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Excellent location and staff always available.
Yamen hostel is right in the heart of the old city and the hostel is in an original ancient building. The facilities are very basic but you are also only paying 20 yuan a night and for that all I expect is a bed. The girls at the front desk are really lovely and there is western breakfast/coffee available here for a reasonable price. My only complaint is the security guard who comes in at 11 on the dot and turns off all the lights no matter what you are doing and street noise in the mornings!!
You get what you pay for in relation to this hostel! The wifi is surprisingly good but the beds are horrific!! No mattress in our room even though there was in other rooms but even then the mattresses were so thin you couldn't even notice them. No real bar- all they have is bottled beer and nothing else so atmosphere is lacking.
For an absolute bargain basement price I had low expectations. They were partly fulfilled - cold showers, dirty rooms and bathrooms, (mop anyone?) darkish room, no lockers. On the plus side the location is great, the setting/building is a true old courtyard house, cheapish nice western food, good common/relaxing area (met people there) so on balance (I was only there for 1 night) absolutely worth it!! 👍
Good budget hostel. Big dorm rooms. The toilet and shower facilities are not so good, but they keep a clean place
Hostel said they did free pick up but I emailed them & never received a reply. I called when I arrived at the train station and was told they don't pick up from that station because it's too far. Ended up getting a bus and then got picked up from in town. At reception it says they sell train tickets but when I asked I was told that only the train station sells them. The hostel organised a "taxi" to take me to the station but the driver showed up late and it wasn't a taxi but a man with a car.
Location is convenient and easy to find. Some staffs are friendly, but not all. Toilet is a little dirty, and sound-proofing in loft is terrible… As you check in, they' ll give you a map of Pingyao, which is helpful. It provides us with car service to some further places. btw, electricity was cut off once for about 2 hours.
Old school, functional, authentic but bathrooms could definitely use some upgrading and front desk as helpful as possible given the language barrier. Sub par compared to hostels in Beijing but nice for a one night stay
Yamen is a great place where you can dive into a very "traditional" and back in-to time kind of stay, for Pingyao. The surroundings are awesome, as you will find yourself in a real courtyard villa of Qing period. Great fun for young people, though I decided to stay with my family, going for a "Deluxe Room“. Far from being deluxe, the simple beds can give some rough form of privacy, while the interiors might disappoint the most delicate visitors. Value for money, and fun experience above all.
This hostel is excellent - the location is superb, being in the middle of Pingyao's old town. The decor is beautiful - I could walk out from my room into a traditional courtyard, which really added to the experience of staying in historic Pingyao. The rooms are very clean and the staff are friendly. I don't really have any complaints! Perhaps the rooms could be improved if there were lockers, instead of having to leave valuables behind the front desk.
It's a very cute hostel and they had electric blankets in each bed so sleeping there was very comfortable. As the house is very old, we had to cross a courtyard to get to the bathroom. Everything wasn't very modern but it was kind of charming. We would stay here again.
Room was cold, staff were unfriendly and not particularly helpful. No towels provided (even for a fee!), so bring your own, but saying that the bathroom was pretty dirty. Hostel building has a traditional feel though, but that's about the only good thing. Really do get what your pay for here.