Hostels all over Asia are incredibly cheap and China makes no exception to the rule. If you are traveling on a low budget, fear not for there are plenty of cheap places to stay. There are plenty of hostels in every large Chinese city.
Need to know
Hostels differ when it comes to facilities: some might have only the basic ones while some might look and feel like a miniature hotel.
The word “Youth” is just…a word. The age barriers are pretty much extinct. However, you should check if there are any restrictions (such as children not allowed or children under a certain age not allowed).
The cheapest beds are always those in dorms but if you don’t fancy sharing a room with people you have never met before, you can always book a private room for a fraction of the price you’d pay for a hotel room.
Hostels cater generally for young crowds looking to party all night but lately most hostels also offer private rooms which open the “market” for couples and families wanting privacy. Be sure to read the reviews before booking as you wouldn’t want to end up in a party hostel if you plan to actually sleep during the night.
Book well in advance as the well rated hostels tend to book up really quickly. The prices aren’t generally influenced by the season but there are always some exceptions.
The online book sites also list budget hotels and guesthouses as “hostels”.
Wangfujing International Youth Hostel is located really close to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The hotel was opened in 2007 and offers 47 rooms with both shared and ensuite bathrooms. Each room is equipped with AC, security lockers and the linen is included in the room price. There is wi-fi internet access in the lobby. During the shoulder season (May) expect to pay little under US$12/night/person in a twin room ensuite while a bed in a 6 beds dorm costs as little as US$5/night.
Peking International Youth Hostel is one of the top rated hostels in Beijing. It stands at only 5 minutes walk from the Forbidden City. The hostel offers both private rooms and dorms. The rooms are equipped with AC and there are security lockers in each shared room. There is wi-fi internet access in the lobby. During summer expect to pay little over US$37/night/person in a twin room ensuite, while a bed in a 8 beds dorm costs little over US$13/night.
Koala International Youth Hostel is located in the heart of the shopping and tourist belt. Each room as a TV, AC and the linen is included in the room price. There is wi-fi internet access in the lobby. All rooms have the bathrooms ensuite. During summer expect to pay little over US$20/night/person in a twin room while a bed in a 4 bed room ensuite costs about US$15/night/person.
Shanghai People’s Square Youth Hostel is located right in the heart of the city, at 5 min walk from People’s Square. There are 3 metro lines within a short walk from the hostel. AC, TV and linen are included in the room prices. A bed in a 6 beds mixed dorm costs little over US$8/night during the summer. If you prefer to stay in a twin room ensuite expect to pay little over US$16/night/person. The hostel books up pretty fast (especially the private rooms) so make sure to book well in advance.