 10-minute walk away which will take you over to Hong Kong Island for a look at more of the glitz and glamour.Why stare endlessly at a flimsy map when you’ve got this incredible wall-sized map in the communal room.
From the lovely, bright-eyed staff to the art filled decor, Hop Inn is guaranteed to make you feel warm at home, a quality that is so hard to find when travelling, especially in Asia. One of my favourite aspects of the accommodation was how they utilised the space to make it feel like an open sanctuary. The common rooms are filled with funky travel mementos gathered from around the world as well as greenery and sweet little touches like free water and tea making facilities to make those early mornings more manageable. Each room is unique to the next, with local artists showing off their talents on the four walls of the bedroom. This built excitement for me in the lead up to my stay as I couldn’t wait to see what art I would get to stare at for those late nights in bed (it’s a lot better then counting how many times the fan will spin in 10 seconds).
Not only is Hop inn, one of my favourite hostels that I have ever stayed in, it was also one of the cleanest! I honestly don’t even think I could classify it as a hostel, it’s just so damn superior to all of the others! It really does tick all of the boxes, with affordability on one sector and location on the other.
I am absolutely positive that you will have a sublime stay at Hop Inn and it will make your trip to Hong Kong just that extra bit special.
First impressions DO matter. This is the entrance to Hop Inn on Mody where I spent my first night in Hong Kong staying in their 6 bed dormitory. At last a mirror selfie that I actually didn’t have to worry about someone coming in and having to awkwardly cover up that I wasn’t taking my 12th picture to get the perfect photo. Hop Inn Carnarvon – Single Room. And yes, the blanket was as fluffy as it looks. Trust me, these taps actually do go steaming hot and freezing cold. Carnarvon’s funky communal room will keep your eyes amused for hours on end. The free coffee and tea will also help.
To book your stay with Hop Inn, jump on over to their website http://www.hopinn.hk/index_en.php and be sure to mention this post!
All the love in the world,