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Haikou Banana Hostel
beijing
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4 reviews
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“Good time at Banana”
Reviewed 6 June 2012

We had a great time here, mainly due to renting bikes for the day and the traditional Italian style pizza and pasta! We would come back from biking tired, and enjoy some drinks and pizza while watching movies. It was fun. There is a lot of info at the Banana Hostel and on their web site about Hainan, I wish I had came here frist to help plan my other Hainan trips. We especally enjoyed the old down town area in the day and doing some partying at the local clubs at night.
The rooms were fine with AC and wifi. The Banana is a little hard to find so check their web site for directions. I also loved their book exchange.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

There aren't many options of youth hostels in Haikou therefore we took Banana. It's fine for one or two nights sleeping but not more.

The staff there is nice. Especially a tall guy - I didn't get his name. He helped us alot with information from how to get around the city to what trains to take and where from.
They have quite good info about places to have breakfast, to enjoy a tea or to go to the beach.
Also if you plan to do a bike trip within Hainan, then they can give you lots of info. They also rent bikes for guests.

The rooms are big and basic. The AC in the rooms does it's job quite fine. The toilet is just like the the rest of the room - basic but clean. The towels & bed sheets are clean altough you can see different stains and/or holes (small ones) on them. The windows are not really inviting you to admire the view. Actually there's not much to see around so you miss nothing. Wifi is available in the rooms altough on the 3rd floor the wifi was very weak.

The common area is big and offers quite alot of alternatives to spend your time: pool, tv, cards, chess, reading books and so on.

I liked the stay there but it had nothing special.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

Don't be fooled by the website, this place is pretty cruddy - the cleanliness was poor, the place looks like it hasn't been properly cleaned for ages, noise really carries in the hostel because of the thin walls. Also, trips that we wanted to go on weren't running. We ended up going and staying at a local hotel after 2 days. I was very disappointed.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Washington
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

Room was ok and had a private bathroom. There was lots of travel info plastered over reception walls. Common area was quite large. I enjoyed the DVD room (I like to watch a DVD after traveling for a while). Wi-fi connection was quite fast. They have bikes for rent which we used to explore the old town and to get to the beach.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Shanghai, China
1 review
Reviewed 21 January 2012

The bedding was dirty and looked like they had not been washed. The towels they gave us had dried stuff on it. The walls are very thin. For the same price, you can get a very clean room at a local hotel. There are many hotels nearby.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2011

The rooms, the services and the location are far bellow the standard of Youth Hostels. You may certainly find a much better local hotel for 10 dollars, only if you have the smallest courage to speak some words in Chinese. This is why most of guests/reviewers are non-Asians.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 5 June 2011

We only stayed there for one night, so I can't comment about the location. Yet it was pretty hard to find the hostel.

We stayed in a room with king size bedroom. The room is quite spacious, but quite empty. There is an air-con in the room, yet it is placed at the far most corner of the room and quite weak. The weather when we were there was really hot, so I kinda didn't like the room.

We had breakfast at the hostel in the next morning. It took like 30 mins for the cook to prepare 3 English breakfast sets for 3 of us, which is pretty long though.

In summary I would say you get what you pay for. This hostel is cheap, so don't expect much from it :)

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Haikou Banana Hostel
Address: Building 3-4, No.6 Liyuan Villas, No.21 Renmin Avenue, Haikou 570208, China
Region: China > Hainan > Haikou
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Haikou
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Haikou Banana Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a Hostel located in the capital city of the tropical island of Hainan, South China. Our facilities include a small restaurant, bar, TV lounge, internet and garden area. ... more   less 
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