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Sitting On The City Walls Courtyard House Reviews

57 NianZi HuTong, JingShanHouJie, DongCheng District, Beijing, China

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1251 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 91%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 86%Facilities

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The staff were effective but definitely not warm or approachable. It was more like quick ask what you want, we have other things to do. Also, the rooms were not cleaned everyday and I had to highlight that to the front desk and then it was cleaned. The shower had a used plaster sitting on the stand for the entire 5 days I stayed. So cleaning is done but not properly. While the hostel is located in a central part of city, the distance to the metro was quite a bit.


The staff was smiling and helpful, one of the best hostels I've been to in China! The location was a bit off, but it was still reasonably close to the underground.


The owner (Rick) was extremely friendly, helpful and nice. The courtyard a great place to hang out and the food was convenient and tasty. But I was a little disappointed with the cleanliness of the room. Even after the cleaner had been there during the day, there was still lots of long black hair ALL over the floor in the doom room. Also, while the toilets were nice and clean, the dorm shower was a bit weird. Maybe get a longer shower curtain, which actually covers the entire glass wall!


The courtyard itself was covered and made a fantastic sitting, dining and info (computers available for use) area. Owners so helpful -, food good and great location - 5* accommodation. Yes please let them know what I said - I'll certainlt stay there again. regards Heidrun


An excellently located hostel with incredibly helpful staff who spoke great English! We asked for a quite room but were placed next to the 24 hour reception. Never the less it was a good room, the Great Wall trip was fantastic as were the hostel facilities.


This was a great little hostel tucked away in a perfect location in a traditional Hutong, near the Forbidden City. Nice and helpfull staff, beautiful courtyard, reasonnable price for the dorm, interesting tours and great dorm. It's a 8 bed-dorm, but as it is on two floors, it feels like a 4-bed dorm, with a nice private bathroom for the dorm. Clean, comfortable, quiet and a nice mixture of guests, nationalities and age. Would definitely come back!


Relatively expensive, noisy, but cosy courtyardhotel


A bit far from the metro with luggage, but the directions provided are easy to follow. There isn't much luggage storage space in the dorm and the lockers are small and in the common area. The staff were very helpful and have all the info you need to reach the major sites. Was a nice, quiet place while I was there.


i was in beijing 4 times and ended up staying in 3 hostels. all rated highly on hostel world and hostile bookers. this was my favourite by a mile. the staff are so helpful. the hostel is clean, beds are more comfortable than i was accustomed to in all other parts of china, wifi was good along with the food which was reasonably priced. making you feel welcome from the offset and if i was visiting beijing again i would 100% prebook here. Even good enough to keep my bag for a week whilst in DPRK


It's located inside Hutong which makes you get to see a little bit more abt authentic part of Beijing.Abt 15min walk to subway Nanluoguxiang, I enjoyed my walk a lot but sometimes when i'm beat i just wish it could be just next to the subway. Quite nice staff and very comfy lobby. All in all it's very quiet and definitely recommend to stay here.


Having read many reviews re numerous hostels in Beijing, we decided to stay at City walls during our time in Beijing. Is it the best? I don't know, but I can recommend it with much confidence and would not mind to return to this jewel in the heart of Beijing. We always felt special and our needs were always met in double-quick time. Whenever we returned after a long day in the sun, it felt like returning home. 'Thumbs up' all the way!

  • 8th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Africa
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)


The directions were really good and as soon as I arrived, I was immediately greeted very warmly by the owner and his front desk girl, I apologize I have forgotten their names. The bed was pretty comfortable and the bathrooms were cleaner then I expected, remember that they are cleaned couple times a day and used almost constantly, but compared to some 3star places I've stayed, these were far superior. The in house menu was alright and reasonably priced for China, I thought. Good trip ideas too!

  • 3rd Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


this is a great little hostel ideally located walking distance form many attractions such as Tiananman Square/Forbidden City and Houhai and Beihai Lakes. We stayed in a Private Twin room and the room was large with a lovely bathroom. Lockers available in the common area for valuables. The common area was large and beautiful but there wasn't much interation amongst other travellers and the area was a bit too quiet a lot of the times. Overall I would recommend but not for meeting other travellers!


Great location with wonderful hutong atmosphere. Availability of meals disappointing with no hot drinks available after 8pm. Information regarding visiting attractions fantastic with detailed paperwork of cost, bus routes, itineraries, etc. An enjoyable experience in the rapidly disappearing Hutongs.


This Hostel was absolutely amazing. Great location (although a little walk to the station but very close to buses). The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and their english was great which made organising what we were doing and where we were going very easy. They had great recommendations on where to go, what to see and what and where to eat. I highly recommend going on the Jinshanling Great Wall tour that they organise as it is my favourite (having also been to Badaling) part of the wall

  • 20th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Good wifi, friendly staff. Plenty of places to sit in the common area. Clean facilities. Located about 15-20 min walk to the nearest metro.


brilliant hostel staff were extremley helpfull and spoke fluent english. Good rooms comfortable beds and good food no negatives really ..thanks for a comfortable stay :)


The staff were absolutely wonderful, and the location is amazing. The courtyard was a comfortable retreat, and the room nice and cozy. Even our friends who live in Beijing commented on how nice the hostel is!


My bed could have been a little bit longer, I am 1,90 m

  • 4th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


Staff are very helpful. Hostel is located in a fantastic location. You won't beat it in Beijing if you want to be near the Hutong area and T Sq. The courtyard is very pleasant and a perfect place to relax after exploring Beijing. Food is great too. My WiFi signal was poor in my room and the door had a padlock on it, but lockers are available for valuable items. Still, I would definitely return!

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