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Laoshan Hostel (The Phoenix)
Bologna, Italy
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“Perfect for visiting shanghai with some friends!”
Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

Everything was perfect!! Room really spacious and staff really nice. Also very very clean! Only problem the location is in a road which smells bad sometimes..but it's not an issue!! Overall, really nice hostel for visiting shanghai!

  • Stayed October 2012
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london
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Reviewed September 19, 2012 via mobile

This is a cheap hotel rather than hostel, so don't expect a sociable experience, but it is good value (23 pounds a night for a double ensuite) and well located, and the staff speak English and are helpful.
There is a quite nice roof terrace that serves a reasonable breakfast of toasted fried egg and salad sandwiches, coffee and orange juice for an expensive 45 yuan (4 pounds 50). It is probably the best breakfast option on the street as no free breakfast is provided. The aircon was noisy and there was a lot of noise from outside despite the fact we were not on the street side. Wouldn't be my first choice if I were to return to shanghai, but you could do much worse.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Oslo, Norway
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78 reviews
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Located near People's Square and Shanghai's main street East Nanjing Road, most sights are within walking distance. The rooms were big, inviting and clean, and the free drinking water was a nice touch - this is trully more of a hotel than a hostel. The shower head could use a fix, though. Staff were helpful, and the rooftop bar is a good hangout spot.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Villach, Austria
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

It's our first hostel in china so I don't know if it's better than standard or really that poor. We came from Laos and Thailand and always have been very happy with hostels. This time not! We arrived in the middle of the night, had a reservation for a 6 dorm, had to go in a double (ok, not that bad). We had toilet paper, tv, tooth paste and tooth brush, soap in the room and i heard that they got cleaned every day. Next morning we wanted to move in ours for the next three nights but they told us that there's only a 8 dorm left, although we booked about 4 months in advance!!! So we didn't have a chance ... The 8 dorm never got cleaned, the bathroom was horrible dirty, we didn't get toilet paper, two people were staying there because of internships so they thought ehty had all rights. People just didn't care about sleeping time, turning off the lights or being quiet in the morning. It was horrible to sleep. In Vientiane we stayed in a 16 dorm and everybody was caring about the others, such a big difference ... The sheets were clean, the beds hard, not always wifi connection, smelly in the whole hostel. Stuff was nice but also kind of weird. We asked them in advance to book train tickets for us because we didn't know how it is in china. They charged 62 rmb serving fee and it was just a reservation. We had to get the tickets by ourselves at the train station. So just go there by yourself, at the main station there's an english speaking counter. Works pretty well.
Location is good!
Food at the restaurant is ok, but ask for the second menu card, not the one with snake head soup. Tis one is just expensive and the stuff is not good at all. Staff at the restaurant seemed to be annoyed by guests, they don't speak english at all.
If you wanna go to another village try to get as many information as possible, also use the Internet. They told us to do it by ourselves but they didn't tell us how hard it is to get tickets in the other villages or any information (the garden village we have been to was just another big city, don't think that you are in a small village with only about 100 people living there)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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New York, New York, United States
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

I stayed at The Phoenix for 4 nights with a friend in mid-July 2012. We had a private ensuite room, and it felt more like a hotel than a hostel. The staff cleaned our room every day (without us requesting it) and everyone that worked there spoke good English. The restaurant on the ground floor was great and inexpensive. In general, I liked the location due to all the food nearby, the proximity to major tourist sights (i.e. the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, markets), and the fact that the general busyness of the area meant there were always taxis to pick us up and taxi drivers understood where we wanted to go when traveling back to the hotel. The staff also let us keep our bags there for a few hours after checking out but before we left for the airport. They also did laundry for us.

The rooftop area is okay. There is an outdoor section with picnic tables and an indoor section where the actual bar is located along with some chairs/couches, a few computers that are free to use, an acoustic guitar, etc. We didn't really see too many people up on the rooftop so I wouldn't expect to meet a ton of people there but it was still a nice addition.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

We stayed at The Phoenix Hostel just one night, giving ourselves a day in Shanghai before catching an international flight.
The hostel is in a good location, with places to eat, and convenience-shops, all around.
Finding Subway Sandwich, and patisserie's, just around the corner from the hostel was a big hit with the children!
The hostel is also well-sited to get out and about in Shanghai.
Hostel staff are very friendly, helpful and informative.
The rooms are large, bright, airy and clean, as are the bathrooms.
We had a 3-bed room at the front of the hostel.
Towels and bed-linen were white and clean.
My only complaint would be that the A/C in our room was very old and so did not really do the job to keep us cool. In the other room of our party, it worked well however.
I liked the fact that the hostel is located in a small "real" street, and Shanghainese live just opposite.
I would definitely stay here again and recommend to friends on a budget.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Sydney
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

Shanghai is an expensive city but these very reasonably priced rooms are clean, come with free filtered water and are comfortable. They are not the quietest rooms as it's a reasonably busy part of town but sleep quality is ok.

The staff speak English and are very helpful. They quietened down a noisy room next to us and gave us lots of advice. There is a Saturday night BBQ that they run and then give people advice on where to go out but the hostel itself is not too noisy.

There is an excellent restaurant downstairs which we ate in a lot. You actually have to go through the restaurant from reception to get to the lifts.

There are heaps of restaurants on the same street (it's recommended as a good place in guides) and it's walking distance from People's Square. It's twenty minutes from the Bund and close to the metro.

We would stay again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Laoshan Hostel (The Phoenix)
Address: No.17 Yunnan Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200001, China
Location: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > People’s Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 295 Specialty Lodging in Shanghai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Laoshan Hostel (The Phoenix) 2*
Number of rooms: 50
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