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“Great location, wonderful decor, friendly staff, a few issues”

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Peking International Youth Hostel
Ranked #9 of 993 Specialty Lodging in Beijing
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We stayed at the Peking International Youth Hostel for five days in November, 2012 in a private/double room. This was our first time there, our first time in Beijing, and our first time in China. Long story short, I recommend the Peking Youth Hostel and would stay there again.

Here are some things to consider if you are thinking about staying there too:

The hostel is located on one of the Hutongs in a historic part of Beijing. This is both the best and worst part about it, depending on your perspective. If you are familiar with the old Hutongs and know that you want to stay there, then definitely, go and book a room at this hostel/hotel.

If you're not familiar with the location, then here are some notes:
- This is the old part of Beijing, the streets around the hostel are full of character and characters; there is little in the way of modern high rises, big chain stores, etc.
- The main street (Nanluoguxing) is a really, really cool street with nice shops and plenty of street food. Many tourists come here, including a lot of Chinese. You get the sense that it is a novelty even for them.
- Walking around this street and seeing all the people (both the locals setting up shop in the morning, and the tourist crowds in the afternoon / evening) was the highlight of our time in Beijing
- Since this is an old part of the city, and you are in Beijing, the area is dirty. There is a pervasive smell of sewage (not quite as bad as that probably sounds), in and around the hostel. Our bathroom smelled awful.
- You can't flush toilet paper. This is normal here and in other parts of the world, but may come as a shock to some people. You have to throw your used toilet paper in a bin next to the toilet.
- Very few people in this neighborhood speak English
- You have to walk quite far down this street to get a taxi, and the metro is quite far as well. There are plenty of buses, but we never used them.

As far as the hostel itself:
The hostel staff are very friendly and helpful, especially the young girl at the front desk with short hair. The biggest mistake we made was not using them enough. They can book a taxi or private car for you, arrange tours, and write addresses of restaurants, etc. in Chinese so that you can show them to taxi drivers and others (who will not be able to read English characters).

The design of the hostel is very, very nice. They have fresh flowers everywhere, comfortable furniture with a cool distressed feel to it. They also keep it very clean. I mentioned the smell above, but that's not due to any lack of sanitation on their part, it's just the reality of the neighborhood.

In terms of cost, you can compare for yourself and decide. This is not the cheapest place to find a bed in Beijing, nor is it as expensive as a chain-hotel. We paid about 450 RMB per night for a double room.

In summary, the location of this hostel is not for everyone, but if you want to see the old Hutong neighborhoods and don't mind the associated challenges, then this place is a great choice.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

It was the last days of our trip so just booked a hostel with good reviews. The hostel has a nice location, but the metro station is too far away, so you should take the bus (Take bus No.623 from west railway station to Luo Gu Xiang (about 1 hr, 1 rmb), cross the road, walk straight for 200 meters, you will be in a touristy street). Before we got there they asked us to pick us up from the railway station, we sent them time and train number but somehow they forgot about us. Haven't really be sorry for that. When we asked later for a map of Beijing they ran out of it. Unfortunately it didn't happen the first time to us what we don't understand. When you check in somewhere you just wanna have a little map, whatever kind of map, just so see where you are to make other plans. They saw that we have been the ones who didn't get picked up so one of the staff just gave us hers.
The dorms are with 5 beds, 2 bunk beds and one is all on the top and that person has to go over one of the top beds what's not the best solution. There are lockers and a mirror in the rooms, every bed has electricity and a light but the room is really small if there are 5 people with big bags. There are 2 showers and 2 toilets for all rooms and sometimes we had to wait to get our turn. Only one sink is also not enough.
It's really clean, the wifi area is nice but can get crowded and you have to make sure to get a seat. There is also a nice outdoor rooftop area.
The cafe has also some meals but we didn't eat there. The street is a tourist street so everything is more expensive. You would pay the same price for a coffee or pasta in a regular restaurant in Europe.
If you are on a low budget try to get something else, there are lots of youthhostels around here. If you don't care and just wanna have a hostel with good location, comfy beds and which is also clean, take it.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

The hotel, the staff snd especially the lobby are super nice, but the prices for a double (450) is too high.. The dorms are 120.. Right next to it is a backpackers for dorms for 75... Sleep there and have coffee here:)

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Thank SwissSandra05
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

This hostel is an excellent choice to stay in Beijing. Although it goes a little over a backpacker's budget (but Beijing and as a whole does), the money is worthwhile and the location is great.

The room I stayed in and the bathrooms were spotless and cleaned everyday (I stayed for 5 nights). Food is good, althought you will get better value in the surroundings.

I really liked the place and the atmosphere. You would expect a better English speaking staff in a hostel (we got our food orders and laundry mixed up a few times, but nothing was lost or problematic), but that was a problem in Beijing as a whole (even at the airport), so I guess you can't blame them.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

If going to Beijing, this is a great place to stay if you want something different than a big modern hotel. We stayed here for 6 nights and enjoyed the time with good food and friendly people in a vibrant and exciting part of Beijing (Nanluogu Xiang). Our room was a bit small, but everything was new and very clean and the standard of the room is more like a hotel than a hostel. The staff is friendly, but some of them doesn't speak much English and sometimes they are a bit slow. The restaurant is great, especially the breakfast, and you can enjoy a nice roof terrace and free wifi. It's a bit far to walk to the nearest metro station, but I think you will find the location great anyway inside this lovely Beijing hutong!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank JensAas
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

This place is very very nice. We had a 4 day stay in July 2012 and were fully satisfied with the place. It should be noted that the hostel is not near any metro stations and the guide provided by the hostel upon booking is insufficient for navigating your way to the place upon arrival in Beijing.
A word of advice here: taxies may not want to take you there during day time. When arriving in Beijing at Donzhimen station (Airport train station) the taxies wanted 200 RMB for the 2 km trip. In the guide provided by the hostel it said 20 RMB. So naturally we were not willing to take the taxi and went for public transportation which is actually easy and we wish the hostel had provided better infor on this option.

So here's a guide on how to get there with public transportation. From Dongzhimen take metro line 2 three stops to Guloudajie Station. From here you may be able to get a taxi much cheaper but we experienced difficulties and this has to do with the hostel's location inside the narrow streets of a Hutong. So at Guloudajie you can get on the south bound bus no 60 (look for street maps inside the station building). Bus line 60 will take you by the Drum Tower and you get of around Wanning Bridge (when the bus passes Qianhai lake un its right side). This location can be found in Google Maps. Across the street from Wanning Bridge is the entrance to the Mao'er Hutong. You simply need to walk into Mao'er Hutong and follow this street until it crosses Luogu Alley (5-10 minutes walking). Luogu Alley is the first street you will cross with many small shops. Turn right there and the hostel will be on your right hand side 2 minutes further down.
If you arrive by train to Beijing South Railway station get on Metro line 4 to Ping'anli station. Exit at Exit C and cross Di'anmen Street. Here you can find the trolebus 118 which you can get of right across from the entrance to Luogu Alley (5-6 stops - again look this up on Google Maps). From here it's a 2-3 minute walk into the Hutong.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

my 2 daughters and i ate here everyday ever since we tried their sumptious breakfast during our 5-day stay at beijing. i tried their full breakfast, coffee, salads, juice drinks and all were delicious! they only accept local credit cards though. they have a roofdeck with a beautiful potted garden where you can also dine. they also have their own toilet (very clean!) which is rare for a restaurant along nanluoguxiang (there are several public toilets along the street). we stayed at a nearby hutong but will book here in my next trip to beijing!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Address: No.113-2 Nanluogu Alley, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
Location: China > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #9 of 993 Specialty Lodging in Beijing
Price Range: $21 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Peking International Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A lively hostel! If you like to be surrounded by flowers, and if you like to feel like home when you travel, this is the right place for you!Peking International Youth Hostel is situated at the most charming and popular Hutong Conservative District in Beijing - the south of Nanluoguxiang. It is located near the very heart of the city, in the Dongcheng District. The alley's north end is enclosed by Gulou and Zhonglou. A little south-west at the end of the alley, is the middle axis of Beijing where the Jingshan Park, the Forbidden City and the Tiananmen Square sits along. The gorgeous night time attraction sites, Houhai, Qianhai and Shishahai is just to the west of the alley, in a distance that should take you around only 10 to 15 minutes walk through Yu'er Hutong. ... more   less 
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