Tuesday, April 2, 2013

TIANJIN: 01 - Tianjin Cloudy Bay Hostel


Let us tackle the negative aspects first. I guess I expected too much because of the perfect 100% score on Hostelworld. I had been knocking for, like, 20 minutes and alternating it with the doorbell but it really took a while for someone to answer the door. The solution would have been easy: call them, except that I am a tourist without a Chinese sim card. In the end, I still got in after half an hour or so. I did inform them via my Hostelworld booking that I was arriving at 8 AM. In any case, I still want to thank them because they accepted me that early. I think, for hostels, the normal check-in time is after 12 PM.

The location is good. It is a bit far from the nearest MRT station, but the walk is manageable. There would be less walking if you take the bus instead. There are detailed instructions on how to get here if you book from Hostelworld. The house is not that recognizable at first, but once you see the colorful steps leading to the second story, you would know that you have arrived. The entrance on the same level as the street has an electronic lock, the code for which you would be given because according to one of the hosts, the main door on the second floor where the bar is, and serves as the main entrance, is locked after 8 PM.


The room is okay, just what should be expected from dorm-type accommodations. One complaint would be the electric sockets for the upper bunk bed, which are blocked by the bed frame. The bathroom is fine, although the toilets are rather small. Hot water in the shower: check. The bar area is where most of the guests loiter given the many seats and tables. I never saw someone order something from the bar during my stay. Overall, an okay experience, but definitely not a 100% for me. I would still recommend it, though, because the staff are very helpful and the location is strategic, just a few cartwheels away from a shopping street with a wide variety of street food on offer.

TIANJIN: 01 - Tianjin Cloudy Bay Hostel

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