85 Nanluogu Hutong, off Gulou Dongdajie
COST: Less than ¥100 per night
METRO: Guloudajie (Line 2)
Another budget choice, Downtown Backpackers puts you right in the middle of Nanluoguxiang, the heart of Houhai’s Gulou area. Many of the neighborhood’s best bars and restaurants will be right at your doorstep.
Downtown Backpackers is widely touted as being the best hostel in Beijing thanks to its spotless rooms, super-friendly staff, and great location. Rooms are simple but comfortable. On-site activity group A-CLUB organizes sports and activities, and there’s a fully equipped games room, bike rental, and luggage storage.