Returning to Shanghai for the second time while traveling through China for a month, myself and my buddy decided to change locations (being in Jing An before) and move closer to the Bund and riverside. We stayed at Mingtown Nanjing Road for 2 nights at 50 RMB per night (normally 55 but we are Hosteling International members) and found it to be nearly perfect! The hostel is a minute walk to Nanjing East subway station and pedestrian walk and less than a 5 minute walk to the Bund - a great position for those wanting a central location with transport, sights and food nearby.
Our room was a 6-bed dorm with lockers, bedside shelf and lamp. There were several bathrooms on our floor to be used and they always seemed to be vacant as well as clean with 24 hr hot water. There is nice common, self-service kitchen with a fridge, microwave, stove and plenty of cooking equipment, which we found a great help. Mingtown Hostel also has fast wifi that reaches the room and a pool table.
The service was top notch, with the staff always being very helpful with writing things out in Chinese to make our lives easier and when my friend lost his phone on the street, the guy at reception was fantastic with helping us track it down and even spoke to the guy who found the phone in Chinese to help us meet up the same night! The only negative thing I have to comment on was the noise in the morning. Our room was along the street and there was a hefty amount of loud traffic in the morning that woke me up several times. Regarding food, the restaurant downstairs we found to be a bit too expensive but discovered at night there are some amazing and cheap dumpling and fried noodles/rice street-vendors at the intersection near the hostel - definitely worth checking out!
Overall, we are very happy with our time at Mingtown Nanjing Road Hostel and would definitely recommend this hostel to anyone heading over to Shanghai in need of cheap, and great value accommodation! Thanks.
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