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INSIDE: The Vela Hotel Causeway Bay – All you need to know. 

If you are planning to travel to Hong Kong on a budget, and need a family hotel Hong Kong style, the VELA hotel in Causeway Bay is a good choice for families who want to be close to the action, but don’t need (or want) all the bells and whistles. 

Hotel VELA Causeway Bay is located right opposite the Happy Valley Racecourse just off Canal Road East, at 84 Morrison Hill Rd.

The hotel is within walking distance of Hennessey Road and the Ding Dong tramway.

Take a look at what you’ll find below. 

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happy valley racecourse view from the vela hotel causeway bay

Centrally Located Budget Family Hotel in Hong Kong 

Set in the vibrant Wan Chai district, this informal hotel in a modern tower is:

  • 3 minutes’ walk from a bus stop
  • 5 minute walk from Times Square and Causeway Bay MTR subway station (Exit A)
  • 7 minutes’ walk from the Happy Valley Racecourse, and
  • 2 km (20 minutes walk) from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Playground right outside your door (and 20 steps to the right!)

Turn right outside the front door, and walk to the curb, and you’ll find a small dual-level playground across the street.

It’s the spot for your morning coffee while the kids have a quick play before your busy city-centric day begins.

This was such a godsend in Hong Kong, as you need to take all the ‘fenced in, let them run around freely’ moments you can get.

Hong Kong traffic is stop-your-heart kind of stuff when you have a wilful toddler or a day-dreamy child with you!

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Generous Floor Space at the VELA Causeway Bay

My friend Tania, an expat who has lived in Hong Kong for 14 years, was GOBSMACKED by the size of the VELA boutique hotel room and could not believe all the open floor space.

(I wasn’t awed but apparently, in Hong Kong, this room was gigantic.)

The room was spacious enough for me to lay my suitcase open on the floor, and still have enough room for the boys to lie down on the floor and draw.

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Amenities at the Vela Hong Kong Causeway Bay

The bathroom was clean, tidy and LARGE too with a newly tiled double-sized shower.

Be careful with the kids though – it’s slippery!

The VELA supplies toiletries including all the standards.

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The VELA Hotel kitchenette 

 By the entrance, this family accommodation in Hong Kong has a small ‘kitchenette’ with microwave and kettle lined the wall.

BYO tea, milk and sugar just to be safe.

As a travelling mama, I NEVER want to be left without the necessities of a cup of tea when we’ve made it back to the room after a day of city adventuring so we don’t leave home without these things!

Air conditioning

Our room was air-conditioned (a necessity in humid Hong Kong) and fitted with a Queen sized bed, big enough for the three of us to share.

Wooden floors were a saviour too, as it’s easy to sweep up the detritus left by my messy kids!


Views to Happy Valley Racecourse entertained my kids both nights, as they watched the horses race around the track on the World’s busiest raceway.

There’s a flat screen tv in every room. FREE WI-FI too!
While there was nothing fancy about this hotel, or anything to make it SUPER DOOPER family friendly, as a budget hotel with everything a family needs, it was priced right in a central location.

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Image credit: Edwin.11 via Flickr CC BY-2.0

Fun Things to Do in Hong Kong with Kids near the VELA Hotel Causeway Bay!

Hong Kong Central Library

The Hong Kong Central Library is within 10 minutes walk of the hotel to the East.

There’s a children’s reading and toy library play area on the second floor.

Look for the friendly faced trees

Victoria Park

Victoria Park has 4 (YES, FOUR!) playgrounds scattered throughout the park.

Head there after the library. 

hello kitty cafe hong kong hot chocolate

SOGO Department Store 

SOGO Department Store is very close. 

For those who like five-star luxe shopping, SOGO should be a must-visit.

For those with kids, the Le Petit Hello Kitty Café is also located on the B2 floor of SOGO.

Read our review and guide here.

din tai fung causeway bay with kids

Din Tai Fung Causeway Bay

Have at least one meal at Din Tai Fung at the Yeewoo Branch in Causeway Bay – read our review here

This is the place for seriously yummy, Michelin star rated dumplings, on the cheap.

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: The Vela Hong Kong Causeway Bay Hotel

Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in HK dollars, unless otherwise stated

Address: 84-86 Morrison Hill Road, Hong Kong
Telephone: 852-3755 1755

Vela Hotel Overnight Rates:

Check latest prices at

We paid $100 USD (approx $125 AUD) for the night for a family of one adult and two kids.

Call the hotel direct on +852 3755 1755 or email [email protected] to enquire about rates.

Or check out their direct rates here.

We always compare rates before booking (unless the deal is so good, we know it can’t be beaten.) The inconvenience is usually worth it if you are travelling on a budget.

How to get to VELA hotel in Hong Kong 

By MTR and Bus:

  • Catch the Airport Express to Hong Kong station, then walk 1 minute to Central (Exchange Square). 
  • Catch the Number 15 the Peak bus to St Joseph’s College Primary School.
  • Walk 5 mins to the VELA hotel. The journey takes about an hour. 

By Taxi: Catch an airport taxi. The car ride is about 45 minutes. 

By Car: Click here for a route map

How to get to Hong Kong International Airport from VELA hotel

When you are leaving town on your way to the airport, guests can catch a cab from outside the hotel to the In Town check-in.

It’s super cheap (about $HK20), and saves the hassle of public transport when you’ve got kids in tow. 

Map of the Hotel VELA

Toadstool Rating: The VELA Hong Kong Causeway Bay Review

There’s nothing extra fun for kids in this hotel, save the playground next door, BUT this hotel rates a special mention for cleanliness, spaciousness, and locality.

Definitely, one of the best budget Hong Kong hotels for small families, and we wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again. 

It’s also one of the cheap hotels in Causeway Bay for those heading to a conference or work event. 
vela hotel causeway bay REVIEW

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