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“good atmosphere and very helpful staff”
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Inner City
Ranked #15 of 1,327 Beijing B&B and Inns
Barcelona, Spain
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“good atmosphere and very helpful staff”
Reviewed 28 March 2012

We spent 5 nights in this hostel in Beijing and i can't regret our choice. The staff was very friendly always ready to answer our questions and help with whatever we needed. The rooms are ok, as well as bathrooms - the only strange thing about them is that there is no pool in the shower - the water is faling directly on the ground - therefore when you get shower, everything around gets wet.

Just in front of the hostel there is a small market when you can buy fresh cookies, meat (in case you want to cook something - there is a small kitchen for guests' disposal), vagatables etc.
We were going to the market almost every day - the breakfast served in the hostel is very basic - toasts + marmalade. You can prepare yourself a coffee and tea all the time. Be careful - the milk they use is made from beans - quite strange taste for foreigners.There are few small supermarkets around as well.

The hostel is located within the hutongs - it was great to see traditional chinese houses and 'real' people around doing loundry, playing cards etc. - I enjoyed it a lot but I understand as well that some people prefer more luxurious environment - if yes, then probably this hostel is not the best choice. One more comment - there are only 10 rooms there.

Relatively near (as for Beijing) there are 2 metro stations from where you can take a train to Tiannanmen squere (+ Forbidden City) and Summer Palace.

Don't forget it's a hostel not hotel - no towels nor toiletry are provided. Price per room might therefore result quite high - around 30 euros per double room with bathroom.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2012

This hostel had a really laid back and friendly atmosphere to it. It was located away from the busy streets down a quiet ‘hutong’ and was about a 15 minute walk away from 2 subway stations which might sound far, but isn’t in Beijing (Xisi on Line 4 and Chegongzhuang on the central line). I found it very easy to navigate my way to Beijing’s tourist attractions from here – Tiananmen square was about a 10 minute subway ride away.

It was a bit of a local area nearby and there weren’t many restaurants with English menus, but despite the hostel not able to cook food they did have menus from local restaurants that they ordered from for us and we ate at the hostel. Breakfast was a basic DIY toast, jam and tea.

Our double room was nice and spacious, the bed was a bit firm but that’s not unusual in China. Activities were put on each night, eg dumpling making, which made it easy to meet other people. The hostel also had a couple of PCs for the guests to use for free. The staff were very friendly and helped us to book train tickets and a tour to the great wall. When we booked our room we were sent plenty of information on how to get to the hostel which was very helpful. Only downside was that I think the rooms were a bit expensive.

Tip: When visiting the Great Wall we went to Jinshanling section which was a 3 hour coach trip away. It was almost deserted and hasn’t been over developed like some of those closer to the city have. The views we had were really stunning.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Kassel, Hessen, Germany
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

From the four locations that I stayed at in China (cheap and expensive ones), this hostel was clearly the most low-budget, but from my p.o.v. I would choose this one again out of the four. I had a single room with individual bath (shower, toilet). I very much enjoyed the familiar atmosphere and the convenience. That was:
- nice neighbourhood (hutong) and 15 min footwalk to next subway station, central
- kitchen with possibility to prepare and store my own food
- staff spoke English and was very helpful and nice (different from other even expensive hotels)
- "living room" (lounge) with "public" pc's to use
- drinks are sold cheaply
What I value most was that I had the possibility to "breath" in some Chinese air and be among the people - a possibility that I did not have sitting alone in the rooms of luxury hotels with minibar and flatscreen. Thanks for the stay!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 June 2011

I stayed here based on the reviews but felt misled. This hostel is extremely basic and run down. I couldn't sleep the entire night beause my blanket did not feel clean. The courtyard is filled with junk and looks very messy and dusty. I suppose it's fine if you're a student and trying to save money, except that it's not a good value for money. I left this place and stayed at a budget hotel for the same price and enjoyed all the comforts of a nice clean hotel--but then I'm comparing the prices of a double ensuite. Oh, and this place charges 20 yuan just to use a towel! I'm sure you can do much better elsewhere.

The girls at the front desk seemed nice, but the boy was quite aggressive and rude. He should not be working at a front desk.

The subway is quite far, a 15-20 minute walk. I really don't understand the good reviews. I think you have to be careful when reading them, especially in China. I've had people ask me to write a good review--not here, another place. So, just be wary.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Calgary
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

We stayed at the Inner City for 3 nights after reading the reviews on tripadvisor.
The location is really interesting, in a typical hutong but near restaurants and shops as well (there's a decent sized grocery store nearby).
The rooms are small and very sparse but the decorations have a lot of personality.
There are also a couple of laptops to use for internet access.
It was good value for the price paid.
We went to the dumpling making lesson our first night and had a great time chatting with the staff and other guests. The dumplings were really yummy too.
The downside: We were there on beer night as well and it got a bit rowdy in the courtyard so it was really really noisy to try and sleep, even with earplugs.
Bread and jam for breakfast was ok but we supplemented with yogurt from the market.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Adelaide
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Reviewed 22 October 2010

Me and a mate stayed at Inner City for 7 nights and had no complaints about it. When we first got to Beijing then had given us directions in an email in how to get there. We caught a taxi and Ryan met us on the side of the main road and walked us to the hostel. The room was clean and had heating with a shower, nothing special but was all clean. The common room has 2 laptops with free internet and they have a large screen TV to play xbox or watch DVDs. They had lots of activities at night (that were free). They organized some day trips as well. We went to the good part of the wall for a hike, they organised the bus to pick us up from the hostel and the trip included breakfast and lunch. We really didn't have any problems with the place, and would recommend it to people that like staying in hostels.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 4 September 2010

We are very satisfied with the hotel. Nice decoration in the rooms and inner court.

Two adults and two children, we had 2 rooms with private toilet and shower. The bed is very confortable. The toilet/shower is a little bit small in one of the room.

Excellent service. Staff is very kind and helpful. They organized events in the evening (games, preparing together traditionnal dumpling...) and offered fruits to guest (nice in the hot summer!).

Our children loved the small tigers (artcrafts - textile fabric) in their room and were happy to play games after the visits with the hotel xBox 360 .

There were works along the Hutong, a little bit dust.
Taxi can go inside the Hutong and park very near the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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1 Thank Tan_family78
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Property: Inner City
Address: No.20 Dachaye Hutong, Zhaodengyu Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 100034, China
Region: China > Beijing > Houhai
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #15 of 1,327 B&Bs / Inns in Beijing
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Hotel Class:2 star — Inner City 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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