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Wada Hostel
Ranked #1 of 209 Guilin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 13, 2011

Room was fine, beds comfortable. Only had breakfast there. There is a large shopping Centre across the road to the left from Wada. It has a good range of shops and a supermarket, also on the top floor there is a great food court. Just choose your food from the display and pay the central cashier who will give you a token for the value which you then take to food stall of choice. you don't need to speak chinese just point. There is also a small cafe at the back of the McDonalds (it has a large pot outside) which is known for it's Guilin rice noodle dishes, just point to the pictures of what you want, bypass the McDonalds and KFC and get some real food! Buses stop just outside of Wada and return to the Shopping Centre. Coming back to WAda at night I found it was dark entering the compound where Wada is, more light is needed in this area

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

I stayed here a night to get a flight out of China from Guilin.

The Good
Hostel is great - I stayed in the female dorm (4 pax) with en suite bathroom, and it was great for the price. It's got supermarkets across the street, and shops to walk to nearby if you want to have a look at the other parts of Guilin that aren't at the central area. It's close to the bus and train station though, and the number 16 bus takes you to the airport bus stop (Y20 to get to Guliin Airport).

The Bad
Unfortunately the hostel's a little far away from the main sights of Guilin, so it'll be a bit of a walk (or a bus ride) to get to wherever you want to go. The staff also seem to be a little confused about the bus routes to the main sights and transport centres - I asked THREE different staff about how to get to the airport bus stop, and got THREE different answers - none of which were correct. In the end I just guessed and muddled my way through, which was (thank God!) correct.

On The Whole
A cute enough hostel, clean and friendly.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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1  Thank princesseilonwy
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

We stayed in the Wada Hostel for 5 nights and enjoyed our stay there. Rooms were clean and modern. Staff are very friendly and spoke good English. The communal area was good with DVDs, pool table, Nintendo Wii and games available for use. They also have free wifi available for guests. Staff were helpful and even offered to come with us to places to translate which was very nice of them. Simba the dog is very friendly! There is also no smoking inside the building and they have a courtyard for people to sit outside. Location wise it is a little out of town but easy to find and close to the bus station.

On the downside the food and drink was a little expensive and the food was not that great but they did have a selection of Western dishes to choose from. The wifi would only work in the communal areas and was quite slow.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank thesanchez
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Reviewed August 3, 2011

Overall: The only place we stayed in China (4 hotels/hostels) that didn't really have any cons. I usually stay in hotels not self-proclaimed hostels, but had a twin room here - it was great.

Pros:

Clean rooms/hotel. "Dirtiest" part was some of the tile grout in the bathroom...which I'm afraid looks slightly more prominent in my posted photo than it should.

Everyone at the front desk was always fluent in English, and various tours were available at very respectable prices, and could actually be well explained by the staff in English. Though note: If you book the Wada Hostel Longhshen/etc. rice terrace tour - you're really just buying a possibly-no-English driver to the terraces, not a tour per se. We were happy with that, but it was slightly different than we had expected.

Across from the hotel (diagonally across the intersection) is a mall complete with large supermarket and KFC/McDonalds.

Neutral:

Location is not in the city center, and thus not central to sights. That said, it is pretty close to the train/central bus station. Additionally, there are bus stops right outside the hotel with buses going into the center. And again - huge supermarket diagonally across the street. Overall, I'd say the location was great - but some might prefer being able to easily walk to the city center.

Cute rooms/hotel. Not amazingly beautiful, but cute.

Cons:

Actually none.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

Hostel staff helped us with airline ticket for Sanya and also tours near Guilin. Good English. Really recommend!

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed June 5, 2011

We booked 2 rooms there, one double bedroom and one triple bed room. The triple bedroom is really nice and more spacious compare to double bedroom. The staff are all quite nice and friendly. There is a bus stop nearby, and you can take a bus straight to elephant trunk, one of Guilin's attraction. Walking a little bit further, there is a huge shopping mall. The only things I don't like are first, they put a mirror in front of our bed, second, the corridor is really dark and there is another mirror just outside our double room!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank MayTran
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Reviewed May 17, 2011

Staff were very friendly and helpful.. Rooms clean and the bed was good. All nights had a good sleep. We got a friend as our guide which he is handicapped. Great we becomes friends, exchange emails, photos of his family. He will fetched
us for dinner and also lunch take us to the halal muslim food. Great he is very
accomodating. Nice person which money cannot buy. Poor is not to look down on them
but the beauty is that they are humble, simple and respectable for what in them....

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Wada Hostel

Address: No.212 Huancheng West Frist Road, Guilin 541002, China
Location: China > Guangxi > Guilin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 209 B&Bs / Inns in Guilin
Price Range: $11 - $16 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Wada Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A popular hostel in Guilin frequented by many foreign guests. Wada satisfies the needs of the budget-minded travellers who have a thirst for the mysterious lands of the world by offering the lowest rates, the best tours, and the most fun. The weekly Tuesday dumpling making party and Friday night All-You-Can-Eat BBQs always delights the crowds. ... more   less 
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