I should have looked at the description more than just the price and the ratings. This hostel is really for the party people and not for those like us who are up and about the whole day and just want a place to crash during the night. The room in the front suffer from constant noise of sirens from the street and on Thursday we were kept awake by the noisy guests. We hardly got any sleep that night. The included simple breakfast was nice.
A lovely little hostel on the northern edge of the city centre with a helpful and friendly owner. Clean and with a simple but nice breakfast in the morning.
An enjoyable hostel to stay in. Relaxed atmosphere in the lounge/restaurant (though the jazz music was not always my cup of tea) and reasonable food. The room could use some repairs since some things were broken but the decorations in the room were tastefully done. The staff is very nice and even offered me free dumplings (jiaozi) on Saturday evening (unfortunately I had already eaten).
A nice, good value-for-money hostel in a nice area. After some issues with the heating in our room (heating is only turned on between 10 PM and 6AM) and a broken airconditioning, followed by some typical Chinese 'mei ban fa' (nothing we can do), we were offered an new room. Rest of the stay was very pleasant. Rooms are simple but there's a nice restaurant, free wifi, lockers for valuables, the works. Doors are paper-thin though and we woke up several times because of noise. Recommended.
I find this place overrated. Yes, Ama is a lovely person and some of the Tibetan decorations are atmospheric. But compared to Chinese hostels I stayed in which were half the price this is a bit of a dump. It's not incredibly clean (my pillow smelled of old sweat), it's in a nice valley but 10 miles away from the park with no easy transport. Ama's sons can bring you, but will have you meet them at their overpriced restaurant hoping you'll grab a bite, avoiding Ama's extremely simple food.
The hostel is a bit removed from the main center but close to the remains of the Xining city walls. There's nice western breakfast and Italian dinner and a good drinks list. It's located at the 15th and 16th floor or an apartment building with a guard. Rooms are clean and staff are helpfull. The double room we had was worthy of hotel standards.
Located at the south shore of Qinghai Lake, with not much to do in the direct area. There is one restaurant nearby, which is even more extortionately expensive than the food at hostel (sometimes as much as 3 times what I'm used to paying). Breakfast consists of steamed (microwaved) bread and veggies. There was no running water in the toilets and the courtyard was being re-paved. I found some of the staff rather uninterested and the old lady that seems to be in charge downright unpleasant.