I will start out by saying that this place is very difficult to find. If you go from the airport it is useless to give them the actual hotel address because the hotel is located in an alley off of an alley- a cab can take you to the end of the first alley but you will have to walk the last 1/2 block yourself. Actually assume cab drivers won't know how to get anywhere except the absolute most famous tourist sites. other than that- be prepared and bring directions in Chinese.
When you get to the alley, walk straight down and look to your left- the second alley off of that alley is xiao ju-er and is the one you want. The hotel is at the end- past a little fondue restaurant that is quite good. I am posting photos of what this alley looks like for reference.
So the location is a bit annoying to find the first time but it is such an amazing location that it is worth it. There is so much going on right outside the doors of the hotel- great food, shops, bars, etc. Fantastic way to experience the city in a more intimate way!
The tea is quite nice and the women who work there speak very good english and are very helpful. The whole place is a very peaceful contrast to what is outside it's doors, with a fun, lively nightlife. The one big downside is the internet. They claim to have internet access but it is slow to the point of nonexistence. I was not once able to download a webpage while connected. I ended up having to use cell data to access the web. Just plan ahead and buy international data plan for your phone or get a simcard and data when you arrive in china.
The hotel offers to book trips for you also. I went on the great wall trip without the added shopping, mostly because it left at 7:30am instead of 6am. This trip was reasonably priced and really great- it included the drive to a really impressive section of the wall and an english speaking guide to tell you about your options (you can tobaggen down the hill to get off the wall- highly recommended!) but she leaves you alone for the few hours on the wall and it also includes lunch at a little restaurant in the nearby village. I also did the peking acrobats show and though it was again reasonably priced, i essentially was chauffeured to the location, the driver purchased my ticket, gave me instructions to meet him back at the prearranged spot at the end of the show and sent me on my way. Nice way to have some structure but also enough independence that you don't feel like someone is babysitting you.
I would highly recommend this place. A former student joined me in the area (she is native Beijingren) because she lives further out in Beijing and she actually made plans to stay there with a friend so they could have a fun weekend of hanging out in that neighborhood- so I can honestly say that even locals like it!
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February 5, 2013
Hi, thanks for your long and significant review very much! I'm very glad that you had a good time in Beijng and in our hotel. Your review and advices will be so helpful for us and for other readers. And we will try to make the wifi more better. Much obliged again! ~
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