Peking International Youth Hostel

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Address: 5, Beichizi Ertiao, Beichizi Avenue, Beijing, 100006, China

Star rating:
1 star hotel

3.9

Small but perfectly-formed hostel close to the Forbidden City.

I fell for this place as soon as I found it, which took a while because I chose the back way through umpteen zig-zagging alleyways. In a cosy hutong courtyard beside the east gate of the Forbidden City, it exemplifies the sort of hip ‘living-room’ comfort the 21st-century nomad has come to expect, with enough traditional trappings to keep the history buffs happy.

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
4
90%
Service
n/a
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Bedrooms
3.9
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

In an alleyway close to the east wall of the Forbidden City. Find your way east through the hutongs and you’ll reach the north edge of Wangfujing.

Bedrooms

Nothing out of the ordinary – small, comfortable twins and doubles with next to no amenities or storage space. Light sleepers should request the quieter rooms in the back, away from the central courtyard.

Public areas

I love the open-air courtyard (rare – most are covered with a lousy glass roof). The long bench tables suit spring and summer socialising, and sunny breakfasts. The creaky old building is delightfully atmospheric, and simply being this close to the Forbidden City in a traditional hutong building imparts an exciting sense of history. A cosy, wood-beamed lobby doubles as bar / restaurant, with tasteful plants, sofas and tables.

Eating and drinking

The kitchen cooks American breakfasts, pancakes, pasta and simple Chinese dishes. Coffee, beer and other beverages are (for me) rather overpriced.

Leisure facilities

Bike hire, tour and ticket booking. Board games and DVDs in the lobby.

Service

Staff are generally friendly, though they can be terse and standoffish.

Who stays there

Western and Chinese backpackers.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Sightseeing
  • History
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Nice decoration
  • Traditional courtyard building
  • Right next to the Forbidden City
  • Service a bit mixed
  • Expensive for a hostel
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