While surfing the net (mostly in Agoda.com) to find a good deal, I chanced upon AirBnB.com. It's a visual directory of rooms/apartments/houses from all over the world, up for rent by their private owners. The concept is nothing new. It's similar to couchsurfing.com and roomorama.com. But I especially like the AirBnB website because it's so easy to use that I found my ideal room within minutes!
What happens is you just type the location of where you want to stay and the website will generate a list of rooms for rent at that location. There's a map on the side so you see where they are. For each place there's a corresponding price. If you like one property, then you click on it. Then you make sure its available for the days you're there, and then pay by credit card or Paypal. Simple and straightforward.
How can a person verify that what's posted on the site is the real thing and not some shabby and messed up shack? Well, there are reviews by previous guests which you can check. If what you read isn't positive, then don't proceed with the reservation and check the next place.
Anyway, back to my HK trip. I found this place in Mongkok, which was the closest there was to my bike group's meeting point in Tsuen Wan. It's a flat in an apartment building on Shanghai St., right across Metropark Hotel Mongkok. From the airport, Bus A21 stops right in front of it. On the other hand, via MRT, entrance C2 of the Prince Edward Station is just around the corner. Tsim Sha Tsui, via the subway, is just 5 minutes away.
|With my AirBnB Host, Nic|
But what the outside may lack, the inside of the apartment tries to make up for.
|Room w/ single bed|
|Room w/ bunk bed|
|The apartment is secured enough.|
I'd still prefer to stay in a hotel when the budget permits, but when unavailable, an AirBnB place would be a great alternative!