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TravelPod Member ReviewsDrum Tower International Youth Hostel Beijing
This accommodation has its good and bad points. let's start with the good.
-The location is excellent. You are 300 meters from the metro station and right in the heart of the Beijing hutongs that surround the Drum and Bell towers.
-The place is CHEAP! They provide essentially the cheapest bed in town. At 25-35 RMB/night for an 8 bed dorm room, you will be hard pressed to find much better. Even my Chinese co-workers coulnd't believe that I could find such a deal in Beijing.
-the roof-top lounge is a great place to hang out in the heat of the day or evening. It provides a nice view and a quiet spot to check email,etc.
-the dorm rooms were fine. Sheets were clean and beds were stable. AC worked, but lighting was dim and no lockers in the rooms.
-they have locked luggage storage available
OK... now th not so good
-The staff lack the knowledge to be of much help. They either did not have an answer for us or they gave us an incorrect one when we asked for help with directions. So know where you are going before you get there.
-The private bathrooms were a bit dodgy. They could use some bleach and a scrub brush. There was mold and mildew in every bathroom. The shared bathrooms were flat out dirty. Many of the showers were in disrepair. the ones that were in use often contained empty shampoo bottles and debris that just needed to be cleaned out.
Overall, I would stay here again, but you need to know what to expect. You get more than you pay for just because the location is spot on! Bring your own shower shoes and you will be fine.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.