The hostel is located 10 minutes walk away from the subway station line 2 (or line 1?). Will be 5 minutes walk when the new line open. Besides, the bus stop located right outside of the hostel doorstep provide a great connection of the hostel to other tourist destination of Beijing. It is also only 15 minutes walk to Back Sea (后海，什杀海）and a few of the famous Beijng alley aka HuTong.
The dorm itself is just average, 6 bed dorms. The cleanliness of the dorm leaves much to desire, way below average dorm in China. I dropped my towel one night and an inch thick dust stick on it. It looks like the cleaner just swipe everything to under the bed. The washroom and shower room is simple, and the water takes approximately 10 minutes to heat up to desire temperature.
Nonetheless, there is a huge common area near the reception where one can just relax after a long day visiting Beijing. Along the walk way and staircase up to the dorm, there are lot's of helpful information to visit Beijing. Simply snap the place that sparks your interest and you have all the information you need visiting the capital. In addition, information slip is also provided near the reception. Thumbs up for providing one of the most comprehensive details of visiting Beijing.
The attitude and friendliness of the staff was average, nothing great but not rude either.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- THE DRUM - Specialist Capsule Hostel & Hotel All dorm beds are private capsules. Private rooms are 3 star hotel grade. Just 200 meters from subway lines 2 & 8, & Drum Tower. Great tours & very sociable pizza cafe/bar... The Drum "Hot-stel" combines hotel accommodation with new-concept dorm room design.Free wireless/wifi internet is available throughout and the entire hotel has central heating along with air-conditioning. * All private rooms newly renovated with secure key-card access, flatscreen TV, western toilet and 24 hour hot water shower. * All dorm rooms have been upgraded into separate V.I.P. capsule bunk beds with secure keycard access doors, offering complete privacy to every dorm guest * Ensuite single capsule-rooms available (1.7m height, 3-4m wide - with attached toilet & shower).Beijing's best option for those just looking for a cheap private space with washroom facilities. * Don't miss the rooftop viewing deck, with unbeatable views of the Drum & Bell Towers, or consider booking a spacious roof-garden room. * Relax in the comfortable lounge area on one the ikea sofas or Korean/Japanese-style tea rooms. (* The onsite sports cafe/bar provides a great meeting place for guests, offering a hearty selection of western cuisine, fresh coffee, draft beer and cocktails.) * Great Wall of China tours and more can be easily booked through reception. Reception also arranges ticket booking and laundry facilities. * Excellent location, just 200 meters from 2 major subway lines. Easy access to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Lama Temple, Silk Market, Olympic area, Embassy area, all major train stations, the airport and more.Beijing will be your oyster with the free Beijing subway & sites map. Bicycle rental available. * Locally, banks/ATMS, post office, 24 shop, pharmacy etc are all just a short walk away. Stroll down to the nearby historical Drum & Bell Towers, and explore the ancient hutong quarter around the picturesque houhai lake, lively both day and night. * The Drum "Hot-stel" welcomes all. For more information please read below and see the photograph section. You can also contact us direct: drumtower.nihao (gmail). ... more less
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