Great location, five minutes to the ferry and monorail. The main floor is very clean, but the female dorm is just off the common room and is -extremely- noisy. There's even instruments people are encouraged to play - until midnight! The desk is unmanned from 12 so no one is there to enforce quiet hours or stop anyone from entering if one of the 10 girls forgets to lock the door. This guesthouse needs to improve its security measures and considerations to international, not Japanese, standards.
There are good and not good points. Beautiful, spotless, atmospheric rooms. Friendly staff and beautiful grounds, nice (clean!) pool. Easy 20 min walk into town, easy on a motorbike. Reception is only open about 9-9/10, no breakfast for early starters (museums close at 3). A bit iffey to arrive late off a night ferry and just have your key tacked to the main door. But then the reasonable price means they can't have 24 hr staff. Noisy dogs annoyed me but I dislike dogs. Overall, would recommend!
I really enjoyed my stay here. The owner told me they refurbished everything a few years ago and I believe it, everything (floors, bathroom, windows, etc) looks very new. The owner is very nice and the terrace and breakfast were great. It's very close to the bus station but in an area with a little more character than the other hotels. I stayed in a private but the dorm looked nice, it was in the basement but that would be cool in the summer I think. I would definitely recommend.
What a beautiful little place! The owner is the sweetest woman and the terrace is beautiful, grape vines overhead and a spring underneath. A five minute walk to the limestone travestines! I arrived off my night bus and she served me tea in the lobby and cleaned the room so I could check in at 8 am. We saw a girl from our previous hostel on the street and the owner invited her in for tea as well. The bathroom was a little basic but the cheapest private room of my trip with tons of character!!!
This place has good and bad points. The staff were very nice and the breakfast was great. It was easy to meet people in the nice common area and around the pool/ping pong tables. Unfortunately I didn't feel secure here - the entrance to the female dorm is outside and the door didn't lock automatically, and some of my roommates kept leaving the door unlocked. Also, no towels or locks available, and no wifi in the female dorm. Overall not a bad place but they need to improve basic facilities a bit
Great hostel! The facilities were excellent - free towels, hair dryer in the dorm, free lock/locker. The only very minor downside is that's its very central, a five minute walk from the Blue Mosque and all that, which is very convenient but means you get hassled by restaurant touts when you walk out the door. The staff are also incredibly helpful. Definitely recommend!!!
This hostel is right amongst the Beijing hutong, so if you did a quick 2 day trip from somewhere else in China like I did, you can check that off your list! It's got a great atmosphere and a lot of character, although there is only one front desk staff so she seemed a bit sleep-deprived and cranky at times. I was a solo single traveler so wasn't very impressed with being put in a shared room with 3 other guys, but I guess I did book late. Overall I would recommend it.
The hostel had a great view and had lots of shops and restaurants around. The bed and common room was very clean, the bathroom was clean but very small. It was a little bit hard to find but very close to a central metro station once you knew where it was. The only staff was nice but won't tell you important information (the entrance code to the building, that he's keeping your passport, there's drinks in the fridge, etc) unless you ask. I'd recommend it, but make sure you ask questions!!!
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