Add:62-3 Nanshan Road, next to Jing Temple
Credit Cards Accepted
English Service Available
40-55RMB/bed, 250RMB/king size room.
If you are reading this, then you probably already have a place to lay your head, but maybe you aren't happy with it. Maybe you're running out of money and need a cheaper place to stay. Hostels are great. They are a great place to hang with other travelers and exchange helpful tidbits of info. For those who like playing tour guide, they are a good place to pick up newbies, and they're nice for a fling if you're into that kind of thing.
The West Lake Youth Hostel is the newest of the hostels town, and there are plenty in Hangzhou. What's really nice about this one, though, is that it's not right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city and it's not as far away as Hupao road. Yes, you'll have to contend with the hoards of tourist around Leifeng Pagoda and Jingci Temple, but once they're gone, you'll have this whole side of the lake to yourself. And the rooms aren't as pricey as you might think given the location: They run from 40-55RMB for dorm beds and 250RMB for a big room.
West Lake YH is part of most popular chain of hostels in China, Utels International, so you know if you end up here, they'll know how to take care of you. Along with a helpful English-speaking staff, they've got all of the services you've come to expect from a well-run hostel, and there are plenty of DVDs, books and games to keep you occupied while you rest your weary feet. They also do day trips out to places like Thousand Island Lake, Wuzhen, Shaoxing and Yaolin Wonderland. Here's an idea: Even if you live in Hangzhou, why not hitch a ride with these guys for trips out to some of those places that you've been reading about but can never get anyone to go with you.
Yeah, it's strange that we've reviewed a hostel, but MORE isn't just for you boozehounds who call Hangzhou home. Hostels can be a great place to get some down-home cooking. Some of those further out on Hupao have some damn fine dining. Anyway, the West Lake Youth Hostel is not a bad place for you guys to go and detox with a cheap cup of green tea while you eat a nice Western Omlet on their peaceful front patio. You should have plenty of opportunity to show off your expert knowledge of the city to all those naive backpackers.
Take the small path opposite Zhejiang Xi'zi Hotel/Leifeng Pagoda.
Busses:Y2 from the Railway Station, Y7 from the Eastern Bus Station, K4, 504, Y1, Y3, Tourist 5 or 7
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