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“Meets Expectations: Totally Adequate and a Bargain”

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Haikou Banana Hostel
Ranked #3 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Haikou
Shanghai, China
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25 reviews
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“Meets Expectations: Totally Adequate and a Bargain”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

Trip Advisor Review of Haikou Hostel

As always, satisfaction is based in expectations. Banana hostel meets or exceeds all expectations at its price.

Really good value at 80RMB/night for a single with air-con and hot water. Everything is very clean. The singles without a/c are the same price as those with a fan, so there is an incentive to reserve in advance.

Helpful staff at the desk. Toilets are not western (squat toilets). Bikes available and in very good shape. Food not so good, but there is plentiful and cheap street vendors and they've got good maps on the bulletin board. Great atmosphere among guests and plenty of space and games (pool, ping pong) in the common area.

I would stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2012

In January, we went there for dinner because were told the food was good. My wife tripped on their stair abd was injured. They refused responsibility, and we had to go to court (in CHINA). Their main claim why they were not responsible for her expenses was that they lost their license in 2006, and are operating illegally, so, we are not protected by consumer protection laws which only protect you against legitimate merchants, which they aren't!!!! I have NEVER heard that as a defense. The judgement won't come down for a few weeks, but, remember, they lost their license, and are OPERATING ILLEAGLLY, so they maintain that makes them immune from any claims

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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beijing
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

We had a great time here, mainly due to renting bikes for the day and the traditional Italian style pizza and pasta! We would come back from biking tired, and enjoy some drinks and pizza while watching movies. It was fun. There is a lot of info at the Banana Hostel and on their web site about Hainan, I wish I had came here frist to help plan my other Hainan trips. We especally enjoyed the old down town area in the day and doing some partying at the local clubs at night.
The rooms were fine with AC and wifi. The Banana is a little hard to find so check their web site for directions. I also loved their book exchange.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2012

There aren't many options of youth hostels in Haikou therefore we took Banana. It's fine for one or two nights sleeping but not more.

The staff there is nice. Especially a tall guy - I didn't get his name. He helped us alot with information from how to get around the city to what trains to take and where from.
They have quite good info about places to have breakfast, to enjoy a tea or to go to the beach.
Also if you plan to do a bike trip within Hainan, then they can give you lots of info. They also rent bikes for guests.

The rooms are big and basic. The AC in the rooms does it's job quite fine. The toilet is just like the the rest of the room - basic but clean. The towels & bed sheets are clean altough you can see different stains and/or holes (small ones) on them. The windows are not really inviting you to admire the view. Actually there's not much to see around so you miss nothing. Wifi is available in the rooms altough on the 3rd floor the wifi was very weak.

The common area is big and offers quite alot of alternatives to spend your time: pool, tv, cards, chess, reading books and so on.

I liked the stay there but it had nothing special.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2012

Don't be fooled by the website, this place is pretty cruddy - the cleanliness was poor, the place looks like it hasn't been properly cleaned for ages, noise really carries in the hostel because of the thin walls. Also, trips that we wanted to go on weren't running. We ended up going and staying at a local hotel after 2 days. I was very disappointed.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Coco110
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Washington
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Reviewed February 4, 2012

Room was ok and had a private bathroom. There was lots of travel info plastered over reception walls. Common area was quite large. I enjoyed the DVD room (I like to watch a DVD after traveling for a while). Wi-fi connection was quite fast. They have bikes for rent which we used to explore the old town and to get to the beach.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Paul_T467_12
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Shanghai, China
1 review
Reviewed January 21, 2012

The bedding was dirty and looked like they had not been washed. The towels they gave us had dried stuff on it. The walls are very thin. For the same price, you can get a very clean room at a local hotel. There are many hotels nearby.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Haikou Banana Hostel
Address: Building 3-4, No.6 Liyuan Villas, No.21 Renmin Avenue, Haikou 570208, China
Location: China > Hainan > Haikou
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Haikou
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Haikou Banana Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a Hostel located in the capital city of the tropical island of Hainan, South China. Our facilities include a small restaurant, bar, TV lounge, internet and garden area. ... more   less 
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