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Forbidden City Hostel
Ranked #2,841 of 6,474 Hotels in Beijing
Karlsruhe, Germany
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“Good value for the central location”
Reviewed 24 January 2012

Next to the east gate of the forbidden city the hotel provides basic hotel accomodation. The room was clean with ensuite bathroom for 20 dollar. Service was a little bit crumpy, but we rented nice bikes from them.
Beijing's main shopping area and a nice Muslim hot pot restaurant (worth the price) are nearby. Also two nice night markets are around the corner. Overall, we can recommend the hotel for exploring Beijing.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 December 2011

walking distance from subway (wangfujing) to hostel . walk pass blocks of building to reach hostel (faster and nearer) or walk by the roadside (longer distance) . there is a bustop nearby the hotel, no 82 and 2 . from hostel to subway , can take bus no 2 ( the bustop nearer to hotel , no need cross road) to reach subway (tiananmen east station) . room was clean and dry with small window but it was kind of dim . hotel room 205 have an external window . location is great , near to attraction .

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

Stayed at the Forbidden City Hostel in May for 2 nights. The room was OK for what we paid (less than £30 per night) twin beds & a shower. The room didn't have an external window, but this wasn't an issue. The AC was excellent.
The location is great, right on the door step for most of the attractions in central Beijing. The hotel has small bar/cafe area which is OK.
We ate at some of the local resturants & also took in some of the local street bars on South Heyan Main Street, which was all part of the Beijing experience.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 November 2011

For the price I was not expecting much. But I do expect at least clean and dry. The room was small and very dated with no external window. The room had damp problems which had led to the wall paper and skirting boards to rot in various places. The bedding was very old and tired looking and I was a little reluctant to lie down in it as it was very easy to imagine it might be crawling with lice or whatever. The shower room was not so clean and really needs renovating; so much so, in the morning I didn't use it, preferring to check out early and check in at a different hotel where I could relax properly.

The next morning I checked into Days Inn 200m down the road. If you stay here, it will probably only be for one night!

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 October 2011

When we checked into the Forbidden City Hostel, Beijing, we were given a dingy room with no windows and a heart-shaped bed - it looked like something out of a 1970's porn film!
There seems to be a consistent problem with drainage in a lot of Beijing's hotels and this place was no exception - there was a horrid sewerage smell coming from the bathroom all the time. When we notified reception they gave us a can of air freshener - thanks!
There is a small restaurant on the ground floor which served ok food but they haven't introduced the smoking ban in China, so you have to deal with people puffing away (without any ventilation) while you're trying to eat - gross!
Overall, I'd advise to pay a bit more and go for a nicer hotel in Beijing - as there isn't a good range of budget options for travellers.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

Hotel situation excellent. Great assistance from Reception as could speak in English. A small restaurant which is not bad, you can at least have a good breakfast and sandwiches etc available all day. Room very very small, two persons cannot move freely. Place only for beds. The toilet was always blocked. The shower is foud next to toilet seat, so when you are having your shower the entire bathroom get wet. No space to put your suitcase, no wardrobe nothing. The corridors have carpet which look very old and dusty. We stayed for 4 nights and could mange, if more that that impossible.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

Stayed in a 6 bed dorm. The staff were all really friendly and helpful. Most had decent English and if not there was normally someone nearby who did. You can book tours from reception and there's free wifi which worked well for me.

The room I was in didn't have any windows and the beds were quite hard so I'd recommend bringing a sleeping bag or something to make it a bit more comfortable. Bathroom was like any other I've had in Asia (aside from hotels I've been in), wet. But the staff dry it out when they clean the room every day and hey at least there's a western toilet :)

Good for a leave in the morning come back at night sort of traveller.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Property: Forbidden City Hostel
Address: No.5 South Heyan Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
Region: China > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #2,841 of 6,474 Hotels in Beijing
Hotel Class:2 star — Forbidden City Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 43
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