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Qianmen Hostel

No.33 Meishijie, Xicheng District, Beijing 100051 China
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3.5
#17 of 215 guest houses in Beijing
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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3.6 of 5 bubbles
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3.6 of 5 bubbles
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Welcome to Qianmen Hostel, your Beijing “home away from home.” Qianmen Hostel aims to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, which is why so many guests continue to come back year after year.

Close to some of Beijing's most popular landmarks, such as National Center for the Performing Arts (0.7 mi) and Wangfujing Street (1.4 mi), Qianmen Hostel is a great destination for tourists.

Qianmen Hotel features 24 hour front desk and baggage storage.

While in Beijing be sure to experience local dim sum favourites at Duck De Chine, Din Tai Fung (APM), or BeiJing Li Yuan Restaurant (JinBao Jie).

If you’re looking for things to do, you can check out Temple of Heaven (0.8 mi), Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) (0.7 mi), or Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men) (0.8 mi), which are popular attractions amongst tourists, and they are all within walking distance.

Qianmen Hostel puts the best of Beijing at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Restaurant
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
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HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
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Languages Spoken
English, Chinese

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No.33 Meishijie, Xicheng District, Beijing 100051 China
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Great for walkers
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Grade: 93 out of 100
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Qianmen
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Sightseeingtheworld wrote a review Dec 2008
Sacramento, California48 contributions128 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at this hostel for 2 nights and picked it because of its location in Beijing. We wanted to be centrally located and be able to walk to the major sites. For its location, this hostel is great.

The hostel can be accessed easily by Metro. We had arrived by train and it was 2 stops west from the Beijing Main Train Station. As with all Metro stations in Beijing, there are numerous exits that are lettered, and you have to look at a map before choosing the correct exit that leads to you closer to your destination. The exit letter is Exit C. Once you get out of the Metro station, you head south for about 7 minutes and you will arrive at the hostel. The hostel sign is very clearly marked.

The front desk staff speaks good English. We were shown to our room and our room was located on the 2nd floor, so we carried our bags upstairs. There is not an elevator.

Our room was a double room with a private bath. The room is small, but this is typical of hostels. Surprisingly, the bed was comfortable, but there was a dent on one side of the bed, probably because more people slept on that side. We did not have a TV in our room. All we had was a desk. There was one outlet available with 2 plugs, so we could charge camera batteries overnight. There was also a heater/AC unit that was working well.

The strangest thing about the room was the bathroom. It is arranged in an linear manner. There was a shower to the left, a sink in the middle, and a Western style toilet to the right. There is a small wastebasket by the toilet, so you shouldn't throw toilet paper in the toilet and put it in the wastebasket instead. There is one step up to get into the bathroom and the whole thing is enclosed behind clear glass. The only portion that had frosted glass is the lower half of the toilet side. So, this means that you were taking a shower behind clear glass. The water pressure in the shower is low, and it takes a while for the hot water to run. There are two windows, one above the sink and one by the side of the bed. Our window over the sink looked at another building and the window by the side of the bed looked into the courtyard.

Again, this is a hostel, so bare basics including bars of soap, toiletries, and a hairdryer are not included. The towels are included, but they are thin. There is also not a lot of space to set things down. We had 2 pieces of luggage and 2 backpacks and ended up stacking things on the desk. There are 2 small hooks on the wall, where we hung the towels. There is not even a chair in the room. The only pieces of furniture were the small desk and the bed.

As with most of China, you will find the subtle scent of sewage everywhere. Despite the cleanliness of the hostel, you could still subtle smell that scent in our room.

As with the other hotels/hostels that we found when traveling throughout China, you have to put your room card key in the slot to activate the electricity in the room. At night, we left the room card key in the slot so that we could keep the heater going overnight. We were able to turn off the lights and keep the heater going without removing the key card.

The hostel had a small courtyard and dining room. We saw a lot of travelers using the dining room, but we didn't eat there. Meals are not included with the room rate. The front desk staff speaks very good English and are somewhat helpful with recommendations. They were able to tell us what buses to take or what Metro stops to use. They could not call restaurants for us if we wanted to make a reservation though. However, we were able to use their phone to call the restaurant ourselves.

Internet is available, but not free. They charge 1 yuan for 10 minutes. You have to sign in first with the time and then sign out again with the time. There are 4 computers, but 2 seemed to work faster than others. There is a cost to print, but the printer was broken when we were there. Perhaps it will be fixed at a later date. The hostel also gives you a small card with their name and a simple map with their address. The map is very small, but if you wanted to decent map, they would sell you a better one. We did not buy the better map.

Tours to the Great Wall were offered, too, but we had already made arrangements. They seemed pretty organized, but I can't comment on those since we didn't go on one of those tours.

The hostel also has a small kitten (~3 months old) and small puppy (~1 month old) on the premises. Both are quite cute and don't seem to bother guests if you're not into pets.

Smoking is allowed in the hostel, so the front desk/reception and the eating area is often filled with smoke. Fortunately, our room was non-smoking, and we didn't have any smoke wafting into our room.

If you're going to Xi'an, they own a hostel there, the Bell Tower Youth Hostel. We did not stay there because we already had hotel reservations, but the front desk said that they could make the reservation for us, if needed.

In terms of location, the hostel is great. It is a 7 minute walk to the Metro stop, which can take you practically anywhere, except the Beijing West Train Station, where trains that run to Xi'an are based. Bus #9 will take you to the Beijing West Train Station. It is a 10 minute walk to the south entrance of Tiananmen Square, and a 15-20 minute walk to the south entrance of the Forbidden City. You can walk to the Temple of Heaven, but it will take you 45 minutes to get to get to the West Gate. We walked back from the south entrance of Beihai Lake park, and it took about 30 minutes.

The Qianmen district is not as touristy as some of the other areas where the finer hotels and finer shopping districts are. This is great because you are able to see what the local life might be like. If you turn onto any of the smaller streets, you're able to see food stalls, food markets, small restaurants of all sorts, a small grocery store, and numerous stores, some that sell souvenirs and toys.

Overall, this hostel is great because of its central location and walking distance to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, and if you're up for it, the hike to the Temple of Heaven. Remember, it is a hostel, so if you are expecting finer things, then this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a place to rest that is in a great location while being able to explore the major sights on foot and don't mind the different bathroom layout and lack of furniture, then this is the right place.
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Date of stay: November 2008
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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SharonQQ wrote a review Jun 2013
Melbourne, Australia21 contributions45 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
fairly cheap hostel. good location, close to subway and tourist attractions. Fairly quiet. Staff was ok. but rooms are pretty cold and basic. Shared bathroom and showers were good but located downstairs. Tours can be a little expensive.
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Date of stay: April 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Shared bathrooms are on the ground floor.
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hotelhotstepper wrote a review Oct 2012
Hong Kong, China40 contributions31 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent 4 nights here during the middle of Oct 2012. First night was in a private room with no bathroom (i.e. had to use shared bathroom), other nights was in a private room with dedicated bathroom.

Hostel rooms are basic, but completely liveable, especially the one with a private bathroom. Having to go outside through a courtyard to get to the toilet/ bathroom on a cold autumn's morning/night is probably a tiny step too far when the room itself is already pretty basic. But the private bathroom ones were not only much more convenient, but the room was much better, with solid walls (as opposed to the wooden ones).

The location of the hostel is good in terms of it being near a very central underground station, and its also an easy walk to Tienamen square and also to the Temple Of Heaven. Crucially it is also not far from the fantastic Li Qun duck restaurant. The immediate area is a little shabby but also, it has remnants of an old hutong so has a good level of charm too. Didn't ever feel unsafe or threatened in any way.

The best part of the hostel is the staff. Extremely helpful in terms of trying to make sure you're comfortable at the hostel, and invaluable for local advice on how to get to places. On the morning we left (at 5am) for the airport, whilst in the taxi that had been pre-arranged by the hostel, the member of staff called up the taxi driver to ask to speak to me - he wanted to double double check which terminal I was flying from so as to make sure the taxi driver took me to the right place! This kind of attention to detail, and concern even after I had left the hostel, typified the level of helpfulness that I experienced here.

All in all I would recommend to friends, but so long as you are happy that this is a basic hostel in a historic building and area, and hence, you need to be willing to put up with a little bit of shabbyness, but nothing too bad.
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Date of stay: October 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Go for the private room with private bathroom.
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Cooperino_2008 wrote a review Jul 2011
Shanghai, China18 contributions34 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for three nights in mid July. The courtyard setting is a beautiful reminder of Qing dynasty China. Great location as well, a quick 15 minutes from the forbidden city, five from the train station, line two.

With that said, my group of three were forced to move rooms a total of twice over our stay of only three nights. The staff split us up and the put us back together the next day... very messy. Plus, the receptionists were rude (laughing when I questioned their policies, giving me the whole "we can't do anything" run around only to back off that claim a few minutes later after speaking with management, etc.) and less than helpful on some occasions. Only one bathroom, which is quite far from the majority of the beds. After a shower, sorta uncomfortable to walk through two courtyards.

Regardless, if traveling to Beijing during the week (not when it is packed to the brim on the weekends, plus holidays), I would recommend this spot. Dorms are fine, prices are competitive, location is great.
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Date of stay: July 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Anne S wrote a review Sept 2017
3 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The location of the hostel is very good indeed, but unfortunately the place is extremely dirty (compared to other hostels in Beijing). In particular the washrooms and the showers were unpleasant to use. Our room was overbooked (one guy had to leave even though he had made a reservation) and too small to accommodate as many people as they put in there.
The cherry on top is that the staff neither speaks English, nor seems to be bothered to help you anyways. Cannot recommend this place! There is better ones...
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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diego wrote a review Apr 2017
Madrid9 contributions5 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I have never come across members of staff that rude and unpleasant. I had booked a twin room for 8 nights a month ahead and when I got to Beijing the man in the reception said I would have to move rooms during my stay. I politely said I had made the booking well in advance and asked why - then, surprisingly, he said he would immediately cancel the reservation and remained silent for about a minute looking at the wall. I could barely believe it. However, I was very tired from the trip and thought changing rooms once would be still better than looking for a new place, so I accepted. I wish I had not.

Besides the fact that beds were extremely rigid and cleaning below basic hostel standards, they only gave us a room key. This is not common practice in China after my experience. My friend and I kindly asked for a second one, as were were partially traveling independently, but they said no.

The treatment received from the members of staff was the worst part of the stay. One of the women in the reception desk didn't look at us or reply even once to our systematic 'ni hao' while entering or leaving the hotel. They are only interested in you when extra money may be involved, for instance with laundry. Cash in advance, though - otherwise they wouldn't even consider. They have a very nasty pay-and-don't-bother attitude towards their guests. While leaving, the man in the desk wanted me to sign an empty form. I said I had no idea what that was (I don't read Chinese) and that I wouldn't. He then said very rudely that this was necessary to proceed with check-out. Then I asked him to fill it out first so I had an idea of what I was signing and he didn't, so I didn't either.

Finally, our flight was too early to get to the airport with the subway and sometimes catching taxis in Beijing is difficult (they mostly work with pre-booking apps), so we didn't have much choice and, although that meant paying them extra services, we booked an airport drop-off with the hostel. The ride takes about an hour. The driver was very nice, but after some minutes he started blinking very slowly and nodding. We kept our chat very loud so he didn't fall asleep. However, he drove extremely slowly and had drivers in both right and left lanes overtaking us and blowing at us all the time. We finally made it safe and sound to the airport but the experience was terrible.

All in all, although the place is relatively well priced and location is good, avoid it by all means. There are plenty of other options in the surrounding hutong, which is definitely a great area to stay in otherwise incredible Beijing.
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Date of stay: April 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Lauchie T wrote a review Apr 2017
27 contributions7 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Pros:
- Cheap
- Clean
- Good showers and toilets
- Quiet
- Washing machine and clothes line

Cons:
- Mattress was super thin, worse than any others I have experienced in China. I had to double it over on itself just so I had enough padding to sleep.
- Staff didn't speak English, which led to some issues with my booking. Luckily they had a room otherwise I would have been on the street.
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Tunklt wrote a review Aug 2016
Pilsen, Czech Republic7 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Cosy hostel located just one step from most of Beijing's highlights - Tiananmen square, Forbidden city, hutongs, etc. Also not far from metro station. There is also a newly opened bar where you can find fellow travel mates.
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Date of stay: August 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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TedSLC wrote a review Jan 2016
Taft, California466 contributions182 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I agree with all the other reviewers that you'll not find a better location for the price. You'll probably never find a more friendly and helpful staff anywhere else in China either. The owner went out of his way to help me arrange an early-morning trip to the airport, and did everything he could to make our stay a pleasant one. We had a private room which was fairly inexpensive, but it was also very minimal even for a youth hostel. All in all, though, it was worth the price. I'd recommend the Qianmen to anyone.
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Date of stay: January 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Definitely get an upper-level floor.
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adamd170689 wrote a review May 2015
London, United Kingdom1,039 contribution141 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I really liked this hostel. I think it was in a good location and we got it for a very good price. We got her private room which included a shower and it was basic but adequate. I liked the traditional nature of the hostel and thought it seemed friendly place. I would stay here again
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Date of stay: November 2014Trip type: Travelled with friends
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cinbkk wrote a tip Jul 2017
Bangkok, Thailand2,037 contributions208 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The doubles with shared bathrooms have the best classic furniture"
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siddfinchbj wrote a tip Feb 2017
Beijing, China1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms come with Air con or heater. The rooms closest to the bar is your best bet."
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Nils D wrote a tip Aug 2016
9 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"if you want your own bathroom, ask for a room for two people"
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C-Rad_TwinCities wrote a tip Jun 2016
Twin Cities, MN110 contributions89 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you struggle with stairs best to request lower level room right away at reservation."
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TedSLC wrote a tip Jan 2016
Taft, California466 contributions182 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Definitely get an upper-level floor."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Qianmen Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Qianmen Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Qianmen Main Street Mall (0.2 miles), Qianmen (Zhengyangmen) (0.2 miles), and Dashilan (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Qianmen Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and baggage storage.
What food & drink options are available at Qianmen Hostel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Qianmen Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Deyuan Roast Duck Restaurant (Dashilan), Starbucks (BeiJing QianMen Main Street), and Beers89.
Is Qianmen Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the centre of Beijing.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Qianmen Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Chinese.
Are there any historical sites close to Qianmen Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Temple of Heaven (0.8 miles), Tian'anmen (0.8 miles), and Meridian Gate (Wu Men) (1.2 miles).
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