Kunming Upland International Youth Hostel Reviews
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I spent three comfortable days at this hostel while waiting for my Vietnam visa. I really liked the decor and the laid back atmosphere, my room was basic but comfortable with a big bathroom and had a channel with movies in English. That was a nice surprise. The wallpaper looked old but the entire hostel is undergoing renovations so hopefully that should be taken care of soon. The staff is very busy but still found time to help me with my queries. Very decent level of English in my opinion.
this hostel's main meeting area for making friends is the restaurant cum bar cum wifi hotspot cum movie and tv lounge, and this is where it gets my brownie points, folks, for, get this, smoking is not allowed here from dawn to dusk (7 pm to be exact). In case u didn't already know, the entire province of yunnan is a smoker's paradise, unlike civilised chinese cities like beijing, shanghai, shenzhen and of course hong kong. To cut to the chase, if u abhor cigarette smoke, head for upland!
Stayed at both hostels and probably preferred this one although we did have to ask to change rooms as we were just outside the sink area where some nice Chinese 'gentleman' seemed to need to bring up phlegm with monotonous regularity over at least a two hour period and then again the next morning. Would have liked an area were we could eat in a smoke free environment. Food was good.
The hostel has two divided buildings that face each other, so people from the other dorm could look into our room (even bathroom since the door is clear!), which was inconvenient cause we couldnt open the curtains. You have to ask the staff to clean your room, they won't do it if you don't say anything. Shower was very nice; wifi reception wasn't good. We tried some Chinese dishes and they were OK but not as good as on the streets.
just very nice overall. could rent a bike, the bar they have is lively like all the time and they offer good breakfast, food and drinks. internet no problems. definitely recommendable
nice bar and beautiful garden
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 31-40
- (1 review)
The hostel was Great, though the beds a little hard. great little bar/restaurant very helpful staff
Nice hostel in Kunming, close to the lake and the food/bar street (10-15 minutes walk), but slightly far from the commercial center of Jinbi Lu. The staff is really helpful though, and a big thank you to Enid whose English is amazing and helped me book a place to stay in my next location! :)
In 6 bed female dorm only 4 lockers, apparently no age rules, woman and her ~8 year old daughter in dorm :S. Big luggage storage, but no one enforcing security so store at own risk. Great facilities for hand washing and hang drying clothes. Wifi in bar and courtyard common area. Toilets smelly when not covered up by the smell of incense. Aside from one girl who helped me get some very important documents printed at a place nearby, the staff was indifferent and acted like giving info was a chore!
This was one of the better hostels I have been to in China with top-notch facilities and staff. It was very clean and secure. The common area was very welcoming and popular -- not at all forced. The staff were all very helpful and they had as many as 3 people working behind the counter at any given time. As Kunming was my first city in China, I found they lacked any ability to accomodate non-Chinese electrical plugs and had no recommendations whatsoever for how and where to get a converter.
the staff is really good.enjoy everything in upland.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 25-30
- (1 review)
Upland is a nice tidy Hostel in a good location in Kunming. We've stayed to times there (at the beginning and the end of the trip). The first room was excellent, the second one was very little, although we've paid the same amount of money. So make sure, to ask for a large room! ;) The bar is great, with a lot of different beers. Overall a good hostel!
The staff was helpful in booking tickets and making sure we got to the correct bus station, however, the bus tickets we bought through the hostel (from Kunming to Guilin) caused issue at the bus station and ended up dropping us on a highway outside of Guilin with no warning to us. Just be careful about your tickets and good luck. I don't hold any ill will towards the staff, but I am pretty unhappy with what transpired. The atmosphere was fantastic and really friendly. Good food and location.
The staff are a little unenthusiastic.. But for those who've experienced China you'll know that's not uncommon, the trick is to ask the night receptionist; she was lovely. This place is not the cheapest of the budget range around the area but it's atmosphere was great and the location was perfect. Green Lake and City centre less than five minute walk in either direction. If your planning tours: don't rely on them, they'll point you towards a board with none informative 'information'
ok hostel Nothing to complain about but also nothing special
Big comfy beds and big lockers, the room (dorm) was very spacious too, the bar and lounge area are great! The ladies at reception aren't very friendly or helpfu though, ask for directions a couple of times and they looked like I was bothering them... hello, that's your job!!
I have stayed in cheaper hostels that offer more. For the price I paid, I don't expect to share a bathroom with a whole floor of people and to walk across a courtyard for a shower to be bitten by mosquitoes in the tiny shower room. However, the standard of the dorm room was good and the bed comfortable. Nice bar/restaurant for socializing. Helpful staff.
Overall, a decent choice for a hostel in kunming. Stayed only one night in an 8 person dorm.