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Fly by Knight Courtyard Beijing
Ranked #8 of 1,419 Beijing B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 1, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Was great, I met people all around the world and also Chinese helpful people who helped me understand their culture, beds are neat, but restroom smell is horrible. Reception girl was very helpful trying to book great wall tour and answering me questions about places to go, food to eat. And we had small party last night at the hostal and they didn't complain about it and helped to ask for pizza. Thank you guys for such a great time in Beijing. I highly recommend this hostal.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

This is a fine hostel to stay in while in Beijing. The staff are very friendly and it feels like a safe place. The location is really interesting - it is in a traditional Beijing "hutong". Taxis only want to drop you at the hutong entrance so make sure you print off the directions. Once you find it the first time it is easy after that.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

Its a bit difficult for us to find Flyby knight, finally we reached there, from Dongcheng station to hostel with directions we had taken printout already. It doesn't looks like a hostel, it was like a temple. Everyone works there knew english better.
Rooms are very clean and neat. They ve dining area in reception, also they ve morning breakfast.
They were very helpful in providing details about all info we needed( to go to great wall of china , forbidden city and to reach airport).
This hostel is simply superb, can't rate anything other than 5(Excellent).

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

We absolutely enjoyed our stay in this hostel for 2 days in Aug 2012. The staffs were courteous and friendly. Also, this place is good to meet other travellers and share the experiences.
It was somewhat difficult to find the hostel. Just get down at the Dong Si station and navigate using a map. The hostel is around 10-15 mins walk from the station
All the staffs spoke excellent English
Overall we enjoyed our stay here and will definitely come back.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Pradeepthiagu
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

I had planned a trip to china and India and this little gem was my first stop.

I'm the midst of the -12 Ivey temperatures was this little establishment.
I was in a shared dorm with a lovely mix of guys and girls.

The hostel staff were all lovely and organised and sort out my train ticket from Beijing to shanghai.
They also helped me a a itinary for my coup,e of days in Beijing.

The rooms were nice and hot the bed linen clean and new and it seems the most comfortable mattress I would be sleeping on in a while. There was also chargers in the plugs and wifi in the room

Room Tip: The mix dorm to the left of reception was good and you could vaguely pick up wifi
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Staying at Fly by Knight Courtyard was a breath of fresh air. In China, it's really hard to find a hostel with reasonable prices, courteous staff, spotless accommodation and a great location all at once. Fly by Knight Courtyard has all these traits and even has much more. This hostel made my stay in China more enjoyable and when I come back to Beijing I'll definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Fly by Knight Courtyard Beijing

Address: No. 6 Dengcao Hutong,Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China
Location: China > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 1,419 B&Bs / Inns in Beijing
Price Range: $75 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
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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