Mingyuan Youth Hostel
20 Jiefangroad, Luoyang, China
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Mingyuan Youth Hostel Luoyang Reviews
The worst hostel (hotel) I stayed at in my entire 7 months away Jun 12, 2009
Hmmm, where to start?
The hostel sent someone to collect us from the station. We were put into a taxi and driven 500m down the road to the hostel. This hostel is very close to the station!
The first thing we noticed was that it looked like a hotel rather than a hostel. We checked in with the member of staff who collected us, and headed up to our room on the 6th floor.
We had booked two beds in a dorm but when we opened the door, we discovered two triple hotel rooms with adjoining doors.
The bathroom was in one of the rooms, but it was grubby looking and smelly. They had provided towels and sufficient toiletries for each guest though.
The room(s) itself looked clean enough but it was not until later that evening after we returned that the problems really began.
The room was advertised as having air conditioning, and there was an A/C unit in each room, however it did not work in the room we had picked. We complained but nothing was done, so we complained again. 3 hours later someone came up to look at it, but basically said 'nothing we can do'.
We continued to complain that we had paid for something we were not provided with, (difficult because I cannot speak Mandarin, and the staff member on duty could not speak English). They finally offered to change our room.
She took us to a room where there was a man passed out on his bed, and the lady knocked on an adjoining room door before unlocking it and ushering us in. There was another woman in there, asleep. It appeared we had been put into the staff bedroom.
We tried to settle in, in the dark and silence (it was about 1am by this time), before the phone rang, waking up the poor woman in there. She answered it and passed the phone to me. The same woman who showed us to the room was calling to say we had to come downstairs to fill in a new registration form for the room, and it couldn't wait until morning!
We reluctantly went downstairs, and, as expected, closed our adjoining bedroom door behind us to give the sleeping lady some privacy.
We filled in our forms and went back up to our room, but disaster had struck. The adjoining door had locked itself shut. The handle just kept turning around and around and would not budge. We knew we hadn't locked it, so assumed it was a tempermental lock and headed back down to reception to ask for the key.
The receptionist refused to believe that the door was locked, and refused to give us the key. With Mandarin phrasebook in hand, drawing pictures of the situation and pointing at the Chinese characters of the relevant words, she just would not give us the key.
We went back upstairs and had to knock on the adjoining door until the woman woke up and could let us in. Needless to say, this irritated us, and made us feel terrible for waking the other lady up and we did not have a good night's sleep.
The only English speaking member of staff was very helpful and wrote our train details down in Chinese characters for us, which was helpful. But otherwise the staff we abysmal.
We did not have breakfast as we were not told it was included (which it is).
The single good thing about this hostel is the distance from the train station.
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