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Sunflower International Youth Hostel Reviews

No.142 Dashiba Street, Fu Zi Miao, Nanjing, China

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506 Total Reviews
  • 79%Value For Money
  • 82%Security
  • 84%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 73%Atmosphere
  • 74%Cleanliness
  • 70%Facilities

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There is no enough lockers in the dorm room.


All the hostel staff were very helpful, friendly and made my stay in Nanjing so enjoyable, especially Zhang Yue and Lei Ling. The hostel's atmosphere was nice and peaceful during evening hours, and one can catch a beautiful view of Nanjing's scenery from the roof! Thank you again to the hostel staff for helping me during my time in Nanjing!


Beds were really soft and the location was great for exploring Nanjing (if you don't mind taking a taxi when going to other sights - subway is bit of a walk away). It's a bit annoying to have go to a different floor for toilet and shower (rooms are upstairs, communal shower + toilet downstairs next to the cafe). It would be nice if the cleaning staff would also check that the lockers are empty, we found some fruits in a plastic bag in one of the lockers and the room smelled a bit because of it.


great city, terrible hostel


The location is terrible, in the middle an extremely touristic area of Nanjing. The staff was not particularly helpful. When we asked for a restaurant recommendation, they told us to look something up online. The inside of the hostel is pitch-black, day and night, so that we first thought the hostel was closed down. There was lots of black hair in our private bathroom, which additionally smelled of the sewers quite badly.


This hostel has a good location in the middle of old Nanjing with sights around the corner and loads of restaurants. Drawbacks are the long walk to the metro (which you need to bring you to sights such as the Zijin Mountain and the Massacre Museum), a common bathroom/toilet which, ufortunately, smells bad, and some very noicy beds. Although trying, the staff couldn't provide us with any tips.


Decent location in the city. Bathroom condition is below average. Toilet paper is not provided and must be purchased. Staff is ok, with very limited English.


I didn't enjoy the hostel's location off of a busy pedestrian road packed with local tourists and tour groups. It wasn't too noisy, but I like to avoid big tourist areas like that. Past that, it was a nice hostel. Clean, good common area, but no breakfast available.


it was quite difficult to fund at night, but the place i like a lot, and people there are so warm

  • 27th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Russia
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The hostel staff was very friendly, although some of them were more fluent in English than others. The rooms were fine although the mattress was a bit hard. It is a bit incovenient that you have to go through the common room/reception area to get to the bath- and washrooms. All in all, I enjoyed my stay at the hostel.

  • 22nd Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Room with private bath was largest of any hostel room I've had on this trip. Value for money was very good. Location on a canal bordering several walking streets was good, although this meant thousands of tourists were on the streets and in local restaurants. Within 1 km of Sanshanjie metro station made movement around the city very easy. Banks, shops, restaurants all nearby. Hostel had no backup for kitchen staff, so no food when staff didn't show for work. Otherwise, this place is fine.


It is an average Hostel. The room I booked was too small. They squeezed three berths in a space for just two, The staff was not very helpful and a little bit unorganized. They did not know what bed was own by who so I had to chose my own bed and then change when the real owner appeared. They do not have very good english either.


I stayed at Sunflower International Youth Hostel in Nanjing for one night during July 2014. I stayed in an eight-person room and while the room was definitely cramped, it was clean and I slept well. The air conditioning worked, which was important because Nanjing is hot. The atmosphere of the common room is great, though I never stayed for a drink or to socialize. The staff can more or less speak English. The showers were clean, and the water pressure/heat was good. Bathrooms are co-ed.

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


The bed is really bad, when you move while sleeping, it sounds strange and will wake you up. but it is cheap and good location. If you want to have a good rest, dont reserve 6people or 4 people room


A good hostel in a very busy district and thank goodness it closes at night so that you can sleep without being disturbed. Only disadvantage was its distance from the metro station to visit other locations. We also had a child in the group so he was glad to have the pool table to play with family and other visitors.


Excellent location, though a tad difficult to spot, but nothing else special. The dorm we had booked was already occupied when we arrived. In the end we received a family room for the price of a dorm but receptionist's English was poor and it took quite a lot of time to sort this out. Internet connection was slow and sometimes unusable. The corridors were pervaded with the (unpleasant) smell from restaurants downstairs. The room itself was clean and comfortable.


The staff was very friendly, although her English was not very good. The rooms are more or less clean, but very small. Funny: Towels are for free but toilet paper costs 3,50 each roll. The location is very good and beatiful!


Nice location in the middle of a touristy area, though quite a long walk from the metro. Staff was very helpful. Stayed there during the World Cup, which was showed every evening and the place was packed. Great! Common area is really nice to sit at and meet fellow travellers. To get to the bathroom you need to cross this area which does not feel very pleasant; flies and bugs in the shower. On my last night here they added a bed in the middle of our already small dorm.


The place is very closed in, which I guess you can expect from an inner-city hostel, so more a taste than an absolute judgement. The lack of greenery, open outdoor or naturally lit spaces, doesn't help. The rooms are small and not so clean.


The directions to find the hostel were very good. Many showers in the common bathroom but most of the sitting toilets would not flush. Location is very good, right beside the Confucius Temple. Whatever is too far to walk can be reached by metro (subway).

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