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Nostalgia Hotel Beijing Yonghe Lama Temple
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

Great place to stay. Reasonably priced and vibrant environment to observe how the locals live. Great street food cooked and served up around the corner. Close to subway and buses to get around. Staff are the biggest asset.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled solo
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Thank Wskent
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

The hotel amenities and location are perfect for a few days in Beijing. The area is one of the most interesting and the hotel is surrounded by a lot of nice places to eat. We really enjoyed the very inexpensive and yummy home made buffet breakfast and all the other the hotel services as free tea all day. Was very cold when we were in Beijing but the hotel was warm and cosy. The room was always cleaned and the reception staff even if doesn't speak much English helped us sort out the tickets to the Palace museum and have been the most helpful. The only minor adjustment I would do is to the bathroom layout but as said for few days and thanks to all the other pluses this is just a minor point.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank UvoVan
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

This hotel is clean and comfortable with an excellent bed and a great shower. The room provides two small bottles of water everyday, as well as a small tin of hand cream, shampoo and a toothbrush/toothpaste. The staff is quite helpful and called a taxi for us when we had an early morning train.

Breakfast, which you have to pay for (not expensive) is excellent, with lots of hot and healthy choices---getting filled up so well in the morning really helped us out!

The hotel is about 10-15 minutes walk from the llama temple train station, which provides good connections to the airport express as well as to the rest of the city. (We asked the hotel in advance for directions which was a good idea or we may have gotten lost). There are many food options and a supermarket within walking distance and the neighborhood is cute and it was quiet at night

The bathroom is enclosed in glass, giving no privacy.

We stayed in two separate rooms: one at the beginning and one at the end of our trip. The WiFi, which was free, did not work well in one of the rooms.

At about 345 yuan a night for a double I would highly recommend this hotel as a fine value budget option!

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank PicnicAtTheCathedral
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

Starting with the good: The room was okay. Interesting Mao-era decorations. Location was good, near the Lama Temple and Confucius Temple.
Now the not-so-good:
- The hotel was hard to find. I ended up at another hotel with the same exact name on the same exact street. (??) The person at the desk of the first place couldn't find my reservation, and then when I showed her my confirmation email she said, "Different hotel. Same street. Go that way." What?? Confusing!! (Her English wasn't good, so she may not have been able to convey exactly what she wanted, and unfortunately my Mandarin is very basic.) Either way, if there are two hotels with the same name on the same street, you'd think they would make sure to send very clear and explicit instructions to guests ahead of time, in order to prevent confusion.
- The gate to the hotel was locked when I came back from my evening out (Friday night around 11pm). I had been given no information about the gate being locked in the evening — or about how to open it. I stood outside for awhile, on the dark hutong street, not sure what to do. Eventually I entered the bar next door and asked if there was a back entrance to the hotel courtyard. Luckily for me, there was. It was annoying to me, though, that the hotel hadn't thought to let me know about the gate situation.
- The bathroom in the room is designed in a strange way: it's situated inside a glass cube, completely visible to the rest of the room. Even though I was by myself in the room, it still felt a little conspicuous to go to the bathroom! It probably didn't help that there was a full-length mirror positioned exactly in front of the toilet, on the other side of the glass.
- The shower in the bathroom is completely open — no shower stall and no shower curtain. If you shower the water will go everywhere, all over the floor, toilet, sink, etc. I opted not to take a shower because I didn't want to deal with the mess.
- Staff had very limited English. I interacted with several different people (evening/morning), and communication was very difficult in every case.

Overall... I would not choose to stay in this hotel again. I've stayed in two other hutong hotels, both within a kilometer of this one, and both of those were much better.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled solo
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Thank dnelson288
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

We were really pleased with the Nostalgia Hotel. I found it hard to choose a hotel in Beijing as I didn't know what to expect or what price would be reasonable, but I'm happy I chose this one!

The location: this was one of the best things about this hotel. It's in a bustling part of Beijing, full of shops, restaurants and great street food, but the hotel itself is in the middle of a hutong on a quiet courtyard. There are a couple of excellent bars nearby but the double-glazed windows on the rooms mean that the bar noise doesn't disturb you. The only downside is that while all the locals know where this hutong is, lots of taxi drivers aren't local and might struggle. It can be hard to find if you first arrive in the dark and don't have a local taxi driver. It's fine in the day because the hutong is clearly signposted, including in English.

The room: very clean and cosy. As other reviews have mentioned, the glass walls on the bathroom take some getting used to, but there is a screen you can put down for some privacy.

The facilities: wifi was patchy (which is the norm in Beijing) but other facilities were good. There was lots of attention paid to small details, like providing bottled water and yoghurt daily in the room, and bilingual maps of the local area. We also particularly enjoyed the vintage video games in the lobby!

The breakfast: a buffet with a good mix of Chinese and Western options. Nothing wildly exciting, but at 20 rmb per person (approx £2.30) it was very reasonable. As above, there are lots of restaurant options nearby if you want something more substantial.

The staff: so friendly and helpful. Everyone had at least a smattering of English, so we were able to communicate everything that we needed.

Overall, this hotel felt like an oasis of calm and relaxation, and I'd strongly recommend it.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank romanathethird
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