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Haikou Banana Hostel
Ranked #3 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Haikou
Paris, France
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“Nice basic hostel”
Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

Haikou Banana is a pretty basic hostel. The rooms are small and a bit shabby, but overall they're pretty decent.
The wifi connection can be a bit hectic.
The staff is helpful although most of them don't speak English.
Food is simple and ok.
Location is quite good, 10 mn walk from the Clock Tower where you can get buses for almost everywhere.
The real downside is that there's no special atmosphere in the hostel. I wasn't able to meet anyone unlike in some other hostels. But I just stayed 2 nights there, and it was low season.
I would recommend the hostel for short stays nonetheless, because it's its overall price/quality ratio is actually pretty good.

Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2013

First time finding the Hostel was a little difficult, go down the small road next to the big black and red restaurant. The location was convenient for food and transport. We tried the street food at the University south gate and evening BBQ. Could walk to the old town and the Baishamen Beach. Pretty good value for money.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Could only stop over there for a day. There was a nice street food market but the hostel was extremely boring. Bathroom was shabby, bad vibe in the common area. Maybe it'd be nicer to go with your own friends because there were really not many people and not many socializing.

Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Haikou
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

I stayed in Banana hostel twice. The first time was in 2011 the second this year (2013)


Pros

The rooms are clean, cheap and basic.
The staff were friendly (although sometimes had difficulty understanding me)
The (foreign) owner knows a lot about Hainan and gave me a lot of tips on the best places to cycle.
The pizza is mouthwateringly delicious.
Laid-back vibes- both times met some cool people there

Cons

Hard to find
The have cats and dogs (i didn't mind this but my friend doesn't like cats)
The first time it was nosiy from construction second time was better.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

staff helped us exchange money at the local bank because we ran out of CNY. They also had a free map of Haikou on the front desk. Our room was clean enough and had ensuite shower. Hostel was down small road behind a big restaurant. There was a dcs lounge and outdoor terrace.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

Stayed there for 4 nights after we got bored of sanya. It is locatd in a quiet alley a little off the main street and is thus very quiet. The room we stayed in (double, top floor) was very big, clean and had AC with good wifi signal. The only thing was the mattrace. It was very hard. If you come there, maybe check it first, and if it is too hard for you, ask if you can get another room. The staff are very friendly and speak basic english, so they will probably help you with that. The boss Peter is also a very nice (british) guy.

Their cute cat just had babies, so a lot of kittie-fun around.

The livingroom-like common area is really good to meet different people, it has a stereo in one room, tv and dvd in the other, though the remotes were nowhere to be found. It still worked. Occasionally, some local western people hang out here to just chat, play risk and eat the pizza. We havent tried it, but it smelled awesome. A bit pricy because the chef actually imports the incredients (no chinese plastic cheese. REAL Mozzarella). Didnt try the breakfast.

If you want cheap good food, go to the night market at the university gate 5 mins away. There u get great kebab (5¥), fried rice or noodles (6¥), grilled stuff (3-10¥), and of course the chao bing sorbet (6¥). Also, cheap fruits at the stands. Fore exMple, peeled pineapple ready to eat for 2¥. If you get bored by it, just go the the "cheap muslim noodle" guys in the same area. You will get very good food for max 12¥.

So overrall, very good hostel. We highly recommend it.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
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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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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 29 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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