The hostel is located in a traditional Chinese hutong and is easily accessible from 3 different metro stations which gives great access to Beijing where ever you're planning to go.
We arrived on the overnight train from Shanghai and found the hostel easily using the metro and the directions on the website.
We stayed here for 5 nights in a twin room with shared bathroom facilities.
The room was a little cramped with the 2 of us, 2 backpacks and 2 day packs but we managed. The room was clean, beds ok, fairly hard but that's common in China, they were by no means uncomfortable. The room was air conditioned but water from the unit dripped into a bucket by my bed constantly which was not emptied, I did it myself as I was worried it may overflow. The shared bathroom facilities were very good, clean and I never had to wait. Showers were hot and powerful.
Food was very good and as we stayed 5 nights we qualified for free breakfast which was different every day, French toast, fruit, sandwiches etc.
We went on an organised trip to the great wall with the hostel. We went to Mutianyu which they recommended as it was quieter. I really enjoyed the trip although I felt a little rushed, we only managed to hike about 14 towers then had to rush back as we were late for the lunch which was provided.
Staff were excellent here, always willing to give advice and help.
Wi-Fi signal was strong.
The only down side to this hostel was that our room was located off the communal area which could be noisy at times considering the paper thin walls. We were woken up most mornings by people having breakfast at 7am so no lie ins for us!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The information service available in Red Lantern House is based on "Simon's Tourist Information Office" which is the first generation of information and tour services provider for low budget international travelers in Beijing from the beginning of 1990's . Information and tour services are available at the reception. Staying with us will reminds you of staying as a member in our family as there is no counter or glass between us. Meet the Simon's Office Team that helps make your travel and travel planning much easier, better and possible! Your questions of where to go and how much it costs will be responded as precisely as possible. Tours and Information services including: Beijing City Tour ( Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven) Tours to the wall Night Show in Beijing Ticketing Service Bicycle Rental Car Service( airport pick-up and drop offer) Laundry, Sewing & Mending Service Barbecue in the Courtyard Dumpling Making Practice Tour to the Great wall departure from Red Lantern Guest house: Great wall at : 1 Mutianyu ( recommended) We run the trip to Mutianyu section of the wall with minimum two people by our own car or van. 2.Jinshanling 3.Simatai 4.Badaling and Ming Tombs, To avoid the crowds and sometimes terrifying shopping intervals of the Great Wall at Badaling, our hostel has specially designed and organized a daily tour to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. It takes 1.5 hours one way to arrive to the wall with no stop over for shopping, and begins around 7:30am to get away from heavy traffic jams so that you will be the first one standing on the wall there and nobody bothers you. We guarantee you have at least 3 hours on the wall and no push throughout the whole trip. When you are back from your trip, you still have a whole evening for other activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lantern House Hotel Beijing