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“Sadly Wilting” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of How Flowers Youth Hostel

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How Flowers Youth Hostel
Ranked #11 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Guilin
Evanston, IL
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Sadly Wilting”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2010

The primary benefit of this hostel is the location near the airport shuttle stop and railway station. It is far away from the downtown attractions and in a sketchy alleyway. The facilities are in desperate need of renovation: shower doors won't close, there is no dryer for clothes, and some windows are exposed. On the upside, they did have hot water and the staff is friendly.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2010

Guilin Flowers hostel is a friendly, sociable hostel with excellent facilities. There is a huge lounge and communal area which is an ideal place to meet fellow travellers. There are two PCs with free internet. The hostel also serves food throughout the day. The staff are friendly and relatively helpful, speaking decent (although not fluent) English.

The hostel is located about 5 minutes away from the train station. It is a little difficult to find, tucked away on a side street. Make sure you have the hostel's name written down in Chinese. Several buses go from the main road towards the pagodas and other sights in Guilin.

We stayed in a 4-bed dorm which was spacious and comfortable, with good air-conditioning. Each bed had a plug point by it. The bathrooms were very clean and very modern. There are no Western toilets in the hostel, only Asian squat-toilets, but these are cleaned regularly.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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HK
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2010

The staff were so helpful. Definitely book the bamboo raft trip down the River Li. It's unbelievably beautiful and much better than a huge cruise ship. We stayed there twice, in twin rooms. In one room the beds were very uncomfortable and hard but the second room had extra soft mattresses. Double check this when you check in, you could always change rooms.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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adelaide, australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2009

stayed in flowers hostel with a group of friends for one night in our stop over in guilin.
was in a good location, short walk to the station and downtown main street - shopping, night market, etc. a little bit hard to find, as its down a side street, but felt very safe, and liked the loval culture/stmosphere. have to walk up some steep steps to get inside, so hopefully your backpack isn't too heavy - would be pretty inconvenient if you have a suitcase.
rooms are basic but clean - a/c, bed (with pillow and blanket), rubbish bin, power socket, and thats about it. bathroom was also clean, as was the toilet (asian style sqautting toilet, and take your own tissues/toilet paper just to be safe - sometimes there was none in there)
the communal area was really comfortable and had a nice relaxed atmosphere. there were computers - internet was average, pool table, couches, bar - which was also the reception, maps/brochures/etc.
staff were absolutely AMAZING! were so friendly and helpful. gave his tips on where to stay and what to do (as we were headed for yangshou). they even let us keep our bags in locked storage for the whole day free of charge (as our train didnt leave til that night and we wanted to checkout a bit of guilin during the day)

i would recommend this place to the budget traveller, and those who are happy with the basic necessities, no frills attached. the staff were great, and the amenities basic, clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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42 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2009

Nice hostel, friendly staff and really nice communal area. Room was clean, nice size. Around 15-20 mins walk from the main attractions. If you are planning to visit Yansghou, ask girls in the reception- and go for a bamboo boat! :)
Would come back.

Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
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London
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52 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2009

Stayed here for 1 night

+ Easy to get to from the train station

- Poor room
- Lack of effort across the hostel
- Dirty bathroom

2.5/5

  • Stayed May 2008
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2009

Hostel was fine, clean and quiet, but upon checkout we were given counterfeit Yuan in return for key deposit but sadly didn't realise at the time. Check your cash!

Stayed February 2009
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Property: How Flowers Youth Hostel
Address: No.6-2 Shangzhi Lane, Zhongshan South Road, Guilin 541002, China
Location: China > Guangxi > Guilin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #11 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Guilin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — How Flowers Youth Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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