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.
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.
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.
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.