We went to Beijing from Hong Kong for a 3 night stay. This place is tucked away in the Hutongs, basically alleys.The Courtyard 7 is more traditional than the mainstream hotels, which is what we wanted. We had asked the hotel for their address printed in chinese to give to the taxi driver, which proved essential as it's not easy to find
The hotel service was excellent, and very helpful, some didn't have great english but did their utmost to understand and help.
We had an upgrade and the room had a lounge area and a sauna in the bathroom.
The hotel is having their whole courtyard area re- paved, which was a shame for not being able to take photos. The work didn't disturb us as we were out each day and they laid mats etc each night. The staff also emphasised that if anything was a problem to let them know and they would sort it out. The bed might be a bit hard for those who prefer to sink into the mattress and you have to access it from the foot.
WiFi was available, slightly slow but OK - I didn't realise that Facebook is blocked in Beijing. Breakfast was fine. The hotel is great for exploring the Hutongs with loads of different shops etc, which we did each night. The lanes are fine for walking with just an occasional car - but watch out for bikes both pedal and motor. A cab from the airport using the taxi rank cost us 75 rmb. There was a taxi driver touting at the airport wanting 700rmb, so beware. In general, taxis are cheap. We booked a taxi from the hotel to go back for 120rmb which guaranteed the time rather than flagging one down etc to make sure we got to the airport on time. We booked a Guide through Stretch-a-Leg for the 2 days we were there and they were great, sorted all transport, language, bookings, meals etc so we could relax and enjoy the site seeing. (Well recommended) - We visited Tiananmen Square, Forbidden Palace, Ancestral Temple, Temple of Heaven
Then on day 2 - Mutianyu Great Wall, Summer Palace.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Courtyard 7 is the first courtyard hotel in Beijing to adopt the Geothermal heat pump system.A typical quadrangle design, Courtyard 7 consists of three rows of courtyards, which occupies an area of 1800 square meters.In Courtyard 7, there are standard, suite, and side rooms. All rooms are bright and clean, private and quiet, and furnished with modern facilities, including telephone, cable TV, internet, etc.. King size flower-caved beds with all antique wooden furniture, modern and clean bathroom, make people not only enjoy their stay, but also can experience the precious and traditional culture of Beijing Si He Yuan. Courtyard 7 utilizes Geothermal heat pump and Solar energy environmental protection equipments to provide 24 hours heat, air condition, and hot water. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard 7 Hotel Beijing
- Courtyard Hotel 7