Beijing's Top Budget Hotels
Beijing's Top Budget Hotels & Hostels
Accommodation in the Chinese capital needn't break the bank.
Check out Beijing Visitor's recommendations for the city's finest budget hotels, youth hostels and pensions.
Sitting on the City Walls Courtyard House
It's not just the name that makes this Beijing budget hotel a must-stay. The hotel is within walking distance of the Forbidden City, and is another courtyard hotel located in a historic hutong area that's inaccessible to motor traffic - it's therefore very quiet.
Accommodation is available in either a dorm or private room. Each private room comes with internet access, air conditioning and linens. The hotel has a small restaurant, offers luggage and bicycle storage, and staff are very helpful. They're also known for their guided tour to the Great Wall, which many guests end up signing up for. Beds in dorm rooms begin at $15 a night and double or twin private rooms at $59.
Featured in National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of the best budget hotels/youth hostels in the world, you have to see Peking International Youth Hostel to believe it. Probably one of the most beautiful youth hostels and budget hotels in the world, it was designed by the owner who happens to be an interior designer. The hotel is located right in the center of Beijing and within walking distance of many of the famous tourist attractions, including Tiananmen Square.
Dorm room beds are available as well as private rooms from singles to double rooms. All private rooms have en suite baths and air conditioning. Room rates are $15 for dorm room beds, private rooms begin at $47.
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If you're looking for an authentic Chinese experience, then you can't go far wrong with the City Court Hotel. This traditional courtyard hotel is located in the center of Beijing's Historical Conservation Zone. In buildings that are more than 500 years old and surrounded by hutongs, the hotel offers either dorm beds or private rooms of various sizes.
Each guest room has wireless internet, cable TV, tea and coffee making facilities, en suite bathroom and a mini bar. Breakfast is also included in the room rate. Dorm beds begin at an unbelievable US$8 a night, private rooms at US$32.
One of the most popular hostels in Beijing boasting a great location on Nanluoguxiang. The hostel has bargain-basement dorm rooms as well as private singles and standard rooms. Everything is very clean and the folks manning the reception desk speak excellent English. There's also a restaurant, internet room, free luggage storage, free airport pickup (if you stay over 4 days), laundry service and 20 US$3 per day bike rental. Room prices range from US$12 (dorm) to around US$50 (private double).
Red Lantern House
This sprawling backpacker's hotel, located in a traditional courtyard dwelling, is central to many of Beijing's main sites. Another draw is that it's in a local hutong neighborhood, away from most touristy or expatriate areas, giving it an authentic feel. There's plenty of space in the central garden and in the dining area to laze about and take advantage of the complimentary WiFi. Guests are mostly young and friendly Americans and Europeans. Room prices start at US$8 (dorm) and US$23 (private room).
Happy Dragon Hostel
Good value hostel with a central location. Easy walking distance to the shops, Houhai area and the Forbidden City Rooms are clean and comfortable - staff are really friendly and speak good English. Also has good restaurant and bar, free WiFi, three food parties every week, and recommended tours to the Great Wall. Room prices from US$8 (dorm) to around US$35 (double private room).
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Located in a quite crowded hutong area, it's a perfect place for the younger, party crowd (rooms are not that quiet at night). It's only a five minute walk to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, and there are nearby subway and bus stations. Free internet, pool table, DVD rental, friendly staff. Dorms from US$8, doubles from around US$35, triples from around US$50. Booking ahead recommended.
Top choices are the restored Qing Dynasty style compound house Spring Garden with only 8 rooms or the 17 room Zhong Tang which dates from the Ming Dynasty.
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