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Reviews of Beijing City Central International Youth Hostel

Hostel | 1 Beijingzhan, Qianjie, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China 100005

72.9% Overall Rating

385 out of 457 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (20/08/2014)

Marjana Harej thinks…

"For sure the location is a big advantage of this place. It is easy to find. Also the price is good, rooms are airconditioned."

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Currency Exchange
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Nightclub
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Fax
  • Laundry service
  • Wake-up calls
  • Bar(s)
  • Common area / room
  • Elevator / lift(s)
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 2.92

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

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72.9%

Overall Rating

385 out of 457 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Beijing City Central International Youth Hostel'

Atmosphere
53.6%
Location
95.2%
Facilities
64.0%
Cleanliness
75.2%
Staff
63.2%
Value
77.6%
Safety
81.6%
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71.4%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Kateryna Kulyk

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

19 July 2012 Kateryna would recommend this property

Liked: it was in a perfect location in the center and the metro station is just outside the door, very convenient

Disliked: no windows in the hostel rooms, only to the corridor

77.1%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

19 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: good location

Disliked: no character

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

MICHAL RAC

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

11 July 2012 MICHAL would recommend this property

Liked: I came late because of flight delay and my room was taken, even though I confirmed twice via email and called from the airport. Got there 4 AM and was told I came late. I asked for another room, but was told there is not same room, so I asked for another one, was told to pay more. Well, the difference was minor and I was willing to do that, but they made me (seriously made me) believe it is a bad deal to pay just for 2 hours a day price. Was told to wait until 6 AM to get a room and not to be charged. Probably you will not believe that, there is not much to do between 4 and 6 AM in Beijing after a 10 hour flight including 7 hour delay on the plane. Well I waited until 6 and was given a room, and was told they will come to clean it at 8 AM. Bloody h...! But I waited, they came at 7, fixed safe which was broken and after I logged to the internet via dodgy cable, I did not care any more. Since then, everything went smooth and will definitelly come back. Plase is not backpackery any more, mostly lower class (if this is in China) business people stay there. Generally you will start liking it at some point.

Disliked: no window on the room but the A/C did the job

80.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

11 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: it's a very big hostel, nice room and very clean.

Disliked: only one staff speak english

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Lyubov Volkova

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

22 May 2012 Lyubov would recommend this property

Liked: very good location

Disliked: The shower and the toilet are not very clean

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Peter Beelaard

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

02 May 2012 Peter would recommend this property

Liked: Very close to Beijing Central Station and a subway station directly in front of the Hostel, making daytrips easy and convenient. On the 3rd floor in the "backpackers club" there was free Wi-Fi, some places to sit down, a bar, and two pool tables (costing 20 yuan per hour). In the budget hotel rooms there was free wired internet. Hotel rooms were clean but indeed very budget and dated, but you get what you pay for naturally. Door to the room was secured with a keycard and there was a safe in the room, a waterboiler, little table with 2 chairs, open closet, slippers, bathroom utilities, toilet, shower, sink, and service was good whenever we had an issue (not working phone, broken bathroom light, clean towel request). For 100 yuan deposit you can get an iron. Supermarket and fastfood right next door and many more around the corner. Staff at the reception spoke english very well, other staff including facility people couldnt speak any english, so all requests had to go through reception, and they took care of it.

Disliked: Backpackers club was pretty boring with nothing organized, drinks were commercially priced, barman was very lazy stuck behind his pc and not willing to speak English, pool tables cost money (and he only charged certain European tourists, others like Chinese got to play all night for free, even other guests noticed this and made remarks. After complaining to reception staff they said we had to take it up with the barman, and he refused to speak English and refused to give a payment receipt or any written rules about pool table costs and usage), kitchen is very dirty with insects and is therefore isn't really used as far as we could tell, unfortunately no refrigerator in the budget hotel rooms. Rooms were noisy with thin walls so you could hear your neighbors talk, spit and make other disgusting sounds when you were in the room.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Svetlana Valcukova

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

29 April 2012 Svetlana would recommend this property

Liked: Location

Disliked: They have propagation images with computer room and live club, but the reality is different... noise from the corridor all over the night. It´s a factory for money... The reality info on the webside of this hostel is horrible. The last upgrade was in year 2008 and they are wrong.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

28 April 2012

Liked: the location is perfect - subway, buses and main railway station is just around the corner you can buy breakfast for 18 RMB, but it´s the same every day :(

Disliked: NOISE a lot of Chinese people use this hostel too and as they are aload regardless the day time, the hostel is really noisy all day through and the walls of rooms are very thin so you can hear everything htat is going on in the bathrooms and corridors) beds are really hard

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

Customer review

Alone

Family Holiday

24 March 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location

Disliked: acustics are poor

80.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Jose Santos

Alone

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

26 February 2012 Jose would recommend this property

Liked: The location and the room.

Disliked: Some toiletes doesn`t close. No internet.

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

Danuch Panchapornpon

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

12 January 2012 Danuch would recommend this property

Liked: It is near railway station, metro and airport bus station.

Disliked: Danuch left no negative feedback.

54.3%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

05 October 2011

Liked: The location was excellent - right opposite the rail station.

Disliked: unfortunately the location was pretty much the only good thing about this hostel. the staff were supremely unfriendly and unhelpful, with long queues at any time of day at reception. the bar staff were lethargic and often rude. the internet cost 6 RNB for one hour, and they refused to let you use it for half an hour at 3RMB, and for the quality and speed of the internet, this was an absolute rip off. the breakfast was 15RNB and was mediocre. the bar area, despite the huge sign on the wall saying "PARTY!" was completely dead all of the time, which the staff attempted to liven up by playing awful music. also there was no outside area and inside was dingy and dark all the time. i would definitely not recommend this hostel to anyone.

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

MUFTI ARIFIN

As a family with children

Backpacking / gap year
Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture

01 October 2011 MUFTI would recommend this property

Liked: The location is near Beijing railway station and near metro station. Self laundry service is very good, helpful staff, nice bed and shower. Cheap hostel for good location.

Disliked: Nothing

88.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Kevin Reece

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

19 September 2011 Kevin would recommend this property

Liked: Good quality rooms, bar open all night, perfect location (seconds away from a central tube and overground rail station), English speaking staff, very clean and has most amenities.

Disliked: It is very large and a so quite impersonal.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

18 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, right opposite the train station and next to the subway, near supermarkets and restaurants, and great street food in the nearby hutong. Very spacious rooms and the aircon was really good considering the suffocating heat during summer. Reception staff spoke decent English, were polite and just got things done in a straight forward manner, though sometimes it took a bit of time.

Disliked: It was strangely dark in the corridors and bar/common room area. A huge hostel but not a great place to meet people. No internet (computers or wifi) and reception was always really busy so trying to check in/out, getting a map, directions or anything else took ages.

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

Tomas Borecky

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

14 September 2011 Tomas would recommend this property

Liked: location was really good

Disliked: it was too big, so it hadnt the atmosphere of a hostel

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Daniel Thornton

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

18 August 2011 Daniel would recommend this property

Liked: everything

Disliked: nothing

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture

06 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Central location, good access to RailwayBathroom

Disliked: Bathroom needed revamping

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

thomas hadrick

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa

05 August 2011 thomas would recommend this property

Liked: total

Disliked: nothing

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Patrick Segmueller

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

04 August 2011 Patrick would recommend this property

Liked: Its very central located opposite Beijing Railway Station. Subway, Supermarket etc. in front of hostel. Rooms are small but neat. Bathrooms are nice. The highlight is the common room on 3rd floor. We would go there anytime again.

Disliked: -

60.0%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

28 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean bedroom excellent location,right next to subway and main railway station good luggage storage free pool and table football effective aircon Room cleaned everyday

Disliked: Self service laundry = nightmare, 6 hours to dry our 1/2 load of clothes in dryer! Very noisy due to thin walls and room shakes and rattles as people go up and down corridor! Have to pay 100 yuan deposit for internet cable (no wifi), hairdryer etc. Showers had cigarettes on the floor Toilet bins werent emptied

71.4%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

25 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It's a great location -- the subway is literally right outside the front door, making it easy to get anywhere in the city. Alternatively, it's only a 15 minute walk to the Wangfujing/Oriental Plaza area. There are numerous supermarkets around, so you'll never be in want of noodle bowls and Coke (or Tsingtao, as the case may be)! Right across from the train station, so it't convenient if you're traveling that way. The internet in the room (ethernet, not wireless) was free and worked great.

Disliked: The front counter was always busy, making it difficult to check in/out or take care of any such business in a timely manner. Although the staff were generally nice and spoke decent English, they were frequently overwhelmed by guests and thus didn't take the time to be overly friendly or helpful. I felt like the bathroom could've been a bit cleaner. Also, there was a strong smell of smoke, even in non-smoking rooms. Not a lot of restaurants or nightlife around (unless you want to eat McDonald's and KFC all the time). I anticipated more Western guests, but most are Chinese staying here to be close to the train station. That meant there were few opportunities to meet other English-speaking foreign travelers, and I was subjected to frequent ogling by the more provincial Chinese guests.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Thomas van Buuren

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

23 July 2011 Thomas would recommend this property

Liked: Low price, location

Disliked: Lack of character, no wifi on room, not very helpful staff.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

22 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good location, Good breakfast,

Disliked: Staff in the bar were not able to understand few english words.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Natalie Verbeke

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Visiting friends or family

20 July 2011

Liked: The rooms don't all have bunk beds which is nice so you have some space in your room.

Disliked: The washingmachines didn't work properly, my laundry was soaking wet after washing. The dryer didn't work ok either, was supposed to take 2 hours but ended within an hour with my laundry still wet. Luckily when you ask about it they give you a new coin, but having to do that twice is not nice. And they barely spoke English.