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“What a Dump”
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Marrigold Hostel
Ranked #111 of 164 Speciality Lodging in Hong Kong
Reviewed 25 August 2013

I booked and paid this hostel through Agoda many months before our stay. On our arrival we were told that our booking had been cancelled because we arrived later than 6.00pm. Then we were told that the room was available but we would have to pay an extra HK$1000 to stay for the 6 nights that we had booked for. Could find no other accommodation so had to pay the extra. The only thing going for this dump was that it is fairly close to the ferries and other transport. The Chungking Mansions are truly a shanty town, we did not feel safe for the time we were there. Our only consolation was that we only used the place to sleep and change. I would not recommend this dump to my worst enemy. The crooks who run it should be locked up.
Betty Masters

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2013 via mobile

Chung king mansions is basically a shanty town in the sky. Each floor is home to four blocks, each block home to around eight residential sections, all with the ability to hold at least fifteen people. And there are seventeen floors. So here's what to expect when you're at Chung King.

...Touting... As soon as you jump off the bus/out of your taxi/walk up the steps, prepare to be mobbed by groups of men pressing business cards into your hand and touting for the various hostels in the building. You'll probably have your hostel already booked and the representative for said hostel will almost certainly be amongst the mob, and they will direct you to the right lift, show you to your hostel and help you with your bags (in my experience anyway)

...Waiting...
Imagine all the residents, travellers, business owners and other people generally passing through using two very small lifts to access sixteen floors (no lift access to the 17th floor). There are queues for the lift all day, every day. Not so bad if you know to expect it but a bit of a shock if you don't.

...Cramped Conditions...
As with many budget hostels in Hong Kong, space is very limited. Expect to have to sit on the toilet to have a shower, climb on the bed to let your travel buddy pass and scrabble under the bed to get in and out of your luggage every five minutes. The space is utilised very well though, the beds are high so you can store your luggage underneath and there are plenty of hooks and shelves to put things on.

...Damp...
The combination of small rooms and adjoining bathrooms helps to maintain a constant feeling of damp within the rooms. If you are lucky enough to be granted a room with a window you can of course open it, although then you sit there sweating because it stops the air on working properly.

...Strange Decor...
Not sure about all the hostels, but the walls of the marigold rooms were tiled, probably to prevent too much damp, although it did leave me feeling like I was sleeping in a public toilet.

...Filth...
The rooms are actually very clean, and the hallways on some floors too if you're lucky. The stairwell and outside are terrifyingly filthy but also morbidly attractive. (when you are waiting for the lift down to the ground floor, treat yourself to a peek out of the window. Somebody else mentioned Silent Hill, and I am definitely sure that the developers of the game had visited Chung king mansions and subsequently become inspired to create the game. A fun way to pass time while you wait is to memorise all the discarded objects clinging for their lives on filthy air con units and pipes, then seeing if there are new ones on your next visit. We got a new discarded cigarette packet, a pair of underpants and something actually resembling a passport. Good times.)

Staying here is good if you want to see Hong Kong and you're on a tight budget, the building is across the road from a large mtr station and there are plenty of restaurants, bars and shops nearby.
Girls get cat called in the hallways which I didn't like too much, but there are also lots of friendly people who smile and laugh with you when people get trapped in the life doors.
Don't worry too much about which hostel you book, they're all the same, just go for the cheapest one with the highest rating and no cockroaches. Or go to the butterfly.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed 15 November 2017
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  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: May 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 May 2016
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Stayed: November 2015, travelled with family
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Address: Flat D8, 11/F, Chungking Mansions, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui, China
Region: China > Hong Kong > Jordan / Yau Ma Tei
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Ranked #111 of 164 Speciality Lodging in Hong Kong
Price Range: £16 - £113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Marrigold Hostel 2*
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