Shanghai Hotel Reviews

Shanghai Youth Hostels and Budget Hotels

Mingtown Etour Youth Hostel
Mingtown Etour Youth Hostel, Shanghai In terms of design, location and facilities, Mingtown Etour Youth Hostel is the best hostel in Shanghai for backpackers.
Situated just west of People’s Square, the location is perfect with easy access to all parts of the city. The hostel design is very charming with fish-filled ponds in between the hostel buildings. There is also a great common room and restaurant/bar with free wireless internet which is a perfect place to meet fellow travelers. Dorm rooms are a bit cramped but are manageable and the shared bathroom facilities are a bit scungy. Dorm beds start at ¥55, while private rooms with shared bathroom cost ¥200. Staff are a mixed bag and mostly useless when it comes to travel advice.
Address: 55 Jiangyin Lu Subway: People’s Square Ph. (021) 6327 7766
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去新易途国际青年旅舍,谢谢。地址:江阴路55号,近重庆北路。
Captain Youth Hostel (Bund Branch)
Captain Youth Hostel, Shanghai In terms of service, facilities and style, Captain Youth Hostel cannot compete with the newer Shanghai hostels
Where it still holds an advantage is with its location: just meters from the Bund. The staff are rude and incompetent, the restaurant, lobby area and communal areas are downright depressing. Dorm beds start at ¥70 and the dorm rooms are actually quite nice and spacious. Private rooms at Captain Hostel start at ¥380. One really great feature of the hostel is the rooftop Captain’s Bar, which boasts some lovely views of the Pudong skyline. But at ¥40 for the cheapest beer, it might be a little expensive for backpackers.
Address: 37 Fuzhou Lu Web: Ph. (021) 6323 5053
Subway: Nanjing Rd East
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去老船长青年旅舍,谢谢。地址:福州路37号。
Captain Youth Hostel (Zhangyang Branch)
Captain Youth Hostel (Zhangyang), Shanghai This newer branch of Captain Youth Hostel in Pudong suffers from the same poor staff as the original and doesn’t have the benefit of a great location.
Devoid of atmosphere, the only reason this hostel might be appealing is for ultra-budget travelers who need to stay in the Pudong area. The private single rooms (¥220) are very simple but are clean and have a little wooden desk. The dorm rooms (beds from ¥70) are equally barren but do benefit from having large lockers and a private bathroom for each room. It’s difficult to recommend the Pudong branch of the Captain Hostel. If you need to stay in the area then you’re probably better off at Beehome Hostel, in spite of its many faults.
Address: 527 Laoshan Lu Web: Ph. (021) 5836 5966
Subway: Dongchang Lu
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去老船长青年旅舍浦东店,谢谢。地址:崂山东路527号。
City Central Youth Hostel
City Central Youth Hostel, Shanghai It’s not actually central, situated in the north-west part of town, but City Central Youth Hostel does offer very cheap and comfortable private rooms
Twin and double rooms with private bathroom are a mere ¥160 and feature broadband internet access, a television and better bathrooms than usual. The dorms are also cheap at ¥45-50 but are cramped. The restaurant/bar common area, replete with pool table, is a good place to meet other travelers. Staff aren’t particularly friendly but do their jobs well enough. City Central Youth Hostel is about five minutes walk from Caoyang Rd subway station. More like a hotel than a hostel, this is a good-value option if you don’t mind being a bit away from the action.
Address: 300 Wuning Lu Subway: Caoyang Rd Ph. (021) 5290 5577
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去上海万里路国际青年酒店,谢谢。地址:普陀区武宁路300弄50号。
Koala International Youth Hostel
Koala Youth Hostel, Shanghai Koala Youth Hostel offers the best private rooms of any hostel in Shanghai – spacious, ultra-modern and with free internet access.
Although more expensive than Shanghai’s other hostels, considering the quality the rooms are great value at ¥240 for double or twin. But are warning: they are freezing in winter. The common room and restaurant are rather small but still a decent place to meet people. The staff is another great feature of Koala Youth Hostel – they are very friendly and helpful. Strangely enough, this is a rare thing in Shanghai. The only real downside to Koala International Youth Hostel is that the location isn’t the most convenient: 10 minutes walk from Zhenping Lu subway station.
Address: 1447 Xikang Lu Subway: Zhenping Rd Ph. (021) 6277 1370
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去考拉国际青年旅舍,谢谢。地址:西康路1447号(靠近宜昌路)。