Mingtown Etour Youth Hostel

Mingtown Etour Youth Hostel

No.55 JiangYin Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200003 China
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HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Budget
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese
Property amenities
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Billiards
Taxi service
24-hour security
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Express check-in / check-out
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Restaurant
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Non-smoking rooms
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No.55 JiangYin Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200003 China
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Great for walkers
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Pu Dong Airport
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lalabelle84 wrote a review Nov 2014
Berlin, Germany56 contributions99 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I actually spent several months here in 2013 and 2014, leaving in late-May of 2014, in a shared women's only dorm. It became something of a home to me, and, to be honest, I miss it. That's not to say it's perfect, but I'll discuss the pros and cons, and you can decide whether it would work for you.

Pros:
- ATMOSPHERE -- this hostel is actually known amongst locals in Shanghai for having a cool, affordable bar (with restaurant) in a great location. The common area has a courtyard with a balcony, tables, koi pond, vines and potted plants -- all open to anyone who comes to the bar. It's literally at the heart of downtown Shanghai (just minutes away, by foot, from the People's Square metro station, exit 11), so you see modern architecture, like the JW Marriott Tomorrow Square skyscraper ("Mingtian Guangchang") from right there in the courtyard, or Pearl Tower from the balcony on the third floor -- but the hostel compound is set into a quaint back alley with little shops and people hanging laundry, and it sits next door to a beautiful, old stone estate house. Honestly, some of my favorite memories of my two years in Shanghai were sitting on the patio next to the bar on warm mornings, enjoying the sights of the garden while I had a breakfast of fruit and youtiao (fried dough sticks) -- all purchased right there on the same block. This place has a special feel.
- Note: you don't have to be a paying customer to sit inside the restaurant/bar area. At some hostels, you're made to feel like an intruder if you're chilling out there and not eating. Not like that here at all -- it truly is a common area. Buying food/drinks is a matter of your own preference.
- Front desk staff, while I was there, were generally very motivated to be helpful, and they are friendly people. You'll sometimes find that people in China are a little stiff/shy when it comes to using their English, but once they're familiar with you, it gets easier to communicate. Just smile! It will help!
- Any bed I ever slept in here was comfortable, and the bunks are very sturdy.
- Lockers are big. There's also considerable under-the-bed space you can use for stashing things.
- Dorms had shelves and lamps (usually with extra electrical outlets) for every single bed.
- Cleaning staff are also very friendly and kind.
- And they clean at least once per day.
- Showers were pretty much always at least warm, usually downright hot. No complaints about this.
- Laundry on-site and very affordable.
- In cooler months, they put the heating on every night, early in the evening (if they forget, just ask), and the rooms heat up very well.
- I've seen the private rooms, and they're cozy and clean, if not a bit dark.
- A lot of Chinese students and young professionals who have recently moved to Shanghai to seek work come here for longer stays, so the place actually takes on a bit of a community feel. If you're not paying attention to this it won't make a difference to you, and it's not like you'll feel like an outsider yourself, but if you *do* intend to be here for more than a couple days, there are a lot of friendly, familiar faces you will find.

As for the location, as other reviewers mentioned, it's a huge bonus. This deserves its own section. Some highlights and walking-time estimates:
- On Jiangyin Lu, where the hostel is located, there's a lot of great street food. Delicious fried noodles and grilled veggies and meat at night, shouzhabing and fried chicken all day, multiple produce vendors, etc. Off that street but still on the very same block, if you walk its perimeter, you will find also a Halal restaurant, multiple bakeries and 24-hour convenience stores, and even some mid-range options like Wagas (a popular chain of Western-style FRESH food in Shanghai). You will not go hungry here. And most of what you can find here is incredibly affordable.
- Tomorrow Square right across the street makes for a good reference point while you're exploring the city (you can see it from FAR away) and can offer the conveniences you lack at the hostel (e.g., there's a Starbucks in the lobby with great wifi, a taxi stand, etc.)
- People's Square metro station is very close, especially Exit 11. Three different metro lines converge there, including Line 2, which runs directly to Pudong International Airport. It's a long haul, but it's only about 8 RMB (or less) to go all that distance, if you opt for the train, and not having to change metro lines to get here from Pudong Airport is pretty sweet!
- 15 minutes on foot to Xintiandi, just a straight shot toward the south from the adjoining Huangpi Lu.
- 20 minutes walking to the Raffles City shopping mall (just on the eastern side of People's Square)
- roughly 30 minutes walking to the Bund (if you take Nanjing Lu)
- roughly 40 minutes walking to Jing'an Temple (if you take Nanjing Lu in the opposite direction)
- post office right on the corner as you exit the hostel's alley toward the east
- AMAZING food streets if you cross Nanjing Lu, following Huangpi Lu toward the north (and also amazingly affordable)

All this said, what are the cons?
- dorms are dark. DARK -- the walls are (who knows why?) painted this dull yellow color, and the lights in the dorms are amazingly dim. It's not practical to do any reading/writing in the rooms.
- it's not uncommon for the electronic card-reader access on the doors of the dorms to just spontaneously stop working. . . so you may have to go (and more than once) to the front desk to have it reset.
- showers are not exactly en-suite (at least for the dorms and for the private rooms I've seen). The layout is that hostel has three stories of straight walkways, and behind each door is a bathroom area (toilet and showers), with doors to the rooms themselves set opposite the entrance from the outside. There's no heating, understandably, in the bathroom areas, so they get very chilly in winter.
- Internet is AWFUL. The whole time I was there, the connection dropped nearly constantly in the rooms (if it was even available at all), and even in the bar, it's not great because so many people are using it. If you have a lot of work/research/planning to do and wifi is important to you, however, you can just go across the street to the Starbucks in the lobby of Mingtian Guangchang. Way more comfortable.
- The bar -- awesome though it is -- closes at midnight. . . and after that, there is NOWHERE to hang out in the hostel that is a fully-indoor common area. There's an open-air room with a roof on the second floor with chairs and tables, but, again, it's open-air. If you want to be social at the hostel and it's after midnight and it's cold, you don't really have the option.
- The "kitchen" is not much to speak of. No actual stove. You can borrow a hot plate, and there's a microwave, but this is not a kitchen for those who are serious about food preparation. Plus -- it's outdoors. Has a roof, but, as I said, there is no fully-indoor common area (other than the bar), kitchen included. Still, some people make use of it.
- Showers/toilets only get cleaned once a day. Sometimes, to put it gently, this is really, really unfortunate. . .
- Many, if not most, of the bed linens (at least the ones they give you in the dorms) are stained. Granted, they are definitely clean -- just stained. Not exactly a sanitation hazard, but if that bothers you, just be forewarned.
- Difficult to pinpoint dates with the front desk staff if you want to reserve your room more than seven days in advance and you're already on site. Even though I was there for months, and they were fine with this, they preferred that I keep coming back every few days to pay again, as they never "could be sure" they'd have an availability that far ahead and blamed this on the online booking system. This makes absolutely no sense, because in most places in the world, you can take reservations both online and in person, and everything's fine, but some things are just different in China, so you will just have to deal with it. I do know, however, that they make every effort to accommodate you once you're already there, and they've even offered discounts to people they have had to shuffle to another room. So there's this feeling of instability in your booking if you end up opting to stay longer, but they usually find a way to work it out for you. Because they're nice like that. :)

So now you have all the details. As other reviewers said, it could use an upgrade -- better lighting, an enclosed common area (so you can keep hanging out at night), fresh linens, a lighter shade of paint on the walls, better wifi, etc. BUT this hostel is GREAT for many reasons: location, bar, overall atmosphere (especially the patio/garden!), friendly staff, comfortable beds, warm rooms, community feel, access to all kinds of amazing street food (and really, the vendors on the street are SO charmingly sweet!).

I found the Le Tour Traveler's Rest Youth Hostel (in Jing'an District) to be more comfortable and clean, honestly, but last time I was there (August 2012), I found some suspicious bugs on the bed in one of the rooms. Other friends of mine stayed at Le Tour after this and had no problem with bed bugs, but I've stayed away since. Mingtown Etour never had a bug problem that I saw. Not one. And even though it's not as warm/clean, it is still one of the best hostels I've seen in China. You will not regret being so central, you'll love the vibe of the common areas, and the facilities are just "enough" for the prices to be fair. If I were returning to Shanghai and needed a hostel to stay in, I'd come back to this one without hesitation.
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Date of stay: May 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Third floor has a nice view toward Pudong, but bathrooms are cooler. First and second floors are...
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Aurora Ribka M wrote a review Apr 2018
Indonesia535 contributions35 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed at this hostel for once at the times. I decided to stay in this hostel because of its strategic location, close to People's Square. Unfortunately, this hostel is quite expensive compared with the facilities obtained. The bed is far less than neat, maybe not even cleaned properly. In-room sightings are very ordinary and nothing special. Shared bathroom is not clean enough, but pretty good rather than can not make a bathe. Bath towels and small towels are provided. As well with sandals in the room. We have to take our own toiletries. Toilet is also not too clean, because it depends on the guest who use it. They do not have personnel to clean up the toilets or showers at any time. If you want to cook, they provided pantry to borrow rice cooker, dishes, spoons and more. There is a cafe in the hangout area, but the price is quite expensive to me. I did not make an order at the cafe. Its strategic place may be the only mainstay for the hostel to provide a high enough price compared to the facilities they provide. Fortunately the receptionist can speak a little English that can help our communication, especially when going to order a taxi.
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Date of stay: April 2018
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you are a couple or group, choose the room with a bathroom inside.
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graycodekitty wrote a review Feb 2012
Washington state47 contributions22 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I was a little disappointed with the quality of the facilities at Mingtown Etour. First, the good. The location is really good. Very close to exit 11 of the People's Square metro, which is on 3 lines. A block or so from Nanjing Road, easy walking distance to Xintiandi, and a bunch of the museums are within a few blocks as well. Note that this is also a prime location for scammers, so ignore any stranger who approaches you and at any point in the conversation suggests that you go out for tea or drinks.

The common areas are also very nice and do look as the pictures show. The bar is a comfy place to meet new people, play pool, read, or use wifi (if it's working). It's good that there is some place to relax because the dorm rooms aren't so good for that. The facilities, though old-looking, are also kept very clean and there are women who mop the floors and clean the restrooms several times a day.

I booked a 6 person female dorm and it was pretty much full all four days I stayed there. Not all of the lockers had a locking mechanism, and people were using lockers that weren't assigned to them. Each bed had a small reading light and there was a dim light in the doorway, but that was it for room lighting. While this was nice so people didn't wake everyone up when they came in late at night, it made it very difficult to see anything at night, including the locks on the lockers. They make you make up your own bed and you get this dingy sheet set that includes a flat sheet for the mattress and a weird sheet with ties to awkwardly stuff the blanket in. It seems like the quality of the mattresses vary. Some people said they slept well, but mine felt like a bunch of springs with a thin cover over them.

My favorite part of the hostel is that it felt like Communism-style rationing. There's no toilet paper in the bathroom, and you either have to use your own or ask for it at the front desk. There's also a sign on the showers saying that because it's cold outside, they're asking you to avoid using hot waters between 11am-1pm and 7pm-11pm. One of my dormmates did end up with a cool shower because I guess the hot water rations ran out.

Finally, the internet situation was pretty dismal. Some of that probably isn't the fault of the hostel because I was experiencing this all over China, but the public computer was particularly bad. I had typed up a really long e-mail and when I hit send, the internet stopped working. The front desk's reply was, "You need to reboot the computer." I was talking to people at the bar, and someone else had the exact same experience. I also was unable to get wifi signal in the room.

Seems like the private rooms might be alright, but there are better places in Shanghai to stay for dorms.
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Date of stay: February 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Izletnik wrote a review Jul 2011
Slovenia10 contributions28 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in this hostel the first night we arrived to China and were very unhappy. There waas only one room available and it was horrible! The walls were coverd in moulds and the air in the room was undescribably bad! As we arrived late and Shanghai is not the perfect place to find cheap accommodation, we took the room for one night only and were very happy to find a room in another hostel. Otherwise this hostel looks very nice with the water etc, but it's sad they couldn't fix the rooms in the first floor so that people could actually stay there. We got no discount for the room, although we were told by the staff it was not in a good condition. Quite sure it wasn't healthy as well!
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Date of stay: September 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ang Y wrote a review Oct 2010
SGP6 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
No doubt location is good with cheap local eateries and foot massages round the corner. Near to Line 2 People's Square Metro.

Moulds and algae are growing on all 4 walls and ceilings of Room 115/116 (Double Room). Hazardous to health with the mouldy air.Management replied that all rooms are in similar condition due to recent rains but only offer non-mouldy room only upon demand to cancel reservation. Later learnt that we are not the first couple to reject these rooms. Management appears to allocate Room 115/116 to guests with reservation made and look forwarding to guest forfeiting the 10% deposit.
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Date of stay: October 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Clay R wrote a review Dec 2019
5 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in a private room on the 3rd floor for 4 nights. Room was clean and comfortable, showers good but hot water not available for part of the Day, wifi was not working during my stay but there's a Starbucks not too far away, reception staff not very polite but were helpful enough.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Foxhat Nomads wrote a review Jun 2019
Bangkok, Thailand74 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Great location. Close to metro. Reasonable pricing considering it was Shanghai.
· Great location very close to metro. Exit 11. Rooms were clean.
· No wifi only in bar. Staff were disinterested and appeared not to want to be there. (There was one young girl on reception that was friendly and smiling). They seem to forget they are in hospitality!!
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Date of stay: May 2019
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Take a private double room. I heard there are no lockers in the dorms
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Agathe C wrote a review Aug 2017
Paris17 contributions10 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The hostel is nice and well located but the service is very poor. We had no AC in the room (it was broken and it was 40 degree inside) and spend the all night suffering. The night staff was not speaking English and didn't helped at all. Honestly this is a SHAME and we were not even refunded for this hideous night the next morning...
Moreover the commun bathroom was dirty...
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Date of stay: August 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Globetrotter6042015 wrote a review Nov 2016
Vancouver, Canada74 contributions52 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mingtown is well situated, close to the metro and many tourist attractions. The bathrooms are TINY, and often did not have toilet paper. Definitely no hand washing soap at any time. The staff never offered any assistance with getting around or suggestions on what to see, and at times some members barely spoke English. I gave it a 3/5 because of the location.
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Date of stay: October 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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derPaolo wrote a review Sept 2016
Hamburg, Germany14 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The perfect location - close to the people's square metro, easy to find, main attractions including bund within walking distance. We were staying in a couple room, four of which shared two showers, one toilet and one sink.
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Date of stay: April 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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weekend escape asked a question Dec 2014
Germany69 contributions7 helpful votes
What is the latest check in time?
Answer from lalabelle84
Berlin, Germany56 contributions99 helpful votes
I'm sorry, I lived there for seven months, and somehow I don't remember whether it's 11:00pm or 1:00am, but it's somewhere in that window. After hours, there's a security guard who sleeps at the desk (always one of several males), but he doesn't speak English, and the hostel staff have told me that one of the night guards (if not more than one of them) doesn't even speak particularly proper Mandarin. You can come and go at the hostel at any hour, as the guard is always there to let you in, but check-in is computerized and involves registering your passport data with the local police, so you'd want to arrive on at least that first night prior to the evening hours. Try calling them to ask what to do about late-night arrivals; most of the front desk staff speak reasonably good English. Good luck!
Foxhat Nomads wrote a tip Jun 2019
Bangkok, Thailand74 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take a private double room. I heard there are no lockers in the dorms"
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Aurora Ribka M wrote a tip Apr 2018
Indonesia535 contributions35 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you are a couple or group, choose the room with a bathroom inside."
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EQ5 wrote a tip Feb 2017
Santiago de Compostela, Spain13 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It has a school near by. Try to avoid be so close if you wanna sleep the hole morning."
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Mugre1975 wrote a tip Dec 2015
11 contributions10 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Mejor es no tener que subir escaleras / Try to get first floor rooms, avoid the stairs"
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Pierce L wrote a tip Dec 2015
Cork, Ireland40 contributions19 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"perfect for a cheap short stay"
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ALSO KNOWN AS
明堂青年旅舍新易途店, mingtown etour youth hotel shanghai
LOCATION
ChinaShanghai RegionShanghaiHuangpu / Puxi (Downtown Shanghai) / People’s Square
NUMBER OF ROOMS
100
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mingtown Etour Youth Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Mingtown Etour Youth Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Shanghai Renmin Park (0.3 km), Shanghai Grand Theater (0.3 km), and Shanghai Jewish Ghetto (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Mingtown Etour Youth Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Mingtown Etour Youth Hostel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Mingtown Etour Youth Hostel?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mingtown Etour Youth Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Barbarossa Restaurant & Lounge, JW's California Grill (JW Marriott Shanghai Tomorrow Square), and Marriott Cafe (JW Marriott Shanghai Tomorrow Square).
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Mingtown Etour Youth Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Chinese.
Are there any historical sites close to Mingtown Etour Youth Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Jing'an Temple (2.4 km), Shanghai Temple Of the Town God (Chenghung Miao) (2.2 km), and Shanghai Former Provisional Government Site of the Republic of Korea (1.4 km).
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