Sunday, December 30, 2012

PUDONG: 01 - Beehome International Youth Hostel


Perhaps the only downside I could see with this hostel is its location, which is not really inaccessible but seems to be virtually unknown to taxi drivers. Your best bet is to get yourself to the corner of Dongchang Road and Pucheng Road. Once there, locate the building complex which says Dongyuan Ercun (东园二村). Take note of those Chinese characters, they will save you from the harsh winter assaulting you since you exited the airport. As mentioned, it is a complex of buildings with different entrances. You want to go further down the street. The second entrance is where you will find the hostel. Or, so as not to get lost, just go through the first entrance all the way to the end, where you find an alley. Turn right and you will see some sort of pub. The alley you are looking for is to the right again. Once you see the Hostelling International sign. Just follow that and it will lead you to the hostel.

 

The hostel is a three or four story building which offers different types of accommodation ranging from six-bed dorms to solo rooms of different sizes. There were three of us in the six bed dorm room. As for the facilities, each dorm has its en suite bathroom with hot water. The room has a clothes hanger, a large desk, and huge lockers. The bunks have their own reading light and several outlets for you charging devices. There is a common area at the terrace enclosed by glass sliding doors where you can access the WiFi, which is also accessible in the room but with a weak signal. The bad thing about the common area is that it is easily penetrated by the chilly breeze coming from the outside. You might want to put on a lot of layers before going there if you do not want to freeze to death. Check out is at 12 PM by the way, and they are serious about this because they charge half a day’s rate if you do not check out before that time. The cleaning ladies usually come at around 11 AM to remind you about it.

PUDONG: 01 - Beehome International Youth Hostel

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