The plan was to stay in Yangshuo for only a few days, then move on to to Kunming. But after spending just a single night in Sudder Street Guesthouse, we knew we didn’t want to leave. This place is heavenly.
This is completely our opinion. We did not receive any sort of compensation from Sudder Street Guesthouse. They didn’t even know we wrote this until way after we left.
A Chinese and Japanese couple own Sudder Street Guesthouse and named it after the place they met and fell in love. It is located a little North of Yangshuo on a quiet street surrounded by fields and local neighborhood. It looks like the road is getting rebuilt to extend out the Western vibe of the city, but for now, it is quaint and comfortably local.
Inviting Common Areas
The first floor common room is large, comfortable, and bright. It includes a front desk where they sell ¥3 ($0.50) beer and ¥10 coffee. There is a writing and game nook, reading nook with fireplace, dining tables, kitchen, foosball table, and great VPN for Western internet. There is even a hamster in a fun cage and a friendly cat.
One of the other highlights of Sudder Street Guesthouse is the outdoor area. The whole back wall of the common room is made of picture windows overlooking the sitting area, fire pit, neighboring farm, and the infinity pool. Unfortunately, we’re here in January, so we haven’t really had a chance to enjoy it as much as we’d like. But in the summer, I bet it’s the perfect place to relax with a beer and make some new friends.
Speaking of new friends, this place has been packed with travelers since we arrived, despite it being the off season. Every evening the couches are full of people warming themselves by the fire and chatting. So far we have been enjoying breakfast with a young woman from Germany who is on holiday from her classes as a Chinese student in Southern China. In the evening, we meet up with her and her friends and compare our daily adventures. Recently, a group of rowdy Australians arrived. They’re a bit loud in the evening, but are really friendly and fun.
Along with the first floor common area, Sudder Street Guesthouse has a laundry area that is free to use: providing washing machines, soap, and drying lines. The Chinese washing machines have a tendency to shred my clothes, and the spin cycle leaves them sopping wet, but it gets the job done and has kept us smelling only a little bit like mildew.
Rooms with a View
During our first week at Sudder Street Guesthouse, we stayed in a six bed, mixed gender dormitory for $6 per night. I slept in a top bunk, Josh in the bunk under me. There were two Chinese men behind, a British man, and an empty bed across from us. It was pretty comfortable with large cubicles, privacy curtains, and bed lamps. The common bathroom was shared among the entire floor, but it was fairly clean and mostly private.
When our stay was over, we checked out of the dorm and immediately checked in to a private room for another week for $14 per night. The room is wonderful! We were very excited to have our own space again. It is large, has a desk, heater, big window, personal kettle, and a private bathroom with a half-enclosed shower.
We are staying at Sudder Street Guesthouse for at least one more week, if not two. We don’t need to be in Chengdu until mid February, so we are playing it by ear. The weather should warm up in the next few days, so we’ll be out adventuring again soon. In the meantime, we’re happy to be cuddled up cozy warm in our room at this fantastic hostel.
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