The hotels where you choose to stay during your travels are sometimes a decisive factor in the overall quality of your trip. While luxurious chain hotels can offer you comfortable beds, trouble-free shampoo packets, and considerate service, budget accommodations still remain a top choice for backpackers and travelers who seek the most down-to-earth local experience. Below are the best budget stays in Beijing.
Wada is hidden in a hutong area, next to the homes of ordinary residents. You can feel free to take a nap in the spacious common room adapted from the courtyard, and be prepared to be woken up by the hustle and bustle on the street – that’s the time when kids are just off school, and uncles and aunts are out to buy the ingredients for dinner – or you can take your work to the courtyard, order a cup of coffee made by Wada, and make yourself comfortable in the sunshine that falls on you through the glass roof. At Wada, you may meet travelers from around the world, as well as regular guests who study or work in Beijing.
8 Beimao Hutong, Xinjiekou Nandajie, Beijing, China, +8610 66537539
Located at the center of the well-preserved hutong area in the old Beijing town, the buildings of Qianmen Inn can be dated back to 1875. It was originally built as a gathering place for celebrities in the late Qing Dynasty, and was adapted in 2016 to a guesthouse with over 40 rooms, including single rooms and shared rooms for four or six people. Guests may talk with each other about their life and journeys in the traditional Chinese courtyard with a bottle of Yanjing Beer till late into the night. The inn is only a three-minute walk from the Qianmen Subway Station, and close to sites including the Forbidden City and Dashilar.
33 Meishi Street, Qianmen, Xicheng District, Beijing, China, +8610 63132369
P.Loft Youth Hostel
P.Loft is the first loft-style guest house in Beijing, and is one of the few hostels in Beijing adapted from a prison and arsenal. Here, you will not find luxurious décor, but instead the original cement and metal ambience of the old factory. Even from a distance, you can easily recognize the hostel because of the Chinese characters and illustrations that simulate the style of the Communist political posters of 1960s China. Like all the other fantastic guest houses, P.Loft provides a spacious public area with entertainment facilities like a billiards table and indoor basketball court.
29 Paoju Toutiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, +8610 64027218
Peking International Youth Hostel
Located on the south end of the most crowded lane in Beijing – Nanluoguxiang, the Peking International Youth Hostel offers its guests a convenient access to the top tourist meccas in Beijing. Apart from single and shared rooms, the hostel is also equipped with a reading room and a bar for guests with different needs. It was remarked by Hostelworld as “the best hostel in Asia.” The only disadvantage is that it’s too popular, so it’s unlikely to have a vacant bed if you don’t make a reservation well in advance.
113-2 Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, +8610 84039098
Lanting Youth Hostel
Located near the Anzhen Bridge on the North 3rd Ring Road, Lanting keeps a perfect balance in its distance to the old and new Beijing. The décor of its common room has a quaint charm, while the bedrooms are decorated in the simplest but still comfortable way. The hostel also has a tea room, where you may learn about Chinese tea.
Chinese Box Courtyard Hostel
The Chinese Box Courtyard Hostel is ranked 9.4 on Hostelworld by over a thousand reviewers, and it’s not hard to see why. The hostel aims to provide not only beds but also a “home” for travelers, providing different gatherings and events seven days a week, such as a vegetarian salad party every Monday, and traditional Chinese Kongfu Tea Course in the afternoon. Oh, did I mention they also have free breakfasts and free bike rental? Seek no further if you are looking for a feel-like-home trip in Beijing.
Jia 52 Xisi Bei’ertiao, Xicheng District, Beijing, China, +8610 6618 6768
Beijing Big Whale Space Capsule Youth Hostel
The name of the hostel near the famous Beijing Grand View Garden might be quirky, but compared to the rooms, the name is nothing. It is a capsule hotel full of inhabitable boxes that look just like space capsules. Living in one of the boxes is like living in a sci-fi film. You will have everything you need in your private space, including power sockets and a small lamp. Such a concept has been borrowed from Japan, and has seen its popularity grow in China for the past six years now.