Sorry for the late reply. Got lazy. This review is primarily for the east wing of the hostel.
Checkin- was at the main hall. It was smooth and fast. No hassle. We had to leave our passport for them to take copies. We were asked to pay for the whole stay in advance I do not know if this is a standard among the hostels- to fully pay up. But it was o.k with me since I was going to avail of the free breakfast if we paid for at least 5 days stay. We were going to stay 4 + 4 days.
The staff spoke good english and was very helpful.
We were led to the East Wing about 100 meters away. Our first stay was at the family room for Y450/night. It was a two bedroom affair. Slippers,towels, and tissue paper were supplied. Our second stay coming back from xian was two separate double ensuite rooms. No slippers were provided although you can ask for one.
The rooms were all clean. Except for the family room. The smaller room had a little mold that was covered by the curtain and was not visible the first time.
Bathroom- was the typical all in one chinese bathroom. Note that you have to throw your tissue paper in the wastebasket and not into the toilet. I had to make sure that the waste basket was kept hidden under the water closet when we were taking a bath. The hot water and water pressure was very good.
Room size- the main room had 3 beds and had the AC unit. There was a tv with cable- all chinese.
All the AC work very well. Before I booked, I was worried that the AC would not be able to cool the small family room. I have to keep my door open but it cooled both rooms very well. No problem there.
They had an electric kettle which we used to heat up water for out coffee.
Staff at east wing- They were all very helpful especially Sarah. She was the one who actually made out stay great. Always smiling, eager to help.
You can get some basic supplies like water, soda, beer at the east wing reception hall which doubled as their dining room and front desk.
Red lantern was one of the 3 hostels that I seriously considered. I ended up here in part due to the good reviews here on TA. Their service extended to even before I went to china. They emailed me a booking confirmation complete with their seal so that I can present it to the consulate.
They have an airport pickup or dropoff service. We used the pickup service when we came back from luoyang city. As it was close to midnight, they told us that the price was higher. I complained saying that it was not noted in the website, nor when I booked and I told them that I was arriving close to midnight. They readily adjusted the price. Just be aware of this.
Red lantern was very nice in allowing us to leave the bulk of our luggage with them when we went to xian and luoyang for our terracotta warrior/longmen grottoes tour.
They also have a small restaurant onsite. Looks like that of a private house' kitchen though. But don't be fooled. They cook great food at really reasonable prices. We never paid more that Y80 for dinner for the 4 of us.
Re. the free breakfast. It was served only at the main hall 100 meters away. We had to plan our day such that we did everything we had to do first and walked to the main hall for breakfast and then out for the day. Breakfast was different everyday. Nothing fancy but it was not bad either. We got orange juice with it. Coffee was not free. It was in fact expensive.
They had 2 or 3 computers at the east wings main hall/kitchen/dining room. They worked (free) but quite wonky with the chinese software/ etc. My best bet was to bring my netbook to the place and connect with their free wifi. Wifi did not reach our rooms at all.
They also have a laundry service and the drying time was dependent on the weather. I saw them actually hoist the laundry high up to the ceiling in the main hall (saw this when we were eating breakfast)
Red Lantern is located in a hutong about 100 meters from the main road. When we first arrived there, we felt creeped out but after a few days, it was really safe. Never been intimidated even when we came home once really late. At the corner of the hutong street ending in the main street was a Dairy Queen and an ice cream bar.. We had several dinners here since the kids wanted to eat western.
Around the area: as you exit the hutong street, there is the already mentioned Dairy Queen. This main street is a busy street filled with lots of small and medium sized shops. If you turn cross the main street and turn left and walk maybe 1/2 mile, you will get to a kfc and a basement department store/supermarket. There are several atms along the way.
The closest subway is xinjiekou (if I remember correctly). How to get there. Exit the hutong, cross the main street and turn left. At the first intersection, make a right. You will pass several atms here. I used them and they were all o.k. Maybe a 5 minute walk and you will reach the station. A tip. There are 4 exits from the station. One of them has an escalator if you do not want to walk 61 steps up to the surface.
In my stay, this was the second best of the 3 hostels I stayed in china.
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