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Sleepy Inn Downtown Lakeside Beijing
Ranked #51 of 932 Speciality Lodging in Beijing
Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Excellent service!”
Reviewed 1 August 2012

I stayed at the Sleepy Inn the second week of June. I was traveling by myself so I wanted to stay in a place where I would feel comfortable and safe. Sleepy Inn was a very good option. Though the neighborhood might seem a little bit shady when you arrive, it's not. It's so close to a small bar/pubs area and the lake. So nice! The room was clean and comfortable. And the service...wow, the staff was extremely helpful and so nice. Specially one of the girls (the one who spoke english well) literally run out of the way so I could go to the opera one night, she chased the driver and ask him if he could take me, so nice! Staying at the Sleepy Inn was a very good experience and I highly recommend it

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Leuven, Belgium
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

Great hostel for staying in Beijing: good location, cold airco, tasteful toast in the morning :-)
Hanna, the main receptionist, helped us by arranging guides, bikes, minibus... Fantastic person!
Located near bus to Beijing West Station, near metro Jishuitan, walking distance from bar street at Qianhai. Nice walk around the lakes nearby. In beautiful neighbourhood Shichahai, with old siheyuans and not too busy traffic.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2012

Bike rental maximizes advantage of the splendid location.Very helpful staff. Excellent breakfast. Clean, though small rooms. All make for excellent value for money. Also, valued detailed directions how to get to the Inn using public transportation.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2012 via mobile

Had a great time there. Walking distance to Forbidden City, underground station and shopping centre. Staff spoke good English, and went out of their way to make us comfortable. Rooms are basic but modern, e.g. good showers. Toilets are behind curtains, which may be a bit awkward when sharing. No problems with WiFi. If the Taxi driver has problems finding the place (had this problem with several places), give them their phone number and they'll direct them.

Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2012

The hostel was really difficult for our taxi driver to find even though we had the name of it in Chinese, he became really frustrated and much like everything else in China nobody in the hutong it is in seemed to have any idea where it was or could give any clear directions. After being in Beijing a couple of days we finally realised that the location of this hostel is in fact really good. It’s about a fifteen minute walk to the nearest metro north west along the edge of Hohai lake. If you cross the main road bisecting the lake (next to the hostel) and walk the opposite direction along the lake you will eventually reach bar street and then the drum tower and food street.
The hostel was undergoing refurbishment or even building at the time we stayed and we weren’t warned of this even though we emailed to book beforehand. There was no clothes washing facility (so we did it in our sink) and the communal areas were dusty with concrete dust. No food was served in the hostel as far as we were aware and it didn’t have a very communal backpacker feel to it.
This aside the girl at the desk was very helpful and the room was comfortable and had air conditioning (much required for summers in China and to escape the smog). We had a double bed and an en-suite shower and toilet with hot and cold water and good water pressure. Our bins were emptied each day and they gave us fresh towels. Though the shower and toilet and bedroom was separated by a clear floor to ceiling glass screen so ok for couples who don’t mind having any privacy whilst doing their business!
We were happy with our stay here but would probably try to choose somewhere else to stay next time we visit Beijing, though if the building work has been completed when you stay the space outside the rooms might be much better than we experienced.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2012

took a chance in this hostel as it was located near local friends for 3 nights. Taxi driver got lost and left me at wrong place. room was adaquate, but no internet wifi on second floor in private room. Quite messy as there seemed to be renovations going on. Local friend was embarassed by state of reception area. Staff helpful. would possibly consider returning.

Room Tip: Private room had good secure storage.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Manila, Philippines
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2012

I've heard so many great things about Sleepy Inn and they are all true! Although during the time that me and my friends were there they were doing some construction, Sleepy Inn personnel were very nice and accommodating.

The rooms are very functional and comfortable. The location is very accessible to the subway. However as an improvement, Sleepy Inn can provide small maps of the area with places of interests written in English so that travelers like me can appreciate exploring the lakeside better.

These are some suggested services that we were happy to experience:
1. airport pick up
2. Jinshanling Great Wall Tour
3. Train Ticket reservation

By the way, rooms are very affordable and reasonable. The Hutong area is really a charming place...just beware of rickshaw drivers!

Room Tip: In choosing a great room, email in advance. They speak and write fairly good English so it is easy t...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Sleepy Inn Downtown Lakeside Beijing
Address: No.103 Deshengmen Nei Da Jie, Xicheng District, Beijing 100035, China
Region: China > Beijing > Houhai
Hotel Style:
Ranked #51 of 932 Speciality Lodging in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Sleepy Inn Downtown Lakeside Beijing 1*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sleepy Inn Downtown Lakeside is quietly located along the bank of beautiful Shishahai Lake, the most popular tourist area of downtown Beijing. Shishahai Lake and the surrounding "Hutong" areas still preserve the traditional features of the Beijing old town, with courtyards, flourishing trees, and old hutongs, all bustling with life of real Beijingers. ... more   less 
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