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Shuyuan Youth Hostel
No.2A Shuncheng West Alley, Nanmenli, Xi'an 710001, China   |  
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Ranked #5 of 197 Specialty Lodging in Xi'an
Dublin, Ireland
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“A great hostel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This hostel is in a great location and has a really fab vibe. The staff at reception were the friendliest we have experienced in the whole of our stay in China. We stayed in a double private room and it was a good size. Not the most modern but everything you needed. Bathrooms looked like they had been updated and there was a good shower. The hostel itself has a lovely atmosphere. There are little courtyards with seating areas where you can chill out and chat.
The restaurant is small enough but the food was excellent and reasonably priced. One of the nights we went to the bar which is underneath the hostel. It had a great party atmosphere. Some people have mentioned that they could hear the noise from their rooms but we couldn't. I don't know if thats because of the position our room was in of not. The location of the hostel is great. It's a 5 minute walk to the city walls where you can hire bikes to cycle around.
We only stayed here one night as they were booked out so we moved on to their sister hotel which is the Han Yang House. By far we preferred the Shuyuan Hostel and wished we could of stayed there for the whole of our time in Xi'an

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We stayed as a family of 4 in 2012. The rooms we had were on the ground floor. They were basic but clean. The hostel had a great atmosphere and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Our two teenagers particularly enjoyed the cafe with excellent pizzas and milk shakes. The location is excellent for getting around and I would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: You might not want a room that opens onto the courtyard as it can be a bit noisier.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The hostel is located right next to the south gate of the city walls. It was easy to find. The room was clean with limited of walking space. Also bathroom comes with hot water. Wifi worked very well inside and outside the room. But with the room costed RMB200 without a TV and a wardrobe, it was totally pricey.

Good things within 10 minutes walk to bell, drum towers and muslim street.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Shanghai, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This hostel had the best atmosphere of all the hotels we've been to up till now. Lots of outdoor seating and a great Western restaurant, so you easily get in contact with other travelers.
Then, the negative points, which for me personally weigh more heavily than the positive ones. It took the cook 40 minutes to prepare 2 meals of french toast... this is very annoying if you are about to go on a tour and already ordered your breakfast... The service is terrible. We ordered soup and the menu said it included 2 pieces of garlic bread. When we didn't receive the garlic bread and talked about it to the waitress she said: there is no garlic bread included (it was black on white on the menu!) and we didn't get it. Next negative point: this hostel has no comfort at all. The beds are really hard (harder than in the other hostels), rooms are very old and there is indeed a lot of noise from the bar until early morning. With noise from the bar I don't mean a little background noise, nono, it was like they were singing right next to our room wall. Don't expect to sleap if you don't have earplugs. The hostel offers them for free, which says it all... When I complained about the noise, the staff told me this (literally):'Then you should have chosen a different hotel to stay in'.

So you should consider what you think is most important: your sleep and comfort or the ease of talking to other people and have Western food very nearby.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Just stayed here for one night in transit. Arrived very late at night due to taxi dramas but was welcomed by english speaking staff who registered me very quickly and showed me straight to my room. room wasn't spick and span but clean enough. beds were Chinese standard, on the smaller size and firm but had a great night sleep. not much noise, wifi great and the staff in the morning were fantastic. downside: after 25hrs of travel i was hanging out for hot shower and freshen up, hot water only runs 7am - 12pm and the room could have been a bit cleaner. I will stay again :)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here for 3 nights with a friend at the end of March and loved it. The hostel has such a friendly vibe and loads of cute courtyards to relax in and read a book/chat to people/Skype etc. The restaurant was fantastic, food really well priced though the service was a bit slow at times. The hostel offers a couple of different tours (Terracotta warriors, panda sanctuary), we did the Terracotta Warriors one and it was really well organised, our guide was lovely and certainly enthusiastic! A point to note - there is a pub below the hostel and next door so it can be noisy at times on the ground floor...every night at around 10pm we'd hear live music til the early hours of the morning. We didn't really mind this though because the lady singing was pretty good! If you don't like noise at bedtime I'd advise staying on an upper floor!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for 4 days whilst in Xian, we were greeted by 2 friendly woman at the train station early in the morning. However we found some of the staff at the hotel to be rather unfriendly, somewhat rude and like we were putting them out by asking a question, the bloke at reception was very friendlt though and willing to help.
location is good just up from the markets and resteraunts.
Our room was clean and warm, we had a private double room with bathroom. Reading on TA about the noise issues previously we were a bit nervous but the first night we thought its not so bad the music was off by about 10pm. The next night thursday night it kept going till 2am. The next night we decided we may as well join in if we wernt going to get sny sleep anyway. Be warned! The shots here are very cheap (in aussie terms anyway) ¥100 for 15 shots...things can get messy! Dont bother too much with the cafe at the hotel, its grosley over priced as is all western food in China and the big breakfast was rather dissapointing.
I think we would try somewhere else next time.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.2A Shuncheng West Alley, Nanmenli, Xi'an 710001, China
Location: China > Shaanxi > Xi'an
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Ranked #5 of 197 Specialty Lodging in Xi'an
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Number of rooms: 33
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