At the end of a one month trip in China, Beijing was our last stop. We'd slept all over the country and I can honestly say this was the BEST place we stayed in China. The owner Daniel and Tina the manager both speak perfect English and are wonderful. We were greeted upon our arrival at midnight by Daniel, who offered tea and pastries. We were so welcomed, and this only continued over our 4-day stay there. We shared a lunch with them on one day and were given tips about where to go in the area and also insight into Hutong life (the neighbourhood of narrow lanes where Fly By Knight is located).
The hostel (more of a B&B really) is beautiful, with wooden floors in the new rooms, great comfortable beds - all in a simple modern meets traditional style. The layout of the place is a traditional Chinese style of a central courtyard with the rooms surrounding it. There is a common room where breakfast is served on a large wooden table and there is also a sofa and computer to lounge and connect. Tea, coffee and various soft drinks are available at all times, as is filtered water (complimentary). Breakfast is a nice Western style with eggs, toast, bacon, etc. Worth pointing out that power and hot water were always available - which sounds obvious, but this is not the case in all hotels in China.
The location is great - close to the metro and within walking distance to the Forbidden City. The hutongs themselves are one of the last bastions of Old Beijing - with low rise houses and small local sellers living and working together in a sort of out of time community - with the modern city life surrounding it but seemingly separate from this quaint village-like area. The only tip is if taking a taxi from metro or airport - bring a detailed map (in Chinese) and or give Daniel a call to speak to the driver to explain where they are, they are in a quiet alleyway so it's not a major road - tho is central.
Great place, sad to leave - will always call Fly By Knight home when in Beijing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fly by Knight Courtyard is a beautifully renovated traditional Chinese courtyard house.It provides clean and comfortable beds, clean bathrooms and clean common areas.It is located in the heart of Beijing City, with easy access to public transportation such as the subway (Dong si station) and many major city bus routes. The courtyard is located in Hutong, in one of the most famous government preserved areas. The surrounding houses are all local Beijing residents.We understand how important it is to start your day with a good meal, therefore everyone gets a free set of western breakfast in the morning (bacon, sasuage, hash browns, eggs and toasts)Every staff member in the courtyard is fully trained in helping travellers and they speak both fluent English and Chinese.Fly by Knight Courtyard is a guesthouse founded by a traveler whose passion for martial arts brought him to China to broaden his experience. If you have come to China to study martial arts and need assistance, let us know and we will be more than happy to help. We also provide practice areas and equipment.Fly by Knight Courtyard respects all artists. If you are any type of artist; a martial artist, a painter, a singer, a performer, a poet, a writer,etc, let us know because we would love to exchange your talents for accomodations!This benefit applies to dorm users. Private room users may contact us for more informationFly by Knight Courtyard loves animals; so bring your pets; dogs, cats, polar bears (if you have the right license). just make sure you email us first so we can make preparations for your little guy (or big guy).Fly by Knight Courtyard Believes in traveling eco-friendly. Please bring your own personal hygiene products such as tooth brushes. We don't provide any one-time-use products. We do offer market priced products which, if purchased, please re-use them.Fly by Knight Courtyard provides low prices, but not at any price. We don't offer unfair trade products or food. we pay our taxes and we monitor our quality.Fly by Knight Courtyard offers very low priced international calls, but if you need to call your mommy, we will let you call for free. We know you must miss your mommy! ... more less
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