Service: Pretty terrible. One guy we asked for help getting into our room was a total jerk.
Value: It's much cheaper than a hotel, but for the price of a triple or even a single room I would have rather stayed at an actual hotel or at the least a different hostel.
Sleep Quality: In the triple room two of us had to share a very small bed, so needlessly to say the sleep quality was pretty bad as well.
Cleanliness: The entire Chunking mansion is covered in dirt and grim. Our room wasn't much better and neither was the bathroom/shower. The only plus, they gave us fresh towels everyday.
Location: The mansion is located in TST which is a pretty popular area. Easy to get around from the subway or by bus. It's also within walking distance to the ferry which was my favorite way to get to HK Island.
Rooms: The single room was very cramped but much cozier and cleaner. The triple was a little less cramped but still crapy.
I knew what I was signing up for when I went for price versus quality, but even so the Budget Hostel was an adventure. My first reaction as me and my friends walked into the Chunking Mansion was pure astonishment and surrealism. We didn't even make it up the front steps before we were offered tailored suits by a dozen people outside on the stoop. When we refused and continued on, they moved to selling cheap rooms at the numerous different hostels. And finally they ended their selling pitch by offering multiple types of drugs.
It was packed with small shops and reminded me of a bazaar. There are different blocks to the mansion so we had to struggle through to the D block elevators. The elevators in this building are very small and can only accommodate 7 to 8 people. There are about a dozen or two different hostels on the upper floors of the mansion so there was a very long line to use the elevators.
We had to wait about 20 minuets to use the elevator and make it to the hostel. After we checked in and paid for the reservation we were showed to our rooms. One person booked separately and booked a single room. This room was on the same floor as the main office. It looked fairly decent since they just remodeled the hallways. The room was really small but expectable. There was an entry space and the rest of the room was the bed. There was also a tiny bathroom which was very difficult to use comfortably.
The staff member took the rest of us down to the 7th floor through the stairway to enter our room. If you ever stay at the Chunking Mansion, it is much faster to use the stairways even if they are many stories high, however they are completely dirty and in many spots it looked like blood was splattered on the walls and floors. We half jokingly wondered if someone was murdered there.
We booked a triple room which we should have known was gonna be a tight fit. The sign above the hallway to our room had the name of a different hostel, so I assume that many of the hostels in the mansion are actually owned by the same family or owner. As soon as we entered the hallway we could tell that our room was going to be much rougher than the single. Essentially our room had a single bed to the left and a small double to the right. There was a small fridge and a busted TV that didn't work. The bathroom was bigger than the single room's bathroom, but the door (which was a set of sliding doors) was broken so we had difficulty closing it. Overall the room was pretty crapy. It didn't feel very clean (especially the bathroom/shower).
We stayed in HK for about a week so sleeping and getting comfortable at the hostel was damn near impossible. On the bright side it forced us to spend as much time out in the city as possible. We had some troubles getting into our room once and the one staff member who was there was a total dick and was rude the whole time. After that incident we refused to encounter anymore staff members.
Overall, I would only recommend this hostel for someone who was desperate for a place to stay for a day or two only. Any longer and you're better off at a different hostel (I hear the YMCA has a decent hostel). Even though it has the bare basic amenities to get by, it's far from comfortable or desirable.
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