We have stayed in many budget/hostel type of accommodation in China. Many of them are labelled "backpackers or youth hostels" but they are in fact cosy bed and breakfasts and are super value for money. This one I am afraid disappointed on all fronts. We were a group of friends that travelled to Nanjing for the weekend and were looking for accommodation that could also accommodate kids. From check inn to check out we encountered one disaster after the other. The staff are not well trained for their job or simply don't care. Restaurant orders were done incorrectly, meals never arrived. Bills were a nightmare to sort out. The food was not good at all. The best thing about the place was a good variety of Belgian (cold) beers. Another plus point was that our bed was big and comfortable and the air conditioning worked (although it sounded like it is going to rattle out of the wall any second). It is NOT a small cosy backpackers but rather a large hotel that hosts raucus parties on the weekend. I heard the worse ever open air karaoke this weekend! Oh, and did I mention that I woke up with a strange guy and all his luggage in my room at two o' clock in the morning arguing with me that I was in the wrong room and refused to leave!
The place also is not cheap and I have stayed in many 4 star hotels in China for the same price. As far as the kids are concerned they had fun in the little forest behind the hotel but they were completely devoured by mosquitoes (despite precautions). There is a very beautiful pottery museum on the premises and that (sort of) saved the weekend. Close by attractions are the Nanjing city wall that is walking distance and quite worthwhile visiting. The Nanjing massacre memorial is quite far away and the easiest way is to take a taxi there. The bus service is confusing.
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