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“Lying staff” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shanghai SOHO International Youth Hostel

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Shanghai SOHO International Youth Hostel
Ranked #30 of 290 Speciality Lodging in Shanghai
London, United Kingdom
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124 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Lying staff”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

Didn't enjoy staying here, When we got to our room the floor was soaking wet so we asked to change rooms but the next one they showed us was even worse.
Location is a bit out of the way, first time it took a little while to find our way out of there.
Main problem i had with this place was the staff, i asked to book another night and was told they were fully booked so it wasn't possible, i didn't believe them so i checked online 2mins later and there were many vacancies so i booked it online.
Not good!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Brest, France
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1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

I have stayed in this hostel during 4 nights. Staff is really nice, dorms are ok, and it is definitely really well situated. Really near from the metro station and then just one station to People's square.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013

Clean hostel. Staff ok. Room was nice. No window, so felt quite confined. But was able to sleep through in the mornings as it remained dark. Breakfast in the morning is thrown together by some of the guys working there.

The place was over-run with Chinese tourists. Which is cool. But it wasn't a place to meet other travellers. I moved hostel prematurely as it was a pretty boring place to stay.

It is walking distance to nanjing road. But over all, I thought the location was poor. Even from the subway it was a bit of an inconvenient walk.

I wouldn't stay here again or recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Geilstyle
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Shanghai, China
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

What does it take to get hired here? Go check for yourself. The "hardworking" staff can usually be found in what has recently become an over priced bar playing on a broken pool table or socializing amongst themselves in the various hideouts at SOHO. You will notice that except for maybe two staff members who will be leaving this hostel soon, none of them socialize or tend to the needs of their foreign guests. For the most part they can hardly speak English in the bar nor do they make an effort to. This may change soon because you'll find most of these guys don't give this job more than two weeks before quitting.
I stayed here for several months because sadly this is one of the most honest businesses I could find in Shanghai. Decent prices for long term stayers (that will change very soon), and a nice place to meet girls. If you don't mind service with a bad attitude, your room rarely being cleaned or the occasional item of clothing going missing, this is the place for you long term stayers...

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nico S
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

I stayed at the Shanghai SOHO International Youth Hostel during a long weekend visit to Shanghai. I live in Beijing and was visiting a friend. Because I was on a budget I decided to stay at the hostel because it was the lowest price for what seemed like the best location and service. The service was average. They were all very friendly and willing to help me whenever I needed it, but they really struggled at giving directions. This doesn't seem like a big issue, but getting to the hostel is extremely difficult. No taxi driver knows where to go and what you can't see from any map is that the hostel is located on a street where cars are not allowed to drive. I speak conversational Chinese, but could not understand why the taxi driver was having such a hard time finding it. Eventually when I got out of the cab and was told to walk it took me about ten minutes to find the entrance down an alley way. Basically, the location is terrible and no where near any good areas and about a ten minute walk to the subway. The friend I was meeting up with in Shanghai called the hotel multiple times asking where to go and how to find the hotel and said they were absolutely no help. We also tried to ask again when we were leaving the hostel and they handed us a card, but no easy instructions. So the location is terrible and the staff don't make it any better. However, the staff was helpful in looking up train times for me and letting me use their cellular phones. They also switched me to a new, upgraded room for no fee- but only because there were rats in the ceiling of my first room (I heard them crawling around for about an hour at 6am and the hotel staff came to our door around 9am to switch us because of an "issue" with our room).

Other than the location and apparent rat problem the hostel was decently clean and not a bad spot to stay if you just need a place to crash at night. All in all, you get what you pay for.

Room Tip: Book a room with a window- it is worth the money
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hayley C
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2013

I stayed here just 2 weeks ago with my partner and 9 mth old baby and we were very impressed with what we received for our money.
We were a little disappointed that our room was given away to another traveller as a flight delay caused us to be later than we expected to check in but we got it back the next night. Also, we had misplaced Travellers Cheques in transit and the staff were VERY helpful in trying to assist us and genuine with their concern. They even gave us their own mobile phones to use when the number we needed to call was not connecting through the main line (it didn't work for the mobile either so it was a dodgy number).
The staff all spoke excellent English and were always helpful with our questions. They booked all of our train tickets for our onward journey for a very small fee (10 Yuan/ticket which is a fraction of the online services). The atmosphere was great and probably the best of our accommodation experiences in China. The water was always hot and the heater was overwhelmingly effective. The rooms were clean but not serviced as well as they could have been. But I feel confident that if it had really bothered me, I could have said something and known it would have been attended to. The wifi was a decent speed and available from rooms. Also worth noting is the very reasonably priced washing and drying facilities (some of the other places we've stayed have seemed to make up for their cheap room prices with the cost of a load of washing).
The location is great for the price. We caught a taxi from the airport the first night because it was very late but it's easy to find from the metro too. A supermarket is just 5 mins down the road and has a decent selection of goods (and not at tourist prices) and street food is everywhere around. The tai chi in the park next door is a great sight to see in the morning if you're up early enough. Also check out the food market a few blocks south!
If I ever come to Shanghai again, I'm definately booking in here.

Room Tip: Get a room at the end of the corridoor to avoid noise.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JanaG17
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47 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2013 via mobile

So, after reading the most recent reviews we were a little skeptical. Admittedly, if you don't take the subway then the place can be difficult to find. My advice to that is to just take the subway. It's RMB3, so cheap as chips! However, once we got there we loved the place. All bad reviews need to realize that your paying cheap money to stay in a youth hostel, so complaining about noise is just stupid. Of course there's going to e noise at all hours. I you don't like it, then stay in a hotel, not a youth hostel. The rooms are spacious with wifi in them. The bar is amazing and does great meals and has a great vibe all the time. We stayed in a private room so we had a heap of free movies to choose from as well! The staff pretty much all speak English and are extremely helpful! And the location is great! Subway is nearby if anything is too far away! Overall, we absolutely loved it and will definitely recommend it to anybody going to shanghai.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Aj0804
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Additional Information about Shanghai SOHO International Youth Hostel

Property: Shanghai SOHO International Youth Hostel
Address: No.1307 South Suzhou Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200003, China
Region: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > Qipu Road
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 290 Speciality Lodging in Shanghai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Shanghai SOHO International Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shanghai Soho International Hostel, is ideally located in the most central of Shanghai. Just a five-minute walk from the metro station line 1 xinzha road station (with a super transport network ). Walking distance from the major attractions, like People Square and Nanjing shopping street etc.FREE WIFIOur hostel is in a 150 year old building with unique loft-style and traditional shanghai-style decoration.We invite fellow travellers to relax in our Soho bar, enjoy delicious food, or read our books and surf our mega-fast internet in our reading area. ... more   less 
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