There are a few recommended hostels and hotels in Chengdu (Traffic Inn, Holly’s Hostel & Traffic Hotel to name a few). However, in our opinion, Sim’s Cozy Garden Hostel is the best!
Sim’s Cozy Garden Hostel
No 211, Section 4, First Ring Rd. North
Phone: (028) 83355322
This hostel has it all. Sim’s Cozy Garden Hostel has any amenity or facility you could possibly want. The staff speak excellent English, the check-in counter is flawless, there’s a luggage storage area (for when you have a late night train but need to check out of your room at noon), there’s a garden with many tables to sit at, a games room, lots of books you can borrow, a travel information desk that can arrange trips to Tibet, book train tickets and tours. But the best part of all is the restaurant & bar. The food is fresh, delicious, affordable and no MSG is used! Oh, and beers are cheap as well.
We don’t recommend having the hostel book a train ticket for you. They charge an extra 25rmb / ticket! They will, however, show you to the booking office, which is just a few blocks away. No, they don’t speak English there and yes, it’s kind of difficult, but Sim’s will even write down in Chinese where you would like to go. Remember to bring your passport for train bookings.
Room Info & Cost:
The rates here really depend on the time of year. When we were there (during the high season – May), the cost of a double room was 180rmb. The room had a shared bathroom, a/c, wi-fi in the room, and a t.v with DVD player as well. During the low season, double rooms can be anywhere from 100-160rmb. The cost of a dorm bed is 50rmb/person. Your best bet is to book a room through Hostel World.
Pros: clean rooms, great facilities, delicious on-site restaurant, many other backpackers here.
Cons: the rooms are quite small, the location is alright but a bit far north.