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Hong Kong Travel

Where to Stay in Hong Kong: Cosmic Guest House

Cosmic Guest House Hong Kong; Richel Goes Places (4)

For a small country with a population of 7 million, space is an issue in Hong Kong. I’ve read reviews after reviews saying that the hostel rooms in Hong Kong are really just tight enough to fit in a bed and if you’re lucky enough, you and your roommates can stand at the same time in the small space. That’s most likely the scenarios for travelers unless they want to cash out the big bucks to spend a night in a hotel room.

Informed with that issue, we booked a 2 double bed room at Cosmic Guest House for our entire stay with little expectations. We paid around HKD390 (PHP2535) each for a three nights stay at the place.

Prior to our travel date, we checked out their website and saw that they were offering discounted tickets for the top attractions in Hong Kong. Shooting them a quick email, a girl named ‘Anita’ quickly responded back to our inquiries. When our flight was delayed for two hours and we informed them, they easily responded that it was okay. Some hostels will cancel your booking if you don’t arrive at the time you said you will.

How to get to Cosmic Guest House

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Cosmic Guest House is located at 12/F Mirador Mansion, 56-64 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. To get there, you have to ride the A21 bus from the airport and get down on the 13th stop. Fare is worth HKD33 (PHP220) and travel time is around 1 hour. Once you went off the bus, you have to walk towards the direction of where the bus is going for around 5-10 minutes. On your left, you will see Mirador Mansion, get inside and take the elevator straight up to the 12th floor. You should see the reception easily. Don’t bother talking to other people on the ground floor as they might lead you to a different hostel.

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This is where you need to enter. Turn left then right for the elevators!

Pro tip: one of the money exchange stalls at Mirador Mansion offers the best rate we saw when exchanging money. I forgot the name but its design is similar to Western Union – read: bright yellow design.

The reception, staff, and discounted tickets

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Cosmic Guest House’s reception area.

Reception area is pretty tight but there’s always someone manning it. I forgot to get the names of the staff, but all of them are really nice (and good with English!) You have to pay the full amount before they escort you to your room. Here, you can also purchase discounted tickets to The Peak, Disneyland, Ocean Park, and Ngong Ping. All of which we purchased and have been proven to be legit. Just be sure to get the tickets early or they may run out. If unsure of directions, the staff can give you directions and even trace it out on a map for you. They also give out business cards that contains a map to reach the hotel and contact number if we somehow lost our way back.

The Room

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Got the photo from their website but this is exactly what our room looks like.

The room was bigger than I expected. Two double beds, as was endorsed and we can share the beds with extra space in between us. The room was clean and the sheets were as white as they can be. We got a view Hong Kong streets in one window and Holiday Inn was just in front of the other one. Bathroom’s small, as expected. Strictly only one at the time but the amenities are great. Hot water may run out if you shower past 8-9 AM.

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Not our room but this will give you a glimpse of how small the bathroom is. Exact size as this one.

They clean your room once you’re out and about. Our room was a real mess – imagine our suitcase is just lying open in the free space, but they did clean up our beds and even folded the clothes on it. A+ for effort.

A closer look into the tiny bathroom. Not seen in the photo but the shower head is in by the sink.

A closer look into the tiny bathroom. Not seen in the photo but the shower head is in by the sink.

Sorry for the lack of pictures of the actual room. We were hurrying when we first arrived so we just dump our bags in and left, creating the messy look of the room and I didn’t want to take a photo of it. Our baggage was literally left open in the space between our beds. If you want to see more actual photos of the hostel rooms, go here.

Location

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View from our room. Holiday Inn is the one on the most right part of the photo.

One minute away from the nearest MTR entrance, money exchange shops, a 7-Eleven branch, and a drug store. Five minutes away from McDonald’s, KFC, and Pizza Hut. Only about an hour away from Disney and Ocean Park. Great location in the center of the city. It’s near everywhere. And frankly, Hong Kong’s entire transportation system is amazing so you’ll probably get anywhere you want but the location of this hostel is a great starting point.

Over-all

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Over-all, I’d give this guest house a 5 out of 5. Worth the price and more. No bad experience whatsoever. If my family and I’s plan to visit Hong Kong next year pushes through, then this will surely be the place we’re staying at.

What hostels have you stayed in before?

xoxo, Richel V.

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40 Comments

  • Reply
    Joy The Explorer
    July 10, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Saw this hostel in Agoda and was thinking of booking. But I saw some reviews saying that everything has a price — water, towels, adapters. I’m okay with paying for towels and even water but adapters? Does that mean there are no free electrical outlets? Hope you can enlighten me on this. Thanks so much!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 10, 2017 at 4:22 PM

      Hi! As far as I remember, there were no complimentary water bottles, but the towels are free to use! I’m not sure if they offer paid/free adapters since we bought our own, but our room has two free power outlets, aside from the one the TV is plugged into. Hope that helps!

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        Joy The Explorer
        July 10, 2017 at 4:25 PM

        Cool! Thanks for your swift reply. Really helpful. 🙂

        • Reply
          Richel V.
          July 10, 2017 at 4:46 PM

          You’re welcome! Link me up if you have a blog, I’d love to read about your travels. 🙂

  • Reply
    JJdsUrriza
    April 17, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Hi Rich,

    Nakita ko kasi tong Cosmic Guesthouse sa Agoda.. pwde kayang dun na lang kami magbook? thanks 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel Vergara
      April 19, 2017 at 10:48 AM

      Hi! Yep, we booked Cosmic Guesthouse through Agoda din. 🙂

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    Ressi
    September 1, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Hello richel, your review is very detailed and the hostels look great for the prices. I’m planning to stay at cosmic guest house this november with my friends. May i know is there any rules on the hostels that give an extra charges if the number of people in the room is more than its capacity?

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      September 2, 2016 at 10:21 AM

      I know it’s allowed. I saw an option like that when we were booking a room. However, I’m not entirely too sure on the limit of people per room. You can email booking@cosmicguesthouse.com to be 100% certain with the capacity per room!

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    Charmaine
    June 26, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Great information provided, thanks for the detailed explanation Richel! I have one question here and hopefully, you don’t mind 😀 May i know the safety around the area? The alley in Mirador Mansion looks quite dark.

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 27, 2016 at 10:29 AM

      Hi Charmaine! We get home every night around 11PM and there are still a lot of people (mostly men) hanging around the streets nearby Mirador Mansion. They tend to leave you alone but I think that would be scary if you travel alone! The shops are open and alive in the morning but if it’s a really late night, there’s some kind of security in front of Mirador Mansion to make you feel safe. But it is quite dark going in Mirador Mansion at that time since all shops are closed. Let me know if you have any other questions! 🙂

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    Rachel
    April 8, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    One of the best and most detailed reviews I’ve read! I would love to go to Hong Kong! The room looks pretty nice!

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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 8, 2016 at 10:27 AM

      Aw, thanks! I try to be detailed. Hope you can visit HK soon, Rachel! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jeini Relova
    April 7, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Oh my!!!!!!!!!!!! HONG KONG!!!!!! It’s nice you were able to get a nice place to stay during your trip their. It really looks simple yet very clean. I might also consider trying this one if ever I get the chance to go there. Hopefully soon? Hahahaha. <3

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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 8, 2016 at 10:29 AM

      Go travel na, Jeini! Hahaha! Yup, we were very lucky to have a clean and simple room. Crossing my fingers that it’ll happen for all my future trips!

      • Reply
        Jeini Relova
        April 8, 2016 at 4:29 PM

        Yes please. Hehehehe. Yes, even if it is not that expensive clean and simple rooms will do the trick. <3

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          Richel V.
          April 9, 2016 at 10:18 AM

          Truuuuu. <3

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    surbhi
    April 7, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    looks like a great budgeted place. I am definitely sharing with hubby. he is going next month.
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      Richel V.
      April 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM

      It is. Thanks for dropping by my blog and hope this review helps your husband! 🙂

  • Reply
    mintnoti
    April 7, 2016 at 7:15 AM

    I’m glad you enjoyed your stay! I never been in a hostel before, but this one sounds really nice. Thanks for sharing!

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      Richel V.
      April 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM

      It was also my first time to stay at a hostel. It was a really good experience for our first time to try it out! Hotels are just so pricy. xx

  • Reply
    Corinne
    April 7, 2016 at 4:40 AM

    The way you described the room before I saw the photos, I thought it was going to be awful! It’s actually really nice. I’ve stayed in such worse hostels in Paris and Amsterdam!

    Corinne x

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      Richel V.
      April 7, 2016 at 9:17 AM

      That’s honestly a tame down version to what I read when I was looking for Hong Kong hostels reviews. I think the staff at Cosmic can hear our loud sighs of reliefs when we saw our actual rooms! Haha!

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    Mira
    April 6, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    This guest house looks really good, especially considering the price. Whenever I go on a city trip I tell myself that the location of the hostel should be the main criteria as I’m only using it for a place to sleep anyway. I mainly stayed at hostels when travelling California and if you ever visit I can completely recommend USA Hostels, they’re amazing, clean and offer really cool trips. 🙂 xx

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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 7, 2016 at 9:36 AM

      I have four criteria: price, location, bug-free, and clean bathroom. I’m really picky on where I sleep so I was anxious over what our room would look like. Good thing we got a good room! I’d take you up on the offer. Although a US trip would probably be another three to five years down the line! Oh man, if only we didn’t need VISAs, I’ll be there this year or next.

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    Alice
    April 6, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Sounds really good for the price, especially going by what you said about the hostels being so tiny! I really want to visit Hong Kong!

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      Richel V.
      April 7, 2016 at 9:03 AM

      And the room we had didn’t feel like tiny at all! Except for the bathroom. That was a tight fit. My knees were touching the walls when I’m doing my business, lol. Hope you can visit soon, Alice! Love your name! xx

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    Karen
    April 6, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Too bad we’ve already booked a flight to HCM when Cebu Pacific had a HK seat sale. We’ve been to Hong Kong last year but we want to go back again. We stayed at Hotel Lander Prince Edward which is so small for us two. I guess most of the hotel in HK has limited space. And besides we really can’t be choosy on our hotel cos it was a wedding gift to us. Haha. Maybe next time we will consider Cosmic Guest House. 2 to 3 years from now? Hopefully! 🙂

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      Richel V.
      April 6, 2016 at 4:20 PM

      I didn’t manage to score any flights from the previous seat sales. Was desperately looking for Japan, Hong Kong, or Malaysia tickets. Huhu. 🙁 When’s your HCM trip? 🙂

      Have any idea how much the room you stayed at was? And hopefully another HK trip will push through for both of us! 😀

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    Mei
    April 6, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Hmm, looks good for the price! Gerald has been talking about HK recently and thinks about going to! But let’s see haha so far, hanggang kwento palang, wala pang real planning, because we stick to our plan this year haha But I’ll definitely consider Cosmic guest house:)

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 6, 2016 at 11:20 AM

      Make the Hong Kong trip happen!! Hahaha. It can be done in a small budget. But I do recommend going when it’s winter in there. Like, January-February of next year? lol.

  • Reply
    Jackie Harrison
    April 6, 2016 at 5:45 AM

    What an amazing place I never been there it is on my bucket list.

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      Richel V.
      April 6, 2016 at 9:40 AM

      Hope you can visit soon! 🙂

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    Tara
    April 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    The guesthouse you stayed at looks nice! The size is definitely bigger than some hotels I’ve stayed at in Japan! Your room looks huge compared to those.

    Guesthouses are a cheaper alternatives for sure. I just don’t really like the ones where the bathroom are shared . . . I much prefer private bathrooms! I stayed at a pension hotel once, and I loved it because it was a small, but cosy room for one person with a private bathrooms 😀 It was only $26 USD a night, so that was a steal considering that the others I’ve looked at were double or triple that amount.

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      Richel V.
      April 5, 2016 at 9:27 AM

      It was! I already read reviews of bug infested beds and smelly bathrooms so it was a pleasant surpised to arrive to our room in here! And the lady manning the reception told us that we ended up in one of the largest rooms they have. How lucky! <3

      I also don't like shared bathrooms. That's one of our criteria when booking hostel/guesthouse rooms; we should have our own private bathroom. $26 per night already sounds like a steal! We should really just scrounge the net for the cheapest options. Budget travelling at its finest, hahaha.

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    Nerdy Maria
    April 5, 2016 at 3:33 AM

    This place looks perfect for its price! I am actually very surprised how good rooms look, well except the bathroom. It could be bigger, haha. I would really consider booking this place if I would go to Hong Kong 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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      Richel V.
      April 5, 2016 at 9:23 AM

      I think this is the default size of the bathrooms in Hong Kong! You don’t have the space to scoot when showering, hahaha! I recommend this place to all my friends visiting HK. 🙂

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    Enti
    April 5, 2016 at 12:54 AM

    Always wanted to visit Hong Kong! Glad you enjoyed your stay in the vibrant city 🙂
    x
    WONDERWALLFLOWER

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 5, 2016 at 9:23 AM

      Thank you, Enti! 🙂

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    Kandice
    April 5, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    that’s quite expensive for my usual budget for rooms, though the room is worth the price. What do I expect from Hongkong anyway, it’s an expensive place. I’m thankful that my parents have extra 2 rooms in Hongkong. Me and my boyfriend can stay with my parents during our visit. The only problem is, the apartment is far from everything besides airport.

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      Richel V.
      April 5, 2016 at 9:21 AM

      This is actually one of the cheapest hostels out there. Some are like at least a thousand pesos per night. But, yeah, this is definitely worth the price. I was expecting a really tiny room! It would be nice to have relatives/friends in other countries. Accomodations are usually one of the most expensive things to pay for when travelling!

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