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Reviewed 25 January 2012

We arrived late in the evening while it was heavily raining ... and they were fully booked despite our reservation for an en-suite double. So I was pretty unhappy that they had to transfer us to a hotel several blocks away. And then we had to walk back the next morning to check into rooms.

Anyway, even though our vacation didn't start off perfectly, this ended up being a pretty decent accommodation for the days that we were here. The rooms were clean and the bathroom worked fine. What else can you ask for from a hostel, right? Plus the bar scene downstairs was pretty active late at night but we never had any trouble sleeping. By the end of our 6 weeks in China, I can easily say that Happy Dragon turned out to be one of the better hostels that we stayed at. Food was better at some other hostels, but the rooms here were much better.

We ended up booking with their Mutianyu tour to see the Great Wall, which was fine albeit a little bit rushed.

(visited in July 2010, not 2011)

Room Tip: Eat breakfast outside the hostel, if you want to save money. Just turn right and turn right again. There are some local places that you can get food for almost nothing! Just be brave enough to walk in and point to what other people are eating since they probably won't speak any English.
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 December 2011

Okay, I haven't stayed in any other hostels in China but this was among the better I have stayed in over all.

The rooms are nice and clean - and they even provide shampoo etc wich is not normal!

Walls with tags from former visitors along with an realy nice bar/restaurent enables you to and make you wanna hang out there and meet other people.

It's about 10 minutes walk from the metro station and there are plenty of opportunity to enjoy some local adventure a bit outside the citycenter with both exotic snacs arround the corner, a cinema and nothing but the 'real' beijing all around.

Also a big thanks to the friendly and helpfull staff.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank shortyDK
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Reviewed 13 December 2011

These hostel was sooooo cute. The rooms were big (we stayed in a four-bed room with private bathroom (we were 4 friends) and we really enjoyed our stay. All the girls (Katie, Betty, Mary, etc.) are so nice! They try to solve any kind of problem that you may have. They booked our train tickets to Shanghai at the best price, they wrote in chinese any direction that we needed... they called our taxis, etc. They made incredibly comfortable our stay. We left out clothes, presents and money in our locker and there was no problem... This is important in China because security in this country is not that common... I have to say that this is the most amazing hostel in Beijing!!! The bar is always full of people and the food is nice (specially if you start missing occidental cuisine...) hehe

Totally recomended!

Xxxxxx

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Leticiadela
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Reviewed 23 November 2011

Our family of 6 stayed at this hostel and were incredibly pleased It was safe and clean. The cafe served tasty, reasonably priced food. We're travelling through China and have stayed at multiple hostels and this one has the best staff by far. The manager even took some of us in his car when the taxi that arrived to take us to the train station couldn't fit us in! Betty, Peach, Sally and Rachel at the front desk learned all of our names, gave us wonderful advice and made us feel at home. My children still talk about the Happy Dragon.

Room Tip: The bottom floor can be a bit loud. Would recommend requesting a 2nd floor room if you like to go to bed early.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Susiemaam
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Reviewed 18 November 2011

We r teahers in china and come to Beijing whenever we can. We stayed at a hostel in tienamen square 2 weeks prior to staying happy dragon and now we will only stay at happy dragon! the staff was great, which is rare in china, and they were super helpful! Food is awesome an cheap- the burgers r the best we've had in our 3 months in china and they have the cheapest cocktails in Beijing. We like the location because you r still in a hutong but can get away from the hustle an bustle of the center of Beijing, but it is super close to the metro line that runs through the city. Love, love, LOVE happy dragon

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Thank chelsealaurene
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Tim z, Manager at Happy Dragon Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2011

Dear Customer , Thanks for your nice review. We will keep the good things and improve our weakness, Looking forward to seeing you again at Happy Dragon very soon!

Kind regards
From Betty

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