Peking Yard

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Address: 28A, Wangzhima Hutong, Dongsi Bei Dajie, Beijing, China

Star rating:

4

High end hostel-style lodgings for the discerning wanderer.

This swanky new hostel is clearly targeted at the modern breed of global ‘flashpacker’. You know, folks in their twenties, thirties and beyond seeking a traveller vibe but unwilling to compromise on comfort. Housed in a handsome historic building with dubious imperial connections, it offers neat and tidy doubles with small bathrooms at mid-range hotel prices, and a funky bar / restaurant that serves Belgian beer and burgers.

Location
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
3.7
90%
Leisure facilities
3.6
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
3.6
90%
Public areas
4.1
90%

Location

Housed in a 100 year old hutong house down a narrow lane, it’s quiet, central and authentically local. The nearest subway (Zhangzizhonglu, Line 5) is about 300 metres away. It's also just about walking distance to Jingshan Park and the north gate of the Forbidden City.

Bedrooms

Spartan, all-white doubles are a notch above typical hostel digs, with towels and slippers in the bathroom and fancy electronic card locks on the doors. ‘Luxury rooms’ are a bit bigger but similarly basic. TVs don’t feature. A few dormitory beds are also available.

Public areas

The front desk doubles up as a bar presiding over a living-roomed styled space done up with comfy couches, fresh lilies and, yes, the obligatory acoustic guitar. A lofty ceiling of peeling beams is particularly handsome, and the general ambiance is friendly and relaxed. The guestrooms out back surround a nicely tended garden, and there’s a sun terrace with views of the alleyway rooftops.

Eating and drinking

The kitchen turns out typically unadventurous westernised fare like American breakfasts, pizzas, burgers, spaghetti bolognaise and fried rice. A well-equipped bar serves Belgian bottled beer and mojitos – a step up from long-necked Tsingtao.

Leisure facilities

The hostel can put you on a basic Great Wall tour and procure tickets for the acrobatics show or Peking opera.  There's also a pool table and movie area in the main room. Bicycle hire available.

Service

Young, English-speaking staff are helpful and approachable, and respond positively to most requests, including onward travel booking and restaurant recommendations.

Who stays there

European tourists in their mid-twenties are the standard demographic. Expect to encounter a few older travellers and lots of chattering first-timers comparing the day’s adventures in the bar.

Price advice

A double with bathroom is pricy - getting into midrange hotel territory. From November to March rooms are about 30 per cent cheaper and include breakfast. The ‘luxury rooms’ are only slightly bigger and don’t really justify the extra cost.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • First-time travellers
  • Singles
  • People watching
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

  • High standard of comfort for a “hostel”
  • Atmospheric, central location
  • Rather expensive
  • Backpacker vibe not for everyone
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