I stayed at Dozycat hostel for over a month. So I had quite the chance to really get the feel for it. All in all it felt like a home away from home. The location is convenient, in that its not in the hustle and bustle of the center of the city but it is about an 8 minute walk from there.
With two town villas, Guilin Dozycat Youth Hostel is only 600 meters away from the Guilins best scenery at the Two Rivers and Four lakes. Dozycat boasts a large courtyard with osmanthus trees. Sitting in the outdoor Rock-n-Go, with cellphone turned off, you may escape the madness of urban rush and enjoy the rare tranquility and natural beauty at Dozycat. In the spacious lobby, you will be greeted by a lovely hostess and the enthusiastic owner. We provide practical travel information and the full-set of tips of sneaking through scenic sites without ticket. In addition, we offer free Internet, free books, free VCD/DVD, self-service laundry, and bicycle rental. Best of all, we have a luxurious kitchen, and you may show off your cooking talent among friends. In Guilin Dozycat, you will have an experience of the life time. We like you to see Dozycat as your home in Guilin, and we love to see you come and return whenever you want to go to a quiet place and enjoy the best Guilin has to offer.
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I stayed at Dozycat hostel for over a month. So I had quite the chance to really get the feel for it. All in all it felt like a home away from home. The location is convenient, in that its not in the hustle and bustle of the center of the city but it is about an 8 minute walk from there. Also, their are large clear signs pointing the way to the hostel once you get reasonably close - so if you are worried about getting there, just should alleviate some of the stress. The road which the hostel is on is nestled in between two rows of Guilin's gorgeous mountains, and it about a 3 minute walk to the nearest path up Lao Ren Shen - the most famous of the mountain paths around the city which provides a spectacular view of Guilin! I climbed this path nearly every day and never got tired of it. Furthermore, if you are the adventuresome type you can find plenty more hiking trails leading off from the obvious path up Lao Ren.
The hostel itself is a unique three story building attached to a two story building with a homey courtyard in the middle. Both the two story wing and the three story wing have spacious deck roofs, the former being used for drying clothes, and the latter having deckware to lounge on and catch some sun! Furthermore, there is a path that leads from the roof deck to an overlooking garden on the mountain side against which the hostel is built - the garden overlook is secluded and beautiful if you want some time alone. A large and newly redecorated lobby make up the first floor of the 3 story wing. There is of course the usual shelves for travelers information and the check in counter, but there are plenty of other perks as well. This includes, two free-to-use high speed internet computers, a book shelf with a number of magazines and books, a large traditional Chinese tea table (on which I was invited to have all sorts of different types of Chinese tea on more than a few occasions), and some brand new lounging sofas. The lobby was repainted in January and the whole room has bright and positive atmosphere. I enjoyed meeting and spending time with travelers from all over the world in this room. Just past the lobby, still on the first floor, is a kitchen and TV room. The kitchen has plenty of space, plenty of utensils, and plenty of the usual cooking ingredient necessities - as the staff eats three meals a day there. I was often asked to dine with the staff and have some wonderful Chinese cooking, free of charge. The TV room has a large selection of English and Chinese movies. The second floor contains the majority of the dorm style rooms in the hostel. It also has two bathrooms, both western style and Chinese toilets, and three showers. There is a cleaning lady who comes every day, so the bathrooms ranged from squeaky clean to clean.
I stayed in a dorm style room on the second floor. The room is spacious, much more spacious than other hostels I've been to. Each room has two bunk beds, a window, lockers, individual reading lamps for each bunk, and a heating/cooling system which you control. My room even had a nice reading desk. The heater/cooler worked wonderfully; although I only used the heat because I was there during the winter. My room was immaculate when I arrived. And every few days or so, the staff would ask me if I wanted to have my room cleaned.
The third floor has the outside roof deck as well as two gorgeous private rooms, with showers, flatscreen TV's, etc. I spent a good amount of time on the deck, soaking in what sun I could get, and breathing in the fresh air.
As far as the staff and the service: the service was exceptional, in that there were never any problems with booking or prices. They also managed to secure train tickets for my way back (Shane, one of the staff members, even called in a personal favor from a friend of his in Beijing in order to get me a cheap train ticket for the other half of my journey home to Changchun). The staff changed a little during my month at the hostel, so I'll simply comment on the staff that was there when I left. The boss is an energetic Chinese man in his late 30's with large and quick sense of humor. We often joked around with eachother, even though his English is rather limited. The main English speaker is Shane (xiao du) - also energetic with a large sense of humor - he is in his mid 20's. As I hinted earlier, he is very helpful, with the attitude that no request is outside of his job description. I saw him go to large lengths a number of times to get a traveler the right ticket or tour, etc. The second main English speaker is Rita (xiao luo), a good natured and pleasant Chinese girl, also in her mid-20's. She helped out with everything, but mainly handled the cooking as well as preparing the rooms. Both Shane and Rita always had time to chat or to answer questions of any sort, and were quite personable - to the point that within a short time, I could consider both of them my good friends. Besides them, there is the cleaning lady I mentioned who comes every day; and one or two maintenance guys that show up every once in while for special projects. Finally, there are four cats. The cats add a nice touch; they are friendly, clean, and well taken care of, and don't get involved with any of the actual rooms. And if you are a cat lover then you may be able to get the black cat to warm up your lap if you plan on sitting down for a while.
As far as the value of the hostel, even without mentioning the great living conditions, my Chinese friends and students express surprise that I could find a hostel with such a great price. It was one of the cheapest prices on the hostel website, so I wasn't expecting much once I got there even though the pictures on the website looked pretty good. So I was literally blown away when I finally arrived and discovered how great the conditions were. The only area in which I think the hostel falls short is in its TV area. The TV is only a moderate size. And the seating in front of the TV can only fit two or three people. However, if you are not a fanatic about your TV viewing experience, or if you don't plan on spending much time watching TV in one of the most gorgeous cities in China, I don't think the TV room is a big deal. To sum up, I highly recommend this hostel in every way.
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