HI - Guilin - Flowers Blossom YH Hostel, Guilin

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HI - Guilin - Flowers Blossom YH Hostel Reviews

HI - Guilin - Flowers Blossom YH Hostel is the perfect option if you are looking to crash somewhere straight after a long train ride. Unfortunately, that's the only reason you would want to stay here. The atmosphere isnt great but you will likely meet other travelers who are coming to and from Yangshuo or the rice fields. Its clean, reasonably comfortable, and there are plenty of cheap eating options in the lanes surround it.

The Location

The hostel is a short walk from Guilins main trains and bus stations. From the bus station, walk out to the main road and turn left. Head down the hill until you see the trains station on your right. Once there, face away from the train station and you will see a large hotel on the other side called New Plaza Hotel. Cross the road and head towards it. To the left of the hotel there is a large blue-and-yellow striped building with a small alley beside it. Head down the alley and you will find the hostel on your right.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The standard of the dorms is quite low. Beds are pretty hard and the rooms themselves are small and dark. There are no extra facilities such as lockers or reading lights in the room and you will have to share the tiny amount of plug sockets in the room. You will also have to make your own bed with the bedding supplied. The Wi-Fi is ok and there are plenty of Western toilets and clean bathrooms with constant hot water.

Common Spaces

Like so many common spaces in Chinese hotels, the atmosphere is sapped away by Chinese backpackers playing on their smartphones. This place is no different. Theres a large pool table, a small bar, and loads of comfy sofas. Just what a good common room needs. Yet the place does seem a little deprived of life and its large open layout makes the room feel quite empty.

Summary

Many travelers use Guilin purely as a transit stop, as there isn't really much there, the best places are those that surround the city. If your train arrival or departure time isn't great and you are looking for a stopover hostel, then choose this hostel. Otherwise, power through and grab one the nearby buses to where you really want to be and book a place there instead.

Chris
2015-08-11

"Impossible" to find if you follow the hostel's directions or the guidebooks'. Just face east from the train station, find the yellow New Plaza Hotel, behind and to the left is the Home Inn, and behind and to the left of that is the hostel. Decent, clean dorms, friendly and helpful staff, and good bus transportation is nearby. They handled my river trip quite well.

Herb V
2011-09-11
US

The Guilin Flowers Youth Hostel is perhaps one of the better deals in town. It is friendly, clean, not so expensive, has relatively cheap Western food, a pool table, internet, wi-fi, books, a TV room, and a general chill ambiance. It is a very calm place, less of a party spot and more of a home-away-from-home. The common room/lobby area is open to the air, painted in muted colors, and wonderfully relaxing. There is a bank of computers for use on one side. The large pool table and cosy TV room are away on the other side. The atmosphere is great -- especially given the presence of their cat that takes up position on top of the check-in computer!

It is so close to the train station, which is especially great for early train departures. To get to the hostel, exit the train station and walk straight across the busy road. Then you will see a large building in front of you -- look left and there will be a little alley leading to two other back alleys. The Flowers Hostel is at the back of this last alley -- there will be some lovely painted signs to guide you upstairs and through the flowery path to the lobby. There are plenty of signs, so look carefully.

The rooms are clean, featuring their own electric water kettles (there is no kitchen here), tea/coffee, and personal lockers that come with their own locks. The rooms themselves are quite small, with the standard four to a room. Bathrooms are down the hall -- be prepared for squatter toilets -- and are clean and private. The hostel is quite large, so expect to meet others, but it still maintains a homey charm with its vertical layout. The neighborhood is surprisingly quiet given the central location. The staff is very friendly -- except for the cat! Outside the hostel are several local-run stores and many food hawker stalls. All in all, it's a decent deal given its location, cleanliness, and atmosphere.

Nick Vivion
2007-02-08
USA

One of the nicest hostels I have ever stayed in. Better than many a hostel in Europe. Very new, clean and a good atmosphere. Nice staff who were pretty helpful and most of whom spoke English. Internet, pool table and DVD collection were ace. Overall a great four nights there.

Samuel----american
2006-05-09

We only stayed here one night. It was a little hard to find at first -- coming from the train station, we didn't realize we had to cross the street. However, once we saw the bright pink signs, it was easy to find. The hostel is a refuge of western warmth and comfort in a traditional chinese city. Wood decoration, lots of plants, extremely well decorated. The rooms were clean as well as the bathrooms. The bed squeaked like crazy when I would move around (I felt bad for my roommates), and they had a crazy little kitten there that was "meowing" like crazy, but other than that, it was great. Very nice and convenient. I recommend it!

pat & ping
2006-03-27
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