Happy dragon.Alley Hotel (former Dragon King Hostel Beijing) is a decent hotels to stay in Beijing and I have used it twice in my travels to China few years ago.
Friends and fellow travellers recommendation are the best way to find a good hostel were to stay. Reviews can be very useful too, but you have to read a lot before making the right decision. And if you don’t have time, the first option is the winner one. Got the tip for the Dragon King Hostel in Beijing from my friends whom are on a round the world trip and stayed in Beijing this year. Book it immediately, but after a short read of the reviews on booking.com, my favorite hostel booking.
Happy dragon Alley Hotel
( former Dragon King Hostel Beijing)
Location: No.78, Dongsi Jiutiao, Dongcheng District.
How to get to the Dragon King Hostel:
From the airport to Happy dragon.Alley Hotel (former Dragon King Hostel Beijing)
You can choose to take the shuttle bus which costs 20 RMB to Dongzhimen metro stay. Get off from the bus, walk 20m straight and go into the metro station. Or you can take the train from the airport to the same station as above. The price is 25 RMB per way.
At Dongzhimen take line 2 (blue) one stop to Yonghegong (Lama Temple) stop (Xizhimen direction). There, change to line 5; there are 2 more stops to your final destination Zhangzizhonglu (direction Yizhuang line). Take the southeast exit gate C. Then walk just around the corner (keep left) into the main street. Dongsibeidajie. Walk 150m till the first street Dongsi JiuTiao Hutong and take lef on then walk about 300 meters you will see the hostel on your right.
From Beijing West Railway Station to Happy dragon.Alley Hotel (former Dragon King Hostel Beijing)
Take line 9 (Green) one station to the Military Museum (National Museum Direction), then change to Line one (RED) and take the tube till Dongdan (Sihui Direction). Take off and then change to line 5 and take the train 3 stops to Zhangzizhonglu (Tiantongyuan direction). Rest as above. If you have a lot of luggage, the metro is not such a good way; because if you change many lines, you have to walk a lot between them!
In terms of facilities, the hostel has almost everything you need. Tours are available at the reception. The Great Wall is around 280 RMB, a good price. Internet connection is a big bad into the room, but if you are outside or at the bar its best.
Breakfast is not included, but you can either take it at the hostel (around 25 RMB) or at the places close to the hostel. There are good coffee shops around.
The hostel has a bar and it’s a good place to hang out, talk and make friends or just to watch the TV. Beer its a bit expensive (20 RMB – draft Japanese beer).
The lockers are in the room and they’re a big and many things can fit there.
Rooms & Prices
I stayed 3 times in Dragon Hostel. Twice for only one night and the third time 4 nights. All in a Basic 6 Bed Mixed Dorm. It was a crowded and space was decent between the beds. It would have been decent without a bed into the room.
I would suggest to ask for a room on the first or second floor. The rooms in the downstairs can be noisy due to the proximity to the reception and the bar.
The showers and the toilets are located on the second floor. Not sure if there are on the third floor too, but if there are not its a strange thing for such a bit hostel to have only 2 showers. The annoying thing was the fact that there is no door to separate the shower and toilets in the corridor.
Candice is an amazing stuff. She can help you with any info you need. The other stuff is friendly and can give you any information you ask for. The bar downstairs is a good place to hang out after a long, walking day in Beijing.
Recommendation for Happy dragon.Alley Hotel (former Dragon King Hostel Beijing) 7/10.
You can book the Happy dragon.Alley Hotel (former Dragon King Hostel Beijing) on booking.com