There are many options when you’re looking to find a short stay apartment in Hong Kong. In fact, there are so many, it can become a challenge to work out the best place to get the best deal.
Every internet search brings up a plethora of options – surely searching online was meant to make things easier, not more difficult!
But never fear, because with a little bit of inside knowledge, it really is possible to easily find good quality apartments in the city – and not have to spend hour upon hour doing so.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the easiest and most convenient ways to find short stay apartments in Hong Kong.
Refine Your Needs
Before you even begin your search for a short stay apartment in Hong Kong, it’s necessary to understand exactly what you need.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- How long do I want the apartment?
- How many people are going to be staying there?
- Do I want to be right in the city centre, or perhaps on the outskirts?
- Am I looking for the ultimate in luxury, or a value for money option?
- Do I want a serviced apartment, or a regular self catering one?
- Do I need it to be pet friendly?
As you can see, the more answers you can get clear in your mind from the outset, the easier it is going to be to carry out your search.
Search Engines & Comparison Websites
We don’t mean Google, Yahoo, or similar, because searching in this way brings up way too many results (Google returned 995,000 results for the search ”short stay apartments Hong Kong”).
Instead, there are search tools that trawl through all the various booking companies (booking.com, hotels.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline, etc.) so you don’t have to go through them individually. Such websites include:
With such websites, you can search multiple other sites and see the lowest price offered for various accommodations.
To get the best use out of such websites, you need to first key in the dates you wish to stay, along with how many people.
For a search such as the one for short stay apartments in Hong Kong, you need to apply additional filters. You use these to specify that you want a vacation home/apartment, whether you want a serviced apartment, whether you need the property owner to accept pets, and anything else you require (such as wheelchair accessibility, air conditioning, cable TV, etc.).
Now, such websites are good to use for their speed and convenience, but they don’t show you properties that are owned by individuals – in other words, private rentals. For such properties, it’s necessary to search in a different manner.
We’ve all become quite used to using the internet in our 21st century technological world. Thanks to this, it’s now possible to easily find privately rented short stay apartments.
Probably the biggest success stories of recent years for a website offering such properties is Airbnb. This great site allows private property owners to advertise directly to the general public. The site is well established, with various guarantees regarding bookings and payment methods.
In addition, people can leave reviews about their experience of staying in a particular property – a good way of reassuring yourself that the property is, in fact, what the advert promises.
When searching for properties in Hong Kong, you can once again apply many filters – including the area in the city you’re looking, whether you need a place with Wi-Fi (and, let’s be honest, who doesn’t?), the number of bathrooms you need, whether you’d like there to be a pool on site… etc.
Once registered with the website, you can choose the currency in which you’d like to pay. When you find a property you like, you can contact the owner with any questions, and then if you’d like to book (availability is instantly on screen for you to see), put in a request.
The owner then is able to accept your booking. There are some properties that are available for instant booking on the site as well – you can apply a further filter to only be shown such places.
There are further choices available that put you in contact with private property owners. One such is Holiday Lettings – a website run in conjunction with Trip Advisor. In fact, you can go to either website to begin your search to get the same results.
Flip Key is another such website, and again features Trip Advisor reviews. One thing we particularly like about this site is the ease with which you can also search for properties in close by areas.
This makes it a good site to check out for those wanting to live outside the city.
These apartments are ideal for someone who needs the convenience of a hotel with the privacy of an apartment.
They usually include amenities such as a serviced front desk, full housekeeping, parking if needed, as well as all the furnishings and utensils you’d expect in a home away from home.
In general, such apartments usually work out cheaper than staying in a hotel.
Such apartments are popular with business people, thanks to the convenience they offer. Because of this, they can be found all over the city. In particular, there are a lot of serviced apartments offered in or within easy access of the financial district, simply known as the “Central District.”
However you find your short stay apartment in Hong Kong, always exercise a sensible degree of caution when handing over payment or bank card details.
If booking online, always ensure that the website address begins with https – the “s” signifies that it’s a secure site. Check the terms and conditions carefully, ensuring that these you’re fully covered in the unhappy situation that something turns out not quite as envisioned.
Happy searching – there’s some amazing apartments to choose from, ranging from the budget to those with high flying, sky scraping views of the city.