Suzhou Water Front International Youth Hostel Reviews
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Great Hostel! It is very nice but it is not very easy to find! Make sure you have the address written down somewhere in Chinese as not many people speak English. It was very quiet in the evening, good to rest. The owner is very nice and he is the only one who really speaks English. The room was clean but the 'en-suite bathroom' too but is actually only separated from the rest of the bedroom by a door opened at the top and bottom so not much privacy!I'm not sure if all rooms are the same!!
The first floor (ground floor) is very himid due to the climate.
I enjoyed my time at the hostel very much. The staff was great- I had a lesson in calligraphy and time for language exchange. I was even escorted to a dumpling restaurant to ensure I would not get lst.. It was difficult to find nd would help if the address was in Chinese characters, but friendly neighbors helped me to find the wy.
the young man at reception and the lady house-keeper are very very nice, but unfortunately do not speak english, so the western traveller without any knowledge of chinese might feel a little lost. catering to local chinese during winter, more westerners should hit this hostel in summer - they will be rewarded with cleaner bathrooms compared to the big 2 other hostels in town, and a fantastic street scene with bars and restaurants. give the 'net master' a miss and no local knows its english name!
I stayed in a 6 bed dorm room for 3 nights. Room was very nice and clean, seemed to have been recently furnished. Bed was hard as a rock but this is common in China. However because i was alone in the room and there were no common areas the atmosphere was lacking. It didnt really feel like a hostel. Nonetheless, good location and staff were nice enough.