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Sanya Backpackers
Ranked #2 of 260 Speciality Lodging in Sanya
Reviewed 5 May 2017

The staff, although volunteers, are very very nice. I could not find the hostel as I arrived after dark. When I got dropped off at Hai Hua Road, I called the front desk and this lady actually came picking me up! But I have to say, as a hostel you cannot expect hardware of a star-rated hotel. First thing, the air conditioning was too weak for a Hongkonger. Then the bathroom was tiny. My husband can barely turn around inside. No TV in the whole property, which means get out of the room and meet someone at the bar! Live show every evening by a Taiwan guitarist. Lots of favorite oldies, and original songs ([probably written by himself, but in Chinese).
Some people mentioned that management has changed, I don't know, doesn't matter to me. Drinks are a bit expensive but hey, you can get it the convenience store and drink it here. Just clean up after yourselves. The hostel gives out free beach towels.
If you are looking for restaurants in the neighborhood, check online comments whenever you can. There are quite a few "ripper offers"

Room Tip: Best to get a suite with a bathroom. The one with a balcony is best value for money.
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

Nice youth hostel with a nice girl at the reception. You can rent surfboards but for 150 Yuan maybe on the beaches they are cheeper... :-/ unfortunately the bathroom ist very small and dirty but I liked the room by itself. Also the bed was very cosy.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 December 2016

Dirty hostel with mold and uncleaned bathrooms. Over- priced bar and everything - not even free water available. The owners are greedy, looking to make money at every opportunity. Staff don't speak English.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with friends
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1  Thank laulau7772016
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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

I always prefer hostels over hotels and I'm really not picky when it comes to cleanness, space, location etc. But this hostel was so disappointing that we left the morning after we arrived - even though we couldn't get our money back for the rest of the days.

If you want to try it out either way, I advice you to only book one night to begin with. That way you won't waste your money.

I'll try to make it short:
- arrogant and not caring staff, no "hi, nice to meet you", nor any smiles
- common area is really nicely decorated but there is no music and the bar closed very early so you don't have a chance to chill out and meet people
- fungi on the walls (see pictures)
- 7 days cancelation policy which is a nice trick if you run such a bad place because then people read good reviews in e.g. Lonely Planet and book because they think it's nice and then they are trapped when they actually get there. Usually hostels only have 1 day cancelation policy.
- good location, close to the beach, free towels for the beach

But worst of all and very important to have in mind: people get free drinks if they rate them 100% on sites like Tripadvisor and Hostelworld (see pictures) - which totally undermines the point of these sites. What can we as users then trust? I wouldn't count on the reviews that says 5 stars in here or 100% on hostel sites.

Hope you'll find a nice place to stay in Sanya. We capitulated to a hotel for the rest of the time in Sanya.
- Sarah, Denmark

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Sarah K
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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

We've been in China for five weeks now, and stayed in six different hostels. Most of the recommended by Lonely Planet and they were really good.

But this place is by far the worst experience. They have got new owners, apparently, so it's not the Singaporean couple any longer.

Room was very small with fungus on the walls. No soap on bathroom. The bar closes early and there is a big sign in the bar about the rules of the place (no fighting, no offensive manners etc.). Also a sign in the room of behavioral regulations (vomit in bed charged 100 rnb) - why is al this necessary?

But the worst thing, which made us furious, was the sign in the bar telling that we could get a free drink for rating them 100% on Tripadvisor. This simply just undermines the entire concept of Tripadvisor.

The staff was arrogant and the atmosphere was horrible. Such a shame, since we were really looking forward to this place.

Stayed: July 2016
1  Thank casperhennie
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Address: No.1 Type 1 Villa , Luming Community, Haihua Road, Dadonghai, Sanya 572021, China
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Region: China > Hainan > Sanya
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 260 Speciality Lodging in Sanya
Price Range: RM53 - RM155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Sanya Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are Singaporean operated hostel providing SAFE, CLEAN and COMFORTABLE accommodation for backpackers and travellers in Hainan, China. Located in Dadonghai, Sanya, we are just a very short walk(3 mins)to the beach. By day, where all the sea activities begin and by night all the party starts. Our goal is to provide you with a wonderful experience to bring back home.We also offer surfing lessons, PADI scuba diving courses and outdoor adventures. ... more   less 
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