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Happy Dragon Hostel
Ranked #127 of 6,599 Hotels in Beijing
Reviewed 12 September 2011

I am in my 70s and was a bit reluctant to stay there when I saw the shabbiness but for 5 nights it worked out well. The rooms are small but adequate and put in order every day, threadbare towels changed every other day. Shower is also small and of the sort where water goes everywhere and you hope it runs away and dries quickly so you don't slip! but plastic slippers are provided. You can't put toilet paper down the lavatory but have to throw it in a bin or it clogs up the drains! Breakfasts were good and set you up for the morning. There is a good fruit and veg.market in a nearby street early every morning and several decent restaurants in the area and also only a 10 minute walk to the underground. Staff are very helpful and cheerful.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

We traveled to China during mid-August 2011. My fiance and I stayed at Happy Dragon Hostel for 5 days. We both really liked the hostel and the staff was SO friendly, especially Betty. We felt very comfortable and relaxed there immediately.

The location is GREAT! The Dongsi subway is about a 5 minute walk away. Tienanmen Square and the Forbidden City are about 20-25 minute walk from the hostel. Wangfujing street is only 5-10 minutes away. It is such an excellent area to be situated in! Also the map on the Happy Dragon website under the about us tab (i think) is dead on. We used this map the whole time and never got lost. Beihai Park and Jangsan Park ( i think that's the name, it over looks the Forbidden city) is only a 15-20 minute walk away. Go to Beihai!!

The food at the restaurant was also very, very good and the kitchen was very clean (we saw it as we walked by). We ate at the restaurant a lot because the price was good and we knew we were eating somewhere we wouldn't get sick. Also the free dinner nights are not meant as an actual dinner, it's at 8:00 p.m anyways. It's more snacking and socializing which is fine. People shouldn't complain about free food anyways.

Regarding the rooms, we had a private double ensuite room. It was simple and nothing special BUT it was clean. There wasn't dust or dirt anywhere in the room!! I was so shocked. As long as the room is clean that's all that matters to me. Plus, if you are exploring China I would think you wouldn't stay in your room much as a source of entertainment.

The accommodations were great and we always felt comfortable! SO many restaurants within a 2-5 minute walk as well!

I would recommend staying here!

Also, if you arrive at the airport for example at 2 p.m. tell them you will check in by 5 p.m. The Beijing airport is HUGE and takes a really long time to walk anywhere. There is a train that is connected to the airport that takes you to the subway in the city and takes about 40 minutes or so.

Once at Dongsi station go out of the exit Happy Dragon Hostel says on their website. Then cross the street. You will see a Chinese traditional looking arch (street name on the map is incorrect).. go through there. Pass the movie theatre, and then turn right at the building that has a pagoda looking thing coming out of it. It's very hard to get lost.
On the website there are picture directions so the hostel is SO easy to find!

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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank rosie712
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

I'm in my mid 40s, and this was just my second experience at staying in a hostel. Loved it! Happy Dragon was a wonderful little place--very friendly staff, good location, nice restaurant, and clean & quiet.

A friend and I shared a small room. It was clean, quiet and had a private bathroom. It was also very inexpensive--$25/night for 2 people! There were a mix of ages, so we did not feel out of place.

There's a small bar/restaurant behind the reception, and I had a nice breakfast there each morning. Also, the hostel offers a couple of special events each weeks, which allows you to meet other travelers. My friend and I attended a sort of fondue dinner one night, and it was free, delicious and fun. We also took a one hour bike tour--again free--and it was also interesting and great fun.

I can't say there are many tourist spots located close to the hostel, but there's certainly lots of great chinese culture nearby. But there's a subway station nearby, and it wasn't too long of a walk to get to some of the city's more significant sites.

My friend and I took a tour of the Great Wall one day, which was offered (for a fee) by the hostel. It was fantastic. We met some other travelers staying at other hostels, and we had a nice lunch after our walk on the wall.

What else to stay? I'm very glad I stayed here, and I'd absolutely stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank afinetraveler
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

I had a private room with a sizable bathroom. This hostel has clean rooms and a variety of tours. Fog example I got in late and signed up for the great wall tour for the next morning. It went to what had been recommended as the best section of wall to visit, without stopping off at jade factories, etc. In general, good value and good location.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

Stayed here for almost two weeks, booked Xi'an train ticket immediately, but incompetent staff still could only reserve a third tier hard sleeper nine days in advance! Rushed back one evening for the duck "dinner". Don't bother, you barely get any food, we waited forever for food and still had to go out to dinner afterwards. Went on the overnight Great Wall trip which cost 450 Yuan per person. Most people brought along a tiny daypack with some warm clothes believing the staff when they said that they would provide everything. Well, they provide it, and then put it in a big pile in the parking lot and expect YOU to carry it all the way up to the tower-not an easy climb. NO ONE was prepared for carrying a tent, sleeping bag, pad, beer, and water (which they did NOT provide nearly enough of). This is after eating a huge lunch which they provide just before you are expected to hike almost 2 hours up hill carrying everything, even though there were 4 workers. The next morning, they had thrown most of the trash over the wall!!! Breakfast the next day did not include anything to drink. This hostel is located in the back corner of a mall parking lot.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: No.29 Ren min shi chang xi xiang , Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China
Region: China > Beijing > Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range: €16 - €49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Happy Dragon Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
*New bicycle hutongs tour starting 1st March**FREE weekly parties of... dumplings (make and eat) , bbq … join-in, enjoy the food and meet new friends! :) That’s right … 2 times a week there is free food! :)+ 'Happy Hours' and special drinks promotions in our barWelcome to the Happy Dragon Hostel, your happy home in Beijing! Within two years of opening we have established a great reputation as being one of Beijing’s best hostels, offering everything a guest needs … and more! We take pride that our service standards are second-to-none, and guarantee that your stay will be happy, entertaining, memorable and excellent value for money. We prefer the personal touch when catering for our customers and staff are more than happy to chat with you, you can learn some Chinese and get the best tips for where to go and getting the best deals when out shopping or needing advice. We’re one of the very few hostels in Beijing to have a real bar, so the atmosphere is great for meeting fellow travellers and other guests, and we have a full tours programme to take you to the must-see Great Wall plus a variety of spectacular shows that are guaranteed to impress. Anything you need and we’ll do our very best to help! :)Our friendly staff are enthusiastic and able to help you with everything: most have years’ of youth hostel experience and are fluent in English as well as having leisure and tourism training and experience (some members are also qualified English tour guides). All rooms are cleaned daily and well maintained, with reading lamps, bed curtains, lockers in the dorms and drawers/cupboards/hangers/shower rails (+free towels +free shampoo and body wash) + hot/cold air-conditioners and extra blankets or a heater if you need. We have a 'quiet policy' for late at night so you can sleep comfortably, as although it's a fun hostel we still know our guests need a good night's sleep :)The hostel atmosphere is like a big family, being relaxed whilst being super-clean and tidy. There is a 24 hour reception + security and our staff are available around the clock to help with all your needs.In addition we can also help you book domestic and international flight and train tickets as well as being able to book you hostels throughout China.**We can also arrange fully tailored trips to Tibet at a guaranteed cheapest price**Facilities:- Web access in lobby (with Facebook when available!) with headphone / microphones / webcams + USB connections- FREE Web access in room - FREE Wi-fi in room - FREE Wi-fi in lobby - FREE library (good selection of Chinese/English/foreign language books and travel guides to read / swap 2-for-1 / photocopy)- Printing and photocopying service- Postal service + stamps for sale- FREE local, city-wide, national travel info- Phone cards + help to easily buy new SIM cards + recharge phones- CD/DVD burning - Taxi booking service to Beijing sites / railway / airport- onwards travel advice to other destinations- train + domestic/international plane ticketing service - Bicycle hire + bicycle tours- Cable TV - Kung-fu lessons from Beijing's award winning Tom Zhang- TV - Refrigerator - Secure key card access + lockers- Efficient laundry service - 24 hour security - Ensuite (western-style!) bathroom with hot and cold shower in all rooms- FREE towels + linen provided- FREE shampoo + body wash soap in all rooms- Ticketing service- FREE 24 hours hot shower- FREE hair-dryer use- FREE extra blankets + heaters in winter- FREE parking - Bicycle parking - On street parking - Late bar with daily special offers - Breakfast choice of American/English/Continental- Restaurant with Chinese + Western food menu- No smoking policy in our bar restaurant in the mornings before noon- Hot and cold air conditioning all rooms- Tours desk - FREE luggage storage - 24 hour receptionAccommodation InformationAll rooms are clean, warm and comfy - newly renovated and decorated. All rooms are equipped with modern security key-card access doors, 24 hour hot water, TV, western toilet and shower, and hot/cold air-conditioning. We also offer free internet connection sockets in every room, and free wireless throughout the hostel.Location InformationWe are located to the north-east of the Forbidden City, 10 mins walk east to Wangfujing shopping street and further 20 mins walk onwards to Sanlitun Bar Street. Out of the hostel on the right is the Dongsi Metro Station, you will arrive in Tiananmen Square in 4 stops and also 4 stops straight down to the Temple of Heaven. This Metro connects all the important places of interest including the Capital Airport, Beijing Main Station, Summer Palace etc.The hostel is also walking distance from the Forbidden City's North entrance and the famous JingShan Park, where from its hill top pagoda you can see amazing views over the Forbidden City and all of Beijing. ... more   less 
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