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Five Elements Hostel Reviews

Area 69, West Gate Village, Dali, Dali, China

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270 Total Reviews
  • 91%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 88%Location
  • 95%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 90%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

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Located just outside of the old town it's a pretty short walk into old town. Staff spoke good english and were very helpful. It's also pretty easy to walk to Cang Shan from the hostel. We found the food to be quite nice as well particularly grandmothers potatoes and the fried rice (big portions)


We really enjoyed our stay at the five elements hostel.the room was great, very clean and comfortable! The staff - Amy and Matt were extremely helpful and super nice.


The staff are what make this place. They are all super friendly are really helpful. We stayed here twice and enjoyed it both times. The first time we had a room with a shared bathroom, our room was beautiful and spacious. The second time we had a private bathroom, the room was nice but bit as nice as the first room we had. The second room we stayed in was more noisy too. Would stay there again. Thanks everyone at The Five Elements for a great stay!


By far the best hostel I have stayed in china! And I've stayed in a lot. Its all in the atmosphere. This place is waiting for you to make the most of it, so stay for a few days (even weeks) and embrace the amazingly helpful staff and long-term lodgers who will soon become lifelong friends. Thank you to Matt, Amy, April and Emily and the rest of the staff for making my stay in dali so perfect. The old town is also awesome, great vibes and happiness to be found all around. Ill be back! :)

  • 27th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


All receptionist spoke perfect English and were very happy to help and give advice, the room (dorm) was spacious and clean and the hostel is just a short walk from the old town. The only bad thing is that there aren't really any "real" lockers available, but the hosel itself is pretty safe


We really enjoyed this hostel. It was near everything and had a lot of character. The staff were really really helpful.


I love this hostel very much !! All staff in this hostel are very friendly to visitors, always smiling and willing to offer useful information to visitors,esp. those guys at reception, they are superbly helpful.My four-bed room are very clean and spacious. Only the locker is out of my expectation. I thought it was a real drawer that I could put all my stuff in it, like a box, but the 'drawer' only has a wooden door without a layer of wood separating my stuff from the floor.


Since 3am i woke up by the noise . i cant fall asleep again .and it is 6:30 am now .i am so tired and sad . i cant find a quit place . they should tell me about the noise in the private room first ,the damn roof . my friend changed a hotel at the midnight !!!but my stuff is too much . i cant move at the midnight . and no one at the reception . you cant do anything about it . but anyway if you want to stay at the DORM is very nice here !


Good food, clean big rooms, friendly staff, good location ... What do you want more!


This is a really great hostel, and only the second 100% rating I've given. The price is good, the staff are friendly and helpful, and the facilities are excellent. I didn't try much of the food on offer, but the stuff I did try was very nice. Dali has a lot of good hostels, but this one is great.


Five elements is a nice place to stay in Dali. It is located just a few meters out of town, so it's in a quiet area, but you can still be in the center within a few minutes walking. The room we had was nicely large and clean. They serve really delicious food (they grow their vegetables in their own sweet little garden) in a cozy atmosphere.


We have been in China for two months. This is by far the best hostel we have had the pleasure of staying at. The staff are extremely friendly. The rooms are clean and full of character. The organic garden explodes with juicy goodness. The hostel has a really family vibe to it and you will feel at home immediately.

Owner Comment (Hide)
We really appreciate for this highly comment to us. Hope to see you guys next time, Have fun in all your trips. Here is always a home waiting for you. :)


Very friendly and helpful staff, speaking excellent English. Twin room was great, more like a simple hotel room than a hostel. Bike rental. Very close to old town Dali but not inside - just across the street from gate.


Staff were very helpful and eager to help us. They organised travel for us to Lijiang and were happy to change the details for us at the last minute for no extra cost when we were ill.


Front desk was excellent and helpful. They have a decent food menu. Wifi was excellent. However I had problem with people who play pool, gambling and smoking in the common area. I also have problem finding a location (no comfy hair). to sit down and just relax. The girl in my room also brought back a guy at mid night sleep on the spare bed without sheet.


Staff were helpful and friendly and helped us arrange day trips and our bus to Lijiang. Hostel is 5 minutes walk from the bar and restaurant streets in old town. Room was big and clean with all the necessities.


Very comfortable that i lived in there for about 20days!!

  • 30th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hong Kong
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


I really loved this hostel! The location was nice and quiet. It is within close walking distance from Dali Old Town, but far enough away to have a nice relaxed atmosphere. Their staff were amazing - so helpful and friendly. The private room that we got was beyond our expectations. It was large and comfortable. Their food is delicious, well priced and organic. I really loved everything about this place!


Matt was very helpful and the ambiance is cozy!


The staff were very helpful and the room was great. The dumpling party and BBQ was excellent. The internet was slow but workable and they have good hardwired computers to use.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you so much. Really hope to see you guys again. We have more beers right now. That will be helpful for your husband "Beer collection' when you can come next time. :)

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