Looking for budget accommodation in Changsha? Look no further than the city’s numerous youth hostels. Hostels are no longer the cheap and often dirty places that they once were. These days they’re considered hip global villages that attract youthful travelers from all other the world. Hostel staff members often arrange tours, provide breakfast and in some cases even pick travelers up from the train station. The price may be inching closer towards that of a budget hotel, but the experience of a hostel is much richer. The hostels in Changsha have grown better and better over the past few years, as new establishments have opened and old favorites have been updated. Here’s our guide to Changsha’s best hostels.
1) Changsha International Youth Hostel
The earliest youth hostel in town, the Changsha International Youth Hostel (长沙国际青年旅舍) has an upscale, almost European feel. The hostel blends nice decoration with a messy youth vibe: the walls are covered in graffiti and names of those who have stayed there in the past. The staff at the front desk are friendly and will help with the purchase of train tickets, plane tickets, bicycle rentals and more. However, while travelers praise its cleanliness and atmosphere, there have been several complaints that there are no restaurants or entertainment venues within walking distance. Still, the hostel’s central location in the city is tough to beat. Free Wi-Fi.
Add: 61 Gongshang Xiang, Dong Feng’er Cun, Xiadalong, Changsha (behind the Dongfeng Lu Juntai Grand Hotel)
Price: 40 RMB (8-bed mixed dorm); 45 RMB (4-bed dorm); 98 RMB (single-bed room); 118 RMB (standard large-bed room); 128 RMB (standard twin-bed room); 148 RMB (standard three-bed room
Tel: 731 8299 0202
Website: http://www.hnhostel.com; http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Changsha-International-Youth-Hostel/Changsha/33464#availability
Getting there: Take bus No. 112, 136, 146, 150, 302, 901, 901 to Dalong (大垅) or take taxi from the Huanghua Airport (75 RMB), Changsha Railway Station (13 RMB) or Changsha South Railway Station (40 RMB)
2) Changsha Shuyuan International Hostel
A main selling point for the Changsha Shuyuan International Hostel (长沙书院国际青年旅舍) is that it’s located right next to the south gate of one of Changsha’s best traditional foot streets—Huangxing Pedestrian Street (黄兴路步行街). The hostel has a rooftop terrace with views of Orange Isle (橘子洲头) and the famous statue of Mao. Bring your breakfast up to the roof, enjoy the birds and soak in the views while sitting on the porch swing. Free Wi-Fi.
Add: 148 Shuyuan Lu, Tianxin District, Changsha (behind Xinghua Yuan Bus Station)
Tel: 0731 8521 2123
Price: 40 RMB (10-bed mixed dorm); 45 RMB (4 or 6-bed dorm); 128 RMB (large-bed room); 188 RMB (family suite for 4 persons); 148 RMB (3-bed room); 148 RMB (standard room)
Website: http://www.hxhostel.com; http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Changsha-Shuyuan-International-Hostel/Changsha/49596?sc_sau=avdc&sc_pos=1
Getting there: Take bus No. 1, 122, 134, 139, 160, 804, 901, 908 to Xianghua Yuan (杏花园) then walk 10 meters; hostel is up the hill on the left
3) Huxiangyi Yuelu Mountain International Youth Hostel
Huxiangyi Yuelu Mountain International Youth Hostel (湖湘驿岳麓山国际青年旅舍) is located at the base of Yuelue Mountain. The hostel feels a bit like a private villa and even has a pool! The room are nothing special, but the surrounding natural area more than makes up for it. If you want to climb Yuelu Mountain then definitely stay here for several nights. The hostel is clean and comfortable, although it does not have the same funky global vibe as most other hostels. There is a garden terrace on the first floor where guests lounge around and drink coffee. The swimming pool is on the hillside terrace on the second floor and is great especially in the steamy Changsha summers. Free Wi-Fi.
Add: Lushan Huaqiao Cun, 50 Xinmin Lu, Changsha (behind Yangcheng Restaurant)
Tel: 731 8536 8418
Price: 45 RMB (shared dorm); 98 RMB (small bedroom); 128 RMB (standard large-bed room); 138 RMB (standard room); 148 RMB (family room)
Getting there: Take bus No. 63, 106, 109, 117, 132, 152, 301, 317, 401, 902, 908 to Ximin Xuehui Jiuzhi ( 新民学会旧址), facing Yangcheng Restaurant (羊城餐馆), go to the right side of the alley entrance to find the hostel
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