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Beijing Templeside Hutong Hostel
Ranked #16 of 1,363 Beijing B&B and Inns
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24 reviews
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“A real taste of China in every way!”
Reviewed February 13, 2010

We had a wonderful time with Bing, William and Andy at Lian Lian. They could not have been more friendly and generous to us. We were invited to share meals with them and they could not have been any more obliging to us. It is a real taste of the old China to stay at the hutong and be in the midst of the hustle and bustle. Great location for Forbidden City and other tourist locations. Rooms are small and VERY clean. Great advice given for tourist activities including personal delivery and collection to the the incredible acrobatics show we attended.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Xinbei, Taiwan
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Reviewed January 22, 2010

need to take a while from subway to there
n if there's snowing or snow , be aware of what you wear
the service is nice and friendly, I'd like to visit them in the future
but the bathroom's door of the room we stayed is broken, hope they'll fixed it
a hostel that very "Beijing"and has nice atomsphere of the Chinese culture/hutong culture
at last day, becuz we missed a dinner wz all the vistor,the boss and the servicer
the boss insisted to have a dinner wz us, the places which he took us to is very local and nice, its the most memorable dinner n delicious in our trip

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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Hong Kong
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Reviewed January 20, 2010

It's a tiny but awesome hostel remodelled from old Beijing houses in which you must enjoy staying, especially with the overwhelming hospitality! Not only the staff offer help day and night, but the host also gives you surprises like a dumpling night and even a birthday party!!! Moreover there's sufficient supply of heat and hot water in the room which can help you survive the freezing nights. We're totally impressed so we would say this is the best hostel we've ever stayed because it makes you feel like HOME!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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Oxford, UK
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Reviewed December 3, 2009

The best thing about the Lianlian guest house is the staff -- really friendly and helpful people who bent over backward to make our stay pleasant. The location is not bad, though it involves a bit of walking to get to the metro, we had no problems getting around the city from there. Rooms are nice, you might complain if you had only ever stayed in 4-star hotels before but they're excellent if you're on a budget. And the food is brilliant and very abundant!

Would definitely stay there again, mainly because of Jojo and her husband and the lovely atmosphere.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
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Reviewed November 28, 2009

Location excellent. Friendly, clean and warm during a few frosty Beijing nights.
Great advice from staff and Bobby took us on an excellent day tour - amazing amount of iseful information and great insight into life.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Singapore
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Reviewed November 4, 2009

This is one place that I stayed in my travels that I actually missed after I left.

We reached the hutong at about 8pm after a horrendous taxi ride (we found out that this is typical of a Beijing taxi ride ...). Once we reached there, the boss (Bobby) and his wife (Jojo) immediately asked if we had dinner and invited us for dinner with their family with 12 bottles of beer. The hospitality was so warm that we felt uneasy!

The service was fantastic. Bobby and Jojo were always there for our needs. If Bobby is free, he will be able to bring you to the wild part of the Great Wall. Furthermore, he will be able to "review" your Beijing travel plans and make useful suggestions. The courtyard is charming with roof access sheltered by a beautiful chinese red date tree. The snow (1st Nov 2009) made the place even more beautiful and charming. If you have the time, take a stroll through the Hutong while making your way to the nearest train station (Fuchengmen). You will be able to see old Beijing life and also taste local dishes.

The location is fantastic as it is very near to Xidan shopping district. However since there are many Hutongs in Beijing, taxi drivers often do need very specific directions to find the Hutong. So get Bobby or Jojo to write the directions and address onto a piece of paper and show it to the taxi drivers.

Do not expect good toilets though. The flushing is challenging as expected from structures that are constructed since the Qing Dynasty (they do not really consider flushing that time...). Other than that, the facilities are good.

This place is also not pricey.

I would recommend this to any intrepid travelers who want to experience old Beijing. This place is friendly, has good service, good location, not overly priced and most importantly unpretentious This is a must stay.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed November 3, 2009

We stayed 3 nights at the Templeside Guesthouse. The location is great, since most sights are in walking distance or easily connected by Metro. The house itself is an authentic Beiing Hutong and nicely decorated to host foreigner. The service however is somewhat awkward and not the kind you can usually get in China. When we were there three girls hosted us, two actually working and shuffling around, one watching TV/surfing the web, speaking English and looking rather bordered. With the coming of the winter the rooms were indeed authentic. The place must be terrific in summer, when you can enjoy the patio and do not mind the simple windows and heating. All in all service could be better and best go in the summer.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Beijing Templeside Hutong Hostel

Property: Beijing Templeside Hutong Hostel
Address: No.8 Anping Alley, Xicheng District, Beijing 100034, China (Formerly Templeside Courtyard Guest House)
Location: China > Beijing > Houhai
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
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Ranked #16 of 1,363 B&Bs / Inns in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Beijing Templeside Hutong Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
located in Xicheng District Beijing, next to the White Pagoda Temple, which is why we named "Templeside".the Forbidden city and TianAnMe Square /Beihai park is abt 3 km away. We did some redecoration work at the end of 2014 including buying new supplies and linen in the bedroom and bathroom. The business is ran by Ryan who born in Beijing.Our staff know a great deal about Beijing which optimize your trips to China so that you can enjoy the best of culture in China and experience more of Beijing. ... more   less 
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