Youth Hostels in China
Standards, What to Expect and How to Book a Youth Hostel in China
When looking for the most economical option for your stay in China, youth hostels like in the rest of Asia are hard to beat. Prices can be as low as US$8 per night for bed in a dorm style accommodation with common areas for showers and bathrooms. International Youth Hostels are plentiful in all larger cities in China.
Besides providing cheap accomoddations, youth hostels in China are usually located in very centric and convenient areas in the middle of the city, close to metro or train stations.
You are likely to meet fellow travelers to exchange stories and travel tips and find that these are your best sources of information for your travels in China and the region.
Staff at International Youth hostels is more likely to speak better English
When it comes to hostel facilities, there is a wide range of standards in Youth Hostels in China. Some hostels might offer the basic "dorm" accommodation where you will share a large room with other fellow travelers. In some cases, private bedrooms and baths are also available at these places. Others are more like mini-motels or guesthouses and will offer private rooms which will be substantially cheaper than a regular hotel room.
What each offers in terms of ammenities also varies greatly and you have to make sure you know what is included in the price. Things like bed sheets, towels, internet access, breakfast and even toilet paper might be included in the price at some hostels but not in others.
Hostels tend to fill up quickly, specially the popular ones, so the sooner you make your reservations the better chances of getting the hostel of your preference.
How to Choose and Book a Youth Hostel in ChinaIt is easy nowadays to choose and book a Youth Hostel in China online.
To get started, you can use a specialized search engine such as Hostelworld.com, which can help you sort out availability of all International Youth Hostels on your required dates and your particular city.
Hostelworld offers an "overall rating" for each property, a grade so to speak from 0% to 100%, and reviews and comments on the properties. The ratings and reviews are submitted by customers of Hostelworld that have stayed in the properties recently.
The Hostelworld customers rate the properties based on the following:
Checking visitors' reviews and recommendations is probably the best way to get a feel for what a particular hostel offers.
You may also check the Trip Advisor.com Reviews which rate the different hostels based on the following:
You might find these rating systems quite useful by looking at the individual categories that are important to you. If a hostel has poor marks for "cleanliness" or "security" for example, that would be a deal breaker for us even if it was in the perfect location and the price was right.
Once you have made your decision and chosen the perfect hostel for your stay in China, it is quite easy to make a booking and get a confirmation right away.
You will need to pay a 10% deposit and a small service charge (about US$2) with a credit card or via PayPal. This will confirm your booking and the balance you will pay when you arrive at the Hostel.
In the following sections we give you a few examples of Youth Hostels in China and what you are likely to find in some of the top cities. This selection
is in no way a recommendation or endorsement for any of the properties, but rather a sample of what you can get and how much you can expect to pay, features that are offered by some that
might be helpful in making a selection.
Youth Hostels in Beijing
Beijing Downtown Backpacker Hostel from US$28
Address: No.85 Nanlougu Alley, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Address: #1 Beijing Railway Station, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Address: No.52 Xisibei 2 Tiao Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing 100035
Address: No.5 Chadao Old Town, Badaling, Beijing 102112
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