Took me quite some time to find the hostel, but after locating it, it was easy to move around Beijing.
I found Beijing's subway convenient, any hostel located within walking distance would be, in my opinion, at a great location. This is heyuan's plus point.
Stayed in a 6 bed form, ensuite. Found toilets and rooms pretty dirty for my comfort. Mostly due to the fact that the floor was frequently wet from wet slippers. This is largely the fault of occupants, but if one wants to stay in a dorm, probably something to consider.
Hot water was not always available, and this was where I found the youth of the serviceservice personnels not helpful. Problems get easily dismissed rather than looked into.
Nevertheless, although I disliked that, it's nothing to put a dent on one's travel. I'll still recommend staying here, if I'd wanted good service, I'd have gone to a hotel.
Some plus points include a great lobby, plenty of space for chats and gatherings. Another plus point is that there was variety in travellers, which I liked a lot. Got to meet Chinese students looking for jobs, for further studies locally and overseas, and also families on holidays. Interaction relied largely on Mandarin.
- 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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