Sim's Cozy Garden Hostel(Guesthouse)

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No.211, Chengdu, China
www.gogosc.com - 86-28-83355322/ (0)13398195552
Sim's Cozy Garden Hoste - My room
Sim's Cozy Garden Hoste - Lots of common areas available
Sim's Cozy Garden Hoste - Sim's Cozy Garden Hostel
Sim's Cozy Garden Hoste - The garden
Sim's Cozy Garden Hoste - Every floor has this tiny 'smoking area'. As a non-smoker I love this!!

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Sim's Cozy Garden Hostel(Guesthouse) Chengdu Reviews

Biedjee Biedjee
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Excellent vibe, wonderful place! Oct 31, 2010
Sim's Cozy Garden Hostel is run by a couple from Singapore and Japan, which through the years has turned into one of the most popular hostels in China. And for the right reasons!!

It is nice to arrive at a place which despite its recommendations in Lonely Planet and on Hostelworld and Tripadvisor and the likes does not raise its prices and decreases its services. This hostel truly deserves all the recommendations and lives up to its hype.

The hostel comprises of several buildings around an inner courtyard on a busy street in central Chengdu. Despite its location in the middle of a busy city it is relatively quiet.

Sim's offers a wide variety of rooms from simple dorms to luxury doubles and family rooms decorated in traditional Chinese style. Prices range from $5 to $35, so there is something for every budget.

My room was small, but very efficiently furnished, with shelves and drawers under the bed and the TV suspended above it. It came with lots of little freebies which truly enhanced the experience. Upon arrival all guests are given a free map of the city, the rooms have a DVD player and there are thousands of free movies available at the reception. My room even came with a little fruit basket, which was replenished every day. Great for some much-needed vitamin intake!

Also free is the pick-up from the train station, which I thought was a great service (though it seems all hostels in Chengdu offer his).

The restaurant is ok-ish. They offer plenty of Western-style food for the homesick, as well as loads of local Sichuan dishes. The latter are somewhat adjusted to Western taste though, so the food is nowhere near as spicy as what you'll get at local restaurants (which can be somewhat difficult to find in Chengdu). I found the portions a bit small and the coffee way overpriced. On the plus side, they have lots of different breakfast items, including porridge, muesli and pancakes, which is great if you tire of the usual fried eggs with toast.

If you are tired of sightseeing, they play daily movies in the restaurant and there is also a TV lounge. There are literally thousands of DVDs available.

They also have table tennis and a pool table available.

The hostel also offers a myriad of tours, the most popular of which is of course the visit to the Panda breeding centre in Chengdu. But they can also arrange virtually any imaginable excursion in the surroundings, like a multi-day boat trip on the Yangze river, trips to minority villages, treks in Emei-Shan national park and many more. They have a separate travel desk for Tibet trips.

Furthermore they have bicycles available for hire, can organise bus and train tickets (at a very modest commission) and they organise cooking classes, teaching both Chinese and Japanese cooking.

This is one of the nicest places I have stayed at in a long, long time.
My room
Lots of common areas available
The garden
Every floor has this tiny 'smoking…
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domnicella domnicel…
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Standard Hostel in Chengdu Nov 13, 2009
Sim and Maki run this Hostel and are what make it so enjoyable. The location is ok, the food is ok (far from great), the beds and the cleanliness are ok, everything is just ok. Nothing special. But Sim and Maki are delightful, friendly, welcoming people, who do go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Without them, this hostel wouldn't be worth visiting. For a decently-priced, hassle-free stay, Sim's is a great place to be. They also will set you up with day trips and longer excursions, or help arrange for your next jaunt to wherever. Really are the best "travel agents" in town; ended up being cheaper than if we had done it ourselves. (Unusual, to be sure.) Lastly, free pickup at the train station is a huge perk, as the hostel is nowhere near the station and would be near impossible to find without. Definitely worth a stay.
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crazecalechike crazecal…
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Best Hostel I may have ever stay at Jul 05, 2009
This was an awesome hostel. First we were able to get picked up at the airport and they were already there when we arrived. The hostel is off the main street a little so it was quiet. It has beautiful gardens you have to walk through to get to your room. The rooms are really good size and actually have place to put your stuff without feeling cramped. They have internet and a decent restaurant. The staff is beyond helpful with EVERYTHING! Even though they were always busy helping people, they were always friendly, informative, and efficient. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Chengdu!
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