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“Good location, slightly expensive for private bath”

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Captain Youth Hostel(Fuzhou Rd Branch)
Ranked #31 of 354 Specialty Lodging in Shanghai
Reviewed January 17, 2010

The location is pretty good bc it is close to the Bund. It would be better if it were a little closer to the metro. There is a Family Mart convenience store right next door which is nice. Breakfast is included but extremely basic. Amazing view from the rooftop bar. Rooms are adequately clean but the rooms with a private bath have a strong septic system smell.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 22, 2009

The atmosphere at the Captain hostel was really unique and fun. The sailor theme was carried out well throughout the hostel. However, for the price, there needed to be mroe to make my stay truly outstanding

The rooms were clean and spacious, with air con, thankfully. But the room we had on fuzhou road was very noisy throughout the day and night. I guess this comes with shanghai, but it would have been more pleasant to to have been in a room away from the road. The overall location was good. Pretty easy access to the metro and the bund promenade. The free breakfast was fine.

One of the things that put me off was that they made you pay for the internet. 5 RMB for 15 minutes! The charge for printing is also ridiculous...10 rmb for color. The staff was also not very welcoming.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 24, 2008

During the last 7 years I've been coming to China, I have stayed in many hotels and hostels and Captain's Hostel near the Bund in Shanghai was definately one of the best. I've stayed there 3 times in different years and was amazed everytime again by the perfect location, the friendly atmosphere and the very nice dorms. Very nice boat-style design, with an eye for details. The hot and powerful showers were wonderful and the bar at the top of the hostel has fantastic views of the bund (the only downside is that this bar used to be a bargain a few years ago, but prices of drinks are unfortunately up to Shanghai prime time standards now).

Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled solo
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2  Thank RonaldYangshuo
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Reviewed August 7, 2008

A chinese speaking friend booked this over the phone for 4 nights.

Captain has "hostel" type rooms and hotel type rooms, and we went for the cheapest of the latter (RMB 400 per night, for two persons). We were initially given the smallest room but, on request, were significantly upgraded to a very nice room, very luminous, on the 5th floor with most windows to Fu Zhou Lu. Everything was fully functional and clean. The person who usually came to do the room was extremely nice and efficient. Reception were helpful in writing some destinations out for me.

The hostel bar (6th floor) with a tremendous view to Pudong is directly above but the sound is very tolerable.

Washing machines are fine and cost RMB 7 with powder. Use of the hotel safe/room was RMB 2 every time. Internet was at 5 RMB per quarter of an hour. All these services proved practical.

Location is excellent. Literally 1 minute away from the Bund, and about 15 minutes walk to the People's Square (Shanghai Museum etc...). Taxis come by often and Fu Zou Lu is a very busy street with plenty of shops, restaurants and banks.

One criticism (which probably would not affect your stay - but which took us aback): we returned from a day's travels one afternoon to find new furniture had been installed. Our stuff had been unceremoniously shoved out of the way. My suitcase had travelled onto some clothes, and various items had migrated onto the clean sheets on the beds. A half-empty bottle of water had been, presumably by the workers or staff, in the room. We brought this down to reception who took it back.

Overall, this was a very comfortable and cheap base to explore Shanghai and its surroundings from - so no regrets.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 26, 2008

I loved this place!!! It is a little more expencive than your average Chinese hostel, but I couldn't have asked for a better location. The hostel's top floor bar has to have the most beautiful view in the city of the river. The museums and other major tourist areas are walking distance.
The hostel itself has very friendly staff and nice rooms. The meals are fairly inexpencive for being American and English dishes and the drinks are plentiful.
The shower leaves a bit to be desired, but what can you expect?

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 9, 2008

It was a great location to stay for you to budget your trip which you can save your money and spend on other stuff. My trip was last year with a team of officemate since we are on the way back from Suzhou to Malaysia. All of us kinda of worry since one of the team member said it is was a 'hostel', the impression was a hostel with a very minimum facilities and toilet was not really in a good condition. Well! You know what??!! Unexpected! It was clean and comfortable accept it is small. BTW, I booked room with queen bed size, but i think it is enough for me since the main purpose transit at Shanghai for 2 nights just wanted to enjoy the beautiful of Shanghai scenery at night. CAREFULL, there are TWO Captain Hostel, we had been caught into trouble when we reach at the hostel at we booked and they transfer to the other side (next to the river) since they said it is fully booked (we already confirmed 3 days ahead there are a room available)... luckily it was good.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 19, 2008

My husband and I stayed here for 3 days during a brief trip to Shanghai.

The hostel is in a fantastic location which is about a 5 mintue walk to the bund. It is also reasonably close to Nanjing road (for shopping and food) and the Nanjing Road Metro Station.

There are a range of facilities on offer. There is a washing machine for 5 yuan but no dryers. There are clothes horse on level 4 to dry your clothes. There is internet but in my opinion quite expensive compared with other internet cafes.

There are 5 showers (for each gender) in the entire complex. There will probably be a small wait at busy times. The showers have good pressure and good heat. There is a bar serving food until late with a great view of the city skyline.

The rooms are large for a hostel, there are 9 bunk beds in each room but it does not feel cramped at all. The rooms are clean and the sheets changed everyday. The decor is new and tasteful. The rooms are secure and each bunk has a good locker which can easily fit a large rucksack as well as a small backpack.

The staff are indifferent in my opinion - not nasty or anything but not friendly either. They speak English though.

I would definately come here again for stay in Shanghai.

Stayed: May 2008
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Address: No.37 Fuzhou Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002, China
Location: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > The Bund
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #31 of 354 Specialty Lodging in Shanghai
Price Range: $19 - $54 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 35
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