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“Damp moldy rooms - a big disappointment” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Jinli Hostel
Ranked #24 of 543 Chengdu B&B and Inns
Belgium
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22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Damp moldy rooms - a big disappointment”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2011

We just came back from China and although Chengdu is really a great city, our stay at the Jinli Hotel (it's not a hostel!) was just one big disappointment. On the outside it looks like a nice authentic courtyard hotel, but in the rooms itself you'll just find cheap, fake wooden furniture, which seems to be rather old and/or broken. This would not have been a problem for us, but the fact that we had to change rooms 2 (TWO!) times, as the rooms were so extremely damp and moldy definitely was! The first room had a lot of mold - esp. in the bathroom- and when we mentioned this at the reception, the receptionist offered us another room, which we happily accepted. However, this room was also very damp, but we thought some fresh air might solve the problem. Wishful thinking! After spending the day in Chengdu and looking forward to a good night's sleep, we found out that the situation had not improved and that even the sheets were moldy and damp. Trying to get some sleep was almost impossible, as inhaling the air simply caused a burning feeling in your throat! I went back to the reception desk, but the girl didn't speak a word of English. The next morning we spoke to one of her colleagues on the phone and we immediately got another room... which was a bit moldy as well, but by far not as bad as the other rooms. Although the hotel is located in a nice area (Jinli old street -nice but very touristy- , Tibetan quarter) I am sure one can easily find better places to stay in Chengdu.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Union, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2010

Just got back from this place, which we booked through a B and B site. It gives you a bed and there is breakfast, but it is a hotel. Three main features to comment on:

Bed: hard, like so hard you have to sleep on back or side, no stomach sleeping possible. We stayed in other places in China with very firm but comfortable beds. Furnishings in room are lovely but dusty. The venue and staging of hotel are its best features.

Bath: nice design (like the square shower head), but moldy--needed a good scrub with a brush and bleach. Plenty of hot water and excellent pressure.

Breakfast: very same thing every day: half a cob of corn, half a sweet potato, a boled egg and a container of room temp UHT milk.

Location is good for nearby features, but a 39 minute walk to bus station for any day trips (Traffic Hotel is better location for bus). Convenient to airport (don't have to cross town.)

We are VERY low-maintenance travelers and were looking for a special treat on this trip. I would not stay here a second time and will be researching other options for my mother's trip there in 2011. I expected better value for the money considering the other hotels we experienced on the trip.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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City of London, England
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50 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2010

The hotel, immediately to the East of the Wuhou Temple (100 metres away) is located on a pedestrian street (the famous Jinli Street), about 50 metres from a busy main thoroughfair. It’s not a frilly, luxury hotel, but a character-filled gem in a good location. The Reception staff are friendly and helpful but speak limited English. The rooms are clean and simple, and breakfast, which is delivered to your room is similarly straightforward. Every day (for 5 days!) we received a wicker basket with a boiled egg, hot steamed yam, a banana and a carton of milk. Delicious, but simple.
There’s a Starbucks across the street if you can’t cope without coffee! They also have free WiFi in Starbucks which we were able to access for the hotel room.
Within 3 minutes walk there’s a major food street with about 20 different food vendors, as well as lots of restaurants; whilst the pedestrian area is a bit touristy, you don’t feel hassled.
It’s a great change from the 400 bedroom 4* hotels scattered across the City and in a great location too.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank EmPalmer
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Property: Jinli Hostel
Address: No.231 Wuhouci Main Street, Wuhou District, Chengdu 610041, China
Location: China > Sichuan > Chengdu
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Ranked #24 of 543 B&Bs / Inns in Chengdu
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