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“Near to Beijing forbidden city 15 minutes walking distance”

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Forbidden City Hostel
Ranked #2,833 of 6,449 Hotels in Beijing
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“Near to Beijing forbidden city 15 minutes walking distance”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2012 via mobile

The hotel is small but location is excellent as its near to most visited tourist spots eg forbidden city, tian ang men, basic amenities. Room is small, average rating in term of cleanliness and services. Reasonably price for the location. Wifi free. Hot water and heater available and most appreciated now as the weather is freezing cold -15c. May not be a good time to visit Beijing at this time of the year as one can't bear to stand outside for long.

  • Stayed December 2012
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2012

If you're looking for a great location near Tienanmen square and the Forbidden city with friendly and helpful staff, and don't mind a pretty dirty place, this hotel could be for you.Keep in mind though, that the great location is close to key Beijing sites, but is not close to good bars / restaurants or other tourist infrastructure.

It's really more of a cheap guesthouse than a hostel, so if you're looking for a hostel vibe - go elsewhere. The WI-FI doesn't reach very well to the rooms. The bathroom kind of smelled, and the walls were paper thin. That said, it was cheap and well located near some great sites which was what we wanted.

Overall, this place is decent, but you can probably do better. The Beijing Metro is so easy to get around and so cheap, that I don't really think it's necessary to sacrifice for location, especially when there are better nightlight type areas near the Hutongs.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2012

i book this hotel thru expedia and i arrive from BCIA on 220am. t
the hotel staff expecting my arrival and i got my room key. and tell me where to buy mineral water at 3am in the morning. the area is safe.
the hotel room i request have window and is on ground floor.i should have request first floor when i book with expedia.
two subway station around this area. wangfujin&tiananmen east.got a few nearby restaurant and price is average. if you want to buy prepaid china mobile or unicom .make sure you go abit further down the street. a few smaller shop is more expensive.if you walk up from the left towards 1st traffic light you see a shop cross the road (24 hours ) is much more cheaper. for the room pillow is abit hard. i suggest you ask the housekeeping to change.get yourself a soap from outside as the soap provided is different. i have no issue with the towel and the floor. only the air con external unit is very loud and no english channel.mostly china cctv and beijing tv.
i don't use the hotel lan cable and the wifi is very lousy.i can't use it inside the room and downloading takes forever..
for me i will stay again this hotel but i prefer 1st floor.
thank you.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Prague
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2012

One could hardly find a better location. Beijing is a giant city and the distances are vast. But from this hotel you can easily reach almost anything by foot - Tiananmen, the night food markets, the Forbidden city, shopping districts..... The rooms were clean, the staff spoke english and were extremely helpful. What more could one ask for?

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Munich, Bayern, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2012

This hotel-hostel's location is quite unbeatable, minutes away from the forbidden city and Tienanmen square, but the rooms are small, not very clean and vary a lot in quality. The first room we got offered had now windows, smelled of mold and had barely space for a bed. Second one was marginally better, but the bathroom got flooded with every shower, we found ants in our bed and the window was blocked from opening completely.

There is a decent bar downstairs and free internet, and the omnious desk to book taxis, excursions, etc...so a fairly good base to explore Beijing, but nothing fancy, comfy or clean.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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18 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

You get what you pay for, but I don't think we paid for a leaking ceiling. It was raining on and off during our first two days in Beijing. When we got back to the hostel after our Great Wall trip, one bed was soaked. The hostel did offer to move us to a double room and a single room at no extra charge, but we declined. There were three of us and we didn't want to be separated and the hassle of moving stuff. As a workaround, while we were out for dinner, all 3 beds were moved and kept together, and let the water drip to a waiting bucket.

Everything else was fairly decent. There's a cafe by the lobby. Staff are helpful. Internet-ready PCs and WiFi are available. We had an air-conditioned triple room, a TV (no English channels), a bathroom with hot water, very basic toiletries replenished every day.

Good location:
about 3 minutes walk to the nearest bus stop
about 15 minutes walk to/from the Tiananmen East Subway Station
about 10 minutes walk to/from Wangfujing Shopping Street
about 30 minutes walk to Forbidden City

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

Step off the busy street into a air conditioned lobby that is surprisingly quiet. Staff were freidnly and helpful.
We arrived early around 8am but our room was ready within 10mins which was most appreciated after a long flight.

We had a triple room of 3 single beds. with ensuite.

Room was a good size and plenty adequate for our needs. The rooms were quiet and the air con was out of this world AMAZING. After a busy hot day out it was the best thing in the world to have a cool room to come back to. Worth staying here just for the AC.

The bathroom was tidy but not the cleanest but it was Ok, you cant have it all.

There is a cafe in the lobby that was great to have a beer in in the evenings and a travel desk to arrange tours from.

The location of this hotel to the Forbidden City and T. Square is what drew us to it and it did not disappoint.

The price was very good for the 2 nights we stayed.

For a budget hotel we got what we expected and more..... recommend to all and we would stay again.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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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 #2,833 of 6,449 Hotels in Beijing
Hotel Class:2 star — Forbidden City Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 43
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