I stayed one night at Courtyard 7, and I was certainly not disappointed. Set in a refurbished hutong just inside the 2nd ring road, it has old-world charm mixed with modern comforts.
One point to note - it can be confusing to get to Courtyard 7. Make sure to tell the taxi drive to drop you off where Gu Lou Dong Road (main road) meets the north entrance of Nan Luo Gu Xiang. Imagine the hutong as a square and the top side of the square is Gu Lou Dong Road. Courtyard 7 is just one street down (parallel) from Gu Lou Dong Road. Remember: normally cars are not allowed to enter the hutong area. I say "normally" because I still see cars and other vehicles in the hutong!
After the hassle of finding Courtyard 7, the staff quickly took our suitcases and showed us our room (superior double). The courtyard is wide and spacious, and the hotel has retained the old-world charms of a hutong for over 300 years. It looks straight out of a kung fu film - all very impressive. To get into my room I have to enter a common "corridor", which is shared with one other room.
The room isn't large but is spacious enough for two persons. The four-poster bed is gorgeous. A desk and some chairs created enough space to put our stuff away. A fridge, kettle (+tea / coffee), hairdryer, bathrobes, umbrella, etc - were all included. There are WiFi routers in every room so it means you get free, reliable and very fast internet - always a big plus!
The bathroom is spacious enough although there is no bathtub. There were some obvious wear and tear but not bad enough that I think the place needs a complete renovation.
The best part of staying at Courtyard 7 is the two huskies which belong to the owner. They are not around all the time but when they are free to roam in the courtyard they add a lovely dimension to this unique hotel. Yaya (female) is slightly aloof; Tyler (male) is a gregarious and affectionate husky who would come up to you for pets. If you are afraid of dogs you can ask the owners to put the dogs away - but honestly if you don't like them, just ignore them and head straight to your room. They will mind their own business!
The vicinity of the hutong is fantastic for exploring. The main street of the hutong is quite commercialised so go off into the alleys to have a true feel of hutong life. It gives you a glimpse of how the Chinese lived here for hundreds of years - all very cool.
Breakfast is buffet-style, and while varied, it isn't much to write home about. Most guests were already at breakfast by 7:15am so be prepared for a few items to be missing at the buffet if you are not a morning person!
Front desk was very polite, and they would help you arrange taxis / driver + car rental for the day / great wall tours if you ask. They also provide postal service. a
In summary, it was a wonderful stay, and I highly recommend this place if you truly want to get a taste of "old Beijing". I will most definitely be back.
- 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