Airbnb

My sister, Bernard, and I are off to Hong Kong next week (excited!). We’re supposed to fly in the late evening of August 16 and come back on August 19, early morning. But no, Cebu Pacific is full of surprises. They just decided to cancel our first reservations and moved us to the next dates. So we’ll be spending 3 days and 2 nights there.

Sounds great, right? Well, we’re on a tight budget, and accommodation isn’t very cheap there. Even hostels can cost more than 10,000 pesos for the three of us. That’s basically what happened after I had booked a great room in Hop Inn HK–Carnarvon. It already cost me more than 5,000 for one night. If I add one more, it would throw our budget way off course, and I wasn’t really sure if they could accommodate us for another day. I just canceled it.

The other options I had were great but a bit off from Kowloon, where most of the good things are. Moreover, as hostels, the rooms can be pretty cramped with a lot of people fighting over a small bathroom. I needed another choice, something that’s within Kowloon and my budget.

So I went to Airbnb. This is very much like Roomorama (and I can’t really spell their huge differences), except that I found cheaper prices in the former. Some of the listings are full apartments and homes, so they cost a lot of money, but the others were private rooms in hostels and inns.

I liked the fact that I can browse according to how many a room can accommodate, the kinds of amenities they offer, their location, and, of course, price. I can also read reviews.

Anyway, after 30 minutes, I spotted this.

austin inn hk

Obviously the room isn’t huge, as most HK units are, but it’s enough for us three. And we get to have our own bathroom and free Internet access.

austin inn hk jordan

It’s within Jordan, which is also in Kowloon. Since we’re planning to go to Macau, the ferry terminal is only a few minutes’ walk away. Outside are small dining shops that I’m hoping are cheap. The host sounds like a really great, friendly person; and he’s actually very prompt in replying to my messages.

We get all these for about 5,500 pesos–for 2 nights’ stay! It already included the website and cleaning fees.

Right now I feel it’s such a great steal. My only hope is that it’s as good as it appears.

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11 thoughts on “Airbnb

  1. Hi Lem,
    It’s amazing I saw your blog about Austin Inn. When is your travel date exactly? Me, my husband and our 5mos old baby will be going there too! We book at Austin’s, but I did not receive a confirmation yet, it’s been 10hrs already! 😦 Hope he’ll confirm. Our travel date is Aug 15-18… 🙂

  2. Hi! I just wanted to ask how was Austin Inn? We will be staying there on the 23rd up to the 27th. Saw the same pics on Travelmob.

    • Hi, Glenn,

      We’ll be staying here until Monday morning, but so far, so good. This isn’t a hostel, so it doesn’t have any kitchenette, lounge, etc., but the rooms are nice, clean, and comfortable. It’s close to Austin and Jordan stations. That means most of Kowloon is also accessible. There are a lot of small restaurants in here, as well as 7-elevens and money changers. We found great bakeries that serve filling buns. You can also reach Temple Street with hardly a worry. It’s a quiet inn, though you may sometimes hear vehicles as it’s really just across a road. Most of all, the guy in charge is very friendly and accommodating. When we arrived, there was no room for us yet, which was understandable since we also came in early. However, he allowed us to leave our things so we can start sightseeing more comfortably. When we got back, the room still needs to be cleaned, and the cleaning lady was late, so we opted to continue with our tour. When we got back, the rooms were clean, and they were kind enough to bring all our stuff inside as well.

  3. It’s nice to see your blog post. I was having some worries about trusting AirBnB since it’s the first time I’m going to use it. Our family of four is planning to go to HK this November. Was the room size of Austin Inn OK? Also, how close was this to the ferry terminal to Macau? 🙂

    • Hi, Finn! Thanks for the comment. I think it really helps when an accommodation or host already has reviews. You can actually talk to those reviewers if you have more questions or concerns. Anyway, Austin Inn rooms are small, so if you’re composed of big people, it’s quick to feel really cramped. The restroom’s tiny as well. But considering that the rooms are cheap, you can choose to get more or upgrade your room easily. Don’t worry, the manager is really a nice guy. He can help you plan your stay if you like to stay in the inn.

      As to its distance to the ferry terminal, I can’t say for sure since we didn’t really go to Macau, and I realized “walking distance” in Hong Kong can actually mean more than 20 to 30 minutes of walk. There is a Ferry Street, but I don’t think it is it. Fortunately two MTR stations are close (Austin Station is just across) while a bus stop is found at the right side.

  4. Pingback: Austin Inn: A Thorough Review | Domesticated Cebuana

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