i arrived at midnight after a bus trip from hanoi(US$ 42)and caught a taxi from deserted bus station (10 yuan)..the taxi driver contacted inn on mobile and there was girl on footpath waiting to take me 10 metres to reception..waking up in the morning i quickly realised by looking out my window that i was in an unbeatable location to experience guilin; being only metres from shan "two pagados" lake.this inn with only 3 rooms cost me 150 yuan ($25)a night including breakfast and free internet and was only 50 metres from the 5 star "waterfall"hotel and 100 metres from the sheraton,yet had the personal attention and feel of a small boutique hotel..as regards location..50 metres bought me to the main street and all major bus routes (1.2 yuan all one way trips),100 metres took me to the china bank international money exchange opposite central plaza and 200 metres bought me to rosemarys cafe (western food)near the corner of yiren road and bin jiang road.serious travel bookins were at CITS (china international travel service) next to china international money exchange where an english speaking woman will write in chinese the instructions for booking tickets at bus or train station..was able to book li river cruise here on chinese boat for 260 yuan as against 480 yuan for english boat.pick up was from hotel with time for a quick breakfast...take a spare memory card for your digital camera and batteries. the inn can book your iconic "4 lakes,2 rivers" night cruise-do not miss this lighted riverbanks cruise-but it does not go back to original wharf and you will need to get taxi (15 yuan) back to lakeside inn)..it was great to stroll around shan lake after breakfast and i regret not getting a personal fan from the fan man near the main road bridge..he charges 60 yuan and composes a poem about you which he then metricously paints onto the paper fan!..the inn has western on suite toilets.a pity about the hard beds but,hey,thats china
good enough for the price (90RMB).. a little shady but the rooms were clean.. we had a bit of problem with the shower - had to wait for really long for hot water and it was unstable..
location was great tho.. walking distance from the train station and the bus station, the night market and a number of restaurants... the hotel has airport pick-up (80RMB) service too if you need..
its a good choice if you're only looking for a place to sleep and staying for a short time.. although id personally recommend spending bout 50 yuan more to stay at better hotels like home inns (ru jia)..
David the owner was fantastic. Great English, knew what he was talking about and runs a good place. Very small (only 3 rooms) so the atmosphere is unlike most hostels, but the location is pretty, the rooms are clean and comfortable and the location is great. I would definitely return here.
This hostel was very well located the room was very nice. My friend was sick during our stay and the staff took her to the hospital and took really good care of her. The staff at the desk has a hard time with english but if ever you need anything the owners are a phone call away and they both speak very good english. The hostel booked all our tours and it turns out we got the best prices. We highly recommend this hostel. Great location within walking distance of most of the attractions.
one of the best places i have stayed so far in China. Staff were extremely helpful.
We stayed in Backpackers Inn for three nights in May 2008, and I must say that it was a delightful experience: fantastic location (right in the city center with many restaurants and street shops) at a great price (about 160 Yuan per room per night for a standard room with private bath room). The rooms are tastefully decorated (Japanese theme with bamboo curtains, tatami beds and hard wood floors) and are spotlessly clean; amenities include AC, flat screen TV with cable, and wireless internet in your room. Showers are also decent with good water pressure and hot water. The place is relatively new so it is not mentioned in the Lonely Planet guidebooks yet. It is a great value and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a clean, charming, convenient place at a reasonable price.
It was the best Hostel I ever see and all were so kindly and helpfull.The tours were also very good.
If I come back I will stay here aigain.
Thank you for the nice days in Guilin.