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Hidden Garden International Youth Hostel
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        Reviewed 19 November 2017

        Just spent three nights in this hostel in Shanghai. I came with one other American friend, and one Chinese friend. We were all extremely pleased with the hostel.

        As for it being hidden, that's definitely true! However, not impossible to find. Directions on your phone will take you there just fine. There's a lit up sign at the end of the alleyway that you need to walk down that is always lit up and says "International Hostel", you just walk a few hundred feet down the alleyway and at the end is the Hostel. It's a safe alleyway, even late at night. I didn't find this to be a problem, and what do you expect if the word "hidden" is in the name?!

        The staff was extremely friendly upon check in, and all throughout our stay. They speak great English and are nothing but helpful and accommodating.

        We stayed in a mixed dorm with 6 beds. The first night it was just the three of us, but the next two nights we had three chinese men (who also did not know one another) sleep in our room. It was fun to make new friends, and if you're easily adaptable and willing to just stick to your own living space and keep your stuff fairly tidy, having a mixed dorm wasn't a bad experience at all.

        They give you fresh sheets to put on your bed, a pillowcase, and a cover for the comforter. The pad on the bed was EXTREMELY comfortable, especially for China. Nice fluffy pillow. No complaints about the sleeping arrangement.

        However, if you like your stuff to be spread out, want your own clean bathroom space, and don't like sleeping around strangers, it would probably be wise to get your own room, or make sure you're only in a dorm with people you know. Otherwise, a super fun and unique experience, whilst still being super comfortable.

        I also highly recommend the breakfast here!! We got the classic American breakfast, and it came with a free coffee. It was one of the most authentically American foods I've had in China so far, and I've lived here for three months. Sooooo yummy, and totally worth the price when you convert it back to American dollars. The coffee was yummy too.

        Additionally, the lounge is a super fun place to hang out in. There's charging ports everywhere, drinks, a bar, great music, and just a cool vibe. Plus a cute kitty!

        Overall, highly recommend this hostel. No complaints at all, and made our stay super comfortable and fun.

        • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
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        Thank rachelmariefonseca
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        Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

        The hostel itself is hard to find, gotta like walk through an ally way but the front garden is very neat, friendly atmosphere, some of the staff seemed a bit rude though. The shared dorm rooms are very comfortable and have there own shower and toilet. All in all pretty nice and neat. The area has a lot of construction going on though but quick subway access to the city and all that.

        Stayed: August 2017, travelled solo
        Thank kashi_da_otaku
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        Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

        Near the metro, clean and new, nice showers and bathrooms, comfortable beds and nice bedding, staff was nice and friendly and 2 spoke good English, wide selection of craft beers, beautiful outdoor garden area (mosquito spray provided), I would stay here again!
        Suggestions to management: have metro maps available (even photocopies would help), put individual reading lights above each bunk bed, add hooks to hang towels on (everyone was hanging them on the nice new wooden bunk beds and wet towels will eventually ruin them)
        Good luck on your new business!

        Stayed: July 2017, travelled solo
        Thank Ratingsandreviews
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        Reviewed 8 November 2016

        DO NOT BOTHER BOOKING HERE! The room we were in was damp, and EVERYTHING was wet the beds the walls the sheets your clothing after just a few hours in there it was horrible! The hostel has a couple of families living there with children who just run around all day annoying anyone in sight! The food was disgusting. For the money, it's not worth it to stay somewhere so bad! I've never stayed anywhere this bad (the staff were polite and friendly thought) only plus really

        • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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        Thank RichardHuckvale
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        Reviewed 31 January 2016

        I know, it is one of the cheapest in Shanghai but try to avoid this hostel. The whole room and especially the bathroom is unbelievably dirty. I lived in a dorm with five chinese women who seem to live there constantly. No hot water. I was glad that I was just staying there for one night - you really can't stay there longer.
        Staff was very friendly!

        • Stayed: January 2016, travelled with friends
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        Thank anberto95
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