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“Very nice - and cheap!”
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Riverside Hostel
Ranked #12 of 643 Hotels in Guilin
Reviewed November 6, 2011

This place isn't a hostel, its more like a b&b with hostel prices.
My room was big and clean, and since the buildings are tucked down a quiet side street there isn't much noise from outside. The only problem is that the bathroom is a wetroom and very small so everything gets wet when you use it.

Airport pickups/transfers were all there on time (including a 6am pickup - although I did have to wake up the sleeping reception lady to let me out of the building).

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

Stayed 3 nites here before and after our Yangshuo trip, good location and walking distance to the main shopping street. The hostel is located in a small lane, overlooking the 'tao hua' river, simple n clean room but the TV channels are limited. They changed us to a better room as we found our room toilet had some worms running at the edges of the wall tiles. The girl at front desk wasn't friendly to all guest, when we seek some assitance, she can just answered our queries by looking at her computer without eye contact on us. Of course she helped at the end, but not a polite way. I will go back again, for the low rates and strategic location.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

the staff at this hostel is incredible, must be the best we've ever seen. they just went above and beyond their job description and helped us in every possible thing. also the food that they bring from the restaurant across the street is delicious. the rooms were pretty nice for a hostel, but it was the service that totally won us over.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

This is a budget level hotel but at stunningly low rates (about $25 per night). Beds are firm and facilities spartan but adequate. Shower area includes the toilet. No wash cloths (common in China). A good western breakfast is made to order for a modest 25 RMB. A 10 minute walk to the lake-pogoda area. 5 minutes to the bus station. Staff speaks good English and is very helpful in arranging tours. On the river with nice views.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2011

Stayed 2 nights here.

The 1st night was in the family room (1 queen size bed+1 single bed) which is normally for 3 pax. I went with my old folks and my brother, so i asked for an extra bed for myself. Funny thing happened. When we go got back to the hostel after 10pm at night.

While we were sitting on the bed and sofa, we saw a huge centipede fell on the queen bed from the ceiling (pic attached)! We were shocked and while it was still moving on the bed and my brother reacted quickly by killing it with the TV's remote. I immediately went out and called the staff about it. They changed the mattress since the old one had the bits of pieces of the dead centipede. Anyway we all had a hard time sleeping that night. Imagine if actually it fell when we were all asleep in total darkness! Also the extra bed provided was very hard, small and uncomfortable. It wasnt exactly a bed....like those expandable sleeping bench you find on the beach but they placed a thin mattress on top of it. Suffice to say i didnt sleep that well that night .

Anyway the next day we left our luggages at the hostel and went to Yangshuo. But we went back to Riverside Hostel on the third day and stayed in 2 double rooms this time around. So much better than the first night. However, we still checked the rooms just in case there were any more surprises in stored for us :)

The staffs were very helpful and friendly. If not for the centipede, i think I'd have rated this hostel higher and gave it about 4 stars. Nearby the hostel, there were tall trees and I believe that's the reason the centipedes were lurking around...perhaps the previous person who stayed in that room left the window opened. I suggest better to stay in the upper levels/floors :)

Location wise is quite good and there's a night market nearby along the Xicheng Pedestrian Street where you can buy cheap things (souvenirs, shirts, snacks,etc).

For the price and value, Riverside Hostel is still a good choice though I will probably not stay there again if I visit Guilin. The centipede incident still haunts me until this day :)

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

Stayed at this hotel during a trip to Yangshuo in August 2011. The staff is nice, the rooms are big and comfy and the hotel is well located with a nice terrace overlooking the river. And most importantly the hotel is quiet which is a luxury in China.

Of course this is not a high end hotel at all but for the cheap price paid, the hotel is a bargain.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

Having stayed in small hostel dorms, and characterful places for the start of the trip, we were grateful for this peaceful air con cooled hotel. The room was huge, and I think almost all of them look out on the river, though there isn't really anywhere to sit out there.

It wasn't a bustling place, and we normally had to find the staff to help us, but they were quite helpful when we did. They couldn't help us to book the Chinese boat trip to Yangshuo, as they only sold the western trip and it was quite expensive for the price.

Very clean and good internet.

Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: No.1 Zhumu Alley, Nanmen Bridge, Xiangshan District, Guilin 541002, China
Location: China > Guangxi > Guilin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #12 of 643 Hotels in Guilin
Price Range: $10 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 21
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