kinda in random location, there's not much immediately around it, and the closest decent convenience store is a five minute walk down a lonely stretch of road. the layout of the hostel is also random. there are many levels spread over a steep hillside, it seems.
ordered food with a big group and they messed up part of the order. one guy wanted to know what kind of burger meat he got -- beef, chicken or otherwise... he was told it was "upland." nice.
i stayed in the female dorm that accommodated six girls, one of which looked like she LIVED there based on the amount of stuff she had in the room and the monopoly she had on the storage space in the room.
common bathrooms were not that clean and the floors in and around the bathrooms were always wet and dirty-looking.
good decor though, and very nice indoor and outdoor common areas. they have two laundry machines available for use, which is good. staff is generally helpful although prices for private van hires and tours seemed exorbitant.
you need to take a cab or bus to get anywhere from the hostel except the green lake and the city center, and the bus directions posted in the lobby were not sufficient or detailed enough.
overall, an average place but with cool lounge space. i was here during golden week, so had to pay extra which is sorta lame.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Best facilities youth hostel in Kunming!Free WIFI and VPN for FACEBOOK/TWITTER/GMAIL/GOOGLE.Only a 2-minute stroll from the famous Cuihu Park.Upland International Youth Hostel offers simple yet comfortable accommodation. Guests can rent a bicycle to explore the city, or play billiards on site. The shopping centre in downtown Kunming is a 20-minute walk away. Upland Youth Hostel is a 10-minute walk from Yunnan University and a 7-minute drive from Kunming Zoo. It takes 30 minutes by car from the hostel to Dianchi Lake. The tour desk helps guests organise excursions to popular attractions. Guests can also simply relax on the sun terrace, or spend some quiet reading time in the bar, which offers books and magazines. Shoeshine and self-service laundry are available. Guests get to choose between staying in lively shared rooms, or in a quite private room. All rooms come with a writing desk and a wardrobe. The shared and private bathrooms include shower facilities. Fine Chinese and Western dishes can be enjoyed at the Upland Bar. Wuhua is a great choice for travellers interested in parks, lakes and scenery. We speak your language!Welcome! ... more less
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