How it works:
- Opening: a tout asks where you are going and staying. He then claims that your hotel is closed for renovation and recommends another place at a cheap place.
- Set-up: these are usually low quality places with hidden costs. Sometimes, the cheap price can also be made up on the spot to tempt you.
Places to beware:
- Kowloon: Chungking Mansions
What to do:
- Use platforms with buyer protection rights: e.g. Booking.com (Frommer’s tests found it to have the best selection and rates).