Best hotels and hostels in Xinjiang

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kuqa

    Zabay Guest House

    It's quite extraordinary to find this great hostel in fairly remote Kuqa. Run by a young, friendly English-speaking team, it's inside a converted warehouse in a courtyard and is stylishly designed with concrete floors and a minimalist air. The private rooms are all themed, and include a prison cell and a traditional Uighur home, and all rooms have private bathrooms.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Turpan

    Turpan Silk Road Lodge

    To call it boutique might be a slight stretch, but the Silk Road is definitely one of the most atmospheric and charming accommodation options in Xīnjiāng. Though the rooms feature a rather flat international-chain-hotel design, the rooftop views over the surrounding vineyards and low rising desert hills make this a unique and peaceful retreat.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Turpan

    Dap Hostel

    Set in an atmospheric and traditional-style Uyghur house whose courtyard boasts carpet-covered beds for socialising on, a small garden and a plenty of other cosy nooks and crannies, the Dap Hostel is the best budget option in town. The dorms are spacious and spotless, and all share clean bathrooms and toilets. Laundry is available and staff speak English.

  • Lodging in Hotan

    West Lake Yín Dū International Hotel

    This plush and excellently located hotel is generally considered to be the best Hotan has to offer. Rooms are big, with desks, fridges and glass-walled bathrooms (apparently the current signifier of status in Xīnjiāng). Breakfast is a plentiful buffet affair served in the ground-floor restaurant, while there's also an enormous choice of eating options in the immediate vicinity.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kashgar

    Super 8 Hotel

    Ironically, it's a new Chinese-run hotel that gets our vote as the best midrange place to stay in Kashgar's Old Town. This low-slung new build has a faux-traditional facade but thoroughly modern, clean and spacious rooms with decent bathrooms and working wireless. No English is spoken, but big discounts are available outside peak season, and there's no traffic noise.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Yining

    Doppa Youth Hostel

    This excellent hostel is housed in a charming old mansion and has tons of Uyghur atmosphere, friendly English-speaking staff and a charming gazebo in the courtyard that is great for hanging out. The gender-segregated dorms and one private room share the communal bathrooms and squat toilets, while extras include laundry (¥10 per load), bike rental and a book exchange.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kashgar

    Kashgar Old Town Youth Hostel

    Nestled in the old city, this atmospheric place is set around a courtyard where overlanders hang out on shyrdaks (Kyrgyz-style felt carpets), swapping stories and travel info. The rooms are bare, the toilets simple and the beds rock hard, but the English-speaking staff are very friendly, can organise local tours and there’s cheap laundry and reliable hot water.

  • Lodging in Ürümqi

    White Birch International Youth Hostel

    There's usually at least one English-speaking staff member at this hostel who can help with local tips and onward transport. The hostel is a bit out of the centre but rooms are fine, if sparse, and there's laundry and a nearby park. It's the most popular spot for international backpackers, and as such it's the best place to meet other travellers.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Karakoram Highway

    K2 Youth Hostel

    Housed in a huge warehouse space overlooking Tashkurgan's busy main pedestrian shopping street, this friendly hostel is run by a young English-speaking team who offer a warm welcome and lots of travel advice. There's a pool table, bar, roof terrace and plenty of public space. Rooms are big, minimalist and great value, though the whole place can get swamped in high season.

  • Lodging in Ürümqi

    Sheraton Ürümqi Hotel

    There is no shortage of luxury accommodation in Ürümqi these days, but all in all, the Sheraton's offerings are the best in town. The property has a prime location on the city's best shopping street and is actually quite affordable given its excellent facilities, English-speaking staff and high service standards. Rooms are big, well appointed and stylishly furnished.

  • Lodging in Kuqa

    Bǎiyuè Boutique Hotel

    This recently opened hotel projects a very Chinese vision of what a boutique hotel should be: specifically lots of marble, LEDs and enormous dark-wood and leather-upholstered beds. Decor is staggeringly full-on, though everything is at least new, and so pretty clean, with large bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and a central location. Staff are fairly clueless but mean well.

  • Lodging in Hotan

    Tarim Hotel

    The lobby at this strongly Uyghur influenced place is a symphony in marble, though the initially rather garish impression gives way to far more neutral, well-appointed – if swiftly ageing – rooms. All come with fridges and flat screen TVs, while some even have computers. It’s a couple of blocks southwest of the main square in a lively area full of restaurants.

  • Lodging in Kashgar

    KKH Breeze Hostel

    Expertly run by English-speaking Rita and her husband, this new addition to Kashgar's hostel scene is outside the Old Town and inside an apartment block, which at least makes for an unusual set up. Dorms and private rooms are all spotless, and each has its own bathroom facilities. There's a common room, communal kitchen and a pleasant garden area outside.

  • Lodging in Ürümqi

    Jǐnjiāng Inn

    This small and rather under-the-radar place is nevertheless a real find – it's in the heart of Ürümqi and has spotless (if rather functional) minimalist rooms that come with TVs, kettles and bright red furniture. In fact, for this price, it's streets ahead of most of the other midrange accommodation options. Some English is spoken.

  • Lodging in Hotan

    Yudu Hotel

    The three-star ‘Jade Capital’ is the best value in town, and offers spacious, clean and modern rooms, with a useful location on the west side of the main square. There's working in-room wi-fi (for the most part), decent bathrooms and the front-desk staff speak a modicum of English. Rooms facing the square can be loud, however.

  • Lodging in Bu'erjin

    Burqin Tourist Hotel

    Burqin's main hotel is centrally located and has a choice of two-, three- and four-star blocks. The biggest and best block has spacious and well-maintained rooms and is superb value outside of high season, when huge discounts mean you can get a good room for as little as ¥120. Prices rise from late May to September.

  • Lodging in Kashgar

    Pamir Youth Hostel

    With an outdoor terrace that overlooks the beautiful Id Kah Mosque, this hostel has quickly become a popular base for exploring the city and its historical surroundings. Dorm rooms are basic but include individual lockers and free wi-fi. To find Pamir look for the green dome just north of the mosque.

  • Lodging in Kashgar

    Tiānyuán International Hotel

    This smart place overlooking the Old Town and the city's main square is one of Kashgar's better midrange hotels. The rooms are clean and well maintained, there's a decent breakfast and staff – while they speak no English – are welcoming.

  • Lodging in Karakoram Highway

    Crown Inn

    This friendly and modern Singaporean-run hotel offers comfortable, bright rooms centred on a pebble garden courtyard. Rooms are bright, if somewhat sparse, and some have excellent views. It's in the centre of Tashkurgan and its restaurant is also the best in town.

  • Lodging in Cherchen

    Kūnyù Bīnguǎn

    The best midrange option in town, this hotel has an impressive lobby that gives way to far less polished areas, but by the time you reach the rooms is all plush carpeted modernity again. It's right by the central town square. No English.