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Beijing Drum Tower Youth Hostel

No 51 Old Gulou Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009, China
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Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
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28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed in an en suite capsule here for 6 nights. It was convenient to have my own bathroom and it's a good price but the room is too cold in winter. There's no heater in the room and relies on a space over the door to take in heat from the hallway. This wasn't enough so I felt cold... More 

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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

Capsule hotel now. Private 'rooms' at almost hostel prices is a pretty good deal but it's still definitely basic. Pros Good location - close walking distance to Bell and Drum Tower and the lakes, little further to the Forbidden city and extremely close to a subway station. Private 'rooms' at almost hostel prices\ Passable western food in the kitchen, the... More 

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Thank SDuddy
The_DRUM_Cafe, Guest Relations Manager at Beijing Drum Tower Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your review. We are sorry for the confusion, please let us explain... We have normal private rooms (3 star hotel standard) and we also have private capsule rooms. It seems that you booked the private capsule, which should not be compared with a standard room. Our capsules are designed to offer much more space than... More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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44 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

it's good experience for my short trip in Beijing. the hostel staff can help every information and booking a one day trip. the room is nice, clean but have some noise from ground. the area closed to drum tower and Hutong area and 5 minute from metro. the Hostel near to the Mcdonald's, drug store and local restaurant.

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Thank Peatfugu
The_DRUM_Cafe, Guest Relations Manager at Beijing Drum Tower Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for staying here. Thank you also for mentioning our tours. We offer tours to many parts of the Great Wall - enough to suit everyone's taste and budget. We also offer some must-see night shows. By the way, please do not eat at McDonalds - relax in your local The DRUM Western Cafe & Bar ;)... More 

Denver, Colorado
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

The room was great but the electricity of the whole building went out for many hours one night and the customer service was bad after that. I had to flight the next day and had to cancel the room reservation for that night. They return the money so that was nice. Wifi worked poorly.

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Thank Catiac
The_DRUM_Cafe, Guest Relations Manager at Beijing Drum Tower Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hello. We are sorry for the lack of electricity. It is not normal but our staff tried their best to deal with the many inquiries. We hope to see you next time for a better stay! Regards TD More 

KL
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56 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

My best accommodation in my 2 weeks travel from Xian to Beijing. I like everything about the hostel which is more like a 2 or 3 stars hotel. The room was nice and clean. Shower was good. The hostel is located nearby hutong area and its location is just perfect. About 5 mins walk from MRT and 10 mins walk... More 

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Thank SingC
The_DRUM_Cafe, Public Relations Manager at Beijing Drum Tower Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you! More 

Lincoln, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Was not totally sure about visiting after reading some reviews, but I think the reviews may be outdated. This hostel has clearly been renovated so I think it is probably in much better condition than in the past. Stayed in a private room and while it was quite expensive for a hostel room, it was the best hostel room I've... More 

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The_DRUM_Cafe, Public Relations Manager at Beijing Drum Tower Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your support. Our tripadvisor rating is based on the old hostel/management and tripadvisor have not deleted the old ratings yet! We renovated in 2014 and we now specialise in capsules and modern private rooms. Our rooms are actually close to 3 star hotel standard - but much cheaper! -The Drum- Cafe & Bar is open... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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234 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I chose DRUM because I was intrigued by the idea of staying in a capsule hostel, and was pleasantly surprised to find that my private room wasn't as cramped as I'd feared. With a double bed and a small but serviceable bathroom, it was a perfect retreat at the end of a long day of exploration. If I had one... More 

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The_DRUM_Cafe, Guest Relations Manager at Beijing Drum Tower Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your great comments. It seems that you stayed in one of our capsule A private single rooms? Although it is a small capsule room - they are the best option for anyone looking for a cheap private space in a great location. The air conditioning is in the corridor and the cool air should enter... More 

Tel Aviv, Israel
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112 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We stayed here for a week. Clean comfortable double room with many power sockets around to charge your electronics. Water pressure was great and they provide liquid soap and shampoo. Hair dryer provided. They also provide filtered drinking water and we did laundry there too for 30 yuan per load. Nice location close to the drum tower and hutongs, about... More 

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The_DRUM_Cafe, Guest Relations Manager at Beijing Drum Tower Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for staying with us. We offer one of the best locations in Beijing - right next to two major subway lines and within walking distance of the historic drum and bell towers and the beautiful houhai lake. Our rooms were all newly renovated in 2014. However, if you have a problem with the room please let... More 

Warsaw, Poland
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is really cheap place, so don't expect much but it's very good located in the center of Beijng. Friendly, helpful english speaking staff. In the evenings hotel bar is full of people from all over the world it's worth to spend some time there.

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Drum T, Guest Relations Manager at Beijing Drum Tower Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your great comments. Thank you for saying that we are a really cheap place. For what we provide, our room prices are very reasonable. Although our dorm prices are above average - you do get your own personal capsule/cabin, which is good fun and almost like a private room. Non-guests can also visit our cafe-bar.... More 

Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This place was renewed in 2014 and deserves a much better rating. It's now a capsule hostel where everyone in the dorm gets to stay in their own capsule/pod. Great idea and easily worth the extra price as it gives you a little private space. Definitely the most interesting choice out of the hostels ive stayed at in Beijing. I... More 

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Thank Carlinhos B
Drum T, Guest Relations Manager at Beijing Drum Tower Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you for your great comments. We ask that guests please ignore any reviews previous to summer 2014. The whole hotel has been renovated and there is a new cafe-bar. All dorm beds are now in the form of separate capsules/cabins (or "hobbit-holes"!). They are very popular with guests. We also offer private single capsules with toilet and... More 

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