A great option for shorter stays or during those arduous first weeks of house hunting in Hong Kong, renting a serviced apartment will give you one less thing to stress about.
Equipped with all the comforts of home as well as the flexibility and convenience of a hotel, staying at a serviced apartment can help you ease into your new surroundings and keep you comfortable while you look for something more permanent.
At the very least, serviced apartments in Hong Kong come with furniture, utilities, security and a regular cleaning service. But as is the case anywhere, luxury is available to those willing to pay for it.
At the higher end of the market, you will find serviced apartments offering a selection of premium amenities, from 24-hour multilingual concierge services to in-house spa and pool facilities.
Serviced apartments are available in many sizes, from small studios to units with multiple bedrooms. Rental price is determined by unit size, location, time of year and length of stay. Like hotels, choices narrow during peak periods, so book early. Lengths of stay are quite flexible, and lease extensions are seldom a problem.
Another option that is gaining popularity recently is co-living spaces — think upgraded dormitories for the hotdesk generation. Emphasizing convenience, community and flexibility, co-living spaces are trendy in expensive cities with housing shortages. In Hong Kong, they tend to be concentrated in densely populated, up-and-coming Kowloon neighborhoods. Your room may be the size of a shoebox, and you will have to share kitchen facilities and possibly a bathroom with strangers, but the benefits include attractive common areas, flexible rental agreements and a built-in social life. Co-living spaces in Hong Kong include Weave Living and Dash Living.
If you still prefer the convenience of a full-service hotel with dining facilities, there are several in the city offering “extended stay” packages at every price point.
On the other hand, if you still prefer the convenience of a full-service hotel with dining facilities, there are several in the city offering “extended stay” packages at every price point.
There are serviced apartments in all major districts of Hong Kong. Before deciding where to stay, there are several factors to consider, including:
- Distance to your workplace
- Proximity to public transport
- Neighborhood conveniences like grocery stores and cash withdrawal facilities
- The general environment you want to live in
Families looking for more space and a quieter environment may need to look farther afield to avoid breaking the bank.
Apartments in business districts like Central and Admiralty are generally geared towards singles and working professionals, who are drawn to the convenience and proximity to numerous shops, bars and restaurants. Rentals in these districts generally cost more as well. Families looking for more space and a quieter environment may need to look farther afield, like on Lantau Island and the New Territories, to avoid breaking the bank.
Finding a Serviced Apartment
To help you get started, we have listed some popular options in each major district of Hong Kong. You can also do a filtered search for serviced apartments on property listings websites like Spacious or Squarefoot. Or try one of these serviced apartment chains with locations around the city:
- Apartment. We – Fully furnished and serviced apartments in Causeway Bay, Sheung Wan, Sai Ying Pun, HKU and Central
- Chi Residences – Luxury studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, duplexes and penthouses in Kowloon (Yau Ma Tei and Jordan) and on the Island (Sai Ying Pun and Wan Chai), including pet-friendly apartments and baby-proofed apartments
- Good HK Serviced Apartments – Modest yet tastefully designed apartments in 30 locations across the bustling neighborhoods of Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan, Central and Causeway Bay
- Homey Serviced Apartment – A budget option with locations concentrated in the eastern part of Hong Kong Island (Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Tin Hau and Sai Wan Ho)
- Oootopia – Up-and-coming locations like To Kwa Wan (near the newly redeveloped Kai Tak area), Tai Kok Tsui and Kennedy Town, plus thoughtfully designed common areas, and community-building events like cooking classes and group hikes
- Shama – International award-winning chain of serviced apartments with functional, stylish and conveniently located units in Central, Mid-Levels, Sheung Wan, Fortress Hill and Tsim Sha Tsui
- V Serviced Apartments – Luxury, design-driven serviced apartments in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Happy Valley and Jordan, each site with its own character
Good to Know
- Most serviced apartments in the city require a minimum stay of one month, although this will vary between operators.
- Very few serviced apartments allow pets, so make sure to ask beforehand. Pet-friendly serviced apartments include:
- Apartment O (Happy Valley and Causeway Bay)
- Chi Residences (Jordan, Yau Ma Tei, Sai Ying Pun)
- Hong Kong Parkview (Tai Tam)
- The Nate (Tsim Sha Tsui)
- T-Residence (Kennedy Town)
- The Ventris (Happy Valley)
- Some serviced apartments offer residents’ privileges such as discounts at local retailers and selected restaurants. You may not be told unless you remember to ask!
- All major luxury hotels in Hong Kong offer babysitting services.