I had a great stay, except that my key card stopped working every day and had to be reset. The internet connection was unusually good here--I love their option to borrow a router for your room.
Konka International Youth Hostel is one of only two proper hostels in Kangding and it's a great option, especially if you speak some Chinese. The staff is great, but the guests often seem not to have encountered many foreigners, and foreign guests (like me) are likely to garner a lot of stares and questions from curious roommates. The common area is very cozy and has pretty reliable wifi!
This is a good choice for those who want a more Chinese experience. Quiet and affordable, but not a great place for meeting people.
I've stayed here multiple times, and it is definitely my favorite hostel in Beijing. The management truly understands the wants and needs of international guests. However, this time I found that many of the things offered in writing at the bar were not actually available--the beer tower was broken, the drink specials advertised over the bar were no longer available, and coffee could only be served during the morning on some days. Please update your signs!
I enjoyed my stay, but it was not quite what I expected. There is no "yard" except for a small courtyard that has no seating and serves primarily as a passage to the private rooms. The patio, featured prominently in the pictures, seemed to be little more than a smoking terrace for the smoking staff; it is hard to get to and unsheltered, and I never saw anyone up there except for staff members taking short smoking breaks. The fresh flowers throughout the hostel are nice, though.
This hostel is in an ideal location for backpackers who are in and out of Union Station!
The location of Mingtown is unbeatable in this price range, with easy access to People's Park and the Shanghai Railway Station (by subway), but the amenities are slightly disappointing. I've stayed in several Shanghai hostels over the past few years, and Mingtown was lacking some of the basic conveniences that I've come to expect, such as toilet paper and soap in the communal bathrooms, and free short-term luggage storage. There is also insufficient lounge seating.
Staff is very friendly and helpful. I'll stay here next time!