Shanghai is a wonderful city, but it’s not always the easiest place to find cheap, fun accommodation. A great solution to this problem is to stay a hostel – but there are so many of those in the city that selecting the right one can be tricky. Fortunately, using a site like HostelBookers.com can take the guesswork out of your choice. Here are five hostels that should satisfy any traveler.
1. Shanghai City Central Youth Hostel (Utels)
This hostel has been rated one of the best three in Asia, boasting extremely high quality standards. It has 150 air-conditioned rooms and dorms, an excellent restaurant, and wifi in the lobby. Plenty of other facilities, like bars and supermarkets, are close by. The hostel is a few km outside the center of Shanghai, but you can reach it easily by metro or taxi.
2. Shanghai Soho International Youth Hostel
There’s a real touch of style about this hostel, since it’s situated in a prize-winning development renowned for its golden-era 1930s architectural touches. It’s a great place to get away from the noise and bustle of the city streets, as the city park next door is full of birdsong every morning. On a more practical note, this is one of the few places in China where Facebook access is available.
3. Blue Mountain Bund Youth Hostel
If you’re after a centrally located hostel, this one is close to unbeatable: it’s just a few minutes’ walk from the Bund itself. A short stroll will also take you to the metro station for easy access to must-see sights like the Old Town. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff, with free games and movies laid on – or you can enjoy private balconies with fine views across Suzhou Creek.
4. Le Tour Travel’s Rest Youth Hostel
A handy downtown location is a big attraction of this hostel. The metro is a mere 10 minutes’ walk away, and there are plenty of good pubs and restaurants on Nanjing West Road nearby. You get the best of both worlds, though, as the hostel itself is a little way back from the busy main road. This hostel adds an extra dimension of interest to its rooms by using many furnishings from the towel factory that once stood here.
5. Blue Mountain LuWan Youth Hostel
This hostel is renowned across Shanghai’s hostel scene for its bar, which provides great beer and great company every day. It’s definitely one of the cozier hostels in the city, with a large fireplace to gather around during cold nights. Step outside and you’ll find a metro station directly opposite, while taxis to the Bund or the shops at Huaihai Road will cost you just 15 to 20 RMB.