This is a great hostel. I had a private room which was basically just that. And only that. It's just a room. Don't look for a fancy experience here in the room, but if you're booking a hostel, that's not what you're looking for anyway. The room had two best, a coat rack, a side table -- and that's it. The bathroom is one room with the shower just as a shower head in the room with a drain. Very old-fashioned. Always remember to place the trash can outside the bathroom when you're taking a shower!
Room was cleaned and made up daily. So much of the staff is very good in English. I was quite surprised. (And pleased!) The restaurant area was awesome. Lots and lots of Westerners were always in there and we were all using the free WiFi in there. Beers are cheap and so is the food. And the food really wasn't all that bad.
Definitely take their Great Wall tour to Mutanyu. Worth the cost, trust me.
The only bad part about this place is its location in regards to the subway. It's a hike, man. But, I stayed in a private room with a private bathroom in one of the world's most amazing up-and-coming cities for less than $150. I can do the hike.
I never didn't feel safe here. And it's in the middle of a hutong. At first, I was a little worried, but I got over that real fast. I never felt under threat anywhere in this city whether I was in a tourist area or not.
Stay at the Red Lantern! It's a wonderful hostel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The information service available in Red Lantern House is based on "Simon's Tourist Information Office" which is the first generation of information and tour services provider for low budget international travelers in Beijing from the beginning of 1990's . Information and tour services are available at the reception. Staying with us will reminds you of staying as a member in our family as there is no counter or glass between us. Meet the Simon's Office Team that helps make your travel and travel planning much easier, better and possible! Your questions of where to go and how much it costs will be responded as precisely as possible. Tours and Information services including: Beijing City Tour ( Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven) Tours to the wall Night Show in Beijing Ticketing Service Bicycle Rental Car Service( airport pick-up and drop offer) Laundry, Sewing & Mending Service Barbecue in the Courtyard Dumpling Making Practice Tour to the Great wall departure from Red Lantern Guest house: Great wall at : 1 Mutianyu ( recommended) We run the trip to Mutianyu section of the wall with minimum two people by our own car or van. 2.Jinshanling 3.Simatai 4.Badaling and Ming Tombs, To avoid the crowds and sometimes terrifying shopping intervals of the Great Wall at Badaling, our hostel has specially designed and organized a daily tour to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. It takes 1.5 hours one way to arrive to the wall with no stop over for shopping, and begins around 7:30am to get away from heavy traffic jams so that you will be the first one standing on the wall there and nobody bothers you. We guarantee you have at least 3 hours on the wall and no push throughout the whole trip. When you are back from your trip, you still have a whole evening for other activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lantern House Hotel Beijing