Located down a small alley beside Shen Garden, it's walking distance from the "Lu Xun street". I booked this hostel for our group of about 30, in March 2009. Mostly Singaporeans, there were also friends of American, Mexican and other nationalities.
There're different kinds of rooms here: twin with ensuite, double with ensuite, triple with ensuite, and 4-bed dorms with shared washing facilities. Price for a room is about 130 RMB, a dorm bed is about 45 RMB/pax. All rooms come with Internet and aircon, the twin, double and triple rooms also have TV (Chinese channels only). Prices are slightly higher during holidays, but can be discounted if you have an IYH card. Amenities are not provided, so bring your own, or buy on-the-spot. Note that check-in ends by 2200.
Meals can be had in the hostel, if you have a big group it's best to arrange in advance. Chinese breakfast is 5 RMB/pax, and home-cooked lunch or dinner can be about 20-35 RMB/pax, according to your own requirements. You can choose to dine either inside, or outside in the yard.
The hostel owner is extremely friendly, accommodating and keen to share his experiences or anything that would make your trip more enjoyable. He has travelled widely and is THE person to ask about sightseeing (or just about anything else) in Shaoxing, including off-the-beaten-path places.
In the hostel common area there're books (mostly in Chinese) available for browsing, mostly about travel. Walls are covered with graffiti and comments left by previous visitors -- feel free to add yours to the camaderie!
Wonderful extra: The hostel plants some of its own vegetables on its rooftop! The rooftop also offers a good bird's-eye view of Shen Garden which's next door. Do climb up for a breath of fresh air and a sneak peek.
Unexpected surprise: There's a glass window between the ensuite bathroom and the bedroom. This wasn't something I would expect from a hostel. Thankfully there're curtains inside the ensuite bathroom for privacy, though this is something that you should definitely bear in mind when you're considering this accommodation option.
As you drive into the Shaoxing International hotel, you can easily see it is a five star property. The lobby is all marble with a marble grand staircase to the second floor. Windows overlook a pond that is surrounded with a traditional Chinese park and traditional Wupan boats floaing in it. You will not be able to resist taking a photo.
The rooms are spacious and well appointed. The view from the window in your room is the foothills of the mountains with traditional Chinese pagodas on them.
The hotel is five star, but at three star prices. The rooms start at $50 per night.
The breakfast buffet has a wide selection of Chinese and Western food. Make sure you buy a package that includes breakfast.
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