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Upland International Youth Hostel
Ranked #2 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Kunming
Singapore, Singapore
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Clean and good value”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

Despite the large number of guests in a small space using few toilets and bathrooms, this is an extremely clean hostel. I was very impressed by how thoroughly they clean the place. You'll need your own supplies as they provide nothing but sheets and blankets. Staff aren't overly helpful, but they have everything available for you on boards by the front counter, from prices to travel time to maps and recommendations for sightseeing.
Recommended for anyone on a budget in Kunming!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed our stay at the Upland Youth Hostel. Our private double room was not of a youthhostel- but rather of a midrange hotel-style. But the large windows come at a price in winter: it was very very cold inside the room. The heating blankets helped when in bed but could not prevent our breath from condensating.
The common area is stylish and comfortable, the staff helpful and the location next to Greenlake Park beautiful. But they should really so something about the room temperature.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Panzhihua, China
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2014

My girlfriend and I stayed here and liked it. The room was small but nicely decorated and the en-suite bathroom was very stylish. The electric blanket kept us nice and toasty at night. The staff were friendly and the dining area was pretty cool with decent food. I would go back.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kunming, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2013

The hot water isn't 24 hours and the dorms don't have any sort of heating. The dorm I stayed in was pretty much outdoors, to go to the bathroom or to go to the main hotel building required going outside. This might be nice during the summer but during the winter (when it was snowing!) it was not so nice. The dorm itself is cold (even colder than outside it seemed); they don't provide you with heated blankets as they do elsewhere in Yunnan.

The hot water wasn't 24 hours.

I ended up moving to the lost garden (whose dorms have heated floors!!!).

The 16 person dorm is not good value for they money. Other places in town (the hump) offer 8 person (or fewer) dorms for the same price (and are warmer).

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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seattle
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed December 6, 2013

First off, this hostel is also known as the Upland International Youth Hostel. It is located on a quiet alley across the road from the back entrance of the Greenlake Hotel. The set up is a bit strange; you enter the lobby where you check in, and then have to carry your luggage up a flight of stairs and go through the restaurant/bar area to reach the elevator for most of the rooms. We did not have a problem with this but some people may do. We stayed here for 2 nights in October 2013 and had an en suite twin room on the fifth floor. Our room was small but clean, and the bathroom, also small, had a separate shower but the shower curtain was too short to stop water going everywhere when showering! As others have mentioned there is no AC which was fine in October but might be a problem at hotter times of the year. However, the windows do open! We only ate one meal here, a pasta dish which was OK, nothing special. The staff were friendly and spoke good English. They helped us arrange bus tickets to Dali for a small fee. There are grocery stores within walking distance, just continue up the alley for 5 minutes and it comes out on a main road which has lots of stores. Even though the hostel is a distance from downtown it is certainly walkable. Don't miss the Yuantong Temple and Yunnan University campus is also worth a visit. Near the university there are plenty of interesting restaurants including Salvadore's, a Mexican/Mediterranean restaurant. Further away towards downtown, Yunnan Provincial Museum is quite interesting (and free!).
In summary, unlike some other reviewers we actually liked the location of this hostel. It is in an interesting residential area of Kunming near the University and Green Lake but within walking distance of downtown.

Room Tip: Try to get a room near the top of the building for a quieter night.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2013

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.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Malaysia
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59 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2013

Was here for a night onroute to Lijiang. Nice clean hostel with English speaking reception but do note that there is no air-conditioning in the whole place and for those with heavy luggage, the elevator is only available after a few narrow flights of stairs. Our ensuite twin room on the third floor has a toilet on the balcony with a glass partition!. Free wifi only available at bar area. Quite near the Green Lake and its eateries and good value for money.

Room Tip: Our room on the third floor was quiet enough.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Upland International Youth Hostel
Address: No.92 Huashan West Road, Kunming 650031, China (Formerly Kunming Upland International Youth Hostel)
Location: China > Yunnan > Kunming
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Kunming
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 40
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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