Staying anywhere in HK cheaply is not an easy task. This hostel is cheap by the city's ludicrous standards, but still a shock for anyone coming to Hong Kong from anywhere else in Asia.
The good: rooms are clean, as is the communal area. The A/C works well, as does the shower and electric water heater. The beds, at least in the 9th floor dorms, are pretty comfortable. The location is convenient if you want to go shopping at strange times of the day, for electronics, shoes, cheap tat, suspect street food. Argyle Street is shabby but fun, and the hostel is a five-minute walk from two well-connected MTR stations (Mong Kok and Mong Kok East).
The bad: rooms are small. As in, ridiculously small. There were three of us staying in a 4-bed dorm, and I don't honestly think we would have fitted if the room had been full. Why, in this cramped an area, the owner has elected to provide a TV, i will never understand—what a waste of space! The bathroom is extremely compact, and water leaks out from the shower pan into the ante-room like a biblical flood. There is nowhere decent to get breakfast nearby, so get used to using the Golden Arches and an overpriced Starbucks. There is no WiFi in the 9th floor rooms.
The ugly: the lifts in Sincere House are demented, so probably best to walk down and use the lift only for going up. Our room had no natural light, so maybe think of some strategy for avoiding rickets. The owner is neurotic. Maybe he has a really dry, eccentric sense of humour—or maybe he's just inordinately institutionalised. Initially he demanded payment for all the rooms, for all the nights, in cash, upon checking in. He doesn't appear to enjoy polysyllabic communication. He and the lady who also runs the place were also very particular about things like: doors, playing with their dog, checking out on time, switching off electrical things. I too wish to save the planet—but I don't ram it down people's throats with so many strongly-worded posters in the rooms.
The verdict: I don't think you can better this place in price and location (in Kowloon, at least). But you could probably find somewhere with more atmosphere, more space to breathe and hang out, and more communicative owners.
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