Drum Tower International Youth Hostel
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Day 2 we were bound for the great wall of china!! We were all very excited and more suitably dressed-even though it felt ridiculous wearing tights, thermal tights, leg warmers, three pairs of socks, pants, ugg boots, 3 shirts, a jumper, and two jackets. With gloves, beanie and neck warmer!!!!
First one the tour we went to visit a ming tomb …
The next day we had a relaxing sleep in and then I went to have a massage before mum and bess arrived at our hostel. The massage was awesome and just what my sore body needed! Also it was only $18 bucks for full body hour massage! Yay!
After meeting up late Morning we headed to the clock tower and drum tower which were really close to our …
We planned a lovely morning with mum and bess checking out the lama temple and Confucius temple meeting at a subway station. The meet up did not go as planned however as none of us realized there were different exits for each line of station so we were waiting for each other in two totally different locations!! So after that mix up we didn't meet …
Sleeping, keeping warm, eating
That's about all Leah and I could manage after our hectic week with mum and bess. We were so exhausted! It was great to have a day and a half of not doing much.
We slept alot and got some washing done in our room, only resurfacing for finding some yummy food close by. We then had a cheap red eye …
I must apologize for my hiatus. As international Labor Day was May 1st, we had another 3-day weekend (in the middle of the week) and I took a few extra days to travel to Beijing again. Darren and I first visited Beijing 2 years ago when we were on our journey around the world. We had a little more time on this trip and had the pleasure …
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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.