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Qingdao Old Observatory Youth Hostel (HiHostel) Reviews

No. 21 Guangxiang Er Road, Qingdao, China

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574 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 84%Security
  • 85%Location
  • 89%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 69%Cleanliness
  • 76%Facilities

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Lockers in room were out of service, being replaced. AC unit in room was loud and leaky.


조식 있다고 했으나 없음. 파티 공지 역시 따로 없음. 택시 잡을때 매우 불편. 산아래로 내려가야함. 그리고 택시 타고 주소 보여주며 가달라고 하면 보통 모른다고 내리라고 함.

  • 26th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Korea
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The showers in the basement. Ground floor has no amenities. Floors 2


Nice atmosphere, superior staff, but unfortunatley very small rooms.


The staff were very friendly and helpful.

  • 15th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


- dirty beds - dirty bathroom

  • 10th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi, thanks for your feedback, we will look into it.


nice view. a bit pricey for what it is though. facilities would need a makeover. stayed in a hotel and for the same price got a very very nice room. the rooms in the observatory are.. meh, nothing special. the bar has potential, but as it is its gross and filthy. they offered paella, fried veggies and all you can drink for 50 yuan. but the food was the worst we had in a long long time!! disgusting. dogs and the cat are nice though.. they messed up our taxi reservation, almost missed our train

  • 30th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Italy
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi thanks for your feedback. Our dinner party is a great deal, 50RMB with food and freeflow of Tsingtao. It is the best deal in town, paella, we have inproved our recipe, thanks again for your feedback. As for the taxi, they do NOT take reservation, we try to help guests to reserve taxi, but we do not have a big say with them. Cheers


We arrived and our room was gone but they gave us a bigger one even cheaper so they where verry fair. The lounge area, the Party to eat there and the view over the city is terrific. Just our room was quite dirty and the bathroom extrem smelly. We where in the Basement so I gues the upper rooms are a bit better. The sad thing is just the cleanness and teh rest ist nice.Price for a beer was quite high.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for your feedback, we did a complete cleaning of the room you stayed. We have a super deal that Tsingtao Beer is 20rmb Freeflow for two hours. The cheapest in town.


Great location and very helpful staff. The bar on the rooftop is very nice with good breakfast and a friendly bartender. Really recommend this place!


There is a need for readable local area maps of different scale.


Beautiful views. Lounge in the dome of an old observatory with telescope still mounted. The owner of the hostel was there in person on both days of my stay and seemed interested in meeting the guests. Very nice guy who told us about the history of the place and the hostelling business in general. I will stay there again next time I'm in Qingdao


A very nice hostel in the middle of old neighborhood. There are many places of interest nearby including the big church, a busy, local market street and the seashore. Not to mention the rooftop bar with awesome view. And a few pets as well! The staff is friendly and helpful and there is always someone speaking good English. Make sure to ask them directions and buses should you need them. Walking distances: Railway station 20min Seashore: 20min Church: 10min Market street 3min


Staff gave us wrong directions on two occasions. The drains smelt bad. Our room was by reception and staff members were talking and running around late at night and early in the morning. Cigerette smoke filled our room late at night and early in the morning. Food was expensive and not up to a good standard. We thought we would treat ourselves as we hadnt had a western breakfast for three months, we were extremely disapointed. Not worth 40 yuan. Nice location. Nice walk to the beach.


The hostel staff were very friendly and helpful. The restaurant area on the roof of the hostel has great food with a mix of western and local. There is a nice view over the city. We stayed in a room with double bed and ensuite, if we return to Qingdao we will definitely stay there again.


Really enjoyed our stay. Great staff. Especially liked the location and proximity to local market and the Catholic church.


Absolut PERFEKT! Großartiges Doppelzimmer, beste Ausstattung, sogar die Heizung funktionierte voll. Hervorragender Koch, tolle Atmosphäre jeden Abend bis in die Nacht hinein in der Bar. Hilfreiche Mitarbeiter. Empfehlenswert!!!


A good hostel worth you to stay, good view of the city because of the unique location on the mountain. You can breathe fresh air ,look at old building , and have fresh sea food nearby. Also there is free-flow Qingdao beer everyday and delicious western party every night. Great hostel!


Great staff really great, room is average, observatory run down and in Feb you are unable to sit outside, really derelict. Avoid" all you can eat Tortila & beer for ¥50"omlette with spoonfull minced meet, lettuce, onion, mayo & guacamole, awful. But saved by Mr Shir, the taxi driver who took me to Luashan mountain, he is great, really passionate about Qingdao, ask for him at reception, doesnt just take you to mountain also drives around giving you history of Qingdao, speaks great English.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi, thanks for choosing us, and the feedback. As for our all you can eat deal, it is a big draw to most of the guests, but we'd appreciate for more detailed feedback. Cheers

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