Welcome to the Haikou Banana Hostel web site.
We are a small family run hostel in Haikou City, which is the capital of Hainan Island. Our hostel has both dormitory beds and private rooms. Our rooms are simple, but all rooms have a private bathroom with shower and FREE wi-fi. We are located in a convienent area of Haikou City, close to Hainan University.
The hostel ground floor is a communal area with DVD lounge, music room, pool table, ping pong table, banana garden, English book exchange (around 400 books), and a couple of internet computers. The hostel also has bikes for rent. Local style bikes are 20 rmb per day and better bikes are 50 rmb (40 rmb if you rent for a week or more).
We offer authenic pizza and pasta dishes in the evenings, Wednesday to Sunday, 6-9pm. Daytime 8am-12:45 noon we offer English breakfast and other simple options. We also stock Hainan Rum from Kicking Ox. It is brewed locally in Wenchang county.
On this website you can find directions to the Haikou Banana Hostel and book a room. We have also put together some information and photos for you about Haikou and Hainan Island.
General Directions to Haikou Banana Hostel:
Haikou Hostel is located in the North-East of Haikou City. We are on a large island called Haidian Dao (海甸岛).
We are located down an alley on Renmin Avenue (Chinese: Renmin Dadao 人民大道).
We are near to where Renmin Ave and San Lu (海甸三路) cross. On one corner of this crossing there is a Kentucky Fried Chicken. On another corner is a purple China EverBright Bank.
Make sure you are on the same side of the road as the EverBright Bank. Stand outside the bank facing the entrance, then turn to your left. Walk a few metres and you will pass a 24 hour soyamilk restaurant on your right-hand side. Walk a further 20 metres and you will see a red restaurant with ‘Fule Restaurant’ written in English in white letters. Continue a few more metres and the next building is another restaurant. It is black and red and has white Chinese characters on it, it’s called YiJiaYi 壹加壹. (In front of this restaurant is a bus stop. On the opposite side of the road there is an internet bar and a green China Post.)
If facing the black and red restaurant, you should see the Haikou Banana Hostel sign on your left, pointing behind the restaurant. Haikou Hostel is about 100 metres along the path, behind the restaurant. We are the second villa on the left hand side and have a yellow wall.
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Important information if you get a taxi:
Not all taxi drivers know about us, so it is often easier to ask for the Kentucky Fried Chicken (Chinese: KenDaJi) on Renmin Dadao in Haidian Dao.
If you can speak some Chinese all you need to say is:
Haidian Dao, Renmin Dadao, Ken Da Ji.
Another useful tip for dealing with taxi drivers is to give them the Haikou Banana Hostel reception telephone number: 0898 66286780. The taxi driver can then call the hostel to find directions. So make a note of this number.
Do not expect taxi drivers to be able to speak English!
Warning: We have heard about a taxi driver who will tell you that the Haikou Banana Hostel has closed. This is a lie. The taxi driver says this so he can take you to a different hotel where he can earn a commission. If a taxi driver says this to you do not believe him and either insist he takes you to the Banana hostel or find another taxi.
From Haikou (Meilan) airport (airport code HAK):
Haikou airport is around 40 minutes drive from the city centre and Haikou Banana Hostel. There are always many taxis waiting at the airport. Expect to pay about 60 RMB to get to the hostel. Make sure you bargain the price first, or you may end up paying too much. You can often get a better price by waiting at the upstairs departures area and flagging down a taxi that has just dropped someone off at the airport.
Public Bus from Haikou Airport:
Bus 21 will take you from the airport to 'Jīnghǎi huāyuán' bus stop (京海花园) on Rénmín Ave 人民大道, just outside the hostel. Takes 1-2 hours depending on traffic. The 21 bus stop is about 500 metres walk from the airport arivals hall. Walk over to the opposite side of the car park and the 21 stops on the main road (see map below). You want to get the bus heading west.
Alternatively, take the airport bus to the airport hotel (MinHang BinGuan) in the centre of Haikou. Then change to the 19 bus, get off at 'Jīnghǎi huāyuán' bus stop (京海花园) on Rénmín Ave 人民大道, just outside the hostel (near KFC).
From Sea Ports (for buses from mainland):
Xingang Port 15 RMB Taxi
Xiuying Port 30 RMB Taxi
From Haikou West Train Station:
The train station is in the far west of the city, around 20km from the city centre.
You could take a taxi for around 40 RMB.
To get to the Hostel by bus first take the 37 from outside the train station to Haikou Bell Tower, then change to bus 20 to Renmin Dadao (Renmin road). Get off just after KFC and the hostel is on the opposite side of the road.
From Haikou East Station (High Speed Rail from Sanya or other parts of Hainan):
Get on buses 11, 23, or 44 at ‘Shāngāo cūnkǒu’ bus stop (山高村口站) on Fèngxiáng Road 凤翔路 (see map).
Get off bus at 'Jīnghǎi huāyuán' bus stop (京海花园) on Rénmín Ave 人民大道.
• Exit the Haikou East high speed train station.
• Turn left (north) at the road in front of the station.
• Walk about 100 metres north to the T junction.
• Turn right (east) at the T junction to catch bus 44, heading east.
• Or, Turn left (west) and cross over the road and catch bus 11 or 23, heading west.
• Buses cost 1 RMB (put 1 RMB in slot next to driver).
Taxi: 25 RMB around 30 minutes.
From South Bus Station (if coming from Sanya or other parts of Hainan):
Taxi costs 25 RMB.
Haikou City Map
Haikou Banana Hostel GPS Co-ordinates:
Here is a list of our rooms and their prices.
|Room Type||Normal Price (RMB)||Details|
|Dormitory||50||8 bed dorm with ensuite bathroom|
|Single||90||1 person room with ensuite bathroom|
|Twin||130||2 single beds and ensuite bathroom, air-con and TV.|
|Double||130||1 double bed and ensuite bathroom, air-con and TV.|
|Triple||160||3 single beds with ensuite bathroom, air-con and TV.|
|Family room||170||1 double bed and 1 single bed. Ensuite bathroom and small kitchen. Air-con and TV.|
All of Haikou Banana Hostel's rooms include private sink, toilet, shower and internet access. Rooms have either air-con or electric fan. We have both Western and Chinese style toilets. If you require anything different to the above options please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs.
During some Chinese national holidays prices are increased.
- Chinese New Year: Exact date changes every year because its based on the Lunar Calendar. Usually in January or February. 2013 Feb 8th to 18th will be about double.
- Chinese National October Holiday: October 1st - 7th.
Please fill in this simple information if you are interested in booking a room at the Haikou Banana Hostel.
We will email you back about your booking so please double check your email address.
If you have credit card you can make a booking online through the Hostelling International website: www.hihostels.com
Or you can contact us using the details below:
(+86) 0898 66286780
3-4 Liyuan Villas