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“For Beijing on a budget, not too bad”
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Leo Hostel
Ranked #6 of 994 Specialty Lodging in Beijing
Reviewed March 1, 2012

Nice hostel, especially for the price. The beds are fine and the rooms all have heating in them. There's a great tv in the lounge area with chairs and you can order food while you watch a movie with your friends or other travelers (who are typically very friendly). There's an internet lounge and they have the ways of getting around China's restrictions so you can go on Facebook, Youtube, or whatever. The tours set up by the hostel were great too, and you get to go to a less touristy part of the Great Wall so I would highly recommend that. Also the location is mere blocks away from Tienamen square. The street it's on is also pretty lively and has some cool shops and restaurants along it. Overall it was a great experience, you are right in the heart of Beijing, and you are a close walk from Tienamen square and the Forbidden City

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

Very good hostel with nice rooms. Very good stuff and interesting trips organized by this hostel Food excellent and is not far from Tienanmen square. We were on Secret Wall. Near of this hostel there is Chinese massage very cheap. In this hostel stuff can tell You where You can buy something interesting , eat and spend Your time in Beijing.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

By no means fancy, but gets the job done. The service was very friendly, cozy bar upstairs and nice living room area. The highlight was the tour they organized of the great wall, ahead of the tourist spots. It was quiet and super.

There's free internet on a terminal and some DVD's to choose from

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 20, 2011

We loved Leo Hostel. Sure, the rooms smell a bit musty and the shower floods. What do you expect... it's China. It's certainly nothing unusual. So few hutongs are left that it's nice to be on a traditional street. The staff is quite good. Their tours are excellent, and restaurant is reasonable. Although the street vendor, who sells what called Chinese Burritos down the street, is even better. 10 Kwai for a very filling meal. From this area you can walk to the Forbidden City, or take a bus to the Temple of Heaven. The Pearl Market is near the ToH but skip that and go to Panjiayuan. I've had several stays at the Leo Hostel. Once with friends, once with my elderly parents. Each demographic enjoyed their stay.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms all the way in the back. The cafe is in the center of the space and it can be rather l...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 4, 2011

Booked Leo after review on TA... we stayed for 4 nights twin bed, bed comfortable... but shower flooded after each use.. the place just need a major make over.. for the same money per room, go across the road to 365.. better rooms... newer. Staff are very friendly at Leo, food reasonable... but do visit some of the local restaurant on the same street... good food, reasonable price.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

We stayed here with friends for a few days. When we first arrived we were put in a 4 person dorm with bathroom, which was damp, smelt mouldy, had dirty tissues and piles of dust and dirt behind the beds, and the wrapper for a rat trap in one corner. The bathroom smelt so bad we had to move rooms. After that the rooms were basic and still pretty dirty - they don't clean in hard to reach places, and the mattresses are ridiculously thin. Bathrooms continued to smell bad. The bar was nice, great DVD collection and friendly staff, but the staff responsible for actually running the hostel were basically useless. They had us running round in circles for 2 days trying to book an international train ticket, and in the end their wild goose chase left us with no time and we had to buy flights instead. On our final night they had double-booked my boyfriends bed. We realised around 11pm and informed the guy on duty, but he told us to "wait til morning" to sort it out, obviously leaving him bedless for the night. We told the people at the desk the next morning and asked for the money back for his bed, which he'd been unable to sleep in, and they not only refused but they implied that we were lying as there was supposedly no man on duty that night, only women.

We came away feeling totally short-changed by this hostel - bad service, bad cleanliness, only made up for by its lively setting.

Room Tip: There are similarly priced dorms which are a million times cleaner, nicer, and friendlier. Try Happy...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

I stayed here for a week at the start of my three month trip in China and really liked the place. Although not central (not sure it is possible to be central in Beijing!) it is close to the Forbidden City and Square down some 'traditional' streets. Helpful staff who can organise tours and book onward tickets. Dorms are OK but the real selling point is the common area which is great for meeting, eating and catching a film. There is a supermarket next door and loads of little restaurants on the street. Good place.

  • Stayed: April 2011
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Address: No.52 Dazhalan West Street, Qianmen, Xuanwu District, Beijing 100051, China
Location: China > Beijing > Chongwenmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #6 of 994 Specialty Lodging in Beijing
Price Range: $13 - $61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Leo Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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