Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Chinese-Only Hostels: Be aware that some hostels in Shanghai only allow Chinese citizens to stay. It’s not always obvious, so make sure you read the description before booking. Dengba Hostel Shanghai is a good example and does not allow foreigners to stay.
Shanghai Party Hostels? This is not really a thing in Shanghai. Yet, there are always good bars and clubs to go to for a good time. Skip to Shanghai Le Tour Traveler’s Rest Youth Hostel – a good hostel with a bar, close to nightlife.
Without doubt (and quite obviously) the best place to hang out here is the awesome garden and terrace.
It’s a really quirky space with lots of little hidden areas for private conversations and flirting. Here it’s possible to chat, work, read or simple relax and take in all of the surrounding sounds.
Freebies include: movies to watch, books to read, laundry, drinking water & luggage storage.
Oh, and reception is open 24/7 which is an absolute bonus!
How about the rooms? Well, there are 7 double private rooms and 15 dorms in total – all with an ensuite!
We love that they’ve decided to keep the dorms on the smaller size, with just 6 and 8-bed options. This includes a female dorm.
Previous travellers have described this hostel as “an oasis in a bustling, noisy city“. Sounds good, right? Pick this hostel if you think you’ll be in need of some retreat from the city life.
Location: In the most central area of Shanghai, just 10-minutes walk from two of the main metro stations (line 4 and line 2 which connects to the International Airport). It is around 15 mins to go to riverside on foot and less than half an hour to walk to Lujiazui.
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Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Best Hostels in Shanghai for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Shanghai for solo-travellers?
Your answer to solo travel Shanghai lay within the following two hostels.
For the adventurous ladies travelling solo, we recommend booking your stay at Ruijin Garden Apartment. The female dorms are cosy and the apartment is run by a lovely woman named Sherry who can help settle you in to the city.
For sociable solo travellers, Blue Mountain International Youth Hostel (let’s call it blue backpackers hostel for short) is a good choice. There is a bar, pool table and other shared spaces ideal for meeting new people.
More Youth Hostels in Shanghai
For some reason, Shanghai loves youth hostels. The two words are often added to the end of the hostel name.
Yet it doesn’t always mean they are good only for young people. Be aware of that.
It’s always worth having a proper look before you discard it as being a hostel full of crazy party kids.
Check out the collection below and find your preferred youth hostel Shanghai offers:
Which district in Shanghai is the best place to stay for your first trip to the area?
Definitely go with staying as close as possible to The Bund. It’s the main attraction and from here it’s easy to reach all other areas of the city using the metro service – cheap, reliable and certainly an adventure.
What should I do in Shanghai?
Good question! Hop back to our handy map and discover the top things to do in the city.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Shanghai.
We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations:
Update: The hostels below used to be in our top 3 but unfortunately they have permanently closed their doors.
CLOSED: Ruijin Garden Apartment
First up is a beautiful modern hostel ideal for female solo travellers.
Ruijin Garden Apartment is exactly that; an apartment.
The lovely Sherry lives here, and will welcome you with open arms to a well-thought out space for travellers from around the world.
It truly feels like a home-away-from-home, probably because it actually is someone’s home!
Instead of big, crowded rooms, there are smaller dorm options here including:
4-bed male dorm
4-bed female dorm
4-bed mixed dorm
And they’re so spacious!
Air conditioning and a small desk is in each room, plus a plug socket by each bed. For security, store your things in one of the big lockers.
Other than that, you’ll find some beautiful chilled shared spaces in the apartment.
The kitchen and living room are connected, creating a big and bright area.
It’s ideal if you fancy chilling with a coffee and book. Or getting to know new friends!
Tucked away is a cosy workspace slash reading corner – our favourite part of the entire place.
Otherwise, kick off your shoes and watch TV in the lounge or in your room. No one will judge you.
Location: Just 700m from Tian Zi Fang and very close to a handy metro station. The metro can take you to all major places in the city, fast!
CLOSED: Blue Mountain Youth Hostel – Luwan
Blue Mountain LuWan Youth Hostel, as it is also known, is the ideal hostel for immersing in local culture.
That’s because it stands to be in a great location worth exploring on foot.
All you have to do is walk out the door and remember you’re in China!
Here are some things to enjoy during your stay:
Hostel bar (7 days a week)
Common area w/ books, darts, movies
Arriving super late or early? Don’t fret; they offer 24 hour check in here!
As for rooms, we were quite surprised at the amount of choice.
There are dorms with 4, 6 and 8-beds.
The twist is that both men and women are separated in to single-sex rooms, unless of course you book a private room.
Though the rooms are simple, there are curtains in some of the dorms.
Note: there is a kitchen, though basic.
Private rooms include standard twin, double, triple and a family room for up to 5 people.
It’s no surprise that the staff are friendly and knowledgeable – Chinese culture is so accommodating and helpful.
Location: Across the street from Luban Road metro and surrounded by plenty of street food vendors and shops. There is also a lovely riverside park nearby.
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