Satisfaction Very Good
Value Score No Data
Good For Families
Beautiful Courtyard House
In 1591 the emperor of China planned a visit to Pingyao, and the townspeople, honoured by this visit, constructed Yamen Property (now Yamen Hostel), so that the emperor would have somewhere suitable to stay. The property was built in a prestigious location next to the county governors office. Unfortunately, the emperor never came to Pingyao as planned, but construction was completed nonetheless. Yamen Property is still a highly regarded historical site.
This was possibly the nicest hostel we stayed in during our trip in terms of setting and architecture! The house is beautiful; three lovely courtyards with the rooms ranged around them. The bedrooms are decently sized with large raised beds - particularly roomy in the doubles! The reception area doubles as a cafe and entertainment area with a pool table, TV and two computers (internet use is free), and there's a small library. There's also a room with a ping-pong table! The staff are friendly and helpful, and most speak decent English. They can arrange a free pickup from the train station if you contact them in advance (although we also saw someone with a placard from the Yamen waiting at the station for chance arrivals, so you might not have to book).
There is a bar next door, and you get vouchers for one free beer on your arrival - the bar was pleasant and cosy, but the only downside for me was the cheesy western music leaking out into the street from here.
A double room (as of June 2009) was 160Y.
Although this is a hostel, there are double rooms with bathrooms. And the bed is huge. It even has a table on it!. It's right in the heart of the town next to the square tower. The management is very friendly and helpful. And the building itself is an 18th century structure.
Unique Quality: Convenient and friendly.
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