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Reviews of Beijing City Central International Youth Hostel

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

71.4% Overall Rating

385 out of 458 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (25/11/2014)

Raquel Mustillo thinks…

"You get what you pay for and at 9 dollars a night I got exactly that. The only good thing about this place was the fact you could smoke in your room and perhaps that it is why it is so cheap. The…"

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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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71.4%

Overall Rating

385 out of 458 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Beijing City Central International Youth Hostel'

Atmosphere
50.4%
Location
94.4%
Facilities
60.8%
Cleanliness
73.6%
Staff
61.6%
Value
77.6%
Safety
81.6%
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57.1%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Raquel Mustillo

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

25 November 2014

Liked: You get what you pay for and at 9 dollars a night I got exactly that. The only good thing about this place was the fact you could smoke in your room and perhaps that it is why it is so cheap. The location is another benefit so if you are able to speak Chinese and have intensions of only going to your hostel to sleep and not to meet anyone this is your place. The lady at the tourist information desk was amazing and the only reason I am not giving it a completely bad review.

Disliked: Everything. Unclean, unkept and unwelcoming. The man who operated the bar was extremely rude and unhelpful.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Shankar Bakkannavar

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

12 September 2014 Shankar would recommend this property

Liked: Cleanliness, prompt service, friendly front desk staff

Disliked: Individual toilets don't have tissue papers.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Barbara Urba?ska

Alone

City break
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

03 September 2014 Barbara would recommend this property

Liked: ,

Disliked: Barbara left no negative feedback.

42.9%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Lene Krogsgaard Svinth

Alone

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

01 September 2014

Liked: The location

Disliked: They say they have free wifi, but the wifi did not work at any time during the 4 nights I stayed there. It seems like a lot of chinese families are living at the hotel or staying there for a long time, and they are not nice to foreigners. The children are REALLY noisy and kept running up and down the halls with no respect for other guests. The beds are horribly uncomfortable. It is like sleeping on a blanket on the floor. A mattress would have been nice. The staff is not friendly. They speak a little english, but understand very little. I was asking about the airport shuttle bus and it took three different people to understand me and send me in the right direction. They shouldn't be allowed to call themselves an International hostel with so poor english skills. People are smoking everywhere and it smells in all the rooms.

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

29 August 2014

Liked: The room was clean

Disliked: No wifi or internet. Travel desk was not helpful.

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

Marjana Harej

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

20 August 2014 Marjana would recommend this property

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

Disliked: Internet was working only in the bar and even there poorly. The common areas were badly maintained. The bar itself was very inattractive and so unable attract people in the evening. We missed that a lot. There was no interaction with the other people possible as there was no nice place to meet. Also we did never find the kitchen during our stay. It was supposed to be there.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

18 August 2014

Liked: location clean rooms with AC

Disliked: toilets unreliable wifi

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

17 August 2014

Liked: Location

Disliked: Everything else Old, not too clean, little social, no WiFi (doenst work and no one cares), worst in four week on China

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

matthias herzog

With my spouse / partner

Visiting friends or family

16 August 2014 matthias would recommend this property

Liked: great location!

Disliked: there was no hot water

74.3%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

13 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Perfect location for access to train station or metro, easy to find.

Disliked: Only wifi in bar, bar doesn't really have much of an atmosphere.

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

Jared Jost

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

03 August 2014 Jared would recommend this property

Liked: Great location and good overall experience.

Disliked: The beds were really hard.

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

MO HAN ISABELLA KWOK

With friends / other travellers

Business / conference
City break
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

20 June 2014 MO HAN ISABELLA would recommend this property

Liked: I come from Hong Kong and was teaching in Australia & China. In fact I always stay in this hostel when I was/am in BJ. The location is EXCELLENT, easy to travel anywhere in BJ and other parts of China. The police station, supermarkets, eating places, banks & tourist info centre are nearby.

Disliked: (1)There is NO WIFI available in the rooms!! You must consume something in the bar so as to get access to the WIFI system which is not very stable! However, if you have a lap-top with you, then you can have access to a land-line which is very good.but you need to pay $100 deposit. (2) The staff should have some measures to protect guests from being affected by the noisy, dirty, rude and indecent guests, no matter these guests' nationalities or age. The staff seem to be blind or dumb if they see these people's improper conducts in the common area! the management must be improved. My students will come to stay tomorrow. If they report to me the situation does not improve, then I will l STOP introducing this hostel and ask the university to cancell all the bookings in the coming July & August despite its excellent location!

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals

04 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: good location, right near subway

Disliked: no wifi

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

03 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This is a cheap place and has a great location. It's literally right in front of Beijing main train station and has a subway stop 30 seconds away.

Disliked: I dislike the noise and not so soft beds, but totally worth it for it's location!

74.3%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Visiting friends or family

05 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: clean, quiet

Disliked: a bit old styled a lot of old people

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

25 April 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location very good, cheap.

Disliked: No social areas unless consuming extortionately over-priced drinks in a bar utterly lacking in both atmosphere and (with good reason) patrons. Internet theoretically only available in aforementioned bar, actually not available at all. Dormitories have no windows, making them suffocatingly hot and stuffy, even in April. I dread to think what they would be like in August.

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

10 April 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Room was clean and the location very good.

Disliked: Bar area wasn't very nice. Some of the staff did not even try to speak English when I needed help.

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

02 February 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Incredibly easy to get to from the subway; Line 2, Beijing Railway station, go out Exit A, you'll see it before you finish climbing the elevator. I had a 4 bed mixed dorm, didn't have bunk beds, plenty of space for a hostel. Super cheap.

Disliked: Kitchen only on level 3 (I didn't use it). Bought a bottle of water and coffee, they were very expensive for crap coffee from a thermos (10 RMB) and not that great bottled water 500ml (8 RMB, total rip off). So though the bed was super cheap, better to buy food etc elsewhere.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

13 January 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very near to Beijing Zhan (train station) Friendly & helpful staff Clean, comfortable guest room, shower and toilet facilities Reasonable price

Disliked: Nil

97.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

13 January 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very near to Beijing Zhan (train station) Friendly & helpful staff Clean, comfortable guest room, shower and toilet facilities Reasonable price

Disliked: Nil

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

Customer review

Alone

City break

14 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Centrally located, convenient.

Disliked: Size of room

45.7%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 40% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

27 October 2013

Liked: The location. The rooms were ok too, actual beds rather than dorm beds, but very hard. The washing machines were reasonably priced.

Disliked: It was dirty and dingy, with very little natural light. The Internet was very flaky, and turned off at midnight, for some reason. The bar was dirty and dark, cigarette ends all over the floor. They played terrible music very loudly making it impossible to Skype. There was a communal kitchen, but it was industrial and not very clean. I wouldn't want to prepare food there. There was an overpriced breakfast available, but I didn't want to eat in the dirty bar. Staff could hardly speak English and were pretty rude. I would never stay here again.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Dipak Shah

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

27 October 2013 Dipak would recommend this property

Liked: the location and the cleanliness

Disliked: the attitudeof the staff

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

bat-el benjamin

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

11 October 2013

Liked: Close to the subway

Disliked: The staff was not nice. The bartender was rude. The feeling was that they don't want you tu stay In the bar. After 11 pm there is no wifi!!! Definitely the worst hostel I stayied in. If you stay more then a night and want a nice hostel With good atmosphere this is not the right hostel!!!

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

Pieter Marinus Schaaf

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

03 September 2013 Pieter Marinus would recommend this property

Liked: Twin rooms are fairly big. Bar on third floor occasionally hosts some small art exhibitions.

Disliked: Bathrooms weren't very well maintained. Broken locks on some showers and leaking toilet lead to a feel of uncleanliness in spite of frequent cleaning by staff. Music in bar was pretty loud at times.