Firstly, don't be put off by the alley-like hutongs of Beijing where FBK is located. They may seem sketchy and confusing at first, but you're privy to some real Beijing day-to-day lives that you wouldn't observe otherwise. It really heightens the experience, as far as I was concerned.
The hostel itself is a traditional-style building, built around two courtyards with pavilions all the way around (accessible only by a provided proxy card when you check-in). The whole setup was really homey-feeling, especially when you throw in the two resident dogs, Obama and Wanjaba. Take note, these two are some tough nuts to crack but total sweethearts once you do.
We were nine people staying at this hostel over this past Chinese New Year. We overtook the largest dorm (8-person, but Daniel provided us with a ninth bed so we could all stay together) the room was super clean and had the most comfortable beds I'd slept in on my entire trip. Annnd.... We were provided a courtesy cellphone, a unique perk, in all the hostels I've stayed at, but one that was much appreciated. Extra awesome bonus; Daniel hosts a weekly Kung-Fu class, which I strongly recommend you do if you have the opportunity.
The hostel also provided a hearty and hot breakfast, which was perfect for keeping away the Beijing chill. You could also purchase coffee, drinks and snacks in the common room. One of the really cool things I found about this hostel is that it runs on the honour system- there was always a wad of cash on the desk for paying snack dues and making change.
The other staff are all smiles and absolute dolls, wonderful girls and so genuinely kind and enthusiastic. They took us to a New Year festival and showed us how the Beijing bus system works (and introduced me to red date yoghurt... man, that stuff is delicious).
For New Year's Eve, the hostel put out a massive spread of food, wine and CNY cakes-- it was quite the party and probably one of the highlights of our time in Beijing.
Seriously, don't look for another hostel-- this is the one you should stay at.
- 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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