What a delightful place to stay! We stayed here for four nights with another couple. They stayed in the mixed ensuite dorm and we had a private room so we were able to check out both types of accommodations. They were pleased with how clean the shared bathroom was and the quality of the mattresses, towels and linens. Our private room was the same - VERY comfortable. If you stay here, try to reserve a private room with the bathtub. The tub was so clean that I was able to take an actual bath!
After being in China for 4 months it was nice to sit down to a western breakfast. We liked the honor system for the [strong] coffee and the beer in the communal fridge, as well. All of the staff were happy and eager to assist us. You can tell they enjoy working at FBK. We returned to the hostel in the middle of the kung fu class in the courtyard so we didn't participate, but everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The courtyard was a pleasant space for us to enjoy our bottle(s) of wine at the end of the day and get to meet and relax with other guests.
As a side note, the other guests here were very respectful - especially in the shared dorm rooms. This might be "you get what you pay for"...Fly By Knight is a high-quality hostel and a little more expensive than the norm...but they had high-quality people staying there, as well. Overall, it's an excellent value!
This place is NOT hard to find as long as you follow the directions that the hostel provides when you make your booking. In fact, we enjoyed that this place is a little buried in the hutong. Walking down Dengcao each day provided us the opportunity to experience how the Chinese folks there are living, pick up fruit or a snack, pet the dogs -- and let the local children practice a little of their English with us. It is only about a 10-12 minute walk to the nearest metro station which makes getting anywhere in Beijing fast and convenient (don't even bother trying to get a taxi!).
If you don't like staying in canned, western-style hotels and want a truly authentic experience in a wonderful historic setting and all of the amenities you come to expect from a great hostel/B&B - STAY HERE!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fly by Knight Courtyard is a beautifully renovated traditional Chinese courtyard house.It provides clean and comfortable beds, clean bathrooms and clean common areas.It is located in the heart of Beijing City, with easy access to public transportation such as the subway (Dong si station) and many major city bus routes. The courtyard is located in Hutong, in one of the most famous government preserved areas. The surrounding houses are all local Beijing residents.We understand how important it is to start your day with a good meal, therefore everyone gets a free set of western breakfast in the morning (bacon, sasuage, hash browns, eggs and toasts)Every staff member in the courtyard is fully trained in helping travellers and they speak both fluent English and Chinese.Fly by Knight Courtyard is a guesthouse founded by a traveler whose passion for martial arts brought him to China to broaden his experience. If you have come to China to study martial arts and need assistance, let us know and we will be more than happy to help. We also provide practice areas and equipment.Fly by Knight Courtyard respects all artists. If you are any type of artist; a martial artist, a painter, a singer, a performer, a poet, a writer,etc, let us know because we would love to exchange your talents for accomodations!This benefit applies to dorm users. Private room users may contact us for more informationFly by Knight Courtyard loves animals; so bring your pets; dogs, cats, polar bears (if you have the right license). just make sure you email us first so we can make preparations for your little guy (or big guy).Fly by Knight Courtyard Believes in traveling eco-friendly. Please bring your own personal hygiene products such as tooth brushes. We don't provide any one-time-use products. We do offer market priced products which, if purchased, please re-use them.Fly by Knight Courtyard provides low prices, but not at any price. We don't offer unfair trade products or food. we pay our taxes and we monitor our quality.Fly by Knight Courtyard offers very low priced international calls, but if you need to call your mommy, we will let you call for free. We know you must miss your mommy! ... more less
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