Best hotels and hostels in Heilongjiang

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Harbin

    Kazy International Youth Hostel

    Kazy is the best hostel for miles, and is rightfully popular year-round. English-speaking staff front a cosy reception-bar and can help with excursions in and around Harbin. The private rooms have internal stairs, high ceilings and clean bathrooms. The eight-bed dorms have firm beds and good-quality linen. Cute trinkets, maps, books and snacks are sold in the lobby library.

  • Lodging in Mudanjiang

    Sunny Date International Hotel

    The Sunny Date is the most glamorous hotel in Mudanjiang. Built in 2011, it has a faux-yesteryear vibe, including a chandelier-lined lobby fit for the imperialists. Some rooms come equipped with a mahjong table, but all rooms are top-notch with comfy beds, wi-fi and clean bathrooms. The gigantic attached bathhouse is equally opulent. Insist on a discount.

  • Lodging in Mudanjiang

    Holiday Inn

    Chain hotels in China can be fairly predictable affairs, but this huge Holiday Inn on the northern edge of Mudanjiang is loud and proud, from the garish, faux-period facade to the grand lobby befitting a higher-end brand. Rooms are very well presented, and most have views of the nearby mountains. The ground-floor restaurant serves an excellent buffet.

  • Lodging in Harbin

    7 Days Inn

    While the yellow-and-blue paint job on a historic Harbin building is a little hard to appreciate, there's nothing wrong with the location of this popular chain hotel. All the rooms are identical, but ask for one with a view of the Main Synagogue on leafy Tongjiang Jie. Staff are a little curt but you can buy ice creams in the lobby.

  • Lodging in Mudanjiang

    Home Inn

    The Home Inn, among other chain hotels near the train station, will do a roaring trade on the back of the new fast service. This one boasts enthusiastic reception staff and spotless rooms. Showers are surpisingly strong. The top-floor 'nonsmoking' rooms are only slightly less, er, smoky.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Harbin

    Harbin Longmen Capsule Hotel

    This new capsule hotel in a central location is a beauty. The pods are spotless and blistering white, while the common areas have a youthful, comic-book feel. Staff are really helpful, though don't speak much English.

  • Lodging in Harbin

    Modern Hotel

    Once the darling of the Russian glamour set, the Modern Hotel maintains a European aesthetic in the lobby and cafe, but the rooms are now a distinctly post-modern Communist bleak. The 1906 building halfway up Harbin's historic street features some original marble, blond-wood accents and art-nouveau touches.

  • Lodging in Wudalian Chi

    Liu Jie

    A friendly teacher has converted a few apartments on the outskirts of town into comfortable dorms. There are only a few shops and restaurants nearby, but it's a perfectly fine base. Bus station pick-up/drop-off can be arranged, as well as a tour of local sights, but try to avoid the expensive restaurant at the end of the tour.

  • Lodging in Harbin

    Harbin 22°C Boutique Hotel

    Just south of central Harbin is this unusual boutique hotel hidden inside the lower section of a commercial building. The designer rooms are very stylish for the price, with big beds and desk spaces, polished floorboards and quality linen. You won't get all-star treatment – staff are almost invisible – but facilities, including pool, gym and gorgeous breakfast buffet, ensure a luxurious experience.

  • Lodging in Mohe

    Mòhé Jiā Xīn Bīnguǎn

    This comfortable Beijicun hotel can organise onward transport to see Beihongcun and the other sights before looping back to Mohe. The almost-modern rooms and bathrooms are compact and clean, with steady hot water. If you ring ahead, a car can pick you up from the train station or airport. You can also rent bicycles (¥5 per hour) to explore the town.

  • Lodging in Mohe

    Jinguan Renjia Farm Stay

    This excellent farmstay in a handy part of Beiji village has been constructed with guests in mind. The friendly local family proudly welcomes guests to pristine wood-panelled rooms and a homey living area. The surrounding countryside is within easy reach from a number of walking paths leading from the back door.

  • Lodging in Harbin

    Europa Hotel

    The Europa is housed in a renovated Russian building close to the St Sophia church. The price is good for the location – around the corner from Zhongyang Dajie – while rooms are clean, cramped and functional. It's worth paying a little extra for a suite (from ¥320).

  • Lodging in Harbin

    Ibis Hotel

    The spotless rooms and handy location, minutes up the road from the Church of St Sophia and Zhongyang Dajie, make up for the barracks-like corridors. Staff are highly knowledgeable on local activities. Book online for cheaper deals.

  • Lodging in Wudalian Chi

    Quanshan New Holiday Inn

    Unrelated to the western Holiday Inn chain, this Chinese-run hotel is 500m up the road from the bus station just off the main road. Modern rooms are fitted with plush carpets and large comfy beds. The cheaper rooms are windowless but just as comfortable. Discounts are generous outside summer.

  • Lodging in Jingpo Lake

    Jìngpò Hú Shānzhuāng Jiǔdiàn

    This hotel sits just back from the water at the first lakeside drop-off point for the shuttle buses. Rooms are very modern, some with lake views, and the hotel’s restaurant has decent food (if a little overpriced). Discounts can knock prices down if you choose a room without a view.

  • Lodging in Harbin

    Holiday Inn Harbin

    At the start of Zhongyang Dajie you'll find this serviceable midrange hotel, often patronised for its noodle restaurant on the ground floor. The rooms are big enough for three, but need a revamp, which may explain the excellent discounts online. Staff go above and beyond to please.

  • Lodging in Mohe

    Mohe Time Travel Youth Hostel

    A serviceable hostel in a local neighbourhood. The yellow-painted rooms at street level are well kept and very warm in winter. The friendly owners don't speak English, but will happily accommodate you as best they can.