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Reviews of Shanghai City Central Youth Hostel (Utels)

Hostel | No.300 Wuning Road, Putuo District, Shanghai, China 200063

77.7% Overall Rating

942 out of 1010 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (06/11/2014)

"Hostel is in a good location and has a nice bar and lounge area and decent toilets and bathrooms on every floor."

Read all Shanghai City Central Youth Hostel (Utels) reviews

Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • No curfew
  • Currency Exchange
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Laundry service
  • Wake-up calls
  • Bar(s)
  • Common area / room
  • Elevator / lift(s)
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup USD 64.97
  • Breakfast USD 5.69

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

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77.7%

Overall Rating

942 out of 1010 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Shanghai City Central Youth Hostel (Utels)'

Atmosphere
81.6%
Location
76.8%
Facilities
74.4%
Cleanliness
74.4%
Staff
74.4%
Value
79.2%
Safety
83.2%
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97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Julija Mustafinaite

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

16 June 2011 Julija would recommend this property

Liked: Included breakfast was great, you could choose from dumplings (steamed bun), toast with jam, cereal with milk, some soups, juice was also included. The hostel was very clean, it actually looked liked a little hotel, you could find slippers in the room, tea bags, boiling water was on every floor, 24 hour hot showers, etc. Everything was great!

Disliked: Maybe the location could be better, but it was not too bad once we found the hostel :)

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Sandra Lawrence

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

15 June 2011 Sandra would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent, friendly and helpful English speaking staff. Always a happy face to say hello to. Everything you need in a place to stay and more. Very comfortable, would happily stay again.

Disliked: Breakfast buffet limited. Fruit should be included.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

As a family with children

Backpacking / gap year

13 June 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: atmosphere, cleanliness and the offered breakfast, you cant find it very often...

Disliked: nothing

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

William Harrison

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

13 June 2011 William would recommend this property

Liked: Good, clean hostel with helpful staff. There are security lockers in the reception area for your valuables and a good bar to relax in after a day of sight seeing. they also had a good range of food in the bar. It is also easy to get to from the train station as it is a couple of minute walk from the tube station.

Disliked: There is little to do around the hostel itself and the included breakfast is rather limited with 2 flavours of steamed buns and cereal included in the buffet. Though, as mentioned above, the bar does good breakfast food as well and it is cheap.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Lara Adamson

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

04 June 2011 Lara would recommend this property

Liked: Very clean & modern bathrooms. Nice continental breakfast too!!

Disliked: Location in a residential area.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

03 June 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: One of the nicest and best value hostels I have ever stayed in in my life. Definitely in my top 5. Breakfast was included and it is the best included breakfast I have ever eaten with a huge range of western and chinese breakfast items. Internet access was very cheap and always available. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. Location was good as it was only a few minutes from the nearest metro. The dorm rooms were very nice and the bunk beds were very big. There were 2 movie nights a week and a bar and restaurant on site, which lent itself to a great atmosphere at night. Amazing hostel!!

Disliked: Absolutely nothing.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

30 May 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: my friend recommended it to me

Disliked: noisiness late in the evening and early in the morning in the hall

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

28 May 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Big room, good location (near the subway , not far from the center, big supermarket is 10 min away), helpful staff

Disliked: 1) floor in our room was not cleaned properly after previous guests

94.3%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Business / conference

17 May 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean & helpful staff. Free breakfast was a bonus. Very close to Metro too.

Disliked: I had a ground floor single room that looked out to the entrance. Couldnt really open the window without the noise from the courtyard, nor can I open the curtains without people seeing inside.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 40% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

13 May 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent spacious rooms

Disliked: At times the staff were quite unfriendly

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

12 May 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I have stayed there previously and also like the included breakfast. It is also quiet and close to the Metro (even though you have to walk for miles at the changeover station, is close to a variety of eating places, traditional or fast food. Staff is friendly and a few of them have better English than elsewhere. You can meet people if you wish or have peace and quiet.

Disliked: Nothing

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

Monique Egan

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

10 May 2011 Monique would recommend this property

Liked: Free breakfast,toast dumplings,oj etc and its been 6 months since iv had cereal and i had a choice of cereal!! The staff were lovely so helpful, the rooms were nice and big, free internet for laptop users. Pool, movie nights. We spend most of our time out of the hostel but i would definitely stay here again.Metro is gonna be your best friend, 18 rmb for 24 hours unlimited trains,believe me you will use it.

Disliked: The chef produces great food at budget prices but With the menu, A lot of the Asian and Chinese food on the menu was blacked out, which i was a little dissapointed about. The Air con systems seem to be set to Fan and the remote and system is all chinese so i didnt know what to press.

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

Sean Rubis

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

08 May 2011 Sean would recommend this property

Liked: It was nice and clean with good facilities.

Disliked: No Soap

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

29 April 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff and good breakfast.

Disliked: The hostel is on the far edge of the city, but it is a short walk away from the subway. The Internet connection at the hostel is somewhat slow.

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

Robert Fulton

Alone

City break

26 April 2011 Robert would recommend this property

Liked: All in all a good place to say. I meet some really cool people at the bar, chatted, drank and play pool until two in the morning. There is a nice relaxed atmosphere at the hostel.

Disliked: People on their laptops pretending to be busy and not making an effort to meet new people.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Family Holiday
Visiting friends or family

26 April 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Best value for money of any hostel I have been to in China

Disliked: Staff in the dining area were not particularly friendly.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With a large group / tour

Backpacking / gap year

23 April 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff were really friendly and helpful, the rooms were as good as a hotel and clean. Good free breakfast.

Disliked: atmosphere

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

21 April 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very clean, good place to meet other travellers. Generally staff are helpful. Free breakfast.

Disliked: Some staff would get annoyed at being asked questions, but this seems to be common at hostels China.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

20 April 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Super clean rooms, more like a hotel than hostel...which is ok by me

Disliked: Breakfast was weak -- you're better off getting something on the street nearby for a few yuan.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Visiting friends or family

19 April 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Well, the funfactor is not really high, but the free breakfast wins everything, at least for short-term-stays!

Disliked: quiet and food is overpriced as everywhere in these big hotellike hostels.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

18 April 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Rooms are tidy. Beds in the dormitory rooms are comfortable. Staff is very friendly. Many interesting people. Evenings in the bar are enjoyable. Free breakfast (nothing big there but still). Great value for money.

Disliked: You hear people walking an talking in the corridor during night. Hotel Bar is too expensive. Lockers in the dormitory rooms offers only symbolic security, but there are onother ones in the lobby.

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

Helen Davies

With friends / other travellers

City break
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Visiting friends or family

18 April 2011 Helen would recommend this property

Liked: Private room just as good as a hotel room; free breakfast; excellent location for subway to bus station, train station and F1 grand prix; walking distance from Jade Buddha.

Disliked: Nothing

85.7%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
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Alan Kingston

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

14 April 2011 Alan would recommend this property

Liked: It's really close to the metro, which was great once we got the hang of the system. It was quiet and there was lots of facilities on offer.

Disliked: The bar area was really anti social. It's not a place you'd go if you wanted to meet fellow travellers - everyone's on their computers. Maybe a few theme nights would liven the place up?

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Bernard Wright

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

12 April 2011 Bernard would recommend this property

Liked: Convenient to subway, helpful staff, extra services (library, travel, airport transport), free breakfast, elevator, great value for twin private room.

Disliked: Nothing!

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Business / conference
City break

12 April 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: this hostel is 500 meter walk from Metro "Chao Yang Road" Line 4. First time i arrived i can fell warm and comfort atmosphere. Staffs are able to speak in English and they are being helpful in giving information. The Dorm is Quit okay, Water pressure is Good. For Breakfast they serve cereal, milk, dumpling, you tiao (Deep fried cake) , toast bread with jam. They have cozy place to hang out, Tsing tao beer is cheap, only 8 yuan per bottle. Restaurant is serving western and chinese food, cost arround 25-50 yuan. People who stayed here mostly are backpacker, expat on vacation and group traveller. i made few friends here. Will go back again to this hostel.

Disliked: Public toilet is smelly.