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Exuberantly friendly staff, who made us feel warm, welcomed, and comfortable. Excellent English skills across the board, too, which is not necessarily the case in Chinese hostels. Btw, definitely join the Friday night BBQs, though know that what is meant by "BBQ" is in fact shaokao (烧烤), not Southern American-style, smoked BBQ (ribs, pulled pork, etc.). Perhaps that's obvious, though I know a number of Westerners at the meal were surprised by grilled meats on a stick. Delicious, though!
The double rooms felt more like a hotel than a hostel - soft beds, nice view. Good location, but nearby construction was loud during the day. We walked there from the Northern bus station which was long and it wasn't always clear which road to follow. The staff helped us arrange our tickets for caves and bamboo rafts at good rates. The DIY breakfast was great and the kitchen was well equipped and quite clean. The bikes were in workable condition but poorly maintained.
Really liked this place - out of town and quiet. It was pretty cold whilst as it was heading into winter however there was a heater in the room. The bikes are pretty rough but so are everybody's unless you hire in town. The staff assistance is excellent and they are a real friendly bunch. They assisted with visas for Vietnam and we were grateful for the transfer from the airport. Our plane was delayed well over an hour and it was nice to be collected for the hour plus drive to Yangshou.
I liked the location just out of town but there was a lot of building going on in the area so some days could be noisy. The hostel itself was cheap, clean & the breakfast for 20yuan definitely worth it. The sister hostel (carpe diem) 2 minute walk away had a good restaurant, the rooms at Cozy corner looked better to me, much newer, having been refurbished recently. Nice area to sit outside & chill at Cozy & good staff that book tours at reception.
Girls at reception were amazing with their information! Location slightly out of town but easily walkable.
This place is indeed cozy and I would always prefer it over the street noise of the close-by town. The staff here was great and they spoke the best English of any hostel we went to in China. Currently, there is a construction site at the opposite side but that is of course not up to the hostel and should be resolved in a couple of weeks.