You must like cats if you want to go there. Also, you should be pretty flexible and organized by yourself, not too picky about the cleanliness, because you won't find much organization or assistance. The staff is young and nice, not very professional, but always there. The place is cheap, relaxed and in a very good position for the public transportation. There are also restaurants around. The thing that I liked the most was the fact to live in a true Hutong, the traditional type of house in Beijin. At the beginning it looked strange, but then I could enjoy a genuine atmosphere.
If I could rate this place worse than terrible, I would. We booked the mixed dorm rooms due to advertised low price and good reviews. We were extremely disgusted upon arrival. There were multiple cats in the common area/lobby. They gave us key cards to the rooms which we inspected before paying. The original advertised price was $10/night and they were trying to charge us $16. This hostel is crap and not worth even $10/night. The rooms smelled of cat pee and had cat pee, hair and other crap on the beds. THIS PLACE IS NOT CLEAN. So if you don't mind sleeping in cat piss, I guess this is the place for you. We forfeited our $30 deposit and found another place for the night. 10/10 would not recommend.
I spend here four nights. The first impression wasn't very good. Is properly located in a Houtong a few minutes away from a metro station. The staff was not too friendly with me at the beginning and didn't showed me around. There are cats over over teh living room. That means lot of cat hair and not too clean. And I would say that most of the people that were staying there were from China so it makes difficult to interact with People. At the end the staff was friendly. So fortnh the price and if you are just be walking around and use it for sleep; is really worth it!
First of all, the staffs are young and nice, but not professional at all. They overbooked the room I reserved 2 months ago and sent me a notice of cancellation two days before the check-in date. This notice really drove me crazy!! We called several times to figure out what's going wrong with our reservation. Although they finally provided a double room for us, we had gotten a bad impression and felt upset before arrived Beijing. Since it is a renovated traditional courtyard house, the room lacks of natural lighting, ventilation and sound-proof. It was quite noisy while their young travelers kept chatting and talking outside our room.
I was travelling in a group of 25 people. There were 4 of us who shared the room with 2 bunk beds. Quite cheap and surprisingly cleaner than most expensive hotels I've stayed in before. I've traveled to Beijing a lot and I would recommend this type of lodging if you're a backpacker, an avid traveler or someone who doesn't want to stay much in the room, only to return for a good sleep. But let me make this clear, the beds were very clean and comfortable and I've had one of the best sleep of my life in recent times over there. If you want a private room I think they only have 4 or 5 of those at the hostel. 2nd floor is all dormitory style rooms. The showers and toilets are public which for me were a bit of inconvenience at first but I adjusted. The hostel is located 5 min walk from XinJieKou subway station and nearby you can find some 7 elevens and similar stores.…