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We stayed with City Central in 2009 and enjoyed it so much we returned with our 3 children for this visit. I cant speak highly enough of the staff and facilities. The staff go out of their way to help and were so amazing with our boys. Always plenty of hot water and the room was excellent and well heated. Even better than I remembered. I would recommend anyone travelling with children to stay here in the family room. The train station is right up the road with easy access to everything. AWESOME
Superb common bar... you meet and talk to a lot of cool solo travelers there, and there are impromptu jazz sessions from guests with talent. One problem I had with my experience at the hostel was the old water town tour they organize for the day. They take you to this place that is supposed to be like "Venice of China" but in fact its only a suburb of Shanghai that's 30 minutes away. The driver just drops you there without a guide or anything. No explanation. Take a solo bus its much cheaper.
Good location, very clean, big room. But: room was equipped with central power switch. It turns electricity only when reads electronic chip located on room key. I couldn't charge my devices when I was away and it was very annoying. WiFi was accessible only in lobby and was not available on other floors. Cable internet connection in room didn't work.
Great CLEAN hostel with great bar. A little far from most of the attractions, but 2 stops from the train station. Which is nice. Depends on what staff member you talk to. Some know things and others are clueless. I was given the wrong metro stops many times and also told that I couldn't book the acrobatic show there, when there was a sign behind them and they emailed me. I asked another lady another day and she did it right away. Only complaint is the staff not knowing a sufficient amount.
The beds in the dormitories were big and comfortable. It would have been nice to be able to charge devices in the lockers or when we were not in the room. The bathrooms (with western toilets) were very clean and the showers had plenty of hot water. The staff was very friendly but the check-in was slow. It also took a while to get our food at the restaurant. The food was ok but the coffee was very good. The lounge was very comfortable. Wifi was good in the dormitories. I would come back!
Although my stay was good, I don't think I would stay there again, the staff wasn't really that helpful, location was ok but I found a better location. I spent quite a bit of monies to use their computers. Sub way stay was near by about 10min walk and place was clean.
This hostel is really far out so u r totally dependant on the metro which stops at 2230! The atmosphere was really bad. The wifi (when it worked which wasnt often) only works in bar and reception so everyones on their phones instead of making friends. The staff were quite unhelpful and just didnt seem to care. It was new year and they didnt plan any events or even have cheap drinks on! The only suggestion they had-the Bund for the fireworks but that meant taxi home queueing with 50000 other ppl!
Good hostel. Staff was really nice and helpful. Location is really good as it is just a 5 minute walk to the nearest Metro Station. More or less really clean and I found the bathrooms to be quite nice for a hostel. The restaurant is really good too and a good place to meet people. Lastly, they organize some good trips such as the Canals which I enjoyed. Definitely recommend this hostel.
We had a double room. It was very comfortable and clean.
location is good, like 3 mins walking distance from the station. toilets and bathrooms were unbelievably clean. staff were quite willing to help. next time when i visit shanghai again, i certainly would stay here again.
A nice hostel with a large bar and good, clean bathrooms. The food wasn't that good - both in quantity and quality - and a a bit on the expensive side, but for the rest it was awesome. The bar is a great way to meet up with some other people and explore the clubbing scene of Shanghai.
The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere is very laid back. You can meet several people from various nations just sitting in the lobby or in the bar area. The biggest complaint is that the smell of the smoke from the bar and the smell of the community toilets was a little overwhelming. I believe that the rooms are a little overpriced. If there was a slight update in the facilities, I would be willing to pay the rate that I paid. However, he staff was very very friendly!
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 25-30
- (1 review)
Overall, I was satisfied with my stay and experience at City Central International Hostel. However, the internet was slow, so I would have preferred up to date computers. Otherwise, the stay was generally good.
Great place. I got the single room. Everything i needed. Great staff. Very helpful. Close to a metro line. I go to shanghai often and i always go here.
Actually this hostel is a fairy good one. But I am really not happy about what they do today. I am regular client here for quite a few weekends and used to booking online everytime before I came until a receptionist told me I could come directly without booking online and get the same price as what they published online. It's small money but I don't happy that they couldn't keep their words.
A great place to stay. Lovely english speaking staff, very helpful. I warmly recommend this nice hostel to everyone!
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (1 review)
Very good location and helpful hostel staff with excellent English. Our double room was very big and let in a lot of light. The bathroom was also clean and there was also hot water. Food was decent in the hostel bar although sometimes a little slow. On the whole I would definitely recommend this hostel for any visitors coming to Shanghai.
I've had a really nice time at this hostel. Great staff and a backpacker atmosphere. I'de sell cheaper beer to get more people to stay in the hostel and talk to everybody.
The hostel facilities were excellent and really clean. In general, the staff was really helpfull and nice eventhough some communication problems happened while our stay. Perhaps in the future, the hostel could be more specific when communicating about the trips etc. :)
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 25-30
- (1 review)