Pingyao Harmony Backpacker Guesthouse Reviews
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The staff is really great, speaks english and is very helpful. The facilities are a very nice experience, especially if you like to live more closely to local culture, this is the place to go. It is within the city walls of Pingyao, so the buzzing streets are just at your doorstep.
They buy train tickets from tour agencies (when there are no tickets in the web site somehow they still buy them) so they wish for 20 yuan commision. They aren't that helpful if u ask about things that doesn't pay them money. Seems like they abuse their "top rated" rank in lonely planet to do as they wish. breakfast expensive, small and not good. I got a room instead of the dorm I booked for a reason I wasn't told. I paid more - but just a little more. (less than room price)
You can buy cold cans of Coke! No kitchen, but they cook OK food. Woman in charge is great. If you prefer to walk instead of take a taxi, then maybe go with one closer to the train station. It's within the old city walls, but seemed to be the farthest walk. Nice open-air courtyard would be great in summer.
The staff are this hostel were very nice - the owner of the hostel helped us book train tickets and also arranged for a taxi to take us to the train station fairly late at night. The double bedroom we had was Chinese-style which was nice, although it made the bed and pillows a little uncomfortable. The food was very nice. The staff also kindly helped us rent out bicycles for a very cheap price. The atmosphere at the hostel seemed pleasant and overall we had a lovely stay.