Hotels in Hong Kong are notoriously expensive. The only real alternative to expensive hotels is short time rentals. They don’t come with room service, nor someone will come to make your bed every day, but you will get a completely furnished room equipped with a bunch of amenities for a great price. Most of which are available for at least three-day rent and will save you even more money if you stay longer.
Where to start?
If you are an expat, then you start at the airport. Grab a Hong Kong airport taxi and head to a real estate agency. That’s unless you’ve found one and previously arranged to meet them at someplace you are considering to rent. In any case, it’s wise to use a real estate agent when looking to rent a place to stay in Hong Kong, even if it is for a short term.
Real estate agents in Hong Kong work fast, are very efficient; most of them speak English and don’t like to waste time. That way, you don’t have to worry about spending too much time on formality and papers.
All you need to make sure is to hire a trustworthy one that works in a reputable real estate agency and knows the local real estate market quite well.
The alternative to real estate agents
The biggest downside to hiring a real estate agent is their fee. One way to avoid it is if you book your short term rental online. Not all short term rentals can be booked online, but there are plenty that can. That doesn’t mean you won’t need to pay any fee at all, but it will be much lower. Airbnb is the perfect example of an online platform that allows short-term renting and direct contact with the homeowners.
Things to consider before renting a place in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is spread on over 426 sq. miles of space and filled with over 7 million people. Even more, if you count the huge number of people that come and leave the city. It is one of the most vibrant cities in that part of the world. The rent can vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, as well as the quality of the rental space. Here is what matters most when selecting a place to rent, even if it is for just a few days:
- Proximity to public transport. Some new communities are in the process of constructions, at least parts of them, and that are not well connected to the city. Make sure that you are located in a community where public transport is available.
- Downtown Hong Kong is super-expensive, and unless you got deep pockets, you should avoid it at all cost.
- Check at least a few places before choosing.
- Make sure that the place you consider has at least the basic modern amenities.
- If you go through a real estate agency, make sure that their reputation is solid.