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The Best Hostels To Stay in Beijing

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Updated: 23 October 2017
Some travelers prefer luxurious hotels which attach great importance to privacy and tidiness, while some travelers cherish the opportunities to communicate with locals and other tourists. Luckily, Beijing has quite a few good hostels to satisfy this need, while making your stay comfortable too.
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Heyuan International Youth Hostel

Located just a 10-minute walk from the Jishuitan subway station, the Heyuan International Youth Hostel has convenient transportation links to the scenic spots in central Beijing. The hostel has a spacious common room where you can order brunch and coffee or play billiards with other guests. The backyard is a traditional Chinese yard with wooden chairs and table and a wooden swing.

1 Zhiqiang Beiyuan, Wenhuiyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing, +8610 62277138

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Beijing Home Youth Hostel

If you are a temple lover and are looking for a place near the Yonghegong and Lama Temple, then Beijing Home Youth Hostel is your best choice. It is within walking distance from the temple, and it takes only 10 minutes to stroll to the Ditan Park, which has an amazing view and is known for its four-time-a-year book fair. Apart from the tidy rooms, comfortable beds and all kinds of thoughtful services, the hostel is also equipped with a beautiful glass house where you can enjoy both Chinese and international cuisines.

21 Cheniandian Hutong, Andingmen Neidajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing, +8610 6404 2530

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Beijing Drum Tower Youth Hostel

The Drum Tower area is the most hipster neighborhood in Beijing. With various vintage clothing stores and streetwear boutiques dotting the famous Gulou Dongdajie (Gulou East Street), a number of good restaurants and cafes and bars just around the corner, it’s almost impossible for you to run out of entertainment. Oh, did I mention it’s a YHA hostel? Seems that there’s no reason for hesitation now.

51 Jiugulou Dajie, Xicheng District, Beijing, +8610 84016565

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798 My Loft Hostel

The 798 My Loft Hostel is the best choice for art lovers with limited budget to spend their nights in Beijing. The hostel is a loft adapted from the factory’s building. It has free karaoke and movie nights every weekend and also offers free book and magazine rental services. The best part of the hostel is its rooftop, where you can bring some beer and chat with friends while looking up at the sky on a cool summer night.

7 North Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, +8610 64365005

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Beijing Hutong Liheyuan Hostel

Living in the Liheyuan Hostel, which is adapted from the traditional Chinese courtyard, you may get the firsthand experience of the folk life of old Beijingers. The hosts are very friendly – you can feel free to ask them for tour advice. The hostel provides free breakfast, including porridge stewed from over 10 kinds of grains. If you happen to spend Saturday evening in the hostel, you can also watch a movie projected onto the big screen, a common activity before cinemas were common in China. Located on the Beichizi Dajie, it is within walking distance from the Forbidden City.

Jia 1, Donghuamen, Beichizi Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing, +86 18851575389

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Leocourtyard Youth Hostel

Feel like living in the Chinese courtyard with over 300 years of history? Want to live close to the political center of China the Tian’anmen Square? Then look no further and stay at the Shanglin Youth Hostel. Rumor has it that the hostel used to be a brothel in the Qing Dynasty. Walking past the wooden doors and windows and feeling the vermilion pillars with your finger tips, it is as if you can still hear the women there soliciting customers with enchanting voices.

22 Shanxixiang, Zhushikou Xidajie, Xicheng District, Beijing, +8610 83166568

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The Pagoda Light

The Pagoda Light Hostel is like anyone’s dream house, with its sparse décor, a houseful of greenery, the Chinese architecture details like tiles and window grilles that are harmonically blended within the building and French windows through which you can see the White Pagoda of the Miaoying Temple (just a few hundred meters away). Upstairs inside the Pagoda Light is a cozy café called Lian, on the rooftop of which you may enjoy the closeup view of the White Pagoda while having a cup of aromatic coffee.

185 Fuchengmen Neidajie, Xichdeng District, Beijing, +8610 66552188

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