Old West Gate International Youth Hostel Reviews
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Big disappointment. Staff was rude and seemed keen on not helping their guests. I pointed out to them that in the confirmation email, the directions to the hostel are completely inadequate. It only points out which metro station is nearest. After that it is a bit difficult to find. They didn't care much about that. There are not enough showers and the door of the single shower is falling out. Dorms are really cramped. They are plenty of other options in Shanghai which are FAR better.
The hostel is in the old city, which for us was very convient, since you can then walk to both the french concession and the bund. We really liked that the hostel was in the old part of the city, as this means very cheap and good restaurants nearby and more local life - so locaiton wise, it's very good! Atmosphere of the hostel is nothing special (though there is a pool table and it's possible to hang out in the reception), since staff seems a bit cranky. NB: The hostel now has western toilets
The lights in the common room are shut down at 11pm or even earlier, it is a really boring hostel...you have nearly no possibility to meet other people at night (after 10pm).