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Taohuawoo Youth Hostel Reviews

No.158,Taohuawu Street, Suzhou, China

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101 Total Reviews
  • 67%Value For Money
  • 73%Security
  • 75%Location
  • 67%Staff
  • 60%Atmosphere
  • 63%Cleanliness
  • 58%Facilities

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Chinese speaking foreigner. Dorms are 1.3x1.3x2m plywood boxes and stiff as can be. Lockers were great, staff decent but not overly welcoming. Bit of a walk from bars and bus stops, if that's your thing. Take a taxi from the train station. Most drivers won't take you down Taohuau St.


This hostel is OK, at best. It's rather tired, old and warn requiring some renovations. One good thing is the good size of the dorm rooms, quiet location and a rather good bar adjoining the reception area. It is a long walk from the metro station. It's fine for a short stay.


It was located near the bei si pagoda, so a bit outside the main tourist crawl, but you could still walk to places. The street the hostel is down is cobbled so not very convenient if you do not have a backpack (and taxis won't go down it). The staff weren't overly helpful, questions were met with a grunt, and their English is not great. The shared toilets and bathrooms were really dirty, and the shower lights werent working so we had to shower with the door open which wasn't very nice.


1. Showers have limited hot water times. when the hot water is on it spurts out and looks like its been dredged out of a urinal. 2. The beds in the dorms are but wooden boxes, and the mattress... Nothing more than an inch of padding. 3. The staff were hit & miss. A third ok, a third indifferent, a third couldnt care less. 4. Every foreign person that came in was told there was some problem with their booking. 'We don't work with that site anymore'. Okay for a night? There's probably better!

  • 12th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


A little far from the center, nothing particularly special about the place. Nice (but empty) bar attached.


Good hostel but hostel bar is far too expensive so there wasn't much atmosphere in the place as everyone went out to other places.


Hot water worked well in showers but the toilets were squatters. Facilities were very clean.


The toilets are very terrible, ancient chinese style, very very bad smell, far away still can not get away the awful smell. I asked the staff where is the western toilet, he said it is only for private rooms. I am very disappointed that the owner is so inconsiderate, even cannot spend a little bit more money for change the toilets to western style. The whole hostel only have 2 toilets for so many dormitory rooms. One of toilet, the window is transparent. I stayed one night. No mood!


Pros: big, spacious rooms with lots of natural light. Located in a lovely neighbourhood very close to the Pagoda & even train station! Cons: staff weren't particularly helpful & could be quite rude. There is no restaurant/ cafe and even when the bar does open at 5pm, there's no food served & is a little expensive for beer. Showers were a disaster! Wouldn't recommend!

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