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Hostel | No. 161, Li Shi Hu Tong, Dong Si Nan Da Jie, Dong Cheng Qu Beijing, China 100010

94.2% Overall Rating

51 out of 53 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (12/04/2013)

"Very friendly personnel, helpful. Nice furniture, mix of western and chinese. Not expensive for what you get. I will for sure book again this hotel when I visit Beijing."

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Credit cards accepted
  • 24 hour reception
  • Washing machines

What's Included

  • Linen

Important Information

All reservations will be held valid until 6 pm Beijing time and will be automatically cancelled unless guaranteed with the first day's room cost paid to the hostel for no-show.

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94.2%

Overall Rating

51 out of 53 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend '161 Hostel'

Atmosphere
96.0%
Location
91.2%
Facilities
88.0%
Cleanliness
92.0%
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97.6%
Value
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

26 October 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very professional and helpful staff who speak good english and the atmosphere was nicer than I expected.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Duncan Taylor

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

25 October 2010 Duncan would recommend this property

Liked: 161 is a premium hostel in Dongcheng - a great location in Beijing. The double I stayed in was competitively proced, offered a spacious room with a decent bathroom in the curious Chinese style - a glass partition and door. Fine if you're in an established relationship; damn awkward if not. The room was clean, the food offered looks great but is a little more overpriced than usual.

Disliked: The map and instructions are plain wrong on this website. This appears a common problem for hostels in China, so it would be unfair to mark 161 down on this basis, but just beware. The staff won't win prizes for warmth and hospitality, but this is more a reflection of the apparent lack of a customer-oriented business attitude in China, I suspect on cultural grounds, so again, this negative doesn't set 161 apart form any other hostels in the area. The only real criticism then is the lack of atmosphere - there are far more lively hostels in the locale, if this is your bag (if so, try the 1 Hai). It's a utilitarian place to get some kip, just don't bring your drinking/partying suit.

85.7%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Backpacking / gap year

25 October 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Lot of character and cleanliness

Disliked: Far from good restaurants

97.1%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Moshiur Rahman

Alone

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

01 October 2010 Moshiur would recommend this property

Liked: It's a nice place to live and the placement is great cause the bus stop is just at the doorstep and the nearest metro station is just a walk away...the night street was amazing and so was the fellow guests at the hostel..eatries were just around the corner and enjoyed them thoroughly...

Disliked: i have only praise for them

82.9%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Kirsty Densham

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

06 September 2010 Kirsty would recommend this property

Liked: It has a brilliant location, very close to dong si metro station and very close to a supermarket - brilliant for a cheap breakfast. The rooms and clean, in fact the whole hostel is very clean. Very pleased with out stay

Disliked: There is only one shower if you are sharing a bathroom. This isn't too bad as I have only had to wait a few times during my stay as everyone has different routines.

77.1%
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MINH NGUYEN

03 June 2010 MINH would recommend this property

Liked: Big room, very convenient as near Dongsi subway station (just out of Dongsi and turn left, then turn left again at the intersection, walk about 200m then you'll see the lane, 161 hostel just on your left. Outside quite a few restaurants. Staff are friendly and helpful. The only downside is light in the bathroom not enough. Value for money.

Disliked: MINH left no negative feedback.

71.4%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

kent johnson

19 May 2010 kent would recommend this property

Liked: nice place, close to metro. it is a bit of a joke only having 1 shower and 2 squat toilets. i did find the staff werent that helpful if u want to do things independently, i think they would prefer u to take one of there expensive tours. one guy on the desk was good the rest were pretty hopeless

Disliked: kent left no negative feedback.

94.3%
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Customer review

20 April 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: At first, we booked for only one night but after we checked in and met such friendly staff, we changed our mind. We ended up stay here for 4 nights. The staff is very nice and helpful. The room we stay has attached shower/toilet and it's pretty clean. Location is also great because it's so close to the subway station (Dongsi), and located on main line/road that can connect to many parts of the city. Local restaurants in the same alley are also nice. Would recommend for ensuite room rather than shared bathroom/toilet because we noticed that there is only 1 to be shared and not so nice.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

97.1%
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Ethelene Maigue

11 April 2010 Ethelene would recommend this property

Liked: Very clean and helpful staff, also inexpensive and centrally located - about 5 to 10 minute walk to the Dongsi subway station.

Disliked: Ethelene left no negative feedback.

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Manuela Camporaso

28 March 2010 Manuela would recommend this property

Liked: Everything nice! I tried just a little could room but i think will be better in summer!Clean, helpfull peoples, nice style and nice room accessoried.

Disliked: Manuela left no negative feedback.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 40% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Pedro Henrique Thibes Forquesato

26 January 2010 Pedro Henrique would recommend this property

Liked: Overall good place. Have to note that the public bathroom has toilets on the floor, which are common in China but can make foreigners unconfortable. Also, they require some deposit, which is uncommon in hostels. Anyway, not really disadvantages, just noteworthy.

Disliked: Pedro Henrique left no negative feedback.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

03 January 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: good location

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

14 December 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Anthony Bourguignat

05 October 2009 Anthony would recommend this property

Liked: good location, cute hutong

Disliked: Anthony left no negative feedback.

88.6%
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Customer review

29 September 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: nice hostel, very friendly staff. not really a place to meet other travelers though. only complaint was my towels were only changed once during my 3 day stay. overall nice place

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

97.1%
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Mark Ward

28 August 2009 Mark would recommend this property

Liked: Very Clean and safe. Very pleasant, easy & great value. Would happily recommend this hostel to anyone and have nothing bad to say :-)

Disliked: Mark left no negative feedback.

97.1%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Natalie Smith

27 August 2009 Natalie would recommend this property

Liked: The double room was very nice and it was good value for money. The staff and the location were also excellent.

Disliked: Natalie left no negative feedback.

51.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

22 August 2009

Liked: Real Chinese mentality. Do not think like western people, and are not helpfull at all. They just send you away without helping you.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

91.4%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Chris Osman

23 July 2009 Chris would recommend this property

Liked: Good location and friendly staff who speak English. However, was there during the summer and they didn't have any bikes on offer, but if you go out of the hostel, turn right to get onto the street, then take a left, the next Hotong down on the right, there's a little man who sells bikes with a 100Y deposit, and 20Y a day. Not bad.But stay was good, clean and worth the cash. Location was perfect as it's situated between two subway lines.

Disliked: Chris left no negative feedback.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

15 July 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Note that the cheapest single room DOES NOT have a bathroom. Instead there is a shared bathrrom area (it is on the next floor). The shared bathroom is very clean - it is a squat toilet type).

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

10 July 2009 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Cheap and good location

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Daniel Heiman

03 July 2009 Daniel would recommend this property

Liked: good location, good price good air conditioning

Disliked: Daniel left no negative feedback.