Don’t be put off by the back alley in Suzhou Hutong to reach Peking Station Hostel in Beijing. As soon as you step inside you feel serenity with the warm decor, plants and cosy seating. You are greeted with big smiles from the helpful staff at reception and offered assistance with your stay or getting around the city.
REVIEW OF PEKING STATION HOSTEL
Social hostel and great working space
After a busy day exploring Beijing, it was lovely to come back to the cosy Peking Station Hostel. I was able to catch up on some work once I’d worked out the WiFi. However, as the other guests arrived back from their adventures and after a couple of days not conversing due to the Chinese not speaking English very well, it was refreshing to chat to the other guests and swap stories over a beer or two. I’ve been in hostels before where people are glued to their phones but this had a great vibe.
Peking Station Hostel serves drinks, breakfast and meals. I only experienced the lovely omelette for breakfast as I ate out both evenings. The hostel also has a courtyard but I was there in February so taking advantage of the comfy sofas inside was more apt for the season.
Comfortable shared bedrooms
I opted for a bunk bed in a female-sharing dormitory. There were six in this small room which was compact but comfortable. Even though 6 in a room sounds a lot, I only met my roomies to chat to a couple of times in the dorm – two American girls and one girl from Shanghai – so you didn’t feel like you were falling over each other.
The rooms were very clean, freshly decorated and the bedding was good quality. Lots of plug points by your bed too which is great for charging up before your next day of sight-seeing around Beijing. There was air-con/heaters and lockers were supplied, the rent of a padlock is extra so bring your own. Also available is a safety deposit box and towel rental.
If you want the benefits of a lovely hostel but don’t want to share, there are rooms with twin beds and private bathrooms.
Very clean shared bathroom
The shared bathroom was for both male and female dormitories. It was super clean and the shower worked a treat! You’ll find a hairdryer in there and various products if you’d forgotten anything which I think were left by previous guests but nice they kept them for all to share.
Peking Station Hostel is central
The location is perfect. You can wander easily to Wangfujing Shopping District and explore the street food night market. Peking Station Hostel is super close to the subway, Dongdan Station is only 0.2km (Line 2 & 5) which takes you in a few minutes to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square.
Would I recommend Peking Station Hostel
Absolutely! I couldn’t really fault Peking Station Hostel if I’m honest. The only slight issue I had was with WiFi but I think that was a case of figuring out my VPN, the helpful girl at reception was persistent in solving it for me. I totally enjoyed my stay at Peking Station Hostel and at the super cheap prices, what’s not to like?
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