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“Dingy room with no windows & a heart-shaped bed!”

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Forbidden City Hostel
Ranked #2,835 of 6,464 Hotels in Beijing
London, United Kingdom
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“Dingy room with no windows & a heart-shaped bed!”
Reviewed 26 October 2011

When we checked into the Forbidden City Hostel, Beijing, we were given a dingy room with no windows and a heart-shaped bed - it looked like something out of a 1970's porn film!
There seems to be a consistent problem with drainage in a lot of Beijing's hotels and this place was no exception - there was a horrid sewerage smell coming from the bathroom all the time. When we notified reception they gave us a can of air freshener - thanks!
There is a small restaurant on the ground floor which served ok food but they haven't introduced the smoking ban in China, so you have to deal with people puffing away (without any ventilation) while you're trying to eat - gross!
Overall, I'd advise to pay a bit more and go for a nicer hotel in Beijing - as there isn't a good range of budget options for travellers.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2011

Hotel situation excellent. Great assistance from Reception as could speak in English. A small restaurant which is not bad, you can at least have a good breakfast and sandwiches etc available all day. Room very very small, two persons cannot move freely. Place only for beds. The toilet was always blocked. The shower is foud next to toilet seat, so when you are having your shower the entire bathroom get wet. No space to put your suitcase, no wardrobe nothing. The corridors have carpet which look very old and dusty. We stayed for 4 nights and could mange, if more that that impossible.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 August 2011

Stayed in a 6 bed dorm. The staff were all really friendly and helpful. Most had decent English and if not there was normally someone nearby who did. You can book tours from reception and there's free wifi which worked well for me.

The room I was in didn't have any windows and the beds were quite hard so I'd recommend bringing a sleeping bag or something to make it a bit more comfortable. Bathroom was like any other I've had in Asia (aside from hotels I've been in), wet. But the staff dry it out when they clean the room every day and hey at least there's a western toilet :)

Good for a leave in the morning come back at night sort of traveller.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2011

There was just a short walk to many attraction. The room was small and almost clean. There was room with and without window. We wanted one with window, BUT the window was indoor. Turned towards the corridor. Not exactly what we had ordered.
One of the receptionist was friendly, but otherwise the staff was rude.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Xiamen, China
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Reviewed 11 July 2011

Location is obviously convenient.
We got (by chance?) a kind staff from bar to reception desk. Good place.
Rooms are small but what do you except for this location and cost.
Will recommend to any travelers not looking for 5 stars.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 May 2011

Remember to take the card from reception's desk because ALL taxi driver can't speak English. Location was fine, quite near (around 15 minutes at least) with subway (Tian'anmen East Station), but if you are carrying a heavy luggage then better to take a cab.
The receptionist was okay, kind of mind your own business person. You can booked a trip from here as well to few places for tour/visit (at table near entrance).
For the price you pay for a hostel in the center of Beijing with 'quite near' attraction places, then the condition of the room would be a bit compromise by the hostel operator. but for those traveler who leave in the morning and back late a night, just need a place to sleep then this place should be okay. At least you can recharge yourself here.
Overall it's quite okay, by the price, location and maybe a bit less in comforts..

Room Tip: Some room don't have windows.
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Reviewed 6 November 2010

because there were no windows in the room. The rooms were very damp and dusty. The bathroom (a wet room) was in need of renovation and the toilet didn't flush properly. Yes there was a TV, DVD player, sofa and the most uncomfortable beds in each room when really there was only enough room for the beds. We were due to stay 5 nights and left after one night. The staff didn't seem seem surprised we were leaving! but great location!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Forbidden City Hostel
Address: No.5 South Heyan Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
Region: China > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #2,835 of 6,464 Hotels in Beijing
Hotel Class:2 star — Forbidden City Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 43
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