Shanghai Hidden Garden Youth Hostel Reviews
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Staff speaks really less English. Heater does not work. Warm water in the shower not available. Booked Room was also not available.
Found the Hidden Garden Hostel at the end of a dirty, dark alley. The lobby was nice, but we received bad directions from the receptionists twice. The room itself was horrible. The walls were covered in mold and the room was so damp that the bedding and any clothes left out felt damp by the end of the day. We tried to leave the fan going to air out the room, but the staff would come in and turn it off. Why they were in a private room to see the fan going when they don't clean is a mystery.
1) There was really ODD SMELL in my room (and not only in my room). 2) It was pleasant to have bathroom on my room, but it was not very clean. 3) The aircond was not very good. 4) You must walk through DARK AND SCARY STREET to get there. 5) Staff was very helpfull and there was a NICE ATMOSPHERE that fortunately SAVED EVERYTHING. And they have nearly every movie (you can watch it whenever you want). 6) Drinks were NOT EXPENSIVE there as well as the western menu.they offer.
Food was overpriced for the quality served, there were large tangles of black hair stuck to the room's bathroom wall, location is more than 10 min walk from metro and hostel is reached by walking down a filthy back alley.Staff is helpful, not friendly.
The location is half decent as it is about 10 minutes from a subway station. The staff speak very little english, and are only helpful if you are willing to spend 1-2 hours at the front desk. The food is a rip-off. The 30 yuan breakfast included "omelette, bacon, and tomatoes" was actually just one egg, one bacon, and two mini tomatoes. At one point two people were streaming movies online, and thus no one had internet access, not even the front desk, and they were unwilling to tell them to stop.
Two problems: - A sign in the bathroom stated "if you need your towels / sheets changed, leave them in the basin". When I did this, my dirty towels were merely folded and put back on their shelf, not changed. - The shower has a freezing mode and a scalding mode, but no pleasant-temperature mode. On the plus side, the air conditioner did work well.
Staff was very helpful. Guy at the desk helped me order food and even brought the food to my room even though I checked in after 2am. Only negative was the shower. Nearly impossible to set a luke warm temperature and shower had no water pressure.
The Huangpu river is close by here, a really nice place in the evening when it gets cool. Also, Rushan, a street behind the hostel has really lovely and lively vibes. Staff are super helpful and about half speak good English. Breakfast is not good.
Fine for one or two nights and maybe if you already visited shanghai and just need a place to sleep. Location is not perfect to discover the city and especially in the night taxis from puxi can be 50+ Stayed in a double room with TV. The internetTV also had some english movies.
Very nice staff. Friendly atmosphere.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 41+
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