If you don’t mind trading 20 extra minutes on the MTR for an excellent budget option, you’ll be rewarded with spacious and modern hotel-style rooms high above a flashy community youth center in Chai Wan (not Wan Chai!). Popular with students on semesters abroad, the vibe here is more Erasmus than backpacker hostel – so no bar crawls or beer pong.
The beaches and bazaar of Stanley are only 15 minutes away by bus from the 16X bus stop opposite the MTR station. To reach the hostel from metro exit A, go straight through the shopping centre outside to the footbridge, and follow it around to the right to Youth Sq. Reception is on the 12th floor.