Review – Nanning City Hostel

by Kirsty on October 9, 2010

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Review of Nanning City Hostel, China

Choosing a hostel in Nanning, China.

We looked through hostel world and there were two hostels stood out: Lotusland and Nanning city hostel.  After reading the reviews and finding that there wasn’t much in them we chose Nanning City hostel because it offered free visa processing for Vietnam and free laundry service.   We arrived in Nanning’s Langdong bus station at 2.30pm and found the hostel incredibly easy.

We were welcomed by the owner Weston, who was friendly and chatty. He asked straight away if we needed anything, we mentioned visas and tickets to Hanoi and within seconds he was on the phone organising the pickup of our passports and assuring us that he would do his best to get us on the bus on the day we wanted. We were preparing ourselves for a few stressful days both getting the tickets to Hanoi and Visas and couldn’t believe that this would all now be taken care of. He then encouraged us to look through a booklet he has kicking around about sights and stuff to do in Nanning and if there was any questions to just to ask.

Lounge area at Nanning City Hostel China

Lounge area

First impressions of the hostel were that it was incredibly homely. It was brilliant, had lovely big sofas, TV, a large choice of movies and free internet. When we entered our room we had even further surprises, for the first time on our travels we had a real wardrobe! The beds were really comfy and pretty roomy, at least a queen. The hostel is relatively small and advertises itself as a homestay hostel, we had chosen to stay in a four person dorm, but it does also offer a twin ensuite, single and 6 person dorm.

4 Bed Dorm room Nanning city Hostel China

4 Bed Dorm

The 6 person dorm is pretty special, it has a king sized bed its own bathroom with a bath tub , private lounge and its own balcony. If there were a group of you coming to stay – this would certainly be my choice and it is only 5RMB more a night than the standard dorm we are staying in. There is also a kitchen which is kitted out for cooking in, rather than just a few utensils and during our stay a couple made us apple and banana  crumble, it was delicious!

The owner, Weston is incredibly welcoming which makes you feel at home straight away. This is exactly what we needed for a short stop over before we headed on to Vietnam.  Weston has been a backpacker and has thought of lots of little things to make your stay that little bit nicer.  He has cheap cold beer in the fridge for 5RMB, play station 2 to game at your leisure, a massive seating area for you to chill and watch movies on as well as large sized rooms which are cool and comfortable.

Dining area and entrance Nanning City Hostel China

Dining area and entrance

On our first night he wanted to know what our plans were to see if he could help in anyway. The book he has produced has bus routes to all the main tourist destinations and some that are not even in the guide book.  Within 5 mins and a few occasions during our short stay we found ourselves chatting about random stuff and it really just felt like a couple of friends chilling out.

It seems that he goes out of his way to make the whole of your stay as comfortable as possible and I would recommend it to anyone staying in Nanning.

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Natalie - Turkish Travel Blog October 11, 2010 at 11:46 am

Thats looks like a cool place to stop. Added bonus that it was cheap as well.

In Turkey, the hosts are just as friendly. Some of them are friendly because they have agreements set up with local tour guides for commission etc. Doesn’t bother me that they are on commission but I know it bothers other travelers.
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Kirsty October 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm

I know what you mean, but i think that happens everywhere. And the quicker you accept it the easier it will be!

I am sure he would have got commission if we went on the tour, but he wasn’t annoyed or disappointed that we turned it down, which made us feel a lot more comfortable!

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Amanda October 12, 2010 at 6:31 am

This sounds (and looks) like a really great hostel find! It’s always a bonus when the place itself is nice, AND you have such a friendly, helpful owner at your disposal.
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Kirsty October 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm

I was exactly what we need to just to chill out for a couple of days. Especially as it has been totally manic in Vietnam so far

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Aya April 24, 2012 at 10:58 am

hello! thanks for such a useful info! we are planning our trip to Vietnam through Nanning next week. I would like to ask about visa to Vietnam and bus tickets. How did it go? was there any problems with ticket or visa that Weston provided? and how much does it cost? would be looking forward to your answer. thanks!:)

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Poi Deeble-Rogers April 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Hello, The visa and everything Weston sorted out was absolutely fine. It should cost you about 150RMB (about $23).

Hope your trip goes well and thanks for stopping by.

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Adlet March 19, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Hello, thanks for such interesting and useful reviews! wanted to ask u adress or phone number of this hostel! should i book it beforehand?

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Poi March 20, 2013 at 5:12 am

Hello Adlet, I’m sorry to say after a quick google it looks as though this place has closed for the time being. We liked it there so hopefully it will be open again soon. Cheers!

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