This hostel is fantastic, in the haidan district, near the jishuitan metro. The actual hostel is in a hutong, but tucked away at the back. It might be tricky so bring a map. There was also another hostel nearby "Michael's House" so we just followed the sign for that.
The area is great, its filled with locals and not so many tourists, which is a good thing if you're looking for that.
The chinese courtyard design was one of my favourite aspects. It looks like a real authentic courtyard with all the amenities that you'll need including internet, rec room, tv, books, etc. Some staff members don't speak english that fluently so be prepared for that. The internet connection is a bit weak in areas but there are several computers in the common area for those without laptops/smartphones.
The hostel also lacked a kitchen, it was being renovated when we went (april 2011) but there was plenty of restaurants in the area. Plentiful street food and fruit vendors as well, so cheap and awesome.
The only complaint was the common showers and washrooms. I think there was only 2 common girl showers for whole space so you might have to wait to shower. The internet was also weak...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beijing Heyuan International Youth Hostel is a courtyard-style hostel, which is only 10 minutes walk from Jishuitan Subway Station (on Line 2). With simple but warm decoration, Heyuan provides guests with a quiet yard in a noisy neighborhood, which has flourishing vegetation, chirping birds and sweet flowers. Inside the hostel, guests can eat, relax or talk in our balcony, dining room or bar which has a billiard table. There are many famous scenery spots around our hostel. It is only 3 kilometers away from the hostel to Gulou and Houhai, 3.5 kilometers to Beijing Exhibition Centre, 4.5 kilometers to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Bird Nest and the Water Cube, and 30 kilometers to Beijing Capital International Airport. Guests can walk to Beijing Normal University and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.All guest rooms are equipped with air-conditioner, heating installation, bathroom and window. Some guest rooms are equipped with flat-screen TV and electric kettle.In the dining room, you can taste both Chinese food and Western food. In the bar, you can have Specialty Coffee, a variety of alcoholic drink and water.24-hour reception provides guests with ticket-booking service and traveling information. The hostel also help guests wash and dry clothes, provides free-Wifi, safe case and Baggage Service. ... more less
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