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Yamen Hostel Reviews

69 Yamen Street, Pingyao, China

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713 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 71%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 79%Staff
  • 75%Atmosphere
  • 68%Cleanliness
  • 66%Facilities

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The dorm was freezing cold, the heater did not work, of the 7 beds only 2 had working electric blankets. The bathroom was across a courtyard and again freezing cold, as well as being very dirty and in need of a refit. The lock to our room broke and was not replaced, plus it could not be locked from the inside. It's only positive was the price, be prepared for what your getting into, it might be ok in summer, but I would not suggest anyone stay in winter!


Yamen Youth Hostel is located in the heart of Pingyao, within the walled ancient city. The hostel is a courtyard so the rooms are quite different than your typical hostel in China. The hostel helped to arrange train station pickup and drop off, which was very convenient. The staff also spoke very good English.


Sensational private room for the price. It was HUGE...I have been in shared rooms before this size for 10 people. It was really quiet when I was there, but I am sure it gets going when busy.


Old, run down little place. My room couldn't lock from the inside, made me slightly uncomfortable at night.


My 20-yuan a night dorm bed was amazing value. Sure, the place is basic, but it's got tons of character and it's the real deal. Pure Pingyao style! The staff was super friendly and relaxed (off-season). I loved the common area and the couches facing the street. Loved this place! Beds are a bit hard (but I like them that way), and showers are hot and strong.


This hostel is not luxurious (budget) but it has everything you'd need (clean room, bed, showers, and free wifi). Note that the showers are downstairs. The location is perfect if you are looking to stay in the ancient city and near the hustle and bustle. Bring ear plugs if you are a light sleeper. They offer free pickup so make sure to coordinate with the hotel to take advantage. No kitchen.


Booked a 4 bed female dorm, put in mixed dorm & staff were very reluctant to move me. There was no hot water, no heating (it was 7°) and the drains stank! their solution to the lack of hot water was for me to use the communal shower 200m away despite the fact its advertised 24/7! Food was like a cheap microwave meal. Limited English & staff too busy chatting with friends to help properly! Worst hostel so far in China!


The place is beautiful but the comfort of the beds is limited..

  • 9th Oct 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Portugal
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (1 review)


With Yamen hostel you definitely get what you pay for. The location was amazing, the courtyard was really cool, and staff were friendly. The issue with the hostel was the building itself and the beds. The building is extremely old and a bit run down, the toilets/showers could definitely use a bit of a refurb and the bed mattresses were as hard as a board. Having said all that, it was less than half the price of any other hostel in Pingyao and felt very safe so we would happily stay there again.


The hostel is located in an old courtyard house in the old city , very beautiful The Moslem food market is not far away for cheap and delicious food


this is the cheapest stay we can find in pingyao which offer free pick up from the station. we arrived early and was pick up quickly. location is the best just next door from the Yamen and walkable distances to all over the splendid old town. staffs are friendly and helpful with good english command. the room is however a little bit run down and old, with rusty smell. shared bath room is not clean. they offer bar service and food - which is tasty (we had sweet sour pork)


A well located hostel with a comfortable social area in a traditional house. Good stay.


Nothing to do in hostel


Good value for the money. The room was a bit noisy in the morning due to the nets instead of Windows in the room.


Probably the best place to stay in Pingyao, at around half the price of the competition. Location is excellent, and the place itself is not tarted up to be a boutique style guest house. The vibe is low-key, not terribly sociable, but it's nice that the staff are not in your face. The communal area is unfortunately a bit tired and the sofas are knackered. A nice outdoor space to sit would vastly improve the place. The breakfast I bought was really good (some kind of spicy peppers and eggs).


The hostel has a perfect location within the city walls. It's situated in a very (old) characteristic building which make the stay even more special. The vibe in the hostel is good and unique. We were not very pleased with the dirty bathroom and the dorm room (we stayed in a 3 bed dorm) wasn't very clean either. The beds are pretty hard and the lock on the door was not very secure. Tip: bring your earplugs when going to sleep.


The most uncomfortable beds in China! Great location and good vibes in the common room and courtyard. Shower and bathroom is downstairs across the courtyard from the dorms, a little inconvenient.


The only bad thing is that the guy that works in the night turns of the lights of the common room at 12:00 and the party is off.. :/ But a very nice hostel in general and good for the price!


beautiful hostel with nice courtyards, helpful people at the reception. I stayed there for 4 nights, but unfortunately my room has never been cleaned while i stayed there


we stayed in a 7-bed room,and was not so clean. The showers need an up-to-day lifting, although for the price and location is not bad. maybe private rooms are better, but ours was noisy since was facibg the main street.

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