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Pingyao Harmony Backpacker Guesthouse Reviews

No.165 Nan Da Jie Street, Pingyao, China

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361 Total Reviews
  • 82%Value For Money
  • 77%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 79%Staff
  • 79%Atmosphere
  • 79%Cleanliness
  • 76%Facilities

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There is also a hotel owned by the same people. We made a reservation to the guesthouse but the person who picked us up brought us to the hotel. The owner said we could stay there and used our confusion and got us pay 10 yan per person too much per night. We also paid the whole price even if we had paid the deposit fee in advance. The free pick up service doesn't include PingYaoGuCheng station. There also wasn't any free tea or beer at the time of arrival. And there wasn't lockers.


good hostel, well renovated Ming style, good location but the lounge-dining is cold and does bring the travellers together.That is for the new hostel. Better for the old one but need a good revamp in the rooms and everywhere. Still both good hostels


Doesn't really feel like a backpacker place. However, nice place to spent one or two nights. The rooms are simple and in max for two person including a simple bathroom. If you arrive by bullet train take the bus to get to the station in the city.


The rooms are great! The only problem we found is the smell like "naphthalene" in some areas of the bed. It is a strong chemical smell and sometimes uncomfortable. The tour to Mianshan should be presented more like a drive since once there you are left by yourself. We enjoyed your food and hospitality, thanks for finding out train tickets!


Great location and good value for money. Staff is not really the nicest, looks like they only care about making money, they asked me 5 times if I wanted to book a tour and ignored my email about the train station pick-up (which I had to pay).


English speaking staff, but they were not always so nice when we needed help. Booked the tour to wang courtyard and the underground castle with "mr dong" (recommended in lonely planet) but actually it was not with mr dong and there was no guide, just a driver who didnt speak english, so it was a bit disappointing. The hostel is in a good location, its beautiful and overall the value for money is good.


The owners of that hostel are fake! Dont trust them at all. They are not willing to help you, especially the women. They dont speak English. I had a different room than the one I had booked and payed more. The only exception was Mr Deng, he was able to speak English. Dont go to Mianshan....not natural, pure artificial and touristic....little Disneyland for Chinese children. Enjouy Pingyao for not more than 2 days.


If not for the dirty bathrooms and old facilities, I would say it's a good hostel.


Very beautiful traditional building, especially at night, not too far from the main area. Everything would be great if the staff/owners would have been less interested in making money and take more care of the guests. We asked to change to dormitory and after been asured everything was ok we come back later at night to discover they gave away the room and that we had to search for another place at night during busy season, all of this without even a "sorry"!

  • 14th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Taiwan
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Nice hostel, central location, really beautiful courtyard! I stayed in a dorm room (which was 6 beds, instead of the 4 bed I booked) which was very clean and had a very nice bathroom. Staff were helpful in arranging things like trips and train station pickups.


Not sure I can really recommend this place. The traditional house is fantastic but there are at least 25 similar places in walking distance. The hostel was quite loud, poor shower facilities and overpriced breakfast. There wasnt much if a hostel atmosphere either. Communication with the place was bad and slow which resulted in us not gettibg picked up from the high speed train station. I recommend to shop around in town instead. There are olenty if guest houses.


Fantastic location, neat little courtyard right outside your room, good food, and very friendly staff (plus a beautiful golden retriever). WiFi is weak in rooms, otherwise, no complaints.


When we arrived all available beds in the dorm were dirty, it seems that they had not been cleaned properly. The dorm is very small, and there is only one bathroom with toilet for several dorms together. The location is great, but extra services such as food, drinks or laundry were quite overpriced.


The property is beautiful and in a good location, right in the ancient city. Other than that, this was honestly one of the worst experiences I've ever had in a hostel, and I'm saying this as someone who has backpacked through China 4 separate times. Be warned that they DO NOT honor online bookings, and that the couple who runs the place is rude, aggressive, and dishonest. Even the "free" pickup service is a scam, they tried to charge 30¥ a person after the fact. Try Yamen Hostel instead.


they have two different places in the old city; south one is closer to temples, museums and other sights but west one is a really beautiful courtyard and less noisy.we've stayed in the west, really popular place. better to book ahead.


Lovely setting with the courtyards and central of the old town pingyao Crazy taxi/shuttle bus guy had us in stitches and the room was nice with huge bed. Bar seats were uncomfortable and lacked atmosphere in the bar. Still nice hostel though


+: Very nice staff willing to help you with a lot of stuff: trip to station, bicycle rental, picking up service from station +: Courtyard hotel which looks very nice and typical Chinese +: Traditional rooms with beds as a "hole in the wall". +: Pretty clean rooms -: Even when staying a bit longer, bed linens aren't replaced and bathrooms aren't cleaned


The room was wonderful. The Wifi ok but not brilliant. The only downside was the beer was not always cold.


Mr Deng picked us up from a new train station (12 days old) which we didnt realise existed even though we had not booked a pick up. That was important because we were expecting a 100m walk to old town but new station was 15kms!! On our way in we saw a chinese wedding so I mentioned we were on our honeymoon and he gave us a free upgrade to the wedding suite. We couldn't actually find our booking confirmation for the hostel but he was v. Good about it. A very amicable guy who seemed always on hand


The place is clean and the room is nice. The guy who runs it tried to be helpful but seems flustered and forgetful. He offered to organize our train tickets. When we went to pick them up he said he had not done it and suggested we walk the 15 min to the train station instead. Wasted our time.

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