The Tiny Shoebox Apartment In Hong Kong AirBnB

The Tiny Shoebox Apartment In Hong Kong AirBnB

Hong Kong AirBnB

Admittedly, the decision to book Hong Kong Airbnb was a last minute and not a well-considered one but it was me trying to get as much as travel cultural experiences as possible.

I couldn't remember the hotel I stayed in years ago, the one I loved for its hustle bustle Hong Kong neighbourhood. Even if I found it, I wasn’t sure we would want to spend good money on it since a hotel stay in Hong Kong gets pricier each year, and for less money, we could get a good room via Airbnb.

That’s how I convinced my friend.

Hong Kong AirBnB Filters

I put the filters: private room, 2 guests, $100 per night and city centre. And finally chose the one with a female owner. After getting my friend's approval, I booked our Hong Kong AirBnB. All within 15mins.

All good.

When my plane was delayed for more than four hours, I informed the owner of our Hong Kong AirBnB that I would be reaching at an odd time. I was worried she might object to it or worse, make me wait for hours until the normal check-in time since after all, it was not a hotel, but she was okay with the inconvenience.

Again, all good.

Hong Kong AirBnB Neighbourhood

I reached the neighbourhood and stood in front of an old building which was undergoing a major renovation; my guess was to keep it standing still. The owner came down to greet me. She informed me that the place was on the 9th floor. I sent a quick prayer for a lift.

The Tiny Shoebox Apartment In Hong Kong AirBnB

I reached the neighbourhood and stood in front of an old building which was undergoing a major renovation; my guess was to keep it standing still. The owner came down to greet me. She informed me that the place was on the 9th floor. I sent a quick prayer for a lift.

There was. Phew!!

Shoebox size Hong Kong AirBnB

The Tiny Shoebox Apartment In Hong Kong AirBnB

She opened the door, and I was staring at a teeny tiny studio apartment, aka our Hong Kong Airbnb. Apparently, she "forgot" that there would be two guests and there was only a single bed there. I could have argued more, but I was sleep deprived and that small bed was so inviting at that time.

I would deal with other stuff later, I decided.

So when she gave me the key and showed me the dial-up cable and a TV that wasn’t plugged in to anywhere, I thanked her and closed the door behind her.

Even Miaw didn't look pleased with the place, and the microwave door was the only mirror in the room.

2 Girls 1 Hong Kong AirBnB

For the rest of my solo traveling day, I dreaded telling my friend who would be arriving close to midnight that one of us was going to sleep on the floor alternately each night. By floor, I meant the narrow space between the fridge and the bed.

The next day, turned out that she accepted it better than I anticipated. 

She even sent a picture of herself spreading her legs as far as possible, trying to touch both sides of the wall to our group WhatsApp. I kept the picture for future blackmail.

Us, two girls, two pieces of luggage, two soft toys (both were mine), four make up bags, and a dolphin balloon (hers) shared our Hong Kong Airbnb space for days, and we dolled up using the microwave mirror and survived without getting onto each other nerves. We obviously have mastered the art of how to not go crazy when you travel with family or friends.

The Tiny Shoebox Apartment In Hong Kong AirBnB

To Airbnb or not to Airbnb?

After this experience, or even the crazier one in Shanghai before, am I going to do AirBnB again in the future?

Honestly, even with the disapproval of my friends who have heard my stories, I will. I'm always curious about foreign culture and how locals live, and AirBnB gives me a taste of it.

Also, every AirBnB stay adds a story in my life. And the best one from our Hong Kong Airbnb was when we got back from Lan Kwai Fong at dawn totally sloshed and couldn’t remember the pin code to enter the apartment building main door. We tried every possible combination we could vaguely recall for a long time. We were finally in with the help of a tenant who just got back from her own rendezvous, as well.

My friend bought a fridge magnet with the name of the main road where our Hong Kong Airbnb apartment was located as a travel souvenir, so I guess this was one of our best travel memories.

Have you stayed in Airbnb before? How was your experience?

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