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Mingtown Nanjing Road Youth Hostel
Ranked #11 of 293 Specialty Lodging in Shanghai
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“Great location, unimpressive service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

We stayed here for 5 days during National Holiday and had a fairly good experience. It was my first time staying in this hostel (I had stayed in three different hostels on previous trips to Shanghai) We had a private twin room which was fine. It was clean and comfortable but there was nowhere to hang clothes which was disappointing. The location was excellent but unfortunately the metro station at East Nanjing was closed after 4pm when we were there and nobody at the hostel notified us of this (although they did know about it) which was fairly inconvenient when we first arrived. The only real problem we encountered was with our reservation. We had booked our room using hostelworld about a month in advance and had called them to change the date of our reservation but when we arrived we were told that due to a problem with their online reservation system our room had been double booked. They told us to stay in our twin room for the first night and that we would possibly have to move to a dorm the following day. After a lengthy, slightly heated, discussion with the manager we got our twin room for our entire stay. The manager was neither friendly nor apologetic for this error and was rather dismissive of us for the remainder of our stay. Overall it was a fairly enjoyable place to stay and I would stay there again but of the hostels I have stayed in in shanghai it is not my favourite.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

We stayed here for a couple of nights and wish we found it before (as we stayed in Shanghai previously). The shopping area of Nanjing Road is literally around the corner so everything you need is in walking distance.

We stayed in a double room on the 4th floor. The bathroom looked brand new and the rooms were not only clean and spacious but nicely decorated. The only fault was the ceiling, one third of the ceiling had serious water damage and mouldy areas but we didn't mind. And having a window meant you could hear some noises from the street but all was quiet while wearing ear plugs.

The room had air-conditioning, wifi and a kettle. And the beds were really comfortable with good pillows - a rarity in China!

The staff spoke English and were very friendly and helpful. Every time we dealt with them they had a smile on their face.

The hostel offers a decent selection of food and drinks at a good price. But for something different, nearby is a wide selection of restaurants and fast food outlets.

This is a great place to stay!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

It is in a great location and we had a good stay there for 2 nights. It is just a few hundred metres from the East Nanjing Road Metro station and has great facilitate.

The staff are all English speaking, very helpful and also very happy bunch! We were up on the 4th floor (Room 406) and by the lift, we thought it was going tp be noisy with people coming and going but it was not to bad at all as they shut down the lift at 11pm and people have to use the stairs.

They have a great little eatery on the ground floor with excellent value western and local meals and taste superb!

The rooms are quite spacious. have air con and our room had what looked like a new bathroom. We had good wi-fi from the room as well, so that was good.

Even though you are one street away from the very busy Nanjing Road, it is quiet at night and you can't here hardly any traffic as not too many people use the road for walking or sightseeing.

Oh...and it is worth booking early as they are always busy due to their reputation and prices! :-)

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed 4 nights in this hostel and were happy. The location is really central cause it's around 100m from nanjing road and the metro station (line 2). We booked a double room with private bathroom (n 210). The room was clean and quite modern. The negative point is the noise, you can hear your neighbour and the street. Furthermore the street around is really smelly cause of the street food. However You can have access to wifi in every floor. The service is good and speak English. Don't forget to bring your rent in cash as they don't accept card and you'll be charge 100 yuan deposit for the key. For few days in shanghai, it's a good place to stay :)

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

I stayed at one of the double rooms on the third floor. No coomplaints as to the cleancliness, AC worked fine, bathroom was clean and well-kept. True, I had to go to the common room for the wifi connection but seriously - it's a hostel, so let's not be too picky. They will ask you for a 100Y reposit and promptly return it once you give your key back - since they are not taking a credit card, seems only natural. Yes, it was a bit noisy due to the street but who cares - and people who stay in hostels should always have earplugs handy anyway ;)

Hostel is literally five minutes away from the E Nanjing metro stop - but be sure to exit from exit 1, go right and then turn right at the first street - walk one block and you should see it.

Room Tip: 313 was great - bring earplugs though.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Located very near to east nanjing road (line 2) exit 1. This was actually my second stay here. The check in staff is kinda rude, when i asked her about wifi in the room, she replies 'maybe, i never stayed in the room'...hello??!

Room was ok, a bit amall. The bathroom is kinda smelly especially near the sink. They never clean up the room during my 3 nights stay. Only a lady came by one day to pick up trash.

Location is perfect, 15 minutes walk to The Bund, 2 minutes to the metro.

No credit card accepted so make sure you have cash

Room Tip: Wifi works well in lower floors
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

This place is bang on for location. Just of W Nanjing road and next to the tube station so its got all the amenities u need on the doorstep. Its cheap and you get what you pay for.

Inside its a bit cramped but you're not going to do much more than sleep here before getting out and spending the day in Shanghai.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Mingtown Nanjing Road Youth Hostel
Address: No.258 Tianjin Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200001, China
Location: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > People’s Square
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