Great place to stay if exploring West Lake! Posted 20-Jul-2013 on Hotels.com
Overall, the hostel was fantastic! Great location, just steps to West Lake and the ever-useful bike rental location! A little tricky to find at night as it's set fairly far back from the street behind vegetation (which actually makes it feel like a quiet little cottage retreat!), but not difficult. The only reason I scored a 3 for surrounding neighbourhood is due to the primary school that is literally right beside the hostel. I had read reviews about the extremely loud school next door and figured people were over-reacting a little. They weren't! The school plays VERY loud orchestral music in the morning, presumably during their recess period, but it carries on for quite some time and is quite loud. NOT a problem if you are an early riser (as you should be when travelling!), but if you like to sleep in late, I strongly recommend ear plugs. As it is a school, it's not an issue on the weekends or later in the day. Otherwise, the surrounding area is pretty, quiet, and yet very close to West Lake and surrounding tourist sites. The staff were friendly, efficient, spoke excellent English, and overall extremely helpful!