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“no sunlight” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Eastern Morning Sun Youth Hostel

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Eastern Morning Sun Youth Hostel
Ranked #54 of 921 Specialty Lodging in Beijing
Boston
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37 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“no sunlight”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2009

I don't have a lot to add to the other reviews. Internet is LAN-cables in a lounge area (2 work). Mostly Chinese tourists staying here from what I can gather. If you plan on doing laundry, don't as there's no real moving air 4 floors beneath the earth to dry your laundry. there is an East and West side with price differences. No sure what's up with that. I'm staying on East side in a double room which should be 120RMB/night but I negotiated to 80RMB/night. There was 1 single room available (quoted as 80RMB/night), but it smelled bad. Great location-right next to Dongdan subway stop-I'm staying here because I'm doing a rotation @ Peking Union Medical College Hospital across the street and I can't stay in the dorms because of H1N1 swine flu.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank blondieish
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Greater London, United Kingdom
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157 reviews
95 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2009

We were in Beijing during the Olympics, and everything was booked and very expensive, which is why we ended up here.

We were told the rooms were 4 floors underground - the entire place is (so no natural light) , which was enough to put off our friends, however it was cheap.....

The room was very basic, but it was clean. I thought the mattress wasn´t too bad. The communal bathroom facilities weren´t great - smelt damp.

The staff spoke some english and were helpful, with info and laundry.
Being underground you are insulated from the temperature changes of the city, it was hot and humid outside but a pleasant cool temperature below the city streets.
The location is good, can´t quibble there.

China is a reasonably cheap place most of the time and I am sure that under normal circumstances we´d have been able to get a nice hotel. To stay here now you´d need to be on a super tight budget.

I sympathise with the other reviewer but I didn´t think it was THAT bad but I wouldn´t stay here again either!

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Kathy T
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Singapore, Singapore
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364 reviews
142 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2008

Two weeks travelling around China and this was by far the worst accommodation that we stayed at. It was so bad that we left the hotel within 30 minutes of checking-in and forfeiting the entire night stay which we had prepaid in advance. Surprisingly, this was a very large amount as our credit card statement now confirms, coming to £68 per person (there were three of us) for two nights – a ton of money for China. This of course was because it was the Olympics and this was the best deal that we could get in the last two days of the Games in Beijing despite booking nearly four months in advance. In retrospect, we could have held out as hotels became available closer to the start of the Olympics as the influx of tourists didn’t materialize as planned.

The hostel is in a great location but arriving from the outside I could tell that it was a bad idea. The hostel is sandwiched by some commercial buildings and I believe that it used to be an office itself. The lobby is in shambles and looks more like a pay-by-the-hour motel than anything that could have been listed by Hostelling International. The ladies at the desk were hospitable and had a reasonable amount of English and the hostel seemed to be full of foreigners.

Things definitely looked bad when we were told that our room was on floor -4 (4 below) and the elevator was broken. We would have to go next door, take the elevator of the adjacent building to our rooms. The elevator was dingy and looked like a service elevator from years gone by. The elevator dropped us into a basement with a large iron blast door and iron frame – for all intents and purposes, it was a bomb shelter. The door had a large turning lock mechanism that you would find on a submarine or in an air raid shelter. This was just bizarre. The hostel had made some effort to decorate the building but it was clear that was a basement or previously an indoor parking lot. It was entirely concrete, felt damp, cold and there was absolutely no sunlight. From my understanding, this was the entire hostel – all rooms were located here.

The rooms themselves were cold, had an air conditioner, an oversized but broken television and the mattresses were very, very hard and no more than 2 inches in thickness. Whilst the room seemed to be clean enough, it would have been a depressing start to the trip and it was clear that we had made a mistake. The filthy communal bathroom confirmed that we had to leave.

We ventured outside and within 10 metres of the hostel we ran into a Chinese hotel called Oriental Hotel that looked like that it had recently opened. We went inside to query and decided to stay there. It was very, very well priced, required little effort to move and was a much better start to the trip. See my review on this hotel.

We checked out of the hotel and explained the reason why. The receptionist apologized that we could not get our money back as we had pre-paid. However, she was quite sympathetic why we left.

In summary, there is no reason to stay at this hostel unless you are desperately looking to save money, assuming the prices drop to a reasonable level post Olympics. Western hotel chains and hotels overall are very cheap in China, so paying a bit more to stay in somewhere decent is well worth it.

A.Wong

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — the entire place was crap
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank BusyFlyingAround
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Property: Eastern Morning Sun Youth Hostel
Address: East Building, Oriental Plaza, 8-16 Dongdan Santiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
Location: China > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
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Ranked #54 of 921 Specialty Lodging in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 47
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