One of the friendliest, best-equipped hostels outside the Tiananmen Square area, Drum Tower Youth Hostel has large, clean, modern rooms with spotless Western-style bathrooms.
The ground-floor cafe area is wifi-enabled and is a good place to swap Beijing knowledge with other travellers. There’s also some rooftop seating as well as an attached bar-restaurant, called Lakers, which does cheap beer and pizza.
There’s bike rental (¥25 per day) as well as all the other facilities you’d expect from a decent youth hostel.
The historic Drum and Bell Towers are two minutes’ walk away, as are the bars and cafes around Drum & Bell Square. The lakes at Houhai are also just around the corner.
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