The Best Hostels in Kunming for Backpackers, Couples, Families, and Groups

The Stone Forest, Kunming
Kunming is the gateway to the Yunnan as it is the largest city and the main transportation hub. But Kunming offers plenty to see and do on its own as well, so it can be worth visiting for more than the requisite nightly stopover. The hostels below are all great places to stay whether you want to just pop in and out to move on to the rest of the Yunnan, or actually stick around and experience this vibrant and dynamic city. Some of these hostels are very social and fun, and get great reviews from travelers who return after their first visit.

How much do hostels in Kunming cost?

Average Dorm Price $6 ($4 to $10)
Average Double Private Room Price (in a hostel) $22 ($8 to $43)

A social hostel for backpackers, couples, and groups

Dorm Bed: $4.84
Private Room: $12.92
Overall Rating: 92%
You can't go wrong here, as this hostel has everything and is in a great location, too. Right in the middle of the city, it's close to the Green Lake Park, the zoo, and the University, as well as multiple public transportation options. The Upland Youth Hostel is a great choice, and their list of amenities is long, too.

Private rooms and dorm beds are available. An all-female dorm option is available as well. Private rooms come in various sizes, all with ensuite bathrooms. The facilities are clean and modern, and are kept in good condition.

The hostel is reasonably large without being too big, and is quite social. The common areas are numerous, and include an onsite restaurant and bar that serves Chinese and western style food. The bar has plenty of options and a long list of beer choices, too. The main common area has a pool able, table tennis, Wii, free Wi-Fi, and more. A beautiful urban garden area with tables also makes a great spot to eat or meet other travelers to plan your adventures.

Other hostel amenities include bike rental, laundry services, tour and transportation bookings, a 24-hour reception desk, luggage storage, free internet, an elevator (wheelchair friendly), and more.

Guests leaving reviews say that this place is great, with generally friendly staff, a terrific location, good amenities, and a fun, social vibe.
92 Hua Shan Xi Lu , Kunming, China,

A quiet and safe hostel near the lake for backpackers and couples

Dorm Bed: $55.00
Private Room: $89.00
Overall Rating: 95%
The Lost Garden is only a minute from the Green Lake Park, and is a very comfortable and fun place to stay. It's also near several public transportation options, as well as shops and restaurants. You won't find anything to find fault with here! Private rooms and dorm beds are available. Private rooms are varied in size, and have ensuite bathrooms. An all-female dorm option is also available. The rooms are nicely decorated and cozy and comfortable. Dorms also have curtains and plugs by each bunk! All rooms have under-the-floor heating, too!

The friendly staff offers up their advice on things to do and see in the city, and can also book tours and onward transportation.

The common areas include a garden and an upstairs patio, which make for great, quiet spots to relax and mingle with other guests. The onsite restaurant and bar serves food and drinks, including wood-fired pizza! They even have guest chefs; have you ever heard of that at a hostel?!?

Laundry services, free Wi-Fi, airport and train pickup, and more are on their list of amenities.

Guest reviews are consistently positive, as many give 10 out of 10 ratings for everything from cleanliness to the friendly staff to the great location. This place is highly recommended!
No.7 Yi Qiu Tian Wuhua District , Kunming, China,

A social hostel, great for backpackers and couples

Dorm Bed: $4.22
Private Room: $10.81
Overall Rating: 94%
The Cloudland is another great choice in Kunming, as it has a long list of amenities at good prices, and is located in the central area of the city.

The hostel has dorms and private rooms available. The dorms are mixed, but an all-female option is available. Private rooms are only large enough for 2, but all have ensuite bathrooms. Facilities are modern and clean. Private rooms also have TVs. Dorms have large backpack-sized lockers for security.

Various common rooms keep everyone social and help travelers to meet each other. The main courtyard has tables for relaxing, a pool table, table tennis, and more. An indoor library and lounge area is also onsite. Finally, the hostel has a rooftop terrace, great for sunning and reading in the warmer months.

A bar is also available for drinks, and the onsite restaurant serves up meals for guests. A mini-market is also available for other needs.

Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, laundry, bike rental, 24-hour reception, tour and transportation bookings along with travel advice, TVs, books, and more.

Reviews are generally positive, with the hostel receiving high marks for the friendly staff, great amenities, social atmosphere, and comfortable rooms.
23 Zhuan Tang Lu , Kunming, China,

A quiet hostel for families, couples, or solo travelers

Private Room: $89.00
Overall Rating: 82%
The newly renovated Hump Hostel offers a lot of nice amenities in a convenient location in central Kunming. Private rooms of various sizes, including family rooms are available. Dorms are also available, and are kept clean and neat.

The building is somewhat modern, and an onsite restaurant and bar makes the common room somewhat social. A rooftop terrace with a pool table is also a good spot to relax.

Luggage storage, laundry service, free Wi-Fi, tour and transportation booking, bike rental, and 24-hour reception round out the list of amenities.

Guest reviews state that this hostel is quiet and caters to travelers of all ages and demographics. It's great for families, but backpackers might get a little bored here if looking for more action. Overall, it's clean and comfortable.

The friendly staff offers up their advice on things to do and see in the city, and can also book tours and onward transportation.

The common areas include a garden and an upstairs patio, which make for great, quiet spots to relax and mingle with other guests. The onsite restaurant and bar serves food and drinks, including wood-fired pizza! They even have guest chefs; have you ever heard of that at a hostel?!?

Laundry services, free Wi-Fi, airport and train pickup, and more are on their list of amenities.

Guest reviews are consistently positive, as many give 10 out of 10 ratings for everything from cleanliness to the friendly staff to the great location. This place is highly recommended!
8-4 Villa, East Xihua District, Xiyuan Road Xishan District , Kunming, China,

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