Like others who give an average rating, I just can't undurstand how someone may write on the hostel's wall that it is the best place they've been. Or maybe it is their first hostel in China?
The place is ok. We had a nice, clean double room. It was big enough for the both of us, and one of the biggest we've got in China. It is really well situated in Beijing and there is many great walks to do around.
Some of the staff was very helpful, and we owe them much. But some was not that helpful (ex. saying that no bus line was going to the place we wanted to go, but that was not true at all) (I think that it is linked with the fact that in Chineese culture, you don't answer with an "I don't know")(anyways, we got help from another staff member).
To be honest, the only reason I give an average rating is because of the lack of ambiance. There was no ambiance at all. The small common room was not an inviting place to stay. It seems that on the rooftop there was a place to hang, but it was under construction. In all the places we stayed in China, it was the most boring place. We did not had the chance to meet other backpackers.
Little word of advice: get lost in the hutongs arounds, don't say on Nanlougo Alley. You'll find good cheap food, and more authentic sightseeing. To go out, the Salud bar, near the hostel, is a good place to go (price are high, like the rest of the street, but the ambiance is good, with lots of Chineeses and expats). And don't go to the hostel restaurant (except for breakfast), it is way too expensive.
That said, I would recommand this place anyway, but maybe not for a lone traveller that wants to meet some other peoble.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beijing Downtown Backpackers Accommodation is the original Nan Luo Gu Xiang Youth Hostel. Located in the traditiona Hutong location - Nan Luo Gu Xiang Alley, Beijing Downtown Backpackers Accommodation is much more economical than similarly placed competitors. As a well established value provider we are well attuned to the essentials. Rooms are basic, but well priced, clean and tidy. Our staff are well aware of western traveler needs and cater for various Great Wall tours and Hutong Bike tours. ... more less
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