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Shanghai Old West Gate International Youth Hostel

No.115 Penglai Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200010, China (Formerly Laoximen International Hostel)
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Ranked #18 of 155 Specialty Lodging in Shanghai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I stayed at this hostel with my friend in a private room with its own bathroom. The staff are not friendly or helpful and the room was just plain dirty. The bathroom really old and smelly and there was no atmosphere - plenty of better places to stay in Shanghai for the same money

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Love the warmth feeling the twin room had brought to me in my last two days stay in shanghai. Room is clean though surrounding area are dirty wet market.im happy never see roaches or mice. Around 15 mins walk to nearby underground station with a lovely proximity to a bunch of tourists attractions such as the bund and Yuyuan garden... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Basic accommodation but comfortable. spacious. twin en suite room at bargain basement prices. Staff friendly and helpful. Free PC with internet and wifi. Towels, shampoo and shower gel provided. Kettle in room. We found location to be superb for walking to most attractions, however, not massively convenient for subway with nearest one being 10-15 minutes walk away.

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Jinhua, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

So the I was in needed a deep cleaning and some repair work, BUT friendly the staff and great atmosphere made up for it! It's a great place to hang out with friends, play pool, and drink a little. And a resident feline to entertain!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Not on the Bund, but easily in walking distance to it and to YuYuan Gardens (about a block from the latter). Staff helped us get train tickets to Hongzhou for a day trip. Beds were fairly comfortable. blow dryer available for use. kittens in the lobby are very sweet. a/c worked well. plenty of hot water in the shower. Quiet... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

we spent 5 days there...i usually use hostels to stay in shanghai. i did choose deluxe room. The room is very noisy : we could hear our neighbors room, the walls are very thin The room is dirty (no daily cleaning, we found hairs on bed n bathroom from previous guests), The room is too hot, the A/C does not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

This hostel is clean, room was cozy, bed was comfortable and it was very quiet at night. Location is excellent , we walked from here to all attractions. Stuff is very friendly and helpful . We would recommend this hostel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

I arrived there last night early Oct. during the China consecutive holiday and found out the room was full even though I successfully booked one dorm room. The staff there was very responsible and acted very quickly for trying their best to find other hotel near there for me to stay a night. And they ended up giveing me a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The staff here were really nice and helpful. They helped us book a train journey which we really appreciated. Our double room was compact, clean and well equipped, and the hostel was in a great area near the Old Town (make sure to explore the Yuyuan Gardens). We liked the local street food and nice feel of the area. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

I totally liked the hostel. My double ensuite room had new and impeccably clean bed linens; the air-con heated the room sufficiently (November can be chilly); bathroom facilities were new, and there were large towels and various toiletries as freebies. The common area downstairs is cozy and packed with guests well into the night, but the merriment does not carry... More 

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Old Town
Shanghai’s original walls live on in the curve of the streets that serve as the border to the old city. An aerial view shows a clear circular outline and parts of the original wall are preserved as monuments to the ancient past. The main tourist attraction of Yuyuan (which means Yu garden, though it is often redundantly referred to as Yuyuan Garden) draws hordes of tourists every day, but wandering the streets around the complex reveals more exciting attractions such as food and antique markets. There are also streets lined with shops peddling everyday wares such as Chinese dining ware and craft notions that can be even more enticing to visitors uninterested in the usual tourist fare.
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