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Zhengjia International Youth Hostel Reviews

No.68 Yamen Street, PingYao, Pingyao, China

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679 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 77%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 75%Cleanliness
  • 75%Facilities

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Bathroom is as dirty as it can get, always with the flor wet, no toilet paper, the walls with some weird things splashed, the shower poor as ell. The rooms are dirty with dust and the sheet on the bed I am not sure where washed. We booked a 4 bed shared room because me and my wife were traveling with a friend and on check in they said that we had to stay in different rooms. Also they just went into the room in the morning when one of us was sleeping and turned on the lights to get some sheets


We booked 5 bed mixed dorm and upon arrival it turned out that they only had seperate dorms for male and female. Not what we expected. The floors in the dorms were very dirty and the shared toilets and showers too. They didnt seem to clean very often. The beds werent real beds but a box made of plywood with a very thin madress on. Also the doorlock to my girlfriend's dorm wasnt working. That same dorm always smelled of cigarette smoke from downstairs and there was no way to prevent it.


We had really good time there but the staff is not the fastest and the most informative in the world. We highly recommend booking private rooms, not dormitories - common toilets are not great. The courtyard is really atmospheric and great for spending time in the evenings.

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It was raining when we arrived after calling their number and was pick up next to the train station.


I really appreciated the drop-off service to the train station! Furthermore the hostel was fine, but as isolation is poor it is really the responsibility of the hostel to urge guests to be quiet. If people wake up at 7 in the morning and start slamming doors/yell, the staff should take action. Breakfast is not good enough for the price, and what you call hot chocolate is anything but it. That's why we've only tried it once and went to another place in time the next few days for better breakfast.


The owner's son was very helpful and fun to talk to. Atmosphere was nice and matched with the ancient town of pingyao. Bathroom facilities could have been cleaner

  • 7th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The staff did not speak English, we had to inconvenience and communicate through other guests. A huge plus to the girl that came to us and asked how to improve her English though! In the evenings there tended to be huge groups of loud Chinese which would fill the entire lobby with smoke, that was not pleasant. The hostel is just a stroll away from the "main" streets and there are plenty of places to eat just outside. There was so much on their food menu that they did not have, disappointing!


It is in the center of the old town but far away from the rail station. Most of the stuff doesn't speak any English except by one very nice guy. Most of the clients are Chinese or guided groups. The decoration is nice traditional Chinese. There's little water coming out of the shower...


very nice hostel right in the middle of pingyao the english speaking staff was very helpful!


Amazing value for money in a great location, cleanliness of Chinese standards though unfortunately not European


A traditional atmosphere, friendly approach and helpful staff


The staff is very helpful, the location is great, just in the middle of the old town, and the price is unbelievably cheap for such a high quality hostel


We had a hard time locating the property and they had no record of our booking at all. The building is very old so there was very steep steps to get to the room and we had some issues with cockroaches etc at night. The air con when working was good and the bed was comfortable and large. The bathroom was downstairs and without a door but a mat was placed in front, so the condition was not pristine and the light didn't work. But for the price it was good we felt and was fine for a few nights.

  • 15th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Scotland
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


It smelled old but it was clean and they upgraded us to a private suite on arrival at no additional cost.


Perfect location with a beautiful courtyard.


I do not recomend to stay there. Bathroom and toilet really dirty, staff hardly speak English.


I have stayed in this hostel before but this time is was really disappointed.the owner was not reacting on several phone calls and e-mails.thanks to his really nice staff we could manage to get a pickup from taiyuan.the driver was super unfriendly,tried to save money by taking the longer way and his car was incredibly dirty and smelly.the hostel has one of the very nicest courtyards in town but other Chinese guest got super wasted in the common area both days both days and smoked in the rooms


No one showed up at the train station, although I had emailed my travel details following their offer for pick up services. I got to the hostel and waited - staff had no idea what to do with me. No towel in the room, no toilet paper and the garbage bin had not been emptied. I asked for a tour they were advertising - the girl didn't know. Tip of the iceberg: upon check out a lady on the phone suggested arranging for a driver to take me to the station later in the day. No one showed up.


I can't stress how useless the staff of this hostel was. They don't speak almost any English(only the owner does and he's not there a lot of the time) and even the smallest request(like borrowing a pen) seemed endlessly complicated and impossible to grant. They seem to cater to mostly domestic tourists who kept shouting over the courtyard at all hours. Also had my worst meal during my trip to China there. Room and bathroom were clean, but the bathroom smelled like a sewer.


Pingyao is the type of place where you won't be spending a long time either, so this is definitely for a short stay. The staff is a little rough around the edges but we paid 50 yuan a night for a private double room with a kang (traditional type of Chinese bed that takes up half the room that you can also use for seating), so it's great value. They have a Chinese buffet breakfast but I don't know if it was free. It's a small city and the hostel is smack-dab in the main avenue.

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