we booked two rooms for 50Y per person per night ensuite bathrooms. I am making my report based on the very inexpensive rate that we got. I stayed there only one night but it was wonderful. My kids love the ambience. You can make a note or a graffiti on the wall to announce that you stayed there. That was the first thing they did.
Checkin: Was quick. Showed my Hostelbooker email. No problems. The stafff spoke good english was were extremely helpful! We checked out on august 21 sunday and went on the shaolin tour. We kept our luggages on the left luggage area for free. When we came back around 4 pm, they graciously let us freshen up and use their facilities. They also did a lot of translations for me. Note that the checkin lobby is on the second floor.
Rooms: are huge for a hostel. Much larger than the other two hostels we have stayed in and as large as or larger than some 2-4 star hotels that we have stayed in the US. B11 (24 x 11.5 ft)at the end of the bldg, and B15 (14 x 11.5 ft) for my kids. There is no closet of any sort. Just a triple hanger rack with some hangers. The bathroom is typical chinese- combined shower and watercloset. The funny thing is that the walls are glass! You can see whoever is pooping or taking a shower. Thank God for a wraparound curtain. The A/C is a split type placed high up. You have to use a remote (labeled in chinese) to control it. Bottom line- easy to use and darn cold!!!!! There was hot and cold water in the bathroom. For my room, it just took a little longer to get hot water since I was at the end of the building. Water pressure was adequate.
Beds- are the firmest of all the hostels I have been in. I found that it was a wooden bed with a 1 to maybe 2 inch soft padding. However, we slept well- probably because we were tired. No complaints from the rest of the family.
There was an electric kettle. Suggest you clean it first as there are some harmless calcium carbonate deposits at the bottom. I used the kettle to make hot water for coffee and noodles and suffered no ill effect.
Other: When we arrived on august 20, we tried to ask for a chinese breakfast. I was tolds that the cook was off on weekends.
They have free wifi in the lobby (poor to no signal in both our rooms). They also have two computers for at the lobby for your use. They had a pool table, a table soccer game, and a small bar of sorts. It was empty when we were there, probably because of the rain. They have a self service washing machine, no dryer, for 9 rmb in coins (get it at the front desk) for 5 kg. of clothes.
The common restrooms were western (at least the ones I was on) and was surprisingly clean.
Surrounding: there is a local chinese restaurant to the left as soon as you exit the hostel. Walking all the way to the end of the long block, is a KFC. Within this long block, are 4 banks, 5 atms, an underground supermarket with a department store selling inexpensive stuff. I bought a pair of pant for Y39. There is a chinese pharmacy. We were able to buy some chinese menthol rub for my wife. The lady did not understand english but got on the phone to someone. There is a local night market and a china unicom outlet.
I did not explore turning right as we exit from the hostel. The left side had all the things a traveller would need.
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