Old West Gate International Youth Hostel Reviews
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The dorm was fairly comfortable, small but not uncomfortably so. Staff were helpful when they needed to be, and the common area is a decent place to hang out in. It's in a pretty good location, roughly half way between the Bund and the French concession and Peoples Square etc. which are all walking distance (if you fancy a longer walk) from the hostel, though bus stops and a metro stop are nearby.
The hostel is located far from the nearest subway station. The street is full of somekind of upholstering worksteads and no restaurants or other services nearby.The dorm room was for 4 people but the room was so small that only one person could comfortably stand at a time. The lockers were very small and flimsy. Its not possible to fit even a handbag to the locker. No western toilet, the toilet is of the squatting type. The staff was kind and polite. There was no fuss when I decided not to stay.
The hostel is in a great little neighborhood. It's very laid back and comfortable. Several small places to eat close by with food that's tasty and cheap. The staff were always friendly and willing to help; their English was definitely good enough to answer all my questions. Dorm bed was comfortable. Lockers in the dorm room were not big enough to fit a big backpack or suitcase, but big enough to fit a normal backpack. Shared toilet and shower were small, but always clean.
This hostel is in a charming suburb of Shanghai, it's decent walking distance everywhere and the local food and market nearby are convenient. There is great wifi in common areas, I spent a couple of hours each day there, the few staff work hard for long hours so it kind of annoyed me to overhear so many people complained about not having luxuries when we had a lot of conveniences at a very low price in Shanghai.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 25-30
- (1 review)
Hostel is quite a walk from Laoximen metro station. Staff didn't speak english well and the girls behind the desk didnt even try to be helpful or friendly. Many other tourists mainly chinese. We had a good rice and tofu meal in the evening from the guy standing at the corner of the street.
The many chinese tourists who staid in this hostel made this place special and was a good alternative to escape the backpack crowds. Other then that the room was clean and the staff ( though not fluent in english) very keen to help Its a nice hostel but i've seen better
Hostel is ok. But I wasn't impress with their cleanliness compare to price where I staied bofore in other hostel for less many and was much cleaner and atmosphere was much better.
All in all a good hostel to stay in Shanghai with cheap eating possibilities near. We were just a little bit disapointed when we arrived since the fotos with beautiful wooden-carved beds gave us very high expectations (and we chose the best room category). Still the room was good for the price, the staff speaks good English and they have a nice terrace and common room. The old town close to the hostel seemed rather dark to us (not for sightseeing) and the subway is a 20 minutes walk away.
We really enjoyed our stay at the hostel. Something you might want to know in advance is that they have some cats (and little kitties :3), which is a good point about the hostel for me, but could be a reason not to choose it for an allergic person...
Positives - the staff were really nice and helpful. They helped us book a train journey which we really appreciated. The room was compact and well equipped, and the hostel was in a great area near the Old Town. We liked the local street food and nice feel of the area. The hostel was a bit cold. the first night of our stay the wifi worked perfectly in our room, but for the next three nights we couldn't use it because the hostel was fully booked. Maybe more internet capacity would be good.
Hostel is very colorful and in a good location close to Xiamen University and the bus route to get you around the city. The staff is also very friendly and helpful.
cheap, great located - nice hostel
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 25-30
- (1 review)