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Fly by Knight Datong Hostel
Ranked #1 of 32 Datong B&B and Inns
Berkeley, California
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“Excellent Stay”
Reviewed 15 February 2014

Datong is a little off the beaten path but is definitely worth a visit if you have two days to spare. Both the hanging temple and grottoes were beautiful. Fly by Knight Datong only enhanced the experience. The owner set us and a couple other travelers with a driver for the day to get us to the hanging temple. The hostel was super clean and the bed was the softest I'd stayed in. The view of the city was also gorgeous. I can't endorse this hostel enough.

Pro tip: Over Chinese New Year the city is pretty dead, so many restaurants are closed. However, there is an awesome lantern festival worth a couple hours of exploration so think about going then!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Florence, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2014

This hostel is really amazing! At the 22nd floor of a big building very close to Datong old town, you can find this cool and friendly hostel. It is a pretty new place, so everything works perfectly and it is very well done. The bed are so comfortable that even if you sleep few hours, you will fell renew and full of energy. The shower are even better than the ones I have at home! There is hot water - even hotter like hell if you wish.
Honestly beds and showers are best I found in China so far!!

As soon as you get inside, Daniel (the owner) told us to use the slippers (offered by the hostel) to walk around, because there is a parquet floor!!

The ambient is very friendly and the chilling spot allows you to meet tons of people and to have very nice conversations. There is wi-fi and a computer available (with VPN!).

Last but not least: Daniel. I decided to visit Datong in February, therefore outside was very cold (around -13 degrees). I arrived by train - sleeping seats - at 5.20. The hostel was pretty easy to find, in particular because the will send you an email with all the details and information you need.
By the way I arrived at the hostel in 15min and I woke up the owner (Daniel) arriving so early. Nevertheless, he was really nice and kind welcoming us and showing our beds even so early in the morning. In addiction, even if I was just arrived he took car of us calling a taxi driver to arrange our round-trip of the day as soon as possible. Daniel, I thank you again for this!

In the end, the hostel can take care of all your needs, even at the last moment, and it is very reliable to arrange your trip in the surrounding area.

Deeply suggested!! It is just at the beginning, but soon it will be even better!

p.s. there is a awesome barbecue place just downstairs, where you can have an unbelieveble nice time and dinner for just 69rmb!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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FlybyKnightTeam, Manager at Fly by Knight Datong Hostel, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Dear Leonaard: Thank you so much for such a great review!
we are very glad that you enjoyed your trip. and really happy to see you enjoy our beds :)
we did invest a lot on these comfortable beds, and it's makes us very happy to see someone appreciate them. if you have time, come back to visit in the summer, we would love to have you as our guest again!
Best regards
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

I'm really happy to have found such a comfortable and clean place to stay which I didn't expect to find in a smaller city.

Also pleasantly surprised how helpful the staff are. They helped me with more than just the basics.

I just want to say I highly recommend staying here if you're in Datong.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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FlybyKnightTeam, Manager at Fly by Knight Datong Hostel, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Hi Molly: Thank you so much for your review! it makes us very happy to see another satisfied guest!
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2014

Fly By Knight Datong is a wonderful hostel and we were very lucky to be their guest. It got various room types for us to choose; the room we had is huge, clean and bright with big windows from which we’re able to see a great view of Datong city. The bathroom is clean; the shower water is hot and strong, which I like a lot. What I love the best is the public kitchen, where every guest is free to use all the equipment; it’s spotless clean, comfortable and very convenient for us to cook an easy meal. The owners can speak fluent English and had been very friendly and helpful. It’s fun and relaxing to chat with them. They also recommended us many good local Datong foods to eat and special scenic spots to go. We met lots of new friends from different countries and had a great impression of this warm and cozy hostel. The price is not cheap but very worth it. We can’t wait to plan our next trip to Beijing, and Fly By Knight Beijing will definitely be our first choice.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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FlybyKnightTeam, Manager at Fly by Knight Datong Hostel, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Dear Kate:
you and your boy friend were both wonderful guests! we are happy to host you guys for the 3 nights, and if you do visit Beijing in the near future, we will be happy to reserve you a room in our Beijing branch!
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2014

A very clean and modern hostel. The common area was big and had a great view over Datong (you can see the old city lit up at night). The staff are friendly and helped us book all our rides to the sights we wanted to see. I highly recommend this place for anyone who wants a relaxing place to stay in Datong and meet some fellow travelers!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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FlybyKnightTeam, Manager at Fly by Knight Datong Hostel, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Dear Arthur: we appreciate the great review! really glad you en joyed your stay here! we miss you here too! you brought so much laughter and joy to this hostel. and THANK YOU for your coffee! one of the best thing we received so far!
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

We were struggling to find a hostel in Datong and found this place. It’s a bit pricey but worth it. It’s a newly renovated spacious apartment. It is spotlessly clean with really fast internet. When we were there the owner (who also runs Fly By Knight Beijing) was there helping to start it up. He was really friendly and helpful, with excellent English having studied in America.

We were in a private double room which was big with floor to ceiling windows (although Datong doesn’t provide much of a view). However, as a result, the room was very bright and airy. The dorms were squeaky clean too and very spacious. The bathrooms are all communal but like everything else, kept clean. The common area is massive with a kitchen that was stocked with pot noodles and a fridge full of drinks.

It’s not within the city walls but a 10 minute taxi ride to any attraction within the walls and is 5 minute walk to Wal-Mart and a big mall with lots of restaurants.

We would definitely recommend this hostel!

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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FlybyKnightTeam, Manager at Fly by Knight Datong Hostel, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Dear Francesca:
oh thank you so much for your review! it really cheered us up! we were lucky to have you as our early guests, and we enjoyed the noodle dinner with you guys. I am very glad that you had a good time here!
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Reviewed 8 November 2013 via mobile

This is an awesome hostel. The room we stayed in was so big and clean. The hostel is located right in the heart of Datong. Tina is so helpful with immaculate English, she made our stay here really relaxing. This is the nicest hostel I've stayed at, it's top quality! Oh and Obama the cute little dog is good fun! Really recommend this as a place to stay, it was great.

  • Stayed November 2013
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FlybyKnightTeam, Manager at Fly by Knight Datong Hostel, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Thank you VERY much for your review! we had a good time with you guys too, really helped us to build this community hostel with a nice vibe! thank you for keeping the rooms so clean. AND our puppy really enjoyed playing with you!
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Property: Fly by Knight Datong Hostel
Address: 22nd Floor, No. 15 YinBing Street, Datong 037000, China
Region: China > Shanxi > Datong
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #1 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Datong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Are you looking for a hotel quality, but a hostel community place to sleep, to hang out, to make friends, to discover the city of Datong?Look no further, you are looking at one right now!Fly by Knight Datong hostel is a new branch of Fly by Knight Beijing. We are the same management team, who believe that a hostel should have its charm, but not losing its quality.You will find everything you ... more   less 
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