Red Lantern House

No.5 Zhengjue Hutong, Xinjie Kou, Xicheng District, Beijing, Beijing Region, 100035, China

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    Red Lantern - a touch of the traditional


    When looking for accommodation, we were looking for something not only in a convenient location, but something with a more Chinese feel rather than the standard hotel room (that start to look similar all over the world).

    Red Lantern is in walking distance from Ping'An Li metro station. There are two venues for Red Lantern, across the main road (and down a side street) from each other.

    We booked directly on their website (and paid in cash on arrival). We stayed for 5 nights when we arrived in mid October 2010, then took a train to Mongolia, and we stayed at Red Lantern again when we returned to Beijing.

    We also booked an airport transfer online with them from Beijing airport to the accommodation (but caught the metro and airport train when departing). Even when we missed a connecting flight (due to a late departure and hence late arrival in Guangzhou, and China Southern got us onto a different airline so we could get to Beijing that night), after contacting Red Lantern with the help and use of the mobile phone of a very kind air hostess at the boarding gate on Hainan Airlines, Red Lantern re-arranged our pick up from the different terminal at the different time at the airport, and everything was fuss-free and smooth.

    The accommodation is set up in the style of the old traditional Chinese courtyard, with all rooms facing out onto a courtyard. The courtyard itself is lovely, and is decorated with red lanterns.

    There is a meal room where there is a reception desk, and people are welcome to eat breakfast and other meals, chat, use computers.

    It was very good value, very comfortable, very friendly staff, great atmosphere.

    We also booked a tour to the Great Wall at Mutianyu with Red Lantern. It was a small group of Red Lantern guests, with a friendly driver.

    They have a lot of information on their website, including directions from various places.

    Walk down the hutongs around the hostel for excellent local restaurants where the locals eat. The prices are the prices locals pay, and the food is authentic and what the locals are eating. People are living here, around the hostel, so you have a chance to see people living their daily lives. Many restaurants have picture menus if you cannot read or speak Mandarin. We had delicious meals down the side streets.

    Unique Quality: Like a traditional Chinese courtyard home.
    Excellent value for money.

    Directions: Walking distance from Ping'An Li metro. Xicheng district. (Xi = west)
    In the old Hutong district.

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Stay away from the Red Lantern Hostel

by nicole_e_j about Red Lantern House

Despite an amazing review on Hostel world, we found this to be one of the worst hostels that we have ever visited. When we finally found it, (finding anything in the Hutongs in Beijing is an adventure, even for the locals!), we were sent off to the second courtyard hostel, which was a good trek further on down the street. Although full of character, and probably lovely and cool in summer, this hostel was ice cold, with no towels supplied in the double rooms, thin blankets and dirty bathrooms. The staff didn't speak any english, and only one person who would drop in occasionally would help us out to work out what was going on.
This hostel needs to learn what the backpacking guests want in a hostel - although it had character and was very pretty, I strongly recommend you stay elsewhere anytime except summer, when even then I would try somewhere else before handing over your money, and a deposit that they will more than likely keep for no good reason! Courtyard Hutong, traditional building, lots of character. Freezing cold!


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Address: No.5 Zhengjue Hutong, Xinjie Kou, Xicheng District, Beijing, Beijing Region, 100035, China