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“Peaceful Hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Forbidden City Hostel

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Forbidden City Hostel
Ranked #2,835 of 6,435 Hotels in Beijing
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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“Peaceful Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

Step off the busy street into a air conditioned lobby that is surprisingly quiet. Staff were freidnly and helpful.
We arrived early around 8am but our room was ready within 10mins which was most appreciated after a long flight.

We had a triple room of 3 single beds. with ensuite.

Room was a good size and plenty adequate for our needs. The rooms were quiet and the air con was out of this world AMAZING. After a busy hot day out it was the best thing in the world to have a cool room to come back to. Worth staying here just for the AC.

The bathroom was tidy but not the cleanest but it was Ok, you cant have it all.

There is a cafe in the lobby that was great to have a beer in in the evenings and a travel desk to arrange tours from.

The location of this hotel to the Forbidden City and T. Square is what drew us to it and it did not disappoint.

The price was very good for the 2 nights we stayed.

For a budget hotel we got what we expected and more..... recommend to all and we would stay again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Australia
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66 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2012

The staff were excellent, very friendly and spoke English well. They have an dedicated help desk for booking travel/trips and also a washing service for clothes. It's a budget option but I would stay here again!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Manila, Philippines
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37 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2012

Traveled with 2 friends on a budget that's why we chose this hostel. We got a private room which was clean enough but generally the place feels old and smelled kind of funky, and so needs some upgrading. The beds were not that comfortable, but again don't expect luxury for the cheap rates.

Great location though as it is on a main road, is walking distance from the Forbidden City (less than 10 minutes) and a subway station. There is also a convenient store around 5 minutes away on foot.

Recommended for visitors of Beijing who want to spend their money on other touristy things :)

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank domileo
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Atlanta, Georgia
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55 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2012

This hotel is OK. But for the price, it was the best we could find. Our first night we arrived at 8pm and even with a prior booking.com booking they said they only had one room available and needed to clean it. We couldn't get into our room until 9pm. That room had a round bed that was too small for my husband and I. We left the city for three days on the Great Wall. When we came back we were checked in right at 2pm, which was great, but the room had mold on the walls. There were no other rooms available, but they told us we could switch in the morning. We did switch in the morning into a very nice room on the first floor with a window, no mold, and and good internet (wired) in the room. The third night is a charm here, I guess.

Good location about two minutes from the night markets and a 15 minute walk to Tian' Anmen Square or the Forbidden City. Also just a five minute walk to Wanfujing shopping area/ pedestrian street. Would have liked if it was a bit closer to a subway stop, but other than that happy with the location.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Reeds_Around_World
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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2012

We chose this hotel as it was the cheapest we could find with a central location so if you are looking for a cheap hotel near the Forbidden city it is both of these things. There is also a small bar/restaurant which did reasonably good food but aside from this however there is not much positive to say.
The room has mould growing around the tops of the walls and there was no window. The room was very small and felt very claustrophobic.The bathroom smelt terrible and the shower did not get hot enough for me. The bed linen was old, worn and in 7 nights was not changed once! It is at least 15minutes walk to a metro station (and we walk quickly). The WIFI only worked in the foyer and not in the room although to be fair there was wired internet in the room.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank KevKate111
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2012

We stayed in this hotel for 3 days. Staff aren't that friendly and don't speak good English. It's a good thing we have a Chinese friend who's fluent in Fok Yien. But still, they're very hard to talk to with! :p The rooms are okay. The beds are comfortable. The cleaning service is good! There's wifi in the lobby.

It's near the Night Market... about 3 min walk, which is a good advantage for the hotel. It's a little far from the subway. About 10-15 min walk. It's also very far from the airport... about a 1.5 hour drive. But it's accessible to bus and taxi since it's within a main street.

But since it's cheap, I have to say you get what you pay for. If you want a budget hotel, I recommend this. But if you plan to spend a lot of time in your hotel to pamper yourself, don't get this one.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank joycehehe
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2012

i found out about this cheap hostel from someone's blogger... and booked through hostelbookers, which i reserved dorm room with 6beds... and only cost around less than 20USD for 3nights.. yeaaayyyyy... so happy when you found out cheap hostel with kind of comfy and clean room...
at first i was surprised when they put me in the same room with male, but well, what can i expected more with 20USD for 3 nights heheehhehe.. at least i got new friend..

inside the room, you can find attached shower and toilet.. clean as well.. but, no lock.. hahhahaha...
Ow.. you may also used telephone to call but only for Beijing area.. so, you may call your tour agent to confirmed your trip..
the staffs are nice.. can speak english..

the hostel is around 10minutes walk to WangFujing street, train station, and one of the gate of Forbidden City.. awesome.. and near to the hostel you may also find small supermarket, which you can buy mineral water, cup noodles or else..

what else i can say, unless, i really really reaaaalllyyyyyyy enjoyed staying in this hostel.. and definitely will stay here again, when i come back to visit Beijing.. InshaAllah...
I enjoyed.. hope you too... (^.^)v
Beijing is Amazing....

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 515KA
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Property: Forbidden City Hostel
Address: No.5 South Heyan Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
Location: China > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #2,835 of 6,435 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Forbidden City Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 43
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