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Old West Gate International Youth Hostel Reviews

No.115 Penglai Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China

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188 Total Reviews
  • 75%Value For Money
  • 71%Security
  • 76%Location
  • 74%Staff
  • 73%Atmosphere
  • 53%Cleanliness
  • 66%Facilities

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Very friendly staff, very helpfull. Not to far from some of Shanghai attractions. Alot of Chinese backpackers.

  • 18th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Really nice place to stay in although it is about a 30 minute walk to the metro line 10. It is also a bit of a walk to the Bund, Yu Garden and Shanghai Old Street. Overall though, it was a very nice hostel, and reasonably priced.


The hostel is old and has run down facilities. Its staff are not very helpful or welcoming. A big problem is also the absolute lack of food and drinks in the hostel - no breakfast, no tea or coffee. The night we stayed there was construction work going on at the road next to the hostel - very noisy. There are better choices in Shanghai.


Just improve your bathrooms, make the rooms smell better, and keep the place not as humid.

  • 21st Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Italy
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The staff spoke a fairly good english and the manager was very helpful, he booked our train tickets to Beijing. The rooms were not clean at all but there was a nice atmosphere were everyone gathered to watch TV. It felt like being at a host family kind of.


Great location close in the older part of Shanghai. Lots of cheap eateries and markets around - my reason for staying here. If you need Starbucks & Western food close by then this hostel is not for you though. It's 10 minutes to the subway - which should be ok and if you decide to walk 30 minutes to the Bund. Staff is helpful and nice, the hostel is clean enough and there's a comfy common room. As this place is not in the Lonely Planet, not many Western tourists are around.


Great, accommodating staff!


Great understanding staff and helpful services!


Perfect location, close to a lot cheap eateries. Good wifi in dorm. Shower is pleasantly hot, too. Booked 6-bed dorm and got 10-bed dorm. Window panes in dorm are dirty. Dorm is 45 yuan, after paying 10% to Hostelworld, 40.5 is payable. Two reception girls attempted to charge 41 and said they ALWAYS do this because NO CHANGE for half yuan. I had to spend 2 minutes to get half yuan back. Really small money, but their attitude and excuse are disappointing.

  • 12th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • China
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Great stay at Old West Gate. In a very cool location, close to Old Town Shanghai. A little far from everything else, but the staff and facilities make up for it - great stay and low price!

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