My boyfriend and I visited Beijing for the first time last week. We arrived at the airport quite late, at about 12:30am. The taxi driver, even with the directions from the hostel that I printed out, seemed confused. He asked me for their telephone number (in Mandarin; "den hua"), so I recommend you have that handy. The hostel is located in an obscure hutong, but once you're nearby there is a red, visible sign. We were welcomed by Yang, a very sweet, young man. He said he was worried about us and was relieved we made it. We realized we did not have enough cash to pay for the 4-night stay, and Yang kindly offered to let us settled another day when we had more cash. The following days we met Amy and Rain, both very sweet and helpful. as it was my boyfriend's birthday, Amy surprised him with a gift. The staff was excellent, though interestingly, Amy did not know what Trip Advisor was. Two points that didn't sit very well with me: The closest subway stop is about a 15-minute walk away. You can choose to get there via a busy main road, or interesting small alleyways full of locals, who are just so curious about foreigners! The walk was a bit daunting for me, but my boyfriend enjoyed it. Another being the very, very basic breakfast. On is allowed four pieces of toast and jam, and hot soy milk and tea. But perhaps we should have just bought our own things starting the second morning. We paid about $65 USD/night for a comfortable, private 2-bed room with a private shower and toilet. After realizing how inexpensive everything is in Beijing, I wasn't sure if this was a fantastic deal, but it was satisfactory. Overall great stay. The courtyard setting with large, locked doors as the entrance made me feel at-home and safe.
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