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“Electric blanket with a showbiz view!” 4 of 5 stars
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Showbiz Inn
No.4 Lianfeng Alley, Yangshuo County 541900, China   |  
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Panzhihua, China
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“Electric blanket with a showbiz view!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

The location of this hostel is really good, hidden in one of the little lanes yet close to the main tourist area. The rooftop bar offers an amazing view of the river and town - a photographers paradise at sunset. The room we stayed in was OK - the bed had clean linen and something I've now fallen in love with - an electric blanket! This is first place I've stayed that has had one - I think all hostels should get them (take note other hostels!!) The AC was also a great heater too - all in all I was sooooo warm in this hostel which was much needed as you can get pretty chilly walking around a town where no-one has heating and the doors are always wide open. The downside of this hostel, and the reason I didn't score it as excellent, was the bathroom. It was a bit dirty. The door had obvious grime on it and the shower curtain was mouldy. It was a cheap stay so I guess you get what you pay for but another thing that I didn't like, a pet hate of mine is, the toilet seat was too small for the pan. I've been using a squat toilet for the last 5 months so was really looking forward to using a western one. Oh well! Despite this the staff on reception were brilliant - they spoke really good English and were friendly and helpful. However, in my opinion, the bar staff need to get a taste in good music ;)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Looking to avoid crazy monkey janes.. Look no further. The staff here are so nice and its so refreshing to have western style beds.

The rooftop bar is a great place to start your night.. I had such an amazing time here

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012 via mobile

Rooftop bar has some of best views iv ever seen from a bar...hostel is great too...book online as people tend to arrive and stay longer than planned!! Bar is v cheap too..We stayed 3 days longer to explore the local countryside by bike.amazing

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

If only because of the roof top bar I would highly reccomend this place. 6 floor building offers the best views of Yangshuo and surroundings. This hostel seems very new. Clean ang big dorm rooms with AC. Showers are very clear and reliable.

Definitely a place for you If you are looking for a good time in Yangshuo. Perfect to meet other travelers. They offer many activities and trips.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

A lovely hostel situated in a great spot off West street, the staff Vivian, Michael and Sophie are lovely very helpful and attentive. It is quiet has great views and the roof top is lovely for night time drinks and day time internet usage. while I was the there the wifi on level 3 was not functioning but I just chose to work on the roof, a bonus with the surrounding mountains and river view and fresh air. Having free laundry was the best thing, breakfast was not free for my booking. My only criticism would be that although the bathrooms are clean the toilets could do with a good scrub lol, and the upstairs showers needs to be rid of insects. Its nothing major really. Overall the view, fresh air, mountains and rooftop will win you over.

Room Tip: Level 3 dorm 302 nice views and no noise from the rooftop bar.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

English speaking staff, very nice and friendly workers, large clean rooms.
they have a bar on the roof, opens every evening..
free internet access..
They don't have a kitchen but they do have soft drinks at the front desk, and alcohol at the bar (roof floor).
The long distance calls are not cheap.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

After reading all the reviews (on tripadvisor and elsewhere), I really wanted to love this place. No such luck.....but it was probably the wrong place at the wrong time for me and might be perfect for someone else! We (my 10 year old daughter and I) came during chinese New Year. It was cold so the roof-top bar although offering amazing views was just not a great place to hang out (they did offer a New Years Eve meal up there for 30Y a person which was nice). The location is excellent, right off of West Street, but facing away so you don't get the street noise. If you come by boat from Guilin, be forewarned that you may dock at a different place than the hostel's website describes. If you get off the boat and walk past a bunch of stalls selling things, then you are at the far dock and have a bit of a hike to get to the hostel (totally walkable, but further than I thought I was going). The prices of the rooms during Chinese new year went WAY up. There are a lot of places in town and this place went up more than most of them (we met several people that moved someplace else because of this). The common room wasn't really a hangout (though since they didn't serve food, you could bring your own in) and there was a lot of noise from people coming and going at all hours of the night. This place definitely had a "young person" vibe to it. We switched to a different hostel later in the week which was much more "us", further from the action (i.e. bars), but with a family feel to it. Room was comfortable with Chinese hard beds. Nice outlet situation with ones right next to the bed. So, in all, I liked Showbiz, but I didn't love it.

Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Address: No.4 Lianfeng Alley, Yangshuo County 541900, China
Location: China > Guangxi Zhuang > Yangshuo County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 43 Specialty lodging in Yangshuo County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Promotion on March ! Private room 80yuan/night! Dorm bed 25yuan/night! We have the best dorm,roof top bar and view in town! Free laundry!Showbiz inn is the best place for backpackers, it's located in an alley of the west street( the heart of YangShuo), also VERY close to Li river and BiLian peak (lotus green peak,YangShuo main peak),but away from all the hustle and bustle.we guarantee we are the most secure hostel in YangShuo, lockers,IC cards door lock, main gate door lock system, night-watch man,CCTV in whole building.we've done everything we could to secure your stay here.Our dorms & rooms are equipped with clean,comfortable beds (all with sitting toilet ,AC/heater,24hour hot water,lockers),and we offer many services to our customers such as laundry , wifi,hairdryer,over 300 DVDs& drinking water all for free! Our guests will also get special prices on the bar's drinks.we also have pick-up service from yangshuo to GuiLin airport , it takes about 80minutes,90km,book a taxi from us only 280yuan.(current taxi at airport is 350yuan.) if with 4~6people we also have van,400yuan.Showbiz roof top bar definitely benefits from the best view on Li river, bilian peak(yangshuo's main peak) and yangshuo village's roofs.let you have a unforgettable view from it.and also is the best place to meet people and have a appropriate drinking night life. showbiz rooftop bar has a relaxed cool atmostphere, all in light wood. Guests can enjoy a wide selection of drinking games as well as pool, beer pong, darts,sorts of chess & cards while drinking strong cocktails ! beer from10yuan, mix drinks from 15yuan. ... more   less 
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