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“Fantastic hostel. Fantastic staff.”
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Zhilam Hostel
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Fantastic hostel. Fantastic staff.”
Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at Zhilam for three nights and loved it. This is what hostels should be like. Good size dorms, electric blankets, warm cosy bar area and great advice about activities from the staff. The food was good and the coffee and cake the best we have had in China!

  • Stayed October 2012
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Taichung, Taiwan
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Absolutely loved Zhilam. A total haven - the generosity of the owners, the amazingly friendly staff, the piping hot showers, the toasty electric blankets, good food, low-price dorm beds, rustic Tibetan-style decor and free internet. Bliss. It's the kind of place you instantly know you'll shuffle your travel plans around for, just to stay a little longer. The American owners, Kris and Stephanie (and their unbelievably cute kids) are on hand with travel advice, help and a morale boost for the road-weary traveller. Since this part of Sichuan is navigated largely by long (longggg) bus rides, this hostel is the perfect place to unpack your bag for a few days, relax with a hot coffee in their cosy lounge-area and admire the view of snowy mountains and the bustle of Kangding below. One of the other reviewer complains about the dark dorm rooms - but this was by FAR the best night's sleep I had in the whole of China, and who wants to hang out in a dorm room, when there's a living area with a wood stove, books, and chat from the friendly Tibetan staff? OK, let's face it - Kangding itself is no great draw, - a weird mishmash of Chinese development that is crowding out what was once probably a lovely Tibetan market town, and yes, the hostel isn't the easiest to get to, BUT it is well worth the climb - not only for all the reasons above, but also because, sitting above the town, Zhilam feels like the last-post before the wilder adventure starts, or the perfect transition back to the craziness of urban China after you've done roaming the grasslands. Go and stay. Like I said, you'll almost definitely want to stay longer.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We loved Zhilam Hostel so much that we came back a second time. The staff are wonderful, full of knowledge and will help you with just about anything you throw at them. They organised a minivan to take a group of us to Tagong (which was amazing!) Make sure you try the cakes made in house, they are delightful! You can go hiking in the surrounding mountains or just sit in the lounge area by the fire with a hot cup of tea and enjoy the view. I would gladly recommend this hostel to anyone coming to Kanding, you won't be dissapointed!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

was there during June, 2012. the boss's really helpful and full of tour advice, he helped us to find a shared car to Mugecuo and Yajiageng. The sandwich he made for us as lunch was delicious, the freshly baked chacolate cake and carrot cake's so good that I took one pc every night~~ and can meet many lovely travellors in the small yet cozy lobby~

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Jerusalem
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

we had such a great time there.
the place to go if you want to rest have fun and get travel advice
free dvd and wifi
we had such a great time with the family the owners are just lovley
its well worth climbing there

Room Tip: dishes are very small dont eat there if your hungry
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 27, 2012 via mobile

My experience at this hostel was all around positive. The place has a lot of style on the inside and it's quite clean. Clearly some thought was put into the lay-out and choice of staff with backpackers' interests in mind. I met some great travelers in the cozy lobby area over yak burgers and beer.
It is at the other end of town from the bus stand I arrived at, but it was worth the haul and the schlep up the hill.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

Above the all the rattle of Kangding city lies Zhilam Hostel and its tranquility. The staff is adorable and the owner full of advice on what to do in the area (meaning Sichuan !). We spent triple the time we thought we'd spend there because we felt so good.

We spent 3 months cycling around west China and it was by very far the best price/quality ratio we've had in the whole country.

Would definitely recommend anyone stoping in Kangding to stop there.

Room Tip: Any one would do ! If there aren't too many people you'll have a complete dorm for you only...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Zhilam Hostel
Address: Bai Tuo Kan area, Kangding County 626000, China
Location: China > Sichuan > Kangding County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Kangding County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hostel sits on a hillside just above Kangding city-center. It can be reached by a foot-path in just five minutes. We can also be reached by car, although the route is a little longer. Being above the town, we enjoy great views, peaceful silence, and a little cleaner air. We are situation across the valley from Pama Mountain (a major tourist destination) and have great views of snow caps to the South. ... more   less 
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