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Reviews of Rock&Wood International Youth Hostel

Hostel | No.278, lane 615, ZhaoHua Road, (opposite No.551 WuYi Road), At the side of KaiYuan School Shanghai, China 200050

90.1% Overall Rating

158 out of 163 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (03/07/2014)

Matthew Ireland thinks…

"Friendly and helpful staff, it took me forever to find the place but the guy on reception patiently guided me there.Also they helped with train bookings. Beds are comfortable enough. Food is…"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • No curfew
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • Restaurant
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • BBQ area
  • Café
  • Common area / room
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 0.32

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

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90.1%

Overall Rating

158 out of 163 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Rock&Wood International Youth Hostel'

Atmosphere
91.2%
Location
80.0%
Facilities
91.2%
Cleanliness
89.6%
Staff
91.2%
Value
95.2%
Safety
92.0%
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97.1%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

29 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It has a great book exchange, a pool table, wonderful food, a great staff, and is very clean.

Disliked: It's a little far from the center of town---about 30 minutes by subway.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

02 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very clean and nice hostel. We had a private room with a very nice badroom and a comfortable bed. Breakfast was very good, the stuff was not so fast but friendly. Location is quite and in 10min walking distance to the subway.

Disliked: it was quite cold in all rooms, but still okay.

97.1%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

As a family with children

Family Holiday

29 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I like the property. We have 4 people stayed in 8 beds room. We didn't have anyone else with us. Which gave us some privecy.

Disliked: Nothing

97.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Robyn Christensen

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

06 December 2011 Robyn would recommend this property

Liked: It was really clean, and our double room was quite large with a big, very modern ensuite bathroom. Liked the bar area downstairs with a pool table. Able to buy a good breakfast. About 10 minutes walk from Metro, and on same line as airport.

Disliked: Nothing

62.9%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

30 November 2011

Liked: Deluxe double rooms were great - spacious, clean, own porch, large bathroom. Great common area space, lovely gardens. A great value alternative to a hotel. Reasonable walking distance from subway station allowing easy access to centre.

Disliked: Despite the great common area, it was full of people individually plugged into their laptops. No-one spoke to each other apart from existing groups, attempts to interact were usually met with glares. No organised events by hostel to encourage interaction. Hostel advertised a travel desk which did not exist - infuriatingly, they said they could get flight tickets (which we could easily do ourselves), but wouldn't help with train ticket (which we desperately needed!) - only directing us to a non-English speaking travel agent. Food was overpriced and of variable quality. VERRRRRY slow food service, with several mistakes. Most staff were friendly, but not so helpful - poor standard of English.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Andria Payne

With my spouse / partner

Visiting friends or family

28 November 2011 Andria would recommend this property

Liked: It was very clean and good for the price. Staff was very nice. Decent food and drinks available as well.

Disliked: If coming for travel, the location is not ideal, but it's close enough that it would be okay, and if you're on a budget, definitely worth it as you won't find anything close to this nice for this price downtown.

100.0%
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sean johnston

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

15 November 2011 sean would recommend this property

Liked: great backpackers, great staff nice new modern building really clean, would definitely recommend to other travelers,

Disliked: nothing its was all good

100.0%
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Alessandro Passetti

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

14 November 2011 Alessandro would recommend this property

Liked: Everything has been very good for me. Some people say that the hostel is not too easy to find the first time, but actually if you print the small map which they provide and the related short description, it's a piece fo cake! And I really enjoyed that location.

Disliked: Nothing

80.0%
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Location - 20% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

30 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Cleanliness and the common area very nice. Decor up to good modern and good standard.

Disliked: Noise from school. Wifi did not work on my phone.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

25 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Really nice looking hostel, quiet location & clean. Service was good, fresh towels everyday & close to the rail station.

Disliked: Lacked atmosphere in bar for those looking to meet people. Bar prices higher than most & food offer limited, no rice in china?

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

24 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Hey, we are all here in SH to party, right? Well, during late summer at least, R+W has to be amongst the tops in the 'fun' category. Alongside very friendly and helpful staff (and owner), this hostel has a great bar, solid English breakfast, actual-sized pool table, and the beer pong is a fantastic ice-breaker. Very clean co-ed dorms and bathrooms.

Disliked: Since we can bargain at Shanghai's fake markets, can we also bargain down the hostel's left-luggage storage charges (at 5RMB a day) for semi long-term storage? Maybe 3RMB/day from the second day onwards? Some travelers like to stay a few extra days in Hangzhou, you know! ;-) Also, for better or for worse, no DVD movies or TV..

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

23 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean, well-established. Nice bar and hang out area.

Disliked: Maps and general information about Shanghai were not provided.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

DANIEL MARTINEZ

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

21 October 2011 DANIEL would recommend this property

Liked: Wifi, pool, laundry... Friendly staff. The staff will help you in any way they can, they recomend you places to see, to go out, etc. Games at night. Happy hour beer's ( 2x3 ). In general young and nice guests. I totally recomend this hostel.

Disliked: Nothing

54.3%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 100%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 40%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

21 October 2011

Liked: Really nice looking hostel, rooms are spotless.

Disliked: facilities and services at the hostel were bad. No tv or kettle in the rooms. They don't give you any information about what to do even if you ask, they tell you the right metro station but that's about all they know. Very small menu so if you don't fancy eating out there isn't much to choose from. Location is quite far from the metro, not 5 minutes as they say on the site, more like 10-15. Walls are paper thin, we could hear snoring from next door.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Drew O'Brien

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

20 October 2011 Drew would recommend this property

Liked: Good bar.

Disliked: World's slowest internet. Frustratingly so.

85.7%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

20 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: lovely rooms, bar area and outdoor garden/terrace. bathrooms smelt lovely compared to everwhere else in china, good food, safe and secure. very close to metro line

Disliked: nothing other than it was a bit expensive for our budget and there wernt any cheaper rooms available so we moved onto cheaper acccommodation elsewhere

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

20 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Extremely clean and new. Good showers/beds/dorms/ etc. Nice bar /communal area with sofas etc and outside area. Very helpful and friendly staff. All round excellent hostel and deservingly sits as one of the highest recommended/rated hostels in shanghai. Don't listen to the serial moaners on her who always comment pathetic negative feedback about places on the most trivial things. This hostel is not miles out the way or hard to find. It's 5 mins from west yunan station. The people who can't find this probably are the minds who loose their car at the shopping centre. It's actually pleasant being in a suburb of sorts. It's handy for both trainstations as requires no change on the subway for either and is only 10/15 mins into town. Taxis at night are no more than 30 yuan to here too. In short, book it, rate it, f&£k off. good hostel

Disliked: Ditch washing machines and provide a service so don't have to hang around trying to bag a machine.

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Jackson Allan

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

20 October 2011 Jackson would recommend this property

Liked: Good atmosphere and very clean, well presented with everything you need at a hostel.

Disliked: A everyone will say it is next to a school that is very loud with announcements from about 8am onwards in the morning. Best to bring ear plugs if you want to sleep past that time. Having said that - it would probably be hard to find a hostel in Shanghai that would be a great location and very quiet. You can't have everything.

100.0%
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Keely Gavin

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

19 October 2011 Keely would recommend this property

Liked: The bar area was very open and great for meeting other people. Rooms were lovely, really was more like a hotel than a hostel.

Disliked: No kettle in room.

91.4%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

19 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It's nice and clean and quite close to a metro station. Also, most visitors were from Europe so they knew English, so I had someone to communicate with.

Disliked: Those are minor ones: - It was tricky to find on the first time; I suggest you detail it's right in the middle of a side-street connecting wuyilu with a market. - There was no advance notice I noticed on the internet that they require a 100 yuan deposit.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

18 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Atmosphere and cleanliness

Disliked: Nothing

97.1%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

lou stewart

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

14 October 2011 lou would recommend this property

Liked: more like a swish hotel than a hostel - but with a relaxed vibe!

Disliked: can't think!

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

City break

14 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: clean, safe, spacious lounge area, and good price.

Disliked: Actually nothing to complain. But location could be the one, about 10 mins walk to subway.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

10 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: A great atmosphere with a fantastic bar/restaurant area, bustling in the evening and peaceful during the daytime.

Disliked: The locker for valuables was broken, but on the whole there was little to complain about.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Robert Cooke

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

07 October 2011 Robert would recommend this property

Liked: Very good place with nice dorm, good facilities and good bar. It also has some good seating areas

Disliked: Nothing