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“Beautiful hostel, excellent facilities, close to the train station but a little tricky to find”

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How Flowers Youth Hostel
Reviewed 10 August 2010

Guilin Flowers hostel is a friendly, sociable hostel with excellent facilities. There is a huge lounge and communal area which is an ideal place to meet fellow travellers. There are two PCs with free internet. The hostel also serves food throughout the day. The staff are friendly and relatively helpful, speaking decent (although not fluent) English.

The hostel is located about 5 minutes away from the train station. It is a little difficult to find, tucked away on a side street. Make sure you have the hostel's name written down in Chinese. Several buses go from the main road towards the pagodas and other sights in Guilin.

We stayed in a 4-bed dorm which was spacious and comfortable, with good air-conditioning. Each bed had a plug point by it. The bathrooms were very clean and very modern. There are no Western toilets in the hostel, only Asian squat-toilets, but these are cleaned regularly.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 April 2010

The staff were so helpful. Definitely book the bamboo raft trip down the River Li. It's unbelievably beautiful and much better than a huge cruise ship. We stayed there twice, in twin rooms. In one room the beds were very uncomfortable and hard but the second room had extra soft mattresses. Double check this when you check in, you could always change rooms.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 December 2009

stayed in flowers hostel with a group of friends for one night in our stop over in guilin.
was in a good location, short walk to the station and downtown main street - shopping, night market, etc. a little bit hard to find, as its down a side street, but felt very safe, and liked the loval culture/stmosphere. have to walk up some steep steps to get inside, so hopefully your backpack isn't too heavy - would be pretty inconvenient if you have a suitcase.
rooms are basic but clean - a/c, bed (with pillow and blanket), rubbish bin, power socket, and thats about it. bathroom was also clean, as was the toilet (asian style sqautting toilet, and take your own tissues/toilet paper just to be safe - sometimes there was none in there)
the communal area was really comfortable and had a nice relaxed atmosphere. there were computers - internet was average, pool table, couches, bar - which was also the reception, maps/brochures/etc.
staff were absolutely AMAZING! were so friendly and helpful. gave his tips on where to stay and what to do (as we were headed for yangshou). they even let us keep our bags in locked storage for the whole day free of charge (as our train didnt leave til that night and we wanted to checkout a bit of guilin during the day)

i would recommend this place to the budget traveller, and those who are happy with the basic necessities, no frills attached. the staff were great, and the amenities basic, clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 September 2009

Nice hostel, friendly staff and really nice communal area. Room was clean, nice size. Around 15-20 mins walk from the main attractions. If you are planning to visit Yansghou, ask girls in the reception- and go for a bamboo boat! :)
Would come back.

Stayed: August 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 February 2009

Stayed here for 1 night

+ Easy to get to from the train station

- Poor room
- Lack of effort across the hostel
- Dirty bathroom

2.5/5

  • Stayed: May 2008
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Thank tf_81
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Reviewed 10 February 2009

Hostel was fine, clean and quiet, but upon checkout we were given counterfeit Yuan in return for key deposit but sadly didn't realise at the time. Check your cash!

Stayed: February 2009
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Reviewed 29 May 2008

We found this place easy enough although it was down back street buzzing with local activity. The communal areas of the hostel had a friendly relaxed atmosphere and we met a number of other travelers here. The staff were very helpful and efficient. Therefore arrival in the room was a little bit of a surprise. It was more basic than the other hostels/hotels we had stayed in. The room was a reasonable size but had damp on the walls. The view was not to be looked at but we didn't mind it too much as we didn't spend that much time in room. Bathroom had squat toilet with shower hose over it. It worked for a couple of nights but am happy we did not stay there a lot longer. I think the staff are the asset of this hostel. We left our camera on a chinese airline and the staff in the hostel went out of their way to contact the airline they even came along to airport to fill in necessary paperwork. For this we were very very grateful.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: No.6-2 Shangzhi Lane, Zhongshan South Road, Guilin 541002, China
Region: China > Guangxi > Guilin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #9 of 47 Speciality Lodging in Guilin
Price Range: £3 - £11 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — How Flowers Youth Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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