Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hostel
If you are interested in traditional Chinese culture, then the four-star Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hostel won’t let you down. Here, guests can enjoy traditional Chinese shadow art performance every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. You can also have a try yourself at the shadow art classes provided for free by the hostel. The hostel is located in downtown Beijing, within 10-minute walking distance to Houhai and the Nanluoguxiang.
24 Song Shu Jie, Xicheng District, Beijing, +8610 8328 7847
Leo Courtyard Youth Hostel
For travelers who like old Chinese architecture, the Leo Courtyard has a natural positional advantage as it’s situated right in the Qianmen area, and within walking distance to the Forbidden City. What’s more, the Leo Courtyard Youth Hostel itself is over 300 years old. Rumor has it that the hostel used to be a brothel during the Qing Dynasty.
22 Shanxixiang, Zhushikou Xidajie, Xicheng District, Beijing, +8610 8316 6568
The Pagoda Light
If you want to live in Beijing like an old Beijinger, then you shouldn’t miss the hostels in hutongs – the neighborhood composed of narrow alleys which can be dated back over 2,000 years. The Pagoda Light is located in the Baitasi Hutong area, which is one of the restored hutong areas in Beijing, with a variety of creative projects taking place there every October during the Beijing Design Festival. The hostel itself has a contemporary design that echoes the neighborhood’s atmosphere. It also has a dining area on the roof from where you can see a close-up view of the famous White Pagoda of the Miaoying Temple.
185 Fuchengmen Neidajie, Xichdeng District, Beijing, +8610 6655 2188
Located almost next to the famous China Central Television, within five minutes’ walking distance to Guomao central business disctrict (CBD), the five-star Kerry Hotel is one of the best choices for those who want a luxurious option for their stay in Beijing. If you live on the east side of the building, you may be able to see the night view of the financial center of Beijing, as well as the strings of red car lights on one of the busiest roads – the 3rd Ring Road. What’s more, it’s only 10-minute drive from the hotel to the Sanlitun bar streets.
1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, +8610 6561 8833
Gracie Art Hotel 798
For art lovers on a trip in Beijing, the 798 Art District is a must-visit. You’ll find all kinds of galleries and shops that feature traditional and contemporary Chinese art in the Bauhaus-style buildings that used to be factories, and one day in this district might not be enough to do it justice – so how about staying for a few days at the Gracie Art Hotel inside the art zone? The hotel aims to impress guests by treating its own rooms as exhibition venues.
161 Lama Temple Courtyard Hotel
This hotel’s interior décor is nothing if not memorable – the doors and windows are painted an eye-catching shade of vermilion, the window grilles, the wooden tables and chairs, and the silk quilt and pillow covers with traditional Chinese style patterns… it is one of the best examples of a hotel displaying classic Chinese elements. The hotel is around a seven-minute walk from the Yonghegong Lama Temple, and is close to the Ghost Street in Dongzhimen, which is perfect for Chinese culture lovers who also love their food.
46 Beixinqiao Santiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing, +8610 8401 5027
Peking International Youth Hostel
For fashion lovers, the Gulou Dongdajie is a heaven-like street due to its collection of fashion boutiques in Beijing. You probably won’t find another street in Beijing where vintage boutiques, streetwear shops and original brands sit side by side. The YHA Peking International Youth Hostel in Nanluoguxiang is your best choice if you want to live close to the Gulou Dongdajie.
113-2 Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing, +8610 8403 9098