We stayed here for one night before we moved on. Although the hostel appears to be a small inn from the front, it's actually enormous inside with rooms across three large levels. After staying in several of the same faceless HIs/YHAs throughout China (often they're the best option, and sometimes the only option), we were looking forward to something with more character, this being Shanghai and all. Unfortunately Le Tour didn't quite meet our expectations on this front but it was still a pleasant place to stay. The facilities were standard for a youth hostel, with a common lounge and recreation area downstairs and a rooftop bar and cafe on the third floor. Tsingdao tallies were Y20 each (a bit pricey we thought until we saw other Shanghai bar prices) but they also offered foreign beers and there was a small drinks store just down the road selling local beers for Y3-4/tallie. We were going to have the buffet breakfast in the morning but it didn't look that great considering it was Y30 each. There is a busy local style canteen on the corner of the laneway to the hostel which could be a good alternative if you don't mind a non-western breakfast.
We were upgraded to a deluxe room for no extra charge when we checked in due to all the private doubles being taken. The room was roomy and had a couch, TV, AC, broadband and a reasonable sized bathroom. We ended up spending most of the evening relaxing at the rooftop bar and cafe. It's a nice place to relax, especially in the evening when it's cooler.
The hostel is located close Jing An Temple station on the green Line 2. Both airports and Hongqaio Railway Station are also conveniently on this line. The hostel is also very central for exploring the rest of the city so we'd highly recommend considering staying here if you have limited time in Shanghai or it's your first visit. You can buy a Shanghai Transport pass with a deposit value of Y20 from People's Square and use it on the trains, buses and taxis to avoid any hassle with change and queues.
Checkout at midday was fairly chaotic, but considering it was a weekend and the hostel was almost full when we were there, this was probably normal. The reception could do with one or two more staff at the peak times – there were plenty of people who had been locked out of their room at midday or had forgotten something in their room, as well as people asking for directions and help with transport. Even though the staff were flat out they still kindly made a couple of phone calls in Chinese on our behalf and also helped us plan our onward travel.
All in all not a bad place to stay in Shanghai.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Tour Traveler’s Rest Youth Hostel is located in the downtown area of Shanghai and is just 10 minute’s walk from the Subway (Line 2 and Line 7) (JingAn Temple Station and Airport City Terminal). Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Paramount Entertainment and former French Concession are all within walking distance. 5-minute's walk from the subway Line 7 - ChangPing Road Station, which leads directly to Shanghai EXPO Park.Nearby Nanjing West Road is a busy main road with offices, shops, restaurants and pubs. However the hostel is set back in a quiet residential side street away from the hustle and bustle. The building itself was built in the 1930s and is a former Towel Factory that used to supply towels to almost every family in China. When renovating the building we tried to salvage and re-use as much as we could from the old building – much of the furniture, flooring and panelling that you see in our guest rooms and common areas are made from the original timber.We accepts ISIC, IYTC, ITIC, HI Hostel card, Hostelworld VIP Card, … as our membership cards. We can offer accommodation in double rooms, twin rooms, apartment rooms and shared single-sex dormitories. The hostel offers a lively, vibrant atmosphere and has a Café and Bar, 24 hour access, free internet, bike hire, laundry, luggage lockers, garden, TV/DVD lounge, Table Tennis, Billiards and a quiet reading room. Also, at our reception there is a Travel Center, where customers can book flight and train tickets, as well as tickets for local one day tours and acrobatics shows, and much more besides… ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Tour Traveler`s Rest Youth Hotel Shanghai