The Central Youth Hostel is a youth hostel and guest house in the central railway station of Beijng, near Metro Station Beijing Railway Station (北京 站), perfectly accessible from Metro Line 2, which is an ideal location as it is near the Gate of Heavenly Peace Square and the Temple of Heaven (although I do not recommend walking to these places, because it will take a 30minute-stroll-and the taxi will only cost two euros). Rooms with ensuite (about 30Euros per night for a double room) with a shared bathroom (15Euros the individual double 20Euros). The shared bathroom is very dirty and there is hot water with good pressure, but sometimes they are full, people are not very clean and you have to bring your own toilet paper ... I prefer the rooms with a private bathroom, although there aren´t not many. Reservations are usually full. The hostel has a small shop, a restaurant, an internet room and a bar (with TV, billiards and darts,) and you can have a good time without leaving the building. Some rooms have a flat rate Internet access (included in the price), but not all of the rooms. The staff speaks English and Chinese as well.
This backpacker hostel located in Beijing's central street of Nanluoguxiang in the district of Dongcheng, is one of the most popular in the city. If you are visiting Beijing on a tight budget I recommend this place as your first choice of accommodation, since China's network of hostels is not very developed and there is no other establishment in the same category to cast a shadow. There is a laundry service, wireless internet service, free airport pickup and a western restaurant. The double room rates are around 15 euros per person, including breakfast.
This hostel claims to be the cheapest, it has charm, nice people, you'll have to visit the restaurant that it has with really nice employees who will be happy to speak broken English with you and teach you Chinese. The food isn't very Chinese, but it's good, even though all around it there are 100% Chinese restaurants at Chinese prices, like 8 yuanes for some noodles.
This hostel is in the middle of Hutong, which is one of the streets in the old part of town, full of life, shops, restaurants, etc. This hostel is centrally located, walking you can reach Tienanmen, but the real pleasure is losing yourself in Hutong and trying to get to know its people speaking Chinese.
The rooms are a little bit precarious, but that's normal for these prices of about 160 yuanes for a private room, or 40 yuanes for a shared room. If you're a backpacker, this is the place for you.
In Beijing we stayed in a restored hutong located very close to the Forbidden City. It has a large common area and also a restaurant. The rooms have their own bathroom and are clean, but small. You can even book a spot on a trip to the Great Wall of China. We opted for the sections of wall that goes from Jinshanling to Simatai. This stretch took us a little out of Beijing but we were not disappointed.
The hostel is Shanglin Hostel situated in Hutong close to Tiananmen Square, in the heart of of Beijing. Shanglin Hostel is an old building, a traditional Beijing hutong. The inside patio is nice and makes you feel as if you are in another era. The hostel has a room with many PCs connected to the Internet, available for free for guests. These PC's do not work very well. There is free wifi in public zones. There is a very nice lounge with a TV and a small area to lie down and have long conversations. There is also a Playstation, meals are served at reasonable prices. The menu is not varied. They have laundry for 10 Yuan (not cheap, more than in other hostels). Bike rentals for 20 yuan per day, but there are places where the price is half. All rooms in the Shanglin Hostel have air conditioning. Advisable to give a general overview of the rooms (a paint) and the bathrooms, which are somewhat old. The bedrooms have bunk beds with mattress. The 8 bed dorm with bathroom and the price is 50 yuan per person. The 4 bed dorms have no bathroom and the price is only 35 yuan per person. Double rooms with bath cost between 120 and 200 yuan and normal mattress beds have. Double rooms are cheaper on the roof, where you can admire the view across the hutong. The best way to get to Shanglin Hostel is to take the subway in Beijing (Beijing) to Hepingmen stops (preferred) or Qian Men. Along aa latter's metro stops for many buses, so this mode of transport is also suitable. From either 2 stops you arrive at the hostel after walking about 10 minutes. In Hostel offer a map with directions to help get there. CONCLUSION This hostel is interesting if you want to opt for the 4 bed dorms or if you want to be located near Tiananmen and in a quiet place. The living room is usually not very crowded and you can enjoy a movie lying "to the paunch".