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Helpful Staff, Good Location, Average Rooms,

Review of Qianmen Hostel
4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 Sept 2012
Great location close to Tiananmen Square and the metro and surrounded by interesting hutong. Very helpful staff with varying levels of English - they helped us with booking flight tickets and provided advice on places to see and eat. They have a nice courtyard to sit and get talking to other travellers. They have 3 PC's with free internet. The Wi-Fi works ok at the bar and reception but was non existent in our room. The double room was very average but if you are used to hostels then it will suit you fine. The bathroom as others have said had a glass panel which was only partly frosted so you need to be comfortable with whoever you are sharing with. The bathroom was quite grimey looking but towels were provided. Overall I would recommend as the staff were good, the place had a nice atmosphere and the communal area was nice to meet other travelers, and its in a great location and reasonably priced.
Date of stay: September 2012
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

The hostel is good; the rooms are ok, and the courtyard is charming. The place is nice. Friendly staff and friendly people there too. Such well located, just 3 mins to Tian Men Square. They have computers with internet, good breakfast, and drinks. Next to a very lively hutong.

Date of stay: August 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

The hostel is located in the middle of the centre, just a couple of hundred meters away from the forbidden city. The hostel itself is great, especially the courtyard. You can eassily meet other travellers and every night is very nice to sit around, drinking some beers and just chat with everybody.
The owner is a very nice and helpfull man, that is why I find it really strange that his staff is completely the opposite. They hardly ever greet when you walk in (even if you greet them first there is often no reply). When you ask anything (from a map to the nearest ATM or for booking a tour) you can see they actually rather don't help. Eventually they do, but they don't give you a good feeling. So I hope the owner will kick there ..... And show them how you should treat paying customers.

All in all this was a nice place but it can be a great place in the future. Hopefully the owner realises this.

Date of stay: August 2012
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

Great location- as others reviews say, close to Tiananmen sq., close to a main road with lots of places to shop and eat, and 5 min walk to the metro station (easiest way to travel around Beijing).

I stayed in a dorm room with 4 beds, mixed. Although i took it due to my limited budjet, it was really nice. Big beds, a personal light attached to the bed and lots of space under the bed to leave ur stuff.
The shared toilets are nice, suitable for backpackers (not so for a vecation-type of trip) with limited budget.

Free wifi, free & slow computers in the lobby. nice lounge with a tv (we watched there some dvd's). Nice and helpful staff (bad english but understandable).

If i'll get to travel Beijing again as a backpacker, i would definately stay there.
Enjoy ur trip!

Date of stay: December 2011
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

Qianmen hostel is in the heart of beijing city, just 5 minutes south of Tianamen square (if that excites you????) and conveniently located within 5 minutes walking distance of the local Qianmen metro station. Better yet it is just off the main street in the area that goes off in the day and night full with restaurants and your glamourous brands such as zara's, H&M, Rolex etc. and if you have just arrived in the country... like us... and are struggling to find some chinese food to eat that isnt chickens feet or head there is a McDonald's just across the road.

to the hostel itself i spent 5 nights at Qianmen hostel paying 60 RMB (bit steep) with one other person in a 4 person dorm, the first room was nice and spacious with a couch in the room, reading light, powerpoint for every bed and writing table. however after spending two nights there the following morning we were on our way out for a day trip when before we could leave the hostel receptionists told us that we would have to move rooms before we could go out.... highly annoyed at this situation and trying to put up a fight they came to the conclusion that we could either move rooms or leave the hostel. the reason we had to move rooms was that they had 4 people coming to check in that day and needed our full room, so it came down to money as they would prefer to have 4 paying customers instead of 2, hence why they didnt mind to kick us out.

the new room we moved to was alot smaller, broken light and electrical socket, no couch yet still paying same price. the whole building felt like it was going to fall down, is very old. toilets are in the back corner of the building and is very annoying to get to with the boys only sink being out side the bathroom itself for the girls to use too alongside there 2 private ones.... shower was amazing, best in the whole of china. breakfast pancakes were very small and too overpriced, 15 for the smallest of crepes.

after having to move to a new room in a rush i left some belongings in the old room, when asking staff if it was in the room everyone kept telling me to ask another person and wouldn't even open the room to look for me... after 2 more days of asking they told me no one knew where these items were anymore, highly dissatisfied about the loss of MY items!

if i were to come to beijing again (which i wont) i wouldn't stay at this place again as i found the hostels ethos of money over loyal customers to be very very rude and would look around for another place

Room tip: ask for dorm with a couch in it... is bigger and are very comfy to chill out on
Date of stay: May 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 May 2012

Merely a 5 minute walk from Qienmen subway station, across from a McDonald's and right in the centre of a very happening shopping area - awesome! Myself and a friend stayed here for 5 nights through our stay in Beijing and found it to be a perfect hostel for us being centrally located and good value. We stayed in a 4-bed dorm room for 60 RMB each per night with both wifi and an extremely comfortable couch in the room.

The hostel had a nice communal courtyard, free computer access in the foyer and the staff were always very helpful with directions and answering all our questions. There is one communal toilet/bathroom/shower area that the entire hostel uses, which was clean and had 24hr hot water, however it was quite annoying having to walk to the toilets each time we needed to use them as our room was not on the ground floor. The only other negative thing that we found here was after our 2nd night, we were told we had to change dorm rooms as a group of four was checking in. We didn't really want to move dorms but were told anyway that "our options were either to move dorms or move out." Not the greatest service on their behalf but what can you do... They also offer a variety of breakfasts for 15-25 RMB, which was very convenient. A quick tip for anyone wanting the banana pancakes: they were quite tasty with honey, banana and chocolate but wasn't filling at all as you only get one pancake!

Anyway, overall we were happy with our stay at Qienmen Hostel and would definitely return if we head back to Beijing in the future. Thanks!

Date of stay: May 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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