Heading down to Hangzhou for 2 nights from Shanghai, we were recommended to stay at Mingtown Hostel and were very happy with our stay in the end. We payed 55 RMB per night for a 4-bed dorm room with A/C, lockers and the most comfortable beds ever (literally). There was a shared bathroom, which was clean yet the hot water only worked in the morning and at night and was only warm. The hostel has wifi in the foyer (not in the room) and a communal kitchen with a fridge, microwave and stove (that we made extensive use of), however unfortunately they did not supply butter, oil or virtually any cooking utensils except a fry pan and wok.
The location is perfect for a first time traveler to Hangzhou being 10 seconds walk from West Lake, a 5 minute bike ride to the supermarket and just off the main road so it isn't noisy at night. There is also conveniently a nice cafe next door that provide decent food and drink but is a bit pricey with meals starting at 30 RMB. Besides the average showers, terrible wifi connection that didn't reach the room and the horn players that decided to practice scales outside our window each morning - Mingtown hostel was a very nice stay and we would definitely head back there if returning to Hangzhou. Thanks!
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