Beijing Lanting Youth Hostel is the newest addition to the HI network of hostels in Beijing and one of the many HI hostels in China. The hostel is located close to ancient capital with convenient transportation to the city. It is near the national stadium bird nest and close to many places of historical interest like China Millennium Monument and the temple of earth as well as the temple of heaven.
Not an impressive place at all. The dorm rooms are small, cramped and poorly lit. This place is more expensive than other hostels in Beijing but not as clean or interesting. Worst of all, the staff were extremely rude. I tried saying "hi" to one of the girls behind the desk and she didn't even respond, looked at me blankly and turned away. All I have to say to her is "Please don't choose to work at a hostel or similar type of job if you can't even greet your customers with a friendly "hello." The whole experience left me feeling uncomfortable and ready to leave. Also, if you want to catch the metro, you have to walk about 500 meters just to get to a bus that will finally take you to the metro. So not the best location and the hostel is not easy to find when you are looking for it for the first time as there aren't really any signs. I have stayed at far superior hostels in China.
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