The Jade Emu International Hostel Reviews
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Really wonderful hostel. Had a great vibe and easy to socialise for solo travellers. Became quite friendly with one of the staff 'Edward', who was very helpful with everything and I considered a friend by the time I left! While not in the old town, it's just on the fringes and it only takes a minute to get into the old town. Private room was decent, heating would've been a bonus. Breakfast was excellent (not surprised since the place is owned by an Aussie)!
It's a super friendly hostel to stay. It's 5 minutes walk from the north gate of the city wall. They have really cool common areas with pool and ping pong tables. They arrange different activities if you want to join them. On Thursdays they prepare great barbecues! The beds are huge and comfortable. The only thing I could say is that they have to do something with the showers inside the rooms as there is no way to avoid wetting all the room and making it dirty.
One of my favourite hostels in china! Very chilled relaxed hostel close to the old city. The hostel itself has lots to do to keep you entertained and the staff are really friendly and helpful! Only small complaint is that although there were lockers, I wasn't able to have a key for one- but not a major problem. Food is also good, even if a little pricey!
liked the safety deposit box under the bed. the food was good but expensively. great book store. conveniently just across the street from old town
Great place with a nice vibe. It's got a great courtyard that everyone hangs out in with pool table and bar, excellent for meeting other travellers. It's just outside the walls of old town, so good location. Food is a bit pricier than if you eat in town but it has a great selection. Only downside is there is no heating in the rooms (they do have electric blankets though), so it gets pretty chilly, must be freezing in winter!
Awesome hostel, one of the best ones Iv'e seen in China, maybe even the best. There was a problem with my booking so the owner came to talk to me and my friend and figured a solution in a positive and respectful way. We really enjoyed our stay there, great location next to the old town, there are always cool people around, great food and good facilities. I recommend staying here, it is a good value for money and it will make your stay in Dali to feel like home.
This is a quiet lovely and homey stay at one of the most remote places I've been to in my life. I regretted not staying longer. Even when I got rained in, I knew I was well taken care of, supplied great food - western and eastern, and surrounded by very sweet guests who happen to find their way to this wonderful chilled resort.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (1 review)
Stayed here for 4 nights, great place! Would recommend to get a bike and go around the lake if you're up to that :) Only downside was the food. Quite pricey and not Chinese food was often not available.
We stayed for 2 nights in a 6 bed mixed dorm. The room was small but beds were really big. Each bed had a safe and the room had an ensuite toilet and bathroom that were cleaned daily. Staff is incredibly helpful with really good english and there is a computer with vpn. Booking bus tickets is convenient and without a booking fee. Really recommend this hostel.
We enjoyed our stay although internet service was the worst we've seen in China. No free VPN as they claim. There's too many trainees and sometimes they get confused. But the real shock was the owner, very impolite and unkind. He told us not to use our phones because we looked like idiots. Also the common area was the only place where internet worked so what else could we do to contact our family and book our next hostel? Sounded intrusive and impolite. It's a decent hostel but that's all.
Awesome place, really comfortable rooms, strong water pressure and wifi and friendly staff. Really delicious food from the restaurant! Bit far from Erhai Lake and the old town, but close to lots of bicycle rental shops. Had a few great games of table tennis with other guests! Would come back for sure
Everything about the Jade Emu was fantastic - the beds were large and comfy, the staff helpful and friendly. The hostel was well located for us to wander into central Dali. We were only there for a night and so unfortunately didn't have a chance to properly take advantage of all on offer but what we did experience was great.
- Novice Nomad
- All Female Group, 18-24
- (1 review)
I had a great time here and if you are there for chill or party you can definitely do both. 😀 Staff are friendly and it has a really good vibe about it.
During our visits there were a lot of trainees, who were not very helpful when giving advice, directions and recommendations. The ordinary staff (especially Cathy) were very good though. Directions given through hostelworld from dali railway station were incorrect.
Great common area and restaurant. Food was fantastic! Staff very friendly and helpful. Dorms were disappointing though, only a tiny locker, and the bathroom was pretty gross, and wasn't cleaned for two days. Also noticed that the cleaner didn't actually change the bedding on our neighbours bed after she left, just re-folded it! All three self service washing machines were broken and the laundry service takes 24 hours which meant we had to take all our muddy cycling gear with us the next day.
popular spot just across a busy road from old town. A bit bigger than the places I'd normally go and so less personal, but this is made up for by the facilities and great outdoor space. food looked good though I only ate breakfast there, their Italian restaurant next door was very popular with the locals and the pizza etc did look pretty authentic. free laundry is good. Huge comfy beds. only downside was the bathroom never drained of water and therefore smelled pretty funky all the time!
Fantastic staff that was able to book tour around the lake for me and my son. He had a great time playing pool with other travelers and enjoyed the western food which was a nice change of pace on our three-week tour.
Great location located just off the Old Town. Seemed to be some miscommunication from the room we booked initially, and had to top up some money for the room we wanted. But everything was perfect after. Hostel seems newly renovated, perhaps explaining the dust on the ground. Other than that, i think this could possibly be one of my favorite hostels of all time! Kudos to the team at Jade Emu, you've successfully made my friends and I fall in love with Dali!
- Novice Nomad
- Mixed Group, 18-24
- (1 review)
The staff were amazing at this hostel. So friendly and helpful. I met so many different people at this hostel and met lots of people to travel round with! Highly recommended.