Quiet, Safe, and Social Hostels in Suzhou, China
Suzhou: a city of canals and history. Worth a visit of at least a few days, Suzhou is an important historical city as it was home to the Wu kingdom. Various gardens and historic buildings line the plethora of canals that stretch out from the main river, adding to the vibrant economic and cultural atmosphere of the city.
The hostels we've listed here are all near the Old Town area and provide guests with comfortable places to stay in charming locations. The down side of historical buildings is often the older facilities, especially the bathrooms, so be warned that with such historic charm comes the price of non-charming other things. But the hostels make up for that in other areas, so give them a good look and then make your decision.
How much do hostels in Suzhou cost?
|Average Dorm Price
$9 ($7 to $11)
|Average Double Private Room Price (in a hostel)
$35 ($17 to $89)
A quiet hostel in Old Town for backpackers, couples, and groups
Dorm Bed: $60.00
This very charming hostel is set in a historic building with plenty of historical features. Itís worth the price of staying here just to see the place. The location is also perfect, as it is set on an old canal in the middle of the city. Being close to public transportation options and shops and restaurants, you really canít go wrong here.
Private rooms and dorms are available, both with and without ensuite bathrooms. The rooms are decorated perfectly. (A female-only dorm is available.) Dorm bunks have outlet plugs, reading lights and plenty of space for your belongings.
The common areas are also very nice. Several small courtyards and a large lounge area in the front are great places to relax. A shared kitchen is available for those wishing to provide their own meals. As meals are not served onsite, guests will have to look elsewhere for food, but restaurants and supermarkets are nearby.
Laundry, Wi-Fi, and other typical amenities are available as well.
Reviews from previous guests highlight the terrific location in Old Town, the charming building, and the comfortable beds and clean bathrooms. The feel is said to be more of a boutique hotel with dorms than a large hostel.
No.28 Pingjiang Road ,
A social hostel for backpackers, couples, and groups
Dorm Bed: $50.00
This hostel has the perfect combination: a historic building centered around a beautiful courtyard, combined with a very convenient and central location in town. Public transportation options are nearby, and the old town area is all around you. Also, the list of amenities is long and the staff is friendly.
The only downside to this hostel is that some of the building facilities are a bit old.
Private rooms and dorms are available at a variety of price points. Private rooms come with ensuite as well as shared bathrooms. Dorms are either mixed, all-female, or all-male. The toilets are mostly western style.
The common areas are large and comfortable. Wi-Fi, laundry, an onsite restaurant and bar, a game room, tour and transportation booking, and a BBQ are also provided for guests. A shared kitchen is also in the building for those wishing to cook.
Guests leaving feedback for this hostel have said that the location is great, the staff is very helpful, and the rooms are mostly comfortable. The bathrooms and some of the rooms are worn out, though. Cleanliness can sometimes be inconsistent. Overall, though, this hostel is generally recommended as being one of the best in the city.
#27 DaShiTou Lane,RenMin Road ,
A social and party hostel for backpackers, couples, and groups
Dorm Bed: $6.78
Near the old town and close to several metro stations, the Ming Han Tang hostel is a great option. They claim to be very close to everything, which is generally true. They are definitely close to many restaurants and shops, as well as many of the tourist sites of Suzhou.
The large common area, which is also a shared kitchen for those wishing to cook, is a very social and vibrant room where travelers can meet and mingle. An outdoor courtyard with tables is also a nice spot to relax and socialize. Meals and drinks are provided from the hostel's restaurant and bar, even adding more to the mix. The staff very much wishes for guests to get to know one another, and their efforts show. They also host tours of the city and other activities. A TV area with a Playstation and a Wii are also provided.
The accommodation options include private rooms and dorm bunks. Private rooms have ensuite bathrooms. The facilities are all modern and kept clean.
Previous guests who have left reviews give high marks for the location and the friendly staff, but there seem to be cleanliness issues.
Guangji RD, Xiatang 61 ,
A quiet hostel for backpackers and couples
Dorm Bed: $8.45
This historic building on a canal is the setting for the Joya hostel. Surrounded by restaurants and shops, and very close to the central Old Town area, the location is great.
Private rooms and dorms are available. Rooms are basic but comfortable without much fuss or amenities. Bathrooms are modern and western style.
A shared kitchen is available for those guests that wish to cook for themselves. The kitchen and common area is adequate enough to be relaxing and social with tables and sofas, but the atmosphere is relaxed and quiet. Books and tea are available for guests. Also, laundry, bike rental, Wi-Fi, and other typical hostel amenities are offered to guests.
The hostel also offers a tour guide service, and they can help you plan your activities in town or book onward transportation.
Guest reviews cite the terrific location and overall comfort of the hostel, although some say that the facilities need to be upgraded a bit as they are old.
Daxinqiao Lane 21-1 Pingjiang District ,
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