Rock&Wood International Youth Hostel Reviews
Reviews & Ratings Explained
The rating percentage is calculated from customers who booked within the last 12 months.
All ratings and reviews are based on the feedback and opinions of the customers who submitted them and do not express the opinions of Hostelworld.com. This way, you get an up-to-the-minute opinion of just how good a hostel really is.
Read our review guidelines »
This place is like a spa retreat feel! Great for finding a quieter place outside the craziness of Shanghai but it's a little out of the way! Be careful you pay attention or it's easy to get lost. But the place was amazing for a hostel price! I would recommend and stay there again!
The reviews saying this hostel feels more like a hotel are absolutely right. The lobby is gorgeous but not very social. There is a great dining room to grab some food and drinks but you can't bring any outside food in and mosquitos are killer. Rooms are very small. All the showers are in one area on 3rd floor, only a few toilets per floor, wifi is very troublesome and unreliable. Open air entrance so anyone can walk in. 100元 key card deposit. Very close to metro, pharmacy, convenience store, etc
Strange about this hostel is that you have to pay for a city map and if you want to change your towel for a clean one. The worst was that there is no toilet paper on the toilet. You first have to get some toilet paper in the bathroom before you go to the toilet. A real strange system. Also the internet connection is terribble. And also the guy at the desk doesn't really seem to like helping guests. If they take a look at hostels outside China they can see how it's easy to make it a better hostel
Great hostel with beautiful common room and helpful staff. Twin rooms were clean with towels provided. The price was great value and the common room is a welcoming place to meet people. Near metro and the half price coffee was great. Tip, dont leave dirty mops in buckets downstairs. Other than that the place is clean
Fantastic hostel! Awesome vibe in the communal area. Rooms adequate and nice and clean. Air con throughout which is great. Only downside that it's in quite a quiet area but this doesn't really matter as its so close to the metro station. I would stay here again!
I had a nice experience in Shanghai with this hostel.
Nice clean hostel with good facilities in a great neighborhood. Like most HI hostels, this place is run more like a large hotel than a hostel and there isn't much atmosphere to speak of. Staff was helpful but pretty cold.
the staffs speak english quiet well. it is really good thing but the hostel's location is bad actually. if you're looking for just place to sleep, then this hostel will be good choice. but If you want more relax time and place, you should avoid dormitory. the best thing was queit room.
- Novice Nomad
- South Korea
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
The room was a bit cramped, but there were plenty of bathrooms/showers, and the place was clean. It seems a little ways out, but I found staying just off of metro line 2 extremely convenient for both site seeing and getting in/out by plane/train. It does have more of a hotel than hostel atmosphere, but I enjoyed staying here and would stay here again.
great common area, really lovely set up. basic double rooms are a little stuffy; not sure how to change this though! We arrived and our room had not been cleaned BUT the staff apologised for this which was very professional of them.
The place can be tricky to find because it's down an alley. The bar is cool and the food is really good. The staff at reception are awful. They just don't care and are really rude and unhelpful to you. That said, the guy and girl who work the bar most of the time are completely different and will chat and have fun with you. The rooms are grand and the showers could be cleaner but do the job. They clean the place so well though in reception and the bar though so it's spotless.
Security - Very safe area and hotel, felt great. Location - Not as close as expected from city center but easy to find and get. Staff - Good people, reception desk and restaurant staff really friendly. Atmosphere - Maybe one of the prettiest and most exclusive looking hostels I've ever stayed, beautiful inside and outside area. Cleanliness - Excellent, rooms very tide. VfM - A bit pricey but I guess that's all about Shanghai. Facilities - Nothing special, average.
In all honesty, this was my first stay in a Hostel. I am new to the traveling world and was excited to meet new people and try this Hostel experience. IT.WAS.GREAT! The staff worked with me as I checked in late due to a late bus, my roommates were awesome and friendly, and the bar was affordable! I highly recommend the Rock&Wood!
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
This is a typical backpackers. The rooms are small and the walls as thin as paper. A lot of noise from drunk backpackers (not the fault of the establishment). If you like to socialize and don't mind noise then this is the place to go. If you want a good nights rest after a busy day of sightseeing then I don't think this place is for you. The staff are friendly and helpful. It is a bit far from the subway if you have heavy bags.
For me "being" a hostel means that the place is not a hotel, so to speak you will met people, the staff will ask you if you already have plans and provide you with maps and useful thinks, etc. This hostel is 100% business, it's kind of big, they sell everything (even the city maps, they don't have the really good ones for free that you can get in touristic offices)... and above that the place is not even really clean and we'll mantain. They need to go back to roots, but if you want cheap hotel..
By far the nicest hostel I've stayed in in China. I definitely recommend it and will be back again! It's got a lovely, relaxing downstairs area that feels a bit like an island resort - it's a great escape after a long day walking around busy Shanghai.