Staying in Hong Kong in an apartment vacation rental is a great option specially for families, or if travelling with a group of friends.
Apartments have much to offer... it is quite convenient having a little extra space, a kitchen for quick meals or snacks... or a living room, den, your own small space to hang out together... and overall a more "localized" experience...
Although many properties require a minimum stay of 3-4 days, many do not and can be rented for only one night.
Renting an apartment involves a little more work but is definitely worth it. Sometimes but not always, the savings can be substantial when travelling with a group and is definitely a lot more fun.
Luckily, there has been a surge of interest in the apartment/home rental market with apps and specialised rental agencies that make the whole process much safer and easier for both the apartment owner and the visitor. But of course, unlike a well-established hotel or resort with an expected level of service and standard, the process of booking and staying in an apartment might be a little more involved.
It will most likely require communicating with the owner or property manager directly, make arrangements for picking up keys on arrival, etc. and there is always the risk that the property is not as advertised or as it "looks in the pictures".
Since each property is different, be sure to pay attention to the descriptions and previous customer reviews for each property, they are a good indication of what you're getting and how the entire experience worked out. The range of ammenities varies greatly among properties, so know what to expect to avoid dissapointment. Just as important when reading the reviews is to make sure the reviews are recent.
We have used the following companies when booking rentals, not only in Hong Kong but wherever our travels take us. We normally check them all as they all will have different properties on offer, although many will overlap.
These are apartments listed by management companies rather than individual owners and are serviced in a similar way as hotels, i.e. fresh towels and linens and daily housekeeping, front desk, etc. One of the easiest ways to search for serviced apartments is with Booking.com where you get an instant confirmation for your desired dates. Use the search feature and click on the Apartments box for the "Property Type":
Below is a selection of top picks for serviced apartments in Hong Kong in superb locations with great neighborhoods and convenient transportation options. Try to book as early as possible so you have more options to choose from and be sure to look specifically for any available properties on the dates of your visit:
No. 3-5, Wan Chai Gap Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
89 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
99 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
2 Macdonnell Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
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