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The Red Lantern House: "Beijing's Cozy & Friendly Hostel" Beijing Hotel Tip by vic&michael

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  view from my hostel window into courtyard.
by vic&michael

The Red Lantern House is tucked away inside an old crumbling grey Hutong. Step inside, and it is glowing with lanterns and friendly staff will greet you, as well as a cute black Spaniel who shares my boyfriend's name, Michael.

The rooms are very clean and good sized. It is easy to book on There is cheap internet access in a cozy lounge. The indoor courtyard in the middle is where travellers meet and chat about their Beijing experiences over breakfast and cup of coffee or tea. And later at night, over some beers.

There is a very friendly and open athmosphere about this hostel. Michael stayed up most nights chatting with other travellers and listening to the owner play his chinese violin.

We booked our trip to the Great Wall from the hostel, at a good price. 160RMB for transport there and back. We also booked to see the Chinese Acrobatics with our hostel. 120RMB including a ride there and back and the tickets. It was very easy to book things through the hostel.

The toilets were generally kept clean. Same as the showers. I insisted on using the one on the far corner, coz it had the best water pressure. The others were pathetic dribbles.

Owners are smiley, friendly, and speak English.

Price Comparison: least expensive
Price: less than US$20
Theme: Hostel

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 18, 2005
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