Shanghai hostels

5 Best Hostels In Shanghai, China

Updated: March 22, 2021

Shanghai, located on the Chunsen River on China’s central coast, is the world’s largest city. It attracts a whopping 340 million tourists annually. It is well-known for its dazzling skyline, historic buildings, and rich culture.

The city has much to offer visitors. Its cityscape is a unique blend of modern and traditional, with impressive skyscrapers as a backdrop to ancient temples. The city also has beautiful art-deco architecture. For people who love shopping, Shanghai has everything from luxury malls to small shops. Shanghai is also a food-lovers paradise, dishing up everything from street food to Michelin-starred cuisine. In the middle of the city’s action, you can find impressive and expansive parks and gardens, which are a breath of fresh air in the busy city.

Shanghai has many great accommodations for its visitors. If you are searching for somewhere to stay, here’s a list of the top five hostels in Shanghai.


Blue Mountain Shanghai

Blue Mountain International Youth Hostel

You can find the Shanghai Blue Mountain Hostel just steps away from the Bund waterfront. It is in a central location but is still tranquil. Also within walking distance is the Yu Garden and Nanjing Road, full of shops and excitement.

The hostel has a clean and modern design. You can choose between private and dorm-style rooms. Private rooms have en suite bathrooms for privacy. Dorm rooms have mixed, male, or female-only options. You can enjoy beautiful views on the rooftop terrace and garden. The bar is a great place to sample Chinese beer and make friends. The common room has foosball and a pool table for your entertainment.

Visitors love the front desk staff, social environment, and central location.

Hostel details

Address: 6F, 350 South Shanxi Road, Shanghai, China.

Guest rating: 4.8 out of 5.

Price per night: from $10.

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Phoenix hostel Shanghai

The Phoenix

Located on Yunnan Road, The Phoenix is the perfect hostel for foodies in Shanghai. The area is known for authentic and delicious restaurants. The Dashijie metro station is four minutes away. You can visit all of the city’s attractions, including The Bund and the Shanghai museum, from there.

The hostel offers both male and female-only dorm rooms as well as hotel-style single and double rooms. You can view the Shanghai skyline on the rooftop deck while enjoying drinks from the bar and playing table tennis. The hostel even offers guests Mandarin and Chinese brush painting classes. You can enjoy inexpensive traditional meals at their onsite restaurant.

The comfortable rooms, great location, and delicious restaurant are guest favorites at this hostel.

Hostel details

Address: 17 Yunnan (South) Road, Shanghai, China.

Guest rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Price per night: from $14.

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Tours Shanghai

Tours*SOHO Garden Hostel

Tours*SOHO, located on the bank of the Suzhou River, is well-connected to all of Shanghai’s sights. It only takes 5 minutes to reach the nearest subway station, and many of the city’s attractions are all less than a 30-minute walk from the hostel. The surrounding area has bars, teahouses, and shops to entertain visitors.

The hostel’s décor is simple, clean, and cozy. Faculties include a movie room, library, common area, patio, and kitchen. If you forget something, the hostel has plenty of extra toiletries and supplies for its guests. Breakfast and washing and drying facilities are complimentary. There is a café/bar on site for something to eat or drink.

Highlights for visitors include the convenient location, great value, and onsite amenities.

Hostel details

Address: NO. 1307 South Suzhou Rd, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China.

Guest rating: 4.4 out of 5.

Price per night: from $12.

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Meego hostel

Shanghai Meego Yes Hotel

The Shanghai Meego Yes hotel is in a commercial district removed from the touristy parts of town. However, it is very well-connected to the city’s main attractions. It is only 10 minutes away from the railway station and just a few minutes from the Zhongxing Road metro station.

Rooms at this hostel are bright and artsy. There are rooms for everyone, including family, double, and single rooms as well as dorm rooms. Guests can make their own food in the kitchen, eat at the restaurant, or order room service. It is easy to socialize with other guests in the common spaces. If guests need help planning, the staff can arrange tours.

People love the friendly staff, great value, and cleanliness.

Hostel details

Address: No.139, Jingjiang Road, Jingan District, Shanghai, China.

Guest rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Price per night: from $10.

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Mingtown hostel

Mingtown Nanjing Road Youth Hostel

The Mingtown Nanjing Road Youth Hostel is located between The Bund and People’s Square just off Nanjing Road. It is only a 2-minute walk to East Nanjing Road, a 10-minute drive to Yu Garden, and 15-minutes from The Bund by car.

The hostel’s décor is quirky and fun. Guests can select between private or shared rooms. Both types of rooms are equipped with a seating area and a desk. The common room has poker and chess games. Front desk staff are happy to assist with arranging sightseeing tours of the city. If you are hungry, you can enjoy the hostel’s restaurant that serves tasty Chinese and Western food.

This hostel’s highlights include its convenient location, great value, and spacious rooms.

Hostel details

Address: No.258, Tianjin Road, Huangpu, 200001 Shanghai, China.

Guest rating: 4.0 out of 5.

Price per night: from $10.

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About our Shanghai hostel recommendations

Whether you’re a solo traveler looking for a private room, or a backpacker traveling around in a group wanting to stay in a cheap and cozy dorm, above you will find the best hostels in Shanghai for all your needs.

Please note, we only list hostels on our website that have an aggregated guest review rating of at least 4.0 out of 5. We aggregate all reviews from different booking sites and other unbiased review websites. Hence, you can be certain all hostels listed above offer an excellent value-for-money stay in Shanghai.


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