For the next week I'll be staying with a friend in Ulaanbaatar but then I'm planning to move to some budget travellers' accommodation before I completely wear out my welcome. I want to stay in the city until about Christmas when my visa runs out so I want somewhere cosy/friendly.
Now I've stayed in many hostels in many countries and know how to check the reviews and ratings online. But I've spent a couple of hours going through Hostel World and Hostel Bookers and despite some doubtful 100% reviews they all have some very legitimate sounding very negative reviews so far.
A common complaint is that the staff are unfriendly to guests who don't book their tours. I have no intention of going on any tours. I'm here to experience Mongolian city culture and learn a bit of the language.
Other common complaints shared between multiple accommodations are curfews at midnight, Wi-Fi turned off at night, lack of hot water, and tiny common areas.
Is there a friendly/social hostel or guest house in Ulan Bator for a traveller who doesn't want to book any tours?