I am a YHA / HI hostelling association member, and was very pleased with this hotel.
Snacks and food available in main room and there is an excellent courtyard.
I shared a twin room with a friend and we had a great private bathroom (there were also dormitory style shared bathrooms). We were able to access free wifi from our room, but the signal was a bit weak (I think it would have been stronger if we were in the main room).
It was walking distance to the Forbidden City and Tianenmen Square.
In fact, it is also easy to get to by subway. We were able to take the subway from the Beijing Airport to Tianenmen East station (as long as you arrive during daytime hours, thsi should be feasible).
It is about a 10 minute walk from Tianenmen East, but there are also usually taxis available if you are having difficulty with luggage (otherwise it's walkable for all other outings). My friend and I were able to walk, though, even with large suitcases.
Look out for it as it is down a bit of an alleyway, which they were paving over the week we were there. There is a sign with the HI symbol indicating the alleyway.
We felt safe and were comfortable. The beds were a little hard, but not bad at all, especially for the price. We crossed paths with many other young travelers as well.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Peking International Youth Hotel Beijing