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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.
Nice hostel with good vibe. Bed in dorms can be very hard. Some have a sort of matress some don't have very thin padding. Bar area is great and Chinese food served there is nice. Ticket office for booking trains on same street which will save booking fee through reception. I would go back to same hostel if in town.
Excellent location - make sure you explore the hutong area (art area)
Whatever you think, LeoHostel is great!
The only location of the Hostel is also great because it is very central....
close to Tiananmen Square, but overall is the worst hostel that i have stayed not only in China but in Asia. Poor cleanliness, baths are disgusting, as well as some of the staff's behaviour. Once i tried to ask for something to eat, the bartender said that it was not possible because kitchen closed at 22:30 (it was 22:25). But one hore later come some guys and the staff opened the kitchen and cooked for them. I complained and the guy just said "that's not my decision". Impolite, bad way.
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