Pingyao Harmony Backpacker Guesthouse Reviews
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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"!
- Novice Nomad
- 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.
it should be mentioned that now there is a high speed train going to Pingyao, but the train station is not 2km from the hostel and you need to take a taxi
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (1 review)
We didnt know about a free pick up service from the train station and thus walked all the way - even though 2 km only, but with heavy bags it is quite a distance. The hostel is surrounded of souvenir shops and other hostels inside the old city, so for walking around at night it is great. Wifi only worked in the restaurant-reception area. The pc could be used for 30 min for free. Tours that are being offered are good: Wang family house, castle with tunnels, old town tour, ...
Free Shuttle Service from the Train Station
We had a good time here, but the first night we found the toilet was broken, they let us change another room,smaller bed but ok though.
We liked the location as it was easy walk to old section of town and loads or restaurants and also away from the train station part of town. The double room was huge with the most comfy bed we have had in china and the room had amazing view over Pingyao. Staff were great and allowed us to check in at 4:30am, this was brilliant as allowed us to get some sleep. We were also able check our of room late evening which meant we could have shower etc and get ready for overnight train.