Pagoda Light

Hostel in Beihai Park & Xicheng North

Within a beautifully converted light-filled hútòng courtyard building is this stylish new hostel that mixes boutique design with traditional decor. It has a relaxed low-key vibe in keeping with its location next door to the Miàoyīng Temple White Dagoba. For dorms, go for the more spacious bunk beds over the cramped tatami rooms. Private rooms are smallish, but modern with comfortable touches.

There's a small lounge at the front, but the Lotus Cafe & Bar upstairs is the place to hang out. There's 24-hour reception and multilingual staff.