A bit overpriced for what it is, Sleepy Inn nevertheless offers an unusually peaceful setting for a Beijing youth hostel, located as it is by the shore of Xi Hai, the quietest of Houhai’s trio of lakes.
There’s a slightly school-corridor feel to the main building, but rooms are clean and comfortable, if a little cramped for the price. All rooms do come with free wifi, though. And all rooms apart from the six-bed dorms come with en suite bathroom.
There’s a cute little bar-cafe area, and a small roof terrace which (just about) overlooks the lake.
Bike rental is ¥20 per day.
Staff members are very friendly and speak decent English.
Near here, the Boathouse Bar is a great place for a lakeside beer, while the hutong alleys behind Si Huan Food Market make for some interesting strolling.
103 Deshengmen Neidajie
Xinjiekou or Jishuitan (both 500m)