The Best Hostels in Qingdao, China for Backpackers, Couples, and Families

On the coast, south of Beijing, lies Qingdao, an important port city with a colonial history. The Old Town area is quite nice, as are the nearby beaches. The hostels below will not only provide you with a nice place to stay, but also help you figure out where to go and what to see around town. Each is different in its personality and vibe, so choose wisely and have a great trip.

How much do hostels in Qingdao cost?

Average Dorm Price $8 ($3 to $14)
Average Double Private Room Price (in a hostel) $30 ($14 to $118)

A social hostel for backpackers, couples, and solo travelers

Dorm Bed: $7.76
Private Room: $11.49
Overall Rating: 95%
This established and popular hostel, conveniently located in Old Town, has recently undergone a huge renovation lasting four months in which almost everything was upgraded (central heat/air, better bathrooms, etc.). The location really can't be beat, as it is just a stone's throw from everything in Old Town such as the old churches, the German street, the park, and all of the shops and restaurants.

Private rooms and dorms are available. Dorms are modern, upgraded, and have lights and outlets at each bunk. Lockers for bags are also in the rooms. Private rooms come in a variety of sizes and price levels. Many have ensuite bathrooms (very nicely done!) and TVs. Some of the higher rooms have great views, and the deluxe rooms come with free breakfast. All of the rooms are nicely decorated.

Security is taken seriously, with lockers in dorms, nightly security patrols, 24-hour reception and staff, etc.

The spacious common areas are terrific and comfortable. The main restaurant dining area is also a lounge with sofas and is a good spot to eat, socialize, and plan your day. A game room with a pool table and foosball is also provided. Various terraces and balconies overlook the city. A separate TV/movie room with a large sofa is a good spot to unwind, as is the separate library room for those that want a quiet place to read and relax. Why would you ever leave? The restaurant even employs a western chef so that you can have a true taste of home if you're tired of Chinese food. And there are discounts for those willing to help out around the hostel, such as in the kitchen or for nightly entertainment.

The staff can also book onward tickets and tours if needed. Other typical amenities are available such as free Wi-Fi, laundry machines, luggage storage, bike rental, car parking, etc.

Guest reviews (and there are plenty as this place has been around for a long time) highlight the extremely friendly staff and the amazing location. The newly upgraded bathrooms are also having a positive impact on guests, as they are not only clean and modern, but nicely decorated as well. You've really got to see the photos

Highly recommended!
No.31 Jining Lu , Qingdao, China,

A social hostel for backpackers, couples, and groups

Dorm Bed: $3.39
Private Room: $8.47
Overall Rating: 84%
On the waterfront with great views of the harbor and near downtown and the Universities is this fairly new hostel with a great vibe. At the nearby seafood market, they pick up some fresh fish and have a BBQ for the guests to help everyone mingle and socialize. Bus lines run right outside the front door to take you anywhere in town in a hurry. Check out the photos!

Private rooms and dorms are available for guests at varying prices. Rooms are simple but comfortable, and some even have ensuite bathrooms. Dorm bunks are custom built with outlets and lights. Some of the bunks are pod-style (like a Japanese hotel), which provides even more privacy. An all-female and an all-male dorm is available in addition to mixed dorms.

The common spaces are vibrant and fun. The onsite restaurant and bar serves drinks and food in addition to the weekend BBQs. A shared kitchen is also available for guests who desire to prepare their own meals. Free internet, bike rental, laundry services, luggage storage, and other standard hostel amenities are also provided for guests.

Guest reviews are generally good, but inconsistent. The hostel seems to have cleanliness issues periodically. Some guests like the location, but others say that it is a bit too far from downtown. The staff is said to be friendly and helpful, and the common area is enjoyed by everyone.
No.58 East Donghai Road Laoshan District , Qingdao, China,

A quiet hostel for backpackers, couples, and groups

Dorm Bed: $9.68
Private Room: $9.68
Overall Rating: 83%
Next to the Old Town and close to the train station is the Wheat Hostel, where rooms are centered around several Chinese style courtyards. Private rooms and dorms are available, including an all-female dorm. Private rooms come in a variety of sizes, from small twin rooms to larger family rooms. Some of the private rooms also have ensuite bathrooms.

The common areas are spacious. In addition to the outdoor courtyards, they also have an indoor restaurant lounge area, plus a billards room and a library. A TV with a Wii is available for entertainment, as is a DVD collection. Free internet, laundry services, linens, luggage storage, and other typical amenities are also available for guests.

Guest reviews highlight the great location and the quiet, comfortable environment. Some say that it is too quiet, and has no vibe.
Pi Chai Yuan. 35th He Bei Road Shi Nan District , Qingdao, China,

Near the train station

Dorm Bed: $6.44
Private Room: $8.47
Overall Rating: 82%
This oddly named hostel is close to the train station, the pier, and not far from the Old Town area. It is surrounded by shops and restaurants in the local area as well. The common areas are nice, and all of the typical hostel amenities are offered. It gets mixed reviews, but might be worth a look if only for its location, or if you have a late arrival or early departure.
No 303, YunNan Road ShiNan District , Qingdao, China,

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