Where to stay in Bangkok: On8 Sukhumvit

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The first time I went to Bangkok, way back 2005, my family and I stayed at First House Hotel. We stayed in adjoining twin rooms so we had more than enough space, and we loved their buffet breakfast. First House was also just across the road from Pantip Plaza — we didn’t buy any electronics, but we did eat at their food court, and one time the dish I ordered was so spicy, I downed my entire glass of Coke after just one bite. My proudest moment of that vacation was when, on our way back to the hotel after a day of sightseeing, the taxi driver had difficulty ascertaining where, exactly, First House Hotel was, and I confidently said, “Petchaburi, soi sip-gao.” #IKnowThai 😀

My second visit to Bangkok was in 2008; I was with a friend and we thought we’d try a hostel in Khaosan Road, for the experience. The Marco Polo — that was where we stayed. The name sounded reputable enough but, well, we wanted an experience and we got it. Our room was directly above a nightclub and the wooden walls shook all night (like, literally) from the noise. The walls were graffitied with stuff like “Free Tibet” (really made a difference to the well-being of Tibet, I’m sure), the sheets didn’t feel too clean (inadequate lighting made proper investigation impossible), and we woke up the next morning quite itchy (rendering proper investigation unnecessary). Thank God we were only booked there for one night.

Third time’s the charm

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My third and latest visit was in 2012, again with my family. This time we stayed at On8 Sukhumvit, a boutique hotel that we chose primarily for its proximity to a BTS (Skytrain) station, and we were quite happy with it. Their rooms were nice, if a bit small, and had proper amenities.
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The 32 Best Tokyo Hotels Under P8,000/Night (Cherry Blossom Season) – Part 2

This is the second (and final) part of The 32 Best Tokyo Hotels Under P8,000/Night (Cherry Blossom Season). Please see the first part for the criteria used to make this list. Click on the hotel names to find out more about each hotel.

Hotel Monterey Lasoeur Ginza | Image from Booking.com

Hotel Monterey Lasoeur Ginza | Image from Booking.com


Hotels from P6,000 – P7,000 per night

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Flexstay Inn Iidabashi

  • 162-0814 Tokyo Prefecture, Shinjuku-ku Shinogawamachi 3-26
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 24,473
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 6,118.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.6
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #42 of 76 hotels / ryokan in Shinjuku
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Hotel MyStays Gotanda Station | Image from Booking.com

Hotel MyStays Gotanda Station | Image from Booking.com

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Hotel MyStays Gotanda Station

  • 141-0031 Tokyo Prefecture, Shinagawa-ku Nishigotanda 2-6-8
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 24,620
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 6,155.00
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.7
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 3.5
  • No TripAdvisor ranking

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the b sangenjaya Hotel Tokyo

  • 154-0004 Tokyo Prefecture, Setagaya-ku, Taishido 2-17-9
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 24,705
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 6,176.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? YES
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.7
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 3.5
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #2 of 4 hotels / ryokan in Setagaya

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Ochanomizu St. Hills Hotel

  • 113-0034 Tokyo Prefecture, Bunkyo-ku Yushima 2-1-19
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 25,025
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 6,256.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? YES
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.6
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 3.5
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Bunkyo
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Hotel Wing International Premium Tokyo Yotsuya | Image from Booking.com

Hotel Wing International Premium Tokyo Yotsuya | Image from Booking.com

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Hotel Wing International Premium Tokyo Yotsuya

  • 160-0004 Tokyo Prefecture, Shinjuku-ku Yotsuya 3-14-1
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 26,497
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 6,624.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 8.2
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #38 of 76 hotels / ryokan in Shinjuku
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Hotel Wing International Ikebukuro | Image from Booking.com

Hotel Wing International Ikebukuro | Image from Booking.com

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Hotel Wing International Ikebukuro

  • 170-0013 Tokyo Prefecture, Toshima-ku, Higashiikebukuro 3-10-7
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 26,497
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 6,624.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.0
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #20 of 54 hotels / ryokan in Toshima

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Hotel Monterey Lasoeur Ginza

  • 104-0061 Tokyo Prefecture, Chuo-ku Ginza 1-10-18
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 26,762
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 6,690.50
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.7
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #27 of 82 hotels / ryokan in Chuo

Hotels from P7,000 – P8,000 per night

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Hotel MyStays Asakusa

  • 130-0004 Tokyo Prefecture, Sumida-ku, Honjo 1-21-11
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 28,485
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,121.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.7
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #4 of 13 hotels / ryokan in Sumida
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Hotel MyStays Gotanda | Image from Booking.com

Hotel MyStays Gotanda | Image from Booking.com

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Hotel MyStays Gotanda

  • 141-0022 Tokyo Prefecture, Shinagawa-ku, Higashigotanda 2-5-4
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 28,742
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,185.50
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.3
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 3.5
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #26 of 42 hotels / ryokan in Shinagawa

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Kuretake Inn Premium Hamamatsucho

  • 105-0014 Tokyo Prefecture, Minato-ku Shiba 1-8-18
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 28,853
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,213.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.9
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 3.5
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #68 of 98 hotels / ryokan in Minato

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Hotel Villa Fontaine Kayabacho

  • 104-0033 Tokyo Prefecture, Chuo-ku Shinkawa 1-8-2
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 29,441
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,360.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? YES
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 8.1
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #34 of 82 hotels / ryokan in Chuo
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Hotel MyStays Kamata | Image from Booking.com

Hotel MyStays Kamata | Image from Booking.com

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Hotel MyStays Kamata

  • 144-0052 Tokyo Prefecture, Ota-ku Kamata 5-46-5
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 29,441
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,360.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 8.1
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #4 of 45 hotels / ryokan in Ota

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Hotel Monterey Ginza

  • 104-0061 Tokyo Prefecture, Chuo-ku Ginza 2-10-2
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 29,677
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,419.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.9
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #23 of 82 hotels / ryokan in Chuo
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Hotel MyStays Haneda | Image from Booking.com

Hotel MyStays Haneda | Image from Booking.com

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Hotel MyStays Haneda

  • 144-0043 Tokyo Prefecture, Otaku,Haneda 5-1-13
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 31,730
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,932.50
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 8.8
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4.5
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #1 of 45 hotels / ryokan in Ota

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Hotel MyStays Nippori

  • 116-0014 Tokyo Prefecture, Arakawa-ku, Higashinippori 5-43-7
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 31,797
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,949.25
  • Free cancellation? NO
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.6
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #3 of 7 hotels / ryokan in Arakawa
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the b Roppongi | Image from Booking.com

the b Roppongi | Image from Booking.com

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the b Roppongi

  • 106-0032 Tokyo Prefecture, Minato-ku, Roppongi 3-9-8
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 31,815
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,953.75
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? YES
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.7
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #50 of 98 hotels / ryokan in Minato
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Hotel MyStays Kanda | Image from Booking.com

Hotel MyStays Kanda | Image from Booking.com

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Hotel MyStays Kanda

  • 101-0032 Tokyo Prefecture, Chiyoda-ku Iwamoto-cho 1-2-2
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 31,925
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,981.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.9
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #45 of 65 hotels / ryokan in Chiyoda

I will be going to Tokyo for the first time ever later this year and I’m staying in one of the hotels on this list. I’ll let you know then how it goes. In the meantime, based purely on reviews and prices, my picks for each price range would be:

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The 32 Best Tokyo Hotels Under P8,000/Night (Cherry Blossom Season)

APA Hotel Tokyo Ojima | Image from Booking.com

APA Hotel Tokyo Ojima | Image from Booking.com

Tokyo used to be the most expensive city in the world, and although it has since been toppled from the top spot by Singapore, it still ranks way up there among cities with the highest cost of living. Naturally, Tokyo hotels tend to be expensive as well, even more so during peak tourist season: spring, when people from all over the world come to see the blossoming cherry trees. That said, there are still relatively affordable options for the frugal. Airbnb is a particularly good idea in Tokyo, but for this article, we’ll focus on hotels.

The list below is based on a search in Booking.com for accommodations for 2 people (either double or twin) staying on April 1-5, 2016. Hotels with no available rooms for these travel dates were excluded; prices pertain to those dates and may actually be lower during off season. For quality purposes, only hotels with a Booking.com review score of 7 and above (out of 10) were included; ratings were then cross-referenced with TripAdvisor to make sure none of them scored below 3 (out of 5) in the TripAdvisor ratings. Just click on the hotel names to find out more about each hotel.

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Hotels from P3,000 – P4,000 per night

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Chisun Inn Kamata

  • 144-0052 Tokyo Prefecture, Ota-ku Kamata 4-23-13
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 12,984
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 3,246.00
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.9
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #20 of 45 hotels / ryokan in Ota

 

Flexstay Inn Machida | Image from Booking.com

Flexstay Inn Machida | Image from Booking.com

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Flexstay Inn Machida

  • 194-0013 Tokyo Prefecture, Haramachida 4-15-16
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 14,169
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 3,542.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.6
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #4 of 11 hotels / ryokan in Machida

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Urban Hotel Morishita

  • 135-0004 Tokyo Prefecture, Koto-ku Morishita 3-20-15
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 15,898
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 3,974.50
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.9
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 3
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #30 of 33 hotels / ryokan in Koto

Hotels from P4,000 – P5,000 per night

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APA Hotel Tokyo Shiomi Ekimae

  • 135-0052 Tokyo Prefecture, Koto-ku Shiomi 2-8-6
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 17,900
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 4,475.00
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.5
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #7 of 33 hotels / ryokan in Koto
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Flexstay Inn Higashijujo

Flexstay Inn Higashijujo | Image from Booking.com

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Flexstay Inn Higashijujo

  • 114-0032 Tokyo Prefecture, Kita-ku Nakajujo 2-10-2
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 18,125
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 4,531.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.0
  • Not found in TripAdvisor

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Hotel Horidome Villa

  • 103-0012 Tokyo Prefecture, Chuo-ku Nihonbashi Horidome-cho 1-10-10
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 19,873
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 4,968.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 8.0
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #18 of 82 hotels / ryokan in Chuo
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Sakura Hotel Jimbocho | Image from Booking.com

Sakura Hotel Jimbocho | Image from Booking.com

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Sakura Hotel Jimbocho (Triple Room)

  • 101-0051 Tokyo Prefecture, Chiyoda-ku Kanda-Jinbocho 2-21-4
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 19,902
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 4,975.50
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? YES
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.8
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #30 of 65 hotels / ryokan in Chiyoda

Hotels from P5,000 – P6,000 per night

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APA Hotel Tokyo Ojima

  • 136-0072 Tokyo Prefecture, Koto-ku Ojima 1-5-7
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 20,278
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 5,069.50
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.0
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 3
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #25 of 33 hotels / ryokan in Koto
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Flexstay Inn Shirogane | Image from Booking.com

Flexstay Inn Shirogane | Image from Booking.com

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Flexstay Inn Shirogane

  • 108-0072 Tokyo Prefecture, Minato-ku Shirogane 5-10-15
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 21,198
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 5,299.50
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.8
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 3.5
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #75 of 98 hotels / ryokan in Minato

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Hotel MyStays Shin-Urayasu

  • 279-0014 Tokyo Prefecture, Meikai 2-1-4
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 22,339
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 5,584.75
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 8.0
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #18 of 22 hotels / ryokan in Urayasu

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Flexstay Inn Kiyosumi-shirakawa

  • 135-0006 Tokyo Prefecture, Koto-ku Tokiwa 1-12-16
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 22,375
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 5,593.75
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 8.0
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #9 of 33 hotels / ryokan in Koto
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Hotel Mid In Akabane Ekimae | Image from Booking.com

Hotel Mid In Akabane Ekimae | Image from Booking.com

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Hotel Mid In Akabane Ekimae

  • 115-0045 Tokyo Prefecture, Kita-ku Akabaneminami 1-5-4
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 22,375
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 5,593.75
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.7
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #5 of 13 hotels / ryokan in Kita

 

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The best Hong Kong hotels under P8,000 for families


J Plus Hotel by YOO

Hong Kong is a perennial favorite among families because of its proximity, visa-free entry, and of course: Disneyland. Its status as a tourism hotspot means that Hong Kong has a lot of hotels to choose from, for every type of budget and traveler, but sometimes the overwhelming number of options is actually what makes it hard to choose a good place to stay. Here, we narrow down the best hotels in Hong Kong that only cost less than PHP 8,000/night for a family of 3.

Best hotels from P2,000 – P3,000/night

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Top Pick:
Hong Kong hotels - Micro Hotel
The Short List:

HOTEL   Daily Rate (PHP)   Booking Review Score   TA Rating
Micro Hotel 2,671.33 7.3 4.5
City Econo Guest House 2,986.33 7.2 4
Fortune Hotel 3,046.00 7.4 4

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Best hotels from P4,000 – P6,000/night

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Top Picks:

Hong Kong hotels - Bauhinia Hotel - Tsim Sha Tsui

Hong Kong hotels - City Garden Hotel

The Short List:

HOTEL   Daily Rate (PHP)   Booking Review Score   TA Rating
Homy Inn 4,466.00 7.7 4
Metropark Hotel Kowloon 4,877.67 7.7 4
Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong 4,907.67 7.3 4
The Bauhinia Hotel 5,256.00 7.9 4
City Garden Hotel 5,584.67 7.6 4

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Best hotels from P6,000 – P7,000/night

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Top Picks:

Hong Kong hotels - L'hotel Causeway Bay Harbour View

Hong Kong hotels - Ovolo Aberdeen Harbour

Hong Kong hotels - Butterfly on Victoria Boutique Hotel

The Short List:

HOTEL   Daily Rate (PHP)   Booking Review Score   TA Rating
Rosedale Hotel Kowloon 6,172.00 7.7 4
Butterfly on Victoria Boutique Hotel 6,371.00 8.2 4
Butterfly on Hollywood Boutique Hotel 6,570.00 8 4
Ibis Hong Kong Central & Sheung Wan 6,570.00 8 4
Ovolo Aberdeen Harbour 6,570.00 8.5 4.5
L’hotel Causeway Bay Harbour View 6,612.00 7.6 4
Harbour Plaza North Point 6,629.67 7.6 4
Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong 6,908.67 7.9 4

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Best hotels from P7,000 – P8,000/night

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Top Picks:

Hong Kong hotels - Hotel Jen Hong Kong

Hong Kong hotels - Garden View Hong Kong

Hong Kong hotels - Royal Park Hotel

The Short List:

HOTEL   Daily Rate (PHP)   Booking Review Score   TA Rating
Hotel Jen Hong Kong 7,167.33 8.1 4
H1 Hotel 7,346.67 7.4 4
Cue Hotel 7,565.67 8.8 4
Garden View Hong Kong 7,764.67 7.5 4
Royal Park Hotel 7,864.33 8.3 4.5

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Selection Criteria

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To come up with this list, we headed over to Booking.com and searched for hotels that can accommodate 3 persons — two adults and 1 child — in a single room. (Many of them can also accommodate 2 adults and 2 children or even 3-4 adults.) For quality control purposes, we only included those hotels that have a review score of 7+ in Booking.com; we then cross-checked with the independent reviews over at TripAdvisor and made sure that each hotel in this list has a TA rating of 4 stars or higher. We excluded “hotels” in Chungking Mansion and Mirador Mansion as these areas may not be appropriate for children. Properties with very few reviews, no recent reviews, or emphatically negative recent reviews in TripAdvisor were also excluded. To get the daily room rates, we entered a hypothetical 3-night date range — in this case, we chose the dates February 25-28 because the 25th of February is a holiday in the Philippines and it falls on a Thursday, making it easier to extend the trip to the weekend — and divided the cost of the entire stay by 3.

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But if you feel like treating your family to a really nice hotel, check out our other list:

_Fancy favorites_top Hong Kong hotels

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Fancy favorites: Treat yourself and your family to these top Hong Kong hotels


The Peninsula Hong Kong

A special occasion. A job well done. A milestone moment. Or simply a way to say: I treasure you more than anything.

Whatever the reason, it’s nice sometimes to just forget our frugal ways for a while and treat ourselves and our loved ones to a fancy vacation…or at least a fancy hotel. Here are some of our favorite fancy Hong Kong hotel finds from Booking.com. Some of them are actually affordable by mere mortals, while some are rather in the “if you have to ask…” category — just click on the hotel name or photo to be directed to the hotel page, where you can enter your desired dates and the number of people in your party in order to get the hotel rates.

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best hong kong hotels - Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong

Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: No.167 Connaught Road West, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East
Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: Tower 5, 3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 5
Address: No.8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - Harbour Grand Kowloon

Harbour Grand Kowloon

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: No. 20 Tak Fung Street, Whampoa Garden | Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Kowloon East

Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Kowloon East

TripAdvisor Rating: 4
Address: Tower 4, 3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - Hotel ICON

Hotel ICON

TripAdvisor Rating: 5
Address: No.17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island

Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: No.246 Queen’s Road East, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong

InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: No.70 Mody Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - J Plus Hotel by YOO

J Plus Hotel by YOO

TripAdvisor Rating: 4
Address: No.1-5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong

JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 5
Address: No.5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - OZO Wesley Hong Kong

OZO Wesley Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 4
Address: No.22 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - The Langham Hong KongThe Langham Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Address: No.8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - The Peninsula Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 5
Address: Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | Kowloon, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

TripAdvisor Rating: 5
Address: International Commerce Center, No.1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers

The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers

TripAdvisor Rating: 4
Address: 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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best hong kong hotels - The Upper House

The Upper House

TripAdvisor Rating: 5
Address: Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

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If you would like less costly digs, you can instead check out: The Best Hong Kong Hotels Under P8,000 for Families.

 

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Where to Stay in Bali: The Royal Eighteen Resort and Spa (Kuta)

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There were several things I looked for when I was searching for accommodations in Kuta:

  • Proximity to the beach – Kuta is famous (or infamous) for its waves and its parties, and though I’m neither a surfer nor a party girl, I thought it would be worth checking out.
  • Proximity to the St. Francis Xavier church – We would be arriving in Kuta on Easter Sunday and wanted to hear Mass. I wasn’t too sure about the availability (and advisability) of public transport around Kuta so I wanted a hotel that was walking distance to the church.
  • Reasonable amenities — at least air conditioning and WiFi
  • Good reviews

The Royal Eighteen Resort and Spa had all that and a buffet breakfast and a rooftop pool. Me = happy.

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The hotel staff were great. The receptionist smiled so much, Hershe said she was probably the happiest person she’d ever met. The chef came by our table and briefly chatted with us during our first breakfast. The security officer always greeted us when we came in or went out and asked us where we were going. (That kind of irked me at first, to be honest; I’m not sure it’s any of his business where we were going. And I was kind of wary. But I reflected that, in the Philippines, when we encountered acquaintances on the road, we would often ask “Where have you been?” or “Where are you going?” so it might be the same thing in Bali/Indonesia. Benefit of the doubt.)

The hotel was also just a short walk to the Kuta Art Market (souvenirs galore, if you don’t mind haggling) as well as to the Matahari Department Store, which had a supermarket where we bought stuff like water, snacks, and even packs of coffee to take home.

The beach was, oh, around a 10-minute leisurely walk from the hotel. It was very near, we would often go to the beach, go back to the hotel, then go to the beach again. And whenever we had our fill of the beach, we would go to our room and check Facebook check in with our family, or we would go up to the rooftop and laze around the pool.

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The Royal Eighteen was a great choice, I think, and it wasn’t TOO expensive at IDR 550,000 a night, considering its central location, pool, and buffet breakfast. I would stay there again and I definitely recommend it to anyone planning to stay in Kuta.

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Where to Stay in Bali: Narendra Guest House (Ubud)

Bali Ubud Narendra Guest House 01It was past 10 in the evening when we arrived at Narendra Guest House. Our side trip to Uluwatu had taken longer — much longer — than I’d expected and we hadn’t been able to give notice that we would be checking in late, so I was feeling more than a bit guilty. Our host Made, however, was all smiles when he came out to greet us and help us with our bags. When we entered the family compound — for that is what Narendra is — we saw that his daughter had also stayed in the reception area to await our arrival, and she too was very welcoming. Check in was quick — except for the part when I thought I’d lost my passport and had to frantically dig through my entire bag — and we were then led to the guest houses at the back of the compound.

I almost shouted “Halleluiah!” when we saw our room. We’d spent the previous two nights at a hostel in KL that was, if acceptable, nowhere near heavenly and I hadn’t slept well for two days running. Narendra — cool, comfortable, and homey — felt like a refreshing bath after a hot, sticky day. After checking in with my family in Cebu, I immediately sank into a sound, dreamless sleep.

What did I love about Narendra?

I love that our homestay was an actual home — the members of Made’s family were unobtrusive but visible. A woman guiding a child quietly passed by our balcony, but when I called out “Selamat pagi!” she gave me a bright smile and said good morning right back. (I hadn’t learned how to say good morning in Balinese, I’m afraid, but the Bahasa Indonesian phrase seemed to work just as well.)

I love that the compound, like many compounds in Bali, was so beautifully constructed that it actually looked a bit like a temple. The profuse foliage kept the walkways cool. And yet there was a part that was off-limits to guests, the area where the family said their prayers and made their offerings. I thought that was nice, that they found a way to continue with their way of life and not totally give in to the commercial aspect of running a guest house.

I love that it had the comfort of a hotel, with the requisite amenities, and an attention to design and detail that obviously had all types of guests in mind.

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I love the free breakfast. (If you know me, you know I love me a good breakfast!) Every night, we chose what we wanted for breakfast the next day, and what time we wanted it, and it would be laid out for us on our balcony table at the appointed time.

Bali Ubud Narendra Guest House 10And, last but not least, I love the fact that we got all this — the ultimate Ubud homestay experience — for only IDR 300,000 (that’s just PHP 1,000 / USD 23!) a night.

If you’re looking for accommodations in Ubud, look no further. I promise you won’t regret staying in Narendra Guest House.

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