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Reviews of Sitting on the City Walls Courtyard House

Guesthouse | 57 NianZi HuTong, Jingshanhoujie, DongCheng District Beijing, China 100009

94.3% Overall Rating

159 out of 163 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (27/03/2014)

"Very very quiet near Forbidden city and Tienanmen square, but Beijing is enormous..."

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

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94.3%

Overall Rating

159 out of 163 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Sitting on the City Walls Courtyard House'

Atmosphere
96.8%
Location
89.6%
Facilities
93.6%
Cleanliness
92.0%
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96.8%
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94.4%
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michael hitchman

15 September 2009 michael would recommend this property

Liked: We enjoyed the atmosphere of staying in a 'hutong'. The staff were both very friendly and extremely helpful.

Disliked: michael left no negative feedback.

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Richard Palmer

12 September 2009 Richard would recommend this property

Liked: Great place to stay with reception willing to go out of their way to help. This hostel has loads of charcter and cheap beer, what else can one want.

Disliked: Richard left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

11 September 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent place to stay in Beijing. Lovely ensuite room and communal courtyard. Secret hideaway down a Beijing Hutong! Advice on where to go and how to get there was excellent. Highly recommended for all types of people wanting to explore China. Beats any hotel.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

85.7%
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Rachel Dimmick

25 August 2009 Rachel would recommend this property

Liked: nice atmosphere with lovely courtyard - I don't think you are likely to meet lots and lots of people here but the hostel had a really nice atmosphere with helpful staff. Its in a good location but not near a metro but the staff provide a leaflet telling you which buses to catch which was v helpful. I was worried about finding the hostel as its up a little hutong - however found it no problem after following tips from other reviewers - there are some signs from main road as well.

Disliked: Rachel left no negative feedback.

85.7%
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Sean Udell

18 August 2009 Sean would recommend this property

Liked: All of the rooms look onto an indoor courtyard, which is very charming. The whole place has a lot of character, and more space than most of the hostels we've been staying at in China.

Disliked: Sean left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

13 August 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: very clean rooms, and nice staff. was abit hard to find, but over all a nice hostel.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

88.6%
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Beverley Lees

28 July 2009 Beverley would recommend this property

Liked: Finding it was a bit weird but excellent position for the sights and the staff could not have been better. We loved it.

Disliked: Beverley left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

23 July 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Probably the best hostel I have ever stayed in, located in the heart of a "hutong", literally round the corner from the Forbidden City. A wide array of facilities can only be matched by the genuine friendliness of its staff!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

97.1%
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Customer review

14 July 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Rachel & Rick were very helpful. We enjoyed the courtyard. They also kept our luggage for an extra 36 hours when we left to go spend the night on the Great Wall.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

03 July 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Can not think of a more suitable place. Thank you...

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Loren Buckner

28 June 2009 Loren would recommend this property

Liked: This is a great place to stay. People of all ages, from all over the world ,gather in the courtyard to eat, drink ,and share travel stories.Staff is very helpful. They speak English and are great with directions.

Disliked: Loren left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

28 June 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great place to stay. HIghly recommended. Stayed with our 18mth old daughter and they were lovely to her. Just get taxi to drop you off at Jingshan houjie next to service station and park then walk down alley next to park - look up for signs and you won't get lost. Taxis get confused if you give them address of hostel cos they don't know how to get into the hutong.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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sofia eden

27 June 2009 sofia would recommend this property

Liked: Rachel and Rick is so helpful, the dog (TinTin) is very cute

Disliked: sofia left no negative feedback.

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Lauren Amira

18 June 2009 Lauren would recommend this property

Liked: LOVED this hostel. had a doubel ensuite and it was perfectly nice and clean. they actually came in and cleaned the room and made the bed every day. the main room is such a nice place to hang out- a transformed courtyard now covered and very well designed. the staff was amazing. when we first got there they presented us with an itinerary on the main sights in beijing and how to get to and from each one using public transportation. they were honest about what places to see, restaurants to try, etc. it's located in a hutong, so it was difficult for us to find at first using the directions from the website. the only other minus was that because the rooms all surround the common room, sounds travels pretty easily and if there are many people hanging out it can be noisy in the rooms. otherwise, this was a great place to stay and i would absolutely reccomend it.

Disliked: Lauren left no negative feedback.

97.1%
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Sion Roberts

13 June 2009 Sion would recommend this property

Liked: It is in such an authentic location, hidden in the hutong of Beijing. You will regularly see groups of people playing cards or board games on tables set up on the street.The staff are so helpful, helping you find your way to any location within the city by bus or metro although we found that cycling through the city was great fun!Other than that the rooms are clean and well kept with immaculate decoration and the hidden courtyard is fantastic, feeling truly authentic and an oasis of calm in the busy city.Oh, and the beer is cheap!

Disliked: Sion left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

10 June 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: beautiful hostel in an old hutong, very nice atmosphere and helpful, friendly staff. i felt safe and welcome. only thing i didnt like was that the indow was to the courtyard so no sun. but still i will come back!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

03 June 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I liked the atmosphere and enviroment but the rooms were in need of renovation for the amount you pay, considering we'd just come from a 4 star hotel and paid only 75 rmb extra for the two of us.if your travelling on your own its a good place to be but if your a couple then it may be just as cheap to stay in a hotel and a better location.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

03 June 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The arrangement and atmosphere and the very friendly and helpful staff. It was a real pleasure to stay there and i would recommend it to any of my friend!!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

13 May 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: A beautiful haven lost in the heart of a torn apart hutong ( major construction all around). The atmosphere was so peaceful, charming, yet modern and convenient.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

94.3%
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Customer review

12 May 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Value for money and services offered. Very helpful staff.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

91.4%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

09 May 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very friendly staff, good knowledge of area, cheap beer, good atmosphere.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Katrin Keck

27 April 2009 Katrin would recommend this property

Liked: One of the best hostels I stayed during my time in China!

Disliked: Katrin left no negative feedback.

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Melinda Ediale

26 April 2009 Melinda would recommend this property

Liked: Friendliness and attitude of Rick and company, 24-hr free internet access , chinese decor. Last but not the least, they bent over backwards to accomodate the needs of our 4-yr-old child.

Disliked: Melinda left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

21 April 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff was very friendly and helpful. They even have a suggested itinerary with all the information about public transport that you need.The hostel is very cosy, and it's situated in a nice hutong. The area could seem a bit dodgy at first, but it is just the first impression of a hutong. You will see later that it's safe and you can enjoy of a stay in a real hutong.The only problem is how to get there. We got lost twice with the taxi. Be careful because they advertise another hostel in Beijing on their website and this could be confusing even for Chinese people!!! Before we arrived in Beijing, we asked the Chinese receptionist from our previous hotel to write the direction of Sitting on the City Walls in Chinese, but she made a mistake and copied the wrong one (she copied the one of the hotel advertised on their website), which made it even more difficult to find the place!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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David Walker

19 April 2009 David would recommend this property

Liked: great hostel, meet a mixture of people from young to oldatmosphere is the best

Disliked: David left no negative feedback.