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Great place IF you are looking to meet people, drink, and stay up late; decent restaurant/cafe attached to it (service a bit slow, though) No one seemed to abide by the 'quiet at night' rule- people were yelling, playing music, and one guy was even playing the banjo in the dorm. No respect for others. 2 toilets and 2 showers were shared by 20-30 people which was terrible. Bathrooms smelled bc you couldn't flush TP. Helpful staff, though, and a great location. Cheap, too.
The only location of the Hostel is also great because it is very central....
Leo Hostel is rather cheap for Beijing. It's location is really close to Tiananmen Square so it is in the heart of the city. The downside of that is that the surrounding shops and restaurants are a bit more expensive than in the outskirts of Beijing. We got a free upgrade to a four bed dorm though we had booked a six bed dorm. The hostel atmosphere is great, there are enough places to hang out. The staff is very friendly and most speak English quite well. Beer is 10 Yuan, Cocktails 20-30 Yuan.
Leo hostel was quite nice to stay at. It's fairly big and they serve decent food in their nice bar. They also have plenty of separate rooms. This does mean, however, that there's no kitchen where you can cook your own food. They have a really nice movie room with a big screen and plenty of movies to watch. Also, their wifi a bit slow and not so stable. And they charge the insane amount of 20 yuan per kilo to do your laundry, but you can get it for half the price in a hostel down the street.
Very well-located and affordable hostel with a great social vibe, with the cafe/bar being a good place to meet people. My only complaint was being woken up several mornings by the cleaning staff. I was in a room next to a bathroom, and I think it was the staff that spoke very loudly very early each morning. Additionally, when everyone but me in my room checked out, the cleaners came in and noisily made up the beds even though it was 9 (and check out ends at 12). All in all though, recommended!
It was the other travelers that made my stay there a good one and feeling safe. The staff were accommodating and cheerful to me but I noticed that they sleep in empty beds and in the lounge if not on duty. 24 hour security is kind of false because anyone can walk right through and into the dorms where nobody's key can lock the rooms. But luckily my roommates were good people and no strangers came in. Showers could be updated since that is important.
Reading other reviews here, I was sceptical. But if you are a lively individual who is interested in meeting many new people and not being asleep by 11 every night (....) then this hostel is for you. The biggest dorms are the way to go as they are very cheap and literally identical to the smaller dorms available. Staff member Peter was an absolute lord and even necked a snake vodka shot with us.
We stayed five nights... Too long! Max three needed to do Tiananmen Square, forbidden city and maybe a Great Wall tour. Skip the gorge tour unless you're really a fan of damns, it's not good value for money. Our "tour" was more a "delivery service" - we were dropped at the entry gate with tickets where we were left to make our own way for a few hours until the diver picked us up. Don't be afraid to speak up if unhappy, we made friends who had a moldy private room and had to ask to be moved.
The hostel was great. The atmosphere was good, and as there are so many backpackers around, you'll meet many people without any efforts. One bad thing was that Leo Hotel arranged a taxi for me and for another couple as well. The regular price for a taxi to the airport is about 20USD. However the next morning only one taxi arrived for both me and the couple. We now needed to pay around 40USD, which felt strange, furtermore the employee who made the booking refused to give us back some money .
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
Great location, cool cafe/bar inside serving loads of Chinese and Western dishes. The hostel is in a cool hutong no more than 10 minutes walk from Tianamen. Awesome place to stay to meet lots of people from all over the world. I highly recommend taking their Great Wall tour. I stayed in a 4 bed dorm which was very basic. Lockers are tiny. Wifi is temperamental as seems to be the case all over China. Good value for money
This hostel was by far, the best hostel I have ever stayed in. The staff were friendly and helpful. The bar was cheap and very good food. The location was perfect (difficult to find at first). The atmosphere was very lively and with a real travellers vibe. I would definately recommend this hostel!!
Great hostel to meet other travellers, bar/cafe is always busy and sociable. Staff are OK, no different to any other Chinese hostel in terms of attitude towards customer service.
Excellent hostel to stay in with a great social atmosphere so easy to meet people. The room door never really got locked but i just made sure all my valuable were in the locker provided. Finally, they have a movie room with every film imaginable so great to relax in after a long day of sightseeing!
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 18-24
- (1 review)
Fácil de encontrar, cerca de un metro, lo que es extremadamente útil. Además esta ubicado en medio de un área de hutons muy pintoresca, bueno para salir a caminar, cerca de una oficina para comprar pasajes de tren. El personal habla inglés muy bien. Lo único malo es que en la zona de bar/restaurant ponen todo el tiempo la misma música y no se puede comer comida de otro lugar, sólo comprar ahí
Overall very happy with the Hostel, couldn't want more socially especially for a lone traveler. GREAT bar area that is the center of activity through the day and night meaning i could make a new group of friends whenever needed. Staff could have been a tad more friendly when checking in, asking without a smile or greeting whether or not i had a reservation (this place books out quick) but the pool table and darts board were great for concluding a long day exploring the Hutongs (alleys) close by
We were a group of 11 and had a nice time at this busy hostel. Some rooms are bigger than others, and beds are hard, but it's just fine. Facilities are ok and the staff is very nice and helpful. It's in an unbeatable area of central Beijing! Overall, a good choice!
Is an excellent option in Beijing, close to the Tiananmen square and main sights. The bathrooms are few for the dormitories, so sometimes you have to wait for taking a shower. The bar is pretty good to chill out and refresh with some beers. The tours to the great wall are highly recommended to book them with the hostel to avoid multitudes and touristic traps. Recommended Hostel in Beijing, clean and with good atmosphere.
Not very cheap but a great location to stay in Beijing right by forbidden city. Food was ok however it was a little frustrating when numerous things on menu weren't available. Rooms need some upkeep as the double room wasnt very clean. Also I recommend training the staff to talk in lower voices as they were extremely loud right outside my room at 6am every morning.