I spent nine nights in this hostel in April 2012, when I was in Beijing to do some research. I had first booked only three nights there, then I moved to a more expensive hutong hotel near the forbidden city. After only one night in that anonymous place I hurried back to the Flowering house hostel, where I felt as if I was at home. The little courtyard is quiet and sunny, an ideal place to rest after a day walking in Beijing, the rooms are spacious (I tried two kinds of room) and clean. The hostel is managed by a family and once there you have the feeling of being one of them, even though you don't speak Chinese (some of the staff speak English quite fluently). I read quite negative comments on the kitchen: the kitchen is used daily by the owners of the hostel that live in one of the small buildings nearby, it might look poor and unsufficiently clean and bright for western standards (no windows), but this is how it works in the hutong! Anyway, it takes a minute to turn the corner and buy some delicious mantou (steam buns) for a few yuan! Another thing to mention: it's very near to a metro stop, which is something rare and precious! This place has preserved the flavour of Beijing as it was some decades ago, with old people meeting on the narrow lanes to play mahjong and kids running around among bicycles and cats! If you are looking for a 4 star hotel with any comfort, then don't go there. But if you want to experience real Beijing life, with all its taste and flavour, this is the place! A hint to help you finding the place: take note of their telephone number and ask the taxi driver to call them once you are in Beijing, this is common practice as Hutongs are still a labyrinth to anyone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located a 5-minute walk to subway,a 15-minute walk from Nan Luo Gu Xiang, the charming Flowering House Hostel features beautifully designed rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen cable TV. The hostel has a reading corner and provides car rental and laundry services. Hostel Flowering House is a 15-minute walk from Yong Ong He Gong Lama Temple. It is approximately 25-minute drive from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Beijing International Airport is a 30-minute drive away. Flowering House’s air-conditioned rooms feature traditional Chinese décor. An electric kettle, a hairdryer and a work desk are available. The hotel’s 24-hour front desk provides luggage storage, while a tour desk arranges for sightseeing tours. A snack bar is available. ... more less
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