The location was a little hard to find if you didn't know the area. The hotel is located in an alley of a section of the hutongs. Taxi drivers can't drop you at the front door because of the narrow alleys. Had to walk 2 blocks w/lugguage to the (Fr) door.
30 minute walk to Dongzimen station for Airport Express Train Stinky, cold room, hard bed, no bottled water or toilet paper
The staff were generally friendly and helpful. It was quiet. No free towels for private rooms!!! Private bathroom was ugly and hot water wasn't hot. Room was damp. No bathmat. Decor in room was very basic - could be more beautiful. The corridors were dark and ugly as black walls with posters of dark corridors peeling off the walls, nice fake flowers! Location was quite far from the tourist centre.
Common room was quite social. Plenty of local guests. Staff were happy to chat too. I know it is a backpackers, but the price didn't reflect well compared to its competitors in relation to quality, cleanliness, and food was expensive.