I stayed in this hostel for three nights with two fellow backpacking travelers in November 2012. As we had booked this ho(s)tel online, we were still surprised how central (i.e. close to Tiananmen square and the Forbidden city) this accomodation was.
The room rates (we paid 50 Yuan per person per night in a four-bed room with own toilet and shower) were very good and the staff very friendly. The beds were very comfortable, although the room did not seem to have any heating but only an A/C. So it was a bit chilly in it in November. Maybe this is not the fault of the hostel but ours as we did not find out how to operate the A/C.
The bath is good and clean. Wooden storage boxes / shelves are provided which can be secured with your own lock. However, if you have something really valuable you can use the safety boxes near the reception.
The hostel offers a business area on the first floor, which helps with bookings of trains and tours (the later one is much cheaper if booked at one of the tour agencies outside on Meishi street or the nearby Hutongs). Unfortunately we only found out on our second-last day that there is a restaurant & bar & chill area with food, free-wifi access and pool-game at the top floor, offering a great view over Beijing and at the Tiananmen Square. This restaurant also serves breakfast for a good price, so make sure you go there instead of taking the 25Yuan all-you-can-eat (or all-your-stomache-can-handle) breakfast behind the reception.
All in all we can surely recommend this hostel to anyone staying in Beijing!
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