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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
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  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card on arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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Property Description

Main building of Red Lantern:
No 5, Zhengjue Hutong , Xinjiekou Nandajie,Xicheng , District, Beijing. 100035




The best and most charming in-hutong area Chinese Courtyard Hostel in the heart of downtown Beijing... 100% traditional and unique. This business is actually the first courtyard hostel open to travelers in Beijing, not newly built copies... We like to call it 'a slice of heaven everybody can afford'
See and experience the real core life of Beijing and stay in our Beijing traditional courtyard house within your budget. In the sense of home, Red lantern House is the closest while you are traveling.

Behind the busy streets of Central Beijing, Red Lantern House is quietly located in the best part of the largest preserved Hutong area of downtown Beijing, which used to be the homes of royal and noble families. The main building was built in the eighteenth century in a traditional courtyard house attached to the famous Zhengjue Temple. This hostel aims to give its guests an opportunity to experience Chinese architecture and culture with local style by actually staying with a local family who provides guests with affordable private and shared rooms of many types and styles.

To meet increasing demand of more and more international guests of different requirements, two more locations have been put into operation and the fourth is under renovation which will be fully ready for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Red Lantern House now consists of the Main Building, West Yard, East Yard and Temple Court. They are all located in the same neighborhood and main street. More choices of different accommodation are available to suit your needs and tastes. No matter you are traveling on your own, as couples, whole family, as a group, the old or young, and even disabled (we have a handicap-accessible location), you will surely enjoy yourselves comfortably in a new home.
This hostel actually is a restored heritage home but features all the comforts of a modern home with the ambiance and feeling of traditional Chinese decor.

We have excellent facilities and our services are of more than a hostel standard. The uniqueness of our hostel is never easily found even you are staying in a five star hotel. This is why within a very short period it has become widely accepted as one of the best hostels and gained excellent reputation among guests from all over the world.

The hostel is a family-owned facility offering all her guests a warm personal welcome and detailed services in a relaxed atmosphere of peace and tranquility where you won't feel isolated.

As one of our guests put: 'This is an excellent hostel with restaurant facilities and very good food from early morning till late at night. The location in a small Hutong gives it great atmosphere and the local family feel with several generations, a cat, a dog and a small happy baby all living under the same roof adds up to this being one of the greatest hostels you will ever stay at.'

Our staff is friendly and can speak English, always ready for help. All our lovely bedrooms are clean and of a fantastic value.

Again as another guests wrote in his review of our hostel: 'The character is outstanding and charming. When you first pull up you may be a bit confused because the area doesn't look the best. However, you soon realize this cute little place is in the center of a real old Beijing downtown. The rooms open up to a courtyard/restaurant where everyone goes to meet one another. It is filled with many travelers from all over the world (in their 20s and 30s, even 40s) that you get to know over beers and food.'

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The most popular Houhai Bar Street (Lotus Lane) is just a short stroll away with hundreds of bars and tea houses. You can rent a bicycle here which is the perfect way to explore the deep Hutongs to see another side of modern Beijing and China.
Our neighborhood is safe and friendly. Just outside our hostel there are many local restaurants, stores, a post office, a huge super market called Wumart and banks including a local market in Hutong as well as Jishuitan Hospital nearby. Here you can get a taste of Chinese life. You will also enjoy the same prices as the locals for everything, as this area has no tourist prices.

The services we provide are easily within your budget and time:
-travel information of Beijing and beyond
-general assistance in English
-flight confirmation
-postcards and letter sending
-bicycle hire
-laundry and mending
-hair dryer
-trips to the Great Wall at all sections including the Great Wall at Mutianyu, Badaling, Simatai and Jinshanling.
-tours and activities including the Beijing City Tour (Forbidden City & Tian'anmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven), Hutong Tour, Beijing Opera, Chinese Acrobatics and Kungfu show.
-ticket booking including train, flight (both international and domestic).
In our communal room or in our roofed courtyard you can enjoy internet access and all drinks at very good prices ( For less than one US dollar you can get one cold and crispy large beers, as well as hot drinks. Winter Recommendation: ginger tea to warm up)

In order to get to the hostel from the airport without hassle, we provide a very reliable airport pick-up service taking you all the way to the hostel without any problem.

We are a Backpacker's hostel. Our place might not be suitable for everyone who is not used to having the backpacking experience. If you are hesitant about your choice, please make your specific requirements clear so that we could make a special one for you if possible.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.2

  • Security 9.0

  • Location 8.4

  • Staff 8.7

  • Atmosphere 8.6

  • Cleanliness 8.7

  • Facilities 8.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    25 Oct 2019
    I adored this hostel. The staff was so helpful and friendly. I had lost my headphones and they found and returned them to me right before I left! You can walk through Hutongs toward the downtown areas or you can ise public transit. When I visited the square, and how commercial and touristy it was, I was thankful to be staying at the red lantern. The hostel has a metro, food, and I felt really safe. I didn't have time to socialize but it did seem like other solo travelers did.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    05 Oct 2019
    The best hostel we stayed in and highly recommend. Loved the traditional hutong style building it is in. The staff thTand helpful. They keep the rooms and the courtyard very clean, which is a big plus.
    New Zealand, Mixed Group, 41+
  • 9.1


    30 Oct 2019
    Such a cool and cozy hostel in one of Beijing’s many hutongs. Great instagrammable interior, very cheap beer and some cool activities offered. Please note they don’t accept card payments so make sure you have enough cash to cover your stay.
    Sweden, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.1


    11 Oct 2019
    Plenty of charm at this hostel. The staff were awesome too.
    Italy, Male, 31-40
  • 8.9


    11 Oct 2019
    Nice place with friendly staff. Closer to the bus stop and walkable distance from the Subway...a lot of eating places closeby. Forbidden city city is one bus away. Negative: The directions provided in the web site is wrong. When mentioned, no action taken to correct it. It is easier to take the subway from the airport to get to the hostel than the bus. I recommend the hostel change the directions to reflect the correct bus stop or subway stations.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 8.0


    11 Nov 2019
    Very cute-looking hostel, lovely design/decoration. Helpful staff with advice on where to go, planning trips etc. Close enough to subways to get about. Would recommend.
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    25 Nov 2019
    The staff was very friendly. We booked the private room with bathroom but it’s not worth it to pay it, it’s more expensive and the bathroom and room are not that comfy although are clean. The house is old, but I think it’s a typical chinase house. I think it’s better to stay at the shared rooms. We ended moving hostel but our friends that were in private room with shared bathroom stood there. Breakfast was perfect.
    Colombia, Couple, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    27 Oct 2019
    The fact that it's in a hutong is very cool and the decorations are very nice. Location is decent, within walking distance to metro stations. Laundry is quite expensive compared to other hostels in China. Fairly clean. You have to be quick with the showers as the water doesn't stay hot for long (they suggest keeping it to 10min).
    Canada, Couple, 25-30
  • 6.9


    23 Oct 2019
    Safe and decent location; not too far from transportation. Staff was nice enough, but we had an issue with laundry service. Dropped off a bag of laundry and returned dirty. They ensured they'd been washed, but smelled the same and still had dirt from before washing. You have to rent towels and ours smelled dingy. Showers clogged, WiFi spotty, communal area is very dusty and gets loud at night, beds are VERY firm, rooms are small, but temperature controlled. Breakfast was decent and cheap.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 2.0


    06 Oct 2019
    The place is very stuffy and looks like a hoarder’s place. The private room is cramped with one small bed with little room left just to put your suit case. Sheets were not clean and I found chunks of dirt in bed when lifted the comforter. The shower was awful. The showerhead keeps on coming off and the water pressure was nonexistence. The manager/receipts were two old ladies that barely understand English. They won’t allow me to use my Chinese passport to check in. Rude af and discriminate.
    China, Female, 31-40
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  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Children's Play Area
  • Common Room
  • Dryer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Key Card Access
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Washing Machine
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Postal Service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Mini-Supermarket
  • Restaurant
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2006

    Best Character

  • 2006

    1st, Continent Winners Asia

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