Thank You Hong Kong!
This is part of a 5 part series on my Birthday trip to HK. Stay tuned to this space!
Besides thinking “why do HK men look like potential magazine cover models” & wiping off my lustful gaze, that was my sentiments everyday for my 6 day stay in Hong Kong. Also a Thank You to my pretty girlfriends! You babes proved that language wasn’t a barrier. Everyone had been extremely friendly & even gone out of their ways for the three of us. Thanks to their good looks, the people of Hong Kong walked us to our hotspots & even used their GPSs to guide us etc! Very un-Singaporean-like. Or perhaps that’s just me asking for directions in Singapore, alone.
The first thing after booking our flights via Jetstar was of course, finding accommodation! I’ve to say it was really interesting to source for budget accommodation. This being my first, I googled & read almost all the reviews on the hostels that fit our bill & may I add, they can get addictive- the desire to dig out the dirt or discover little treasures. Good information like 24hour security, laundry services, hair drying facility, & even if the hostel has men lurking around kept me going.
Anyhoots, we finally settled on A-Inn Hostel (or also called Dragon Inn Hostel I think) in Mongkok (one of the hottest & m favourite shopping districts). These were what they promised online:
Free WIFI – checked
Free internet access with computers – 2 computers at the reception
Free towel – NA
Free shampoo, bath foam – checked
Linen included – checked
Hot/cold shower – checked
Hair dryer – NA
Luggage storage – placed within reception area after check out
Telephone/fax – checked
Air conditioning – checked
Breakfast not included
Travel info – checked
Total pocket damage
SGD125/5 nights for 1 person =
SGD25/night for 1 person
Are you a Budget or Lux Traveler?
You must be curious! Let me show you our humble stay.
This is the entrance of the building- Sincere House (1 minute away from Mongkok MTR & around many malls). Right pass this entrance sits a security guard.
The lift, which also has CCTV!
Take a lift up to 14th floor & here’s the door we’ve to get pass to the reception.
That’s me checking in at the reception. No, the lady’s not pissed. She’s super friendly! So no worries.
The 2 computers we can have free internet access to. Everyone’s limited to 15minutes if there’s someone else waiting after you.
The corridors of the building are old as you can see but as long as our rooms are decent, I’m not particular.
Then we took another lift down to the 10th floor for our room! See this door? We’ve a key to it.
Once open, there are about 5 other rooms inside.
I should’ve taken a shot of our clean room but we couldn’t wait to put our bags down so this is a shot of how we left it. BTW, they didn’t clean it for the 5 nights we stayed, which was fine with us since we didn’t want any stranger to be in our room anyway.
The toilet that’s in our room, which we took turns to use. Decent enough right?
The gels we’re provided with.
I really really like this place. What’s not to love when I’m staying just 1 minute walk to my favourite shopping mall? I’m glad we stayed at A-inn Hostel, it’s safe, friendly, clean, quiet, super ultra convenient- we’ve food stalls, shopping malls, 7 11 stores, bubble tea stalls, tons of other small boutiques & even the MTR at our doorstep.
It’s not a big, decorative hotel room with room service but as long as I get a peaceful night’s rest & enough space for my luggages, I’m satisified. Yes I really am low maintenance. & did I even mention? I woke up to zero pain in my neck & back (which I usually do every morning at home) thanks to their pillow!
To anyone who’s considering budget accommodation in Hongkong, I highly recommend A-inn hostel!