The Hutongren is located just off a fantastic shopping 'hutong' full of interesting shops and food stalls (octopus balls are delicious!). It's also within walking distance to Bei Hai park and the Forbidden City. There was a subway station not too far away and it was easy to get to Temple of Heaven, Tienanmen Square and the Wafujing night market. Also only a short walk to Doufuchi Hutong which has loads of restaurants.
The bathroom did smell and we had to keep the door closed at night. We found out that this is a common problem that's almost everywhere in China.
The staff were really helpful and helped us with directions to places, made dinner reservations and organised a trip to the Great Wall for us. Their breakfasts were delicious (especially the omelet and the yoghurt with honey). We spent one rainy day in the shared courtyard of the hotel having lots of cups of tea. The milk tea was really yummy and the cloud tea was interesting. Blackie, their dog, was very friendly and cute.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a very small, easily-overlooked side alley north of storied Xiao Ju’er Hutong, this charming little tea-theme hotel offers a quiet, well-lit retreat from the bustle of the middle of everything. A handful of rooms-double from RMB 600 and single from RMB 480 – surround a stone-floored atrium filled with plants, natural light, books in various languages, wi-fi and a small bar. All rooms are equipped with super comfortable King Koil Mattresses, traditional furniture, air conditioners and under-ground heating. You will be warmly welcomed by the lovely staff and little Blackie. The unique Chinese Tea experience (free Tea classes are given everyday by reservation in advance), relative peace and quiet you’ll find here after a long day is worth it. ... more less
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