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Westlake Youth Hostel
Ranked #30 of 164 Specialty Lodging in Hangzhou
Beijing, China
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96 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great very friendly hostel - value, location, staff all super”
Reviewed April 19, 2010

Great little hostel, 6 of us stayed in one mixed dorm. The downstairs area is just like a big lounge and so comfortable. Ths staff are very friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend and go back if I return to Hangzhou.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 10, 2010

location very nice! just right next the west lake, room not bad...rate perfect cheap :)

Stayed March 2010
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Reviewed December 4, 2009

We stayed at Westlake Youth Hostel for 2 nights, this hotel is very good ( room is clean, comfortable and spacious), also the staff are very friendly and helpful
If we come back, we will choose Westlake Youth Hostel. Highly recommend !

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2009

Hangzhou is a beautiful place, the West Lake Youth Hostel is an average place. Stayed for 3 nights in a twin room on the ground floor. The hostel is small, lacks atmosphere, is located in a residential street across from the lake and along side a pre-school. The common area is small and space is poorly allocated, there is barely any space separating the front desk, dining tables, lounge area (I never saw anybody watching tv aside from the staff and the tv was on 24 hours a day), internet area, and pool table. It's very cramped and a big issue is that the staff have the rule of the hostel, hang around all day laughing talking and having their meals family style so much so that often times you feel like you are intruding on their private space or interrupting them. This hostel doesn't have a warm inviting or chilled out feeling; actually it's rather dark and poorly lit inside.

PROS: great location, staff is friendly and accommodating, excellent western meals (and good value), other guests were friendly, bike hire, free wireless, on bus line, walking distance to points of interest., decent coffee, hot water, shower pressure.

CONS: first floor rooms are off the main area and can be noisy, no atmosphere, staff carry on like they are having a party and the guests have imposed on them, staff speaks ok english but not great, photos on website are only upstairs rooms- not ground floor (misleading), private room is expensive, closest market is a 20mn walk.

Recommend taking a stroll behind the hostel up the residential road to discover a private garden oasis, really beautiful.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
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London
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Reviewed September 17, 2009

I've been to a lot of hostels in China and this has to be in the top three. It is located right by the west lake. The room was immaculate, with a flat screen TV and a great shower. The hostel was small, but this made it all the more cosy. The food was great and relatively cheap. At night they let us lounge around on the sofas and we chose a DVD. The only negative was the price, at 210RNB for a double the room was not cheap, but id still recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed August 15, 2009

This is a freindly hotel, the staff are very friendly, always with a nice smile. They help you all they can and prepare an excellent food at any time. The room was very clean with wi-fi ( high-speed ) and breakfast is very delicious. We recomend without any doubt to stay in this hotel in Hangzhou.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 16, 2009

Fantastic place to stay. Its clean, excellent location and great value. Even the food is great. The only reason to stay in Hangzhou is for the lake, and this is situated right opposite it (tucked away behind some trees so make sure you get some good directions).

I tried looking for other accomodation near the lake but most of it was pricey. This place was recommended by some Americans I met in Suzhou and I am glad I went with their recommendation.

You can get a twin room with your own ensuite if you don't want to stay in a bunk room, dorm style. There's a large sitting area where you can read by yourself, play pool, or meet other travellers. The staff are very helpful, and they cook great western food! Try the "travellers club" or the tuna melt. The meals are so big that you could easily skip lunch. By the way, free wireless internet in the rooms, too. You can book a room online at hostel world.

The lake at Hangzhou is great and so beautiful. You can spend days exploring it. Enjoy!

Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Westlake Youth Hostel
Address: No.62-3 Nanshan Road, Hangzhou 310007, China
Location: China > Zhejiang > Hangzhou
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #30 of 164 Specialty Lodging in Hangzhou
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Hotel Class:2 star — Westlake Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 21
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