Hello. I just decided to register to GeoExpat since a lot of search results for "Hong Kong accommodation recommendations" were directed to here. Seems like a lot of people are quite knowledgeable from this site and I hope you guys can help me out.
I'm going to visit Hong Kong later this year, arriving on Dec 15th and leaving on Jan 16th. My planned budget is 6-9k (10k if I'm very convinced) for one month accommodation; Of course the cheaper the "better", but I also understand I get what I pay for. Two of my main criteria is that the place needs to be close to downtown (as in close to shopping malls, restaurants, etc.), and close to a MTR station. Places similar to Causeway Bay seems to be a good choice.
Security is also something to consider, as I'll be leaving my backpack in the room for literally the entire month. I don't think I'll be leaving anything spectacularly valuable in the room, aside from my camera when I'm not using it for the day, and maybe some cash. This is one of the main reasons I decided not to go with any hostels, especially the ones in Chungking Mansion. I've read some posts that mentioned owners/managers would bring potential renters to your room and show them the place, whether you're present or not. I don't think I really like that idea.
I see numerous threads regarding the reviews/information on studios like StudioStudio, Cozy Studio, Y Studio, H Studio, City Loft, and Empire Studios, etc.. However, most of these threads are a few years old, and I've seen mixed reviews for most of them. Empire Studios seems like one of the better rated places here.
Based on the criteria above, I'm wondering if anyone with more recent knowledge regarding these studios, whether they are listed above or not, can shed me some light and give me some recommendations.