Jade International Youth Hotel Beijing

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Address: 5, Zhidebeixiang, Beiheyan Street, Beijing, 100006, China

Star rating:

3.7

Bargain-basement rooms in sight of the Forbidden City.

Don’t be put-off by the name; this place is essentially a full-featured budget hotel signed up to YHA China. Its strengths include a choice location a few hundred yards east of the Forbidden City, cheap-as-chips rooms with bathrooms, towels and a TV, and a pretty decent bar / restaurant. It’s huge too, so you shouldn’t have a problem snagging a room even in peak season.

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
3.9
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
3.7
90%
Public areas
3.6
90%

Location

In a large alley close to the west wall of the Forbidden City, and just northwest of Wangfujing. There are some attractive hutong alleyways worth exploring nearby, and a small local supermarket around the corner.

Bedrooms

Spartan and functional, with cheap pine furnishings, a small LCD TV, tea and coffee facilities and a clean shower room with towels. Rooms on the higher floors have pretty decent views of the area.

Public areas

Functional and clean, with a few armchairs in the narrow lobby, and free WiFi.

Eating and drinking

I was pleasantly surprised at the ornate decoration and style in the restaurant, which serves standard Chinese fare along with some Western favourites. Breakfast is a good deal for the price. The bar is a fairly comfortable hang-out, with a movie-viewing area, lots of sofas and table-football.

Leisure facilities

Tour booking, bike hire.

Service

Fairly impersonal, but sufficient English skills for tour bookings and other enquiries.

Who stays there

Western and Chinese backpackers, budget travellers.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Very cheap
  • Close to the Forbidden City
  • Lacks character
  • Rooms functional but uninspiring
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