So I shall tell you about my experience of 3 nights staying in the 9 Dragons House (Xinmao Hostel). Firstly, we found it very difficult to get an address of the Hostel in Chinese and although their website provided a map, there was no address to easily print out, or to have copied to show to a taxi driver. When we first arrived, we were put into a double room, however, we had booked in advance for a twin, so after bringing this up, we were given, very reluctantly a 3 bed room (a twin room with a very uncomfortable looking fold up bed with a very thin matress!) The toilet in the room was faulty (you had to take the lid off and poke something to allow it fill back up with water). The shower (chinese style shower) plug hole was filled with hair to the extent it flooded the bathroom and we had to remove it ourselves. Paint was coming off the pipes, tiles were missing and water pressure was poor. The beds themselves were fine but headboards were very noisy. The floor was very dirty, and I don't believe they have ever cleaned under the beds.
There was a bar in the hostel, but I never saw anyone behind the bar. On the first night we went to the bar expecting to find some people to talk to and have a nice evening, but the only people in the room were very hostile looking staff, smoking and drinking themselves. So we didn't bother! Breakfast, although included in the price, and told what time to go for it as part of a tour, it was a pointless exercise. No-one waiting on the tables and one man who looked tired and hungover, manning the kitchen and taking orders. We ordered 2 french toast and a coffee, which took longer than half an hour to arrive, so we had to leave without to go on the tour that they had organised. The tour was very good! We went on a Great Wall tour to Mutianyu with stop offs at a Ming tombs, Jade factory, Silk factory and tea tasting, which was organised by an outside tour company through the hostel. However, that and the bed was the only good thing about this hostel. The staff can speak English but are not very enthuisiastic - one night we asked for a recommended restraunt and she could not give us one, telling us to pretty much find our own! Also the room was on the ground floor, and I was often woken by people speaking outside, shouting down the corridor etc (i'm guessing the staff as it was in Chinese). It was well located right next to a subway station - forbidden city is probably an hours walk away. Well done if you are still with me after a lot of longwinded whinging and moaning. I have stayed in other hostels in Beijing which were a much nicer experiance for the same amount of money. (Happy Dragon Hostel is the one i'd reccommend) In conclusion, just for a bed, stay here by all means, and the tour was good. Apart from that, the staff were terrible, the rooms dirty, service terrible, location manageable.
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