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Reviews of Sitting on the City Walls Courtyard House

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

92.2% Overall Rating

168 out of 172 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (26/09/2014)

"Nice central courtyard, room was small but clean, lots of information provided, nice area to walk around."

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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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Overall Rating

168 out of 172 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Sitting on the City Walls Courtyard House'

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Johanna Kolkak

10 November 2009 Johanna would recommend this property

Liked: It was freezing inside the lobby area and in the evenings also the rooms were cold. Beer was cheap but there were no party atmosphere in this hostel. Location was central and made it easy to walk to Tian'anmen Square and to other attractions. Great location to see local people!

Disliked: Johanna left no negative feedback.

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Mitch Altman

05 November 2009 Mitch would recommend this property

Liked: Me and my 7 friends really loved staying at Sitting On The City Walls Couryard House! Rachel and Rick and the rest of the staff were very friendly and helpful, and gave good recommendations on where to go and how to get there, often writing down the Chinese characters when it would be helpful for finding our way. The place has a wonderful atmosphere, the food they had available was quite decent, and our rooms were comfortable and clean. The place is located in a hutong (a local neighborhood, of which there are not all that many left), which was way cooler than staying in a sterile part of town. It is a short walk to The Forbidden City, and across from Jinshang Park (way worth a visit, since it affords a wonderful view of the whole city), and about a 20-minute walk from the closest subway station (Dongsi). There are many busses within a 2-minute walk that are convenient for getting all over town (for 1 RMB, or about 1.5 US cents!). It got pretty cold a few of the nights we were there, but the heat in most of the rooms is really good, and they provided us with plenty of blankets. I would definitely recommend this place, and will stay again next time I go to Beijing.

Disliked: Mitch left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

29 October 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: One of the best hostel I've been to and really helpful staff.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

21 October 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Rick and Rachel were great. They gave advice on where to go and how to get around without associating themselves with tour groups. Free internet and lovely atmosphere inside.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

15 October 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: + Really charming inside, not just a standard hostel, but with Chinese flair+ Nice and helpful staff- A bit hard to find the first time, hidden in an alley after some curves- People smoke in the lobby. ok, but the smoke also comes into the rooms then

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

88.6%
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Andrew Warburton

08 October 2009 Andrew would recommend this property

Liked: Great little hostel hidden deep within a traditional Chines HuTong which can actually seem a bit intimidating at first but the locals are polite and friendly - I feel safer here than in most British cities! The private rooms are small with firm beds and an ensuite wet room / toilet.The staff here are very helpful and always go out of their way to help. They booked our train tickets to Xi'an and a tour of the hiking section of the great wall, which, while tiring was an awesome experience not to be missed and great value for money. If you need to get somewhere by taxi, the staff will write down the address in Chinese so you can give it to the taxi driver.They do some great food onsite but if you want some variety there's a whole bunch of great places to eat and drink within easy walking distance.I think the only fault is that the rooms all face into the central courtyard so if any late night / early morning activities are taking place the noise can be a bit annoying, especially if you are trying to sleep off your jet lag.

Disliked: Andrew left no negative feedback.

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Jonathan Hoffmann

06 October 2009 Jonathan would recommend this property

Liked: Everything, it's literally a short walk to the forbidden city. they can arrange all of your tours (if you want them to) including opera and the great wall. They have bus directions to everywhere, there up pretty much throughout the day and night, and they speak english.wonderful place.

Disliked: Jonathan left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

01 October 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very good hostel

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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chizuru kawahara

15 September 2009 chizuru would recommend this property

Liked: good

Disliked: chizuru left no negative feedback.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.