Best hotels and hostels in Gansu

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Southern Gansu

    Trachung Tsang

    This endearing choice up the hill on the Sichuan side has a comfortable range of doubles and dorm accommodation. The operation is run by Huasang, an environmentalist who has put the sustainable management of the grasslands at the core of his work, reflected in the on-site museum. The stove-heated library–common room is lovely (and the only wi-fi area). It's a short walk down to the village. Rooms can get pretty cold in winter, but electric blankets are provided.

  • Lodging in Dunhuang

    Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel

    This stand-alone four-star resort is tastefully designed with Central Asian rugs, a cool stone floor and Chinese antiques. The hotel’s rooftop restaurant has without doubt the best outdoor perch in Dunhuang with amazing views of Singing Sands Dune. It's located south of town on the road to the dunes; a taxi costs ¥10, or take minibus 3 (¥2). Discounts of 20% to 40% often available. The most expensive suites are the courtyard suites with a rack rate of ¥15,000. A very decent and traditionally styled Chinese restaurant (Feng Guo Ci) is also at hand for northwest fare and dishes from across the land.

  • Lodging in Lanzhou

    JJ Sun Hotel

    Swathed in highly buffed marble, this four-star choice has well-groomed, spacious and affordable rooms. There’s a pleasant wood-panelled western restaurant on the 2nd floor and a Chinese restaurant on the floor above. The location right across from the airport shuttle bus stop is handy. Discounts of 40% are usual; without breakfast, the price comes down another ¥30.

  • Lodging in Lanzhou

    Huálián Bīnguǎn

    Straight across from the train station, this large and smart hotel offers a high degree of comfort in even its cheapest rooms, with elegant, old-style furnishings and big, plump pillows. The cheapest rooms are a little small, but are more than adequate for a night or two. Unfortunately, the rooms only seem to come with hand towels.

  • Lodging in Southern Gansu

    Boke Youth Hostel

    This Kungfu Panda mural-decorated hostel offers large and clean doubles and pretty good dorms too, along with an open and uncluttered main lounging zone. Head back from the bus drop-off towards the highway; it's not far down the road on the left inside a courtyard.

  • Lodging in Dunhuang

    Shazhouyi International Youth Hostel

    This hostel is plant- and light-filled, inviting you to lounge and plan one of the offered tours. Dorm beds are comfy with modern shared bathrooms. Doubles are bright and spacious. The street is traffic heavy and rather out on a limb, but the Shazhou Night Market is a 10-minute walk away through a leafy park. English spoken. Free shuttle bus from train station.

  • Lodging in Dunhuang

    Dunhuang Hotel

    On the corner of Mingshan Lu and Xiyu Lu and so highly central, this hotel is overseen by helpful staff, with an attractive staircase leading up to rooms that even at the cheap end are entirely adequate and comfortable, furnished in dark wood. The ¥149 doubles are very spacious and appear more pleasant than the pricier ¥189 rooms. Breakfast is an extra ¥20.

  • Lodging in Southern Gansu

    Tibetan Barley Youth Hostel

    This simple and straightforward hostel has clean enough rooms (though the six and four-bed dorms can feel a bit cramped), and a comfortable enough bar-lounge with Chinese meals and cushion seating. To get here go straight ahead from the bus drop-off, turn left down a small riverfront path just before the bridge; the hostel is on the left.

  • Lodging in Dunhuang

    Mogao Hotel

    With its central location near restaurants and shops, this five-floor place is one of the better options. Breakfast is not included, but rooms are comfy, if somewhat straightforward. Staff are helpful, though not much English is spoken. In-room wi-fi is independent for each room and is good. The hotel has a lift.

  • Lodging in Lanzhou

    Ibis

    With free cups of chrysanthemum tea on offer in the lobby, this sharp hotel has efficient staff and a business-like air. Rooms are very clean and spacious, with pod-like shower-rooms in one corner. Wi-fi connections can be a bit iffy, so it's best to ask the staff which rooms currently have the best reception.

  • Lodging in Dunhuang

    Dunhuang International Youth Hostel

    This popular glass-fronted hostel was shut for a total refurbishment at the time of writing, but enjoys a central position, just around the corner from the Shazhou Night Market. The hostel has clean four-bed male and female dorms and double rooms.

  • Lodging in Southern Gansu

    Yong Zhong Hotel

    On the Sichuan side of town is this decent enough family-run hotel with small and bright rooms with air-con and 24-hour hot water. On street level keep an eye out for the shoe shop through which you access the hotel. Expect discounts of 45%.

  • Lodging in Southern Gansu

    Táoyuán Dàjiǔdiàn

    Staff are welcoming at this centrally located hotel (one of a small handful permitted to accept foreigners in Hezuo), though their English is rather limited; rooms are comfortable and pleasant.

  • Lodging in Lanzhou

    JI Hotel

    Bright and clean business hotel with Ikea-style furnishings and soft beds. Enjoys a handy location a five-minute walk from the train station.