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“Real Beijing experience with hotel service at a hostel price” 5 of 5 stars
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Kellys Courtyard
No.25 Xiaoyuan Hutong of Bingmasi Hutong, Xisi South Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100034, China (Xidan)   |  
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Ranked #21 of 5,435 Hotels in Beijing
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“Real Beijing experience with hotel service at a hostel price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

Kellys is the place if you want great value for your money. I enjoyed staying there because it did not have the typical touristy/expat vibe and/or overtly tacky Chinese decor for tourists who want to experience the "real" China. In my opinion, it's perfect for the yuppie on a budget, the older flashpacker, or travelers who want to feel "at home".

Interior: The courtyard is tastefully decorated with a small fountain and Chinese wooden furniture; my Mom even spotted an antique chair. There are also books and guidebooks you can browse/read in the common area. The bedroom we were in had a vineyard countryside feel to it. Really nice.

Location: It's in a no-fuss hutong in the shopping and financial area of Xidan so banks and ATMs are not a shortage.

It is also a 5-7 min walk to the Xisi Metro (closer to Xisi than Lingjing station) that runs quickly through essential lines you need to access the main tourist points.

Unlike in the Dongsi hutongs, where the main road is mostly boutiques, there are plenty of good quality local food choices on the main road. A little further walk (or a metro stop away) by the row of malls are plenty of Western, various Chinese, Japanese, Korean & Thai restaurants.

As mentioned in a previous post, the hutong (alley) may look dodgy upon entering Bingmasi as there is a food stall with street sitting and a recycling stall at the entrance but it is completely safe.

Also, if you're taking a cab, don't expect to be dropped off at Kellys door (like we did). Cars don't fit into many hutongs, you have to walk a few meters from the corner of Bingmasi hutong and Xiaoyuan.

Service: The service offered by John (Bob was on holiday) and other staff members were impeccable. It starts even before your arrival. They send a map and if you exactly follow the map they email you upon booking, you/your cab won't get lost. When we were not yet at the hotel much later than the time we indicated, John called to check in on us and also talked to our cab driver to make sure we don't get lost.

Since we checked-in past dinner time, John asked us if we've had dinner and if we would like to order food from a nearby restaurant that delivers. He arranged everything for us! The food was also very affordable and quite okay.

John also arranged a car for us to take to Mutianyu Great Wall. For us to save costs, he even asked other guests who may be interested to go to Mutianyu. We shared the car with two other guests.

If you ask John any question, he'll be happy to answer and give you a tip. The staff also always greets you. Kellys makes you feel like a guest in a very hospitable home.

Room for improvement:
The beds we had can be a bit sturdier, which is a common issue you'll read about many Chinese accommodations.

Room tip:
If you want to avoid hearing the neighbours request for the inner rooms. The neighbours are not constantly noisy, but if you're in one of the 3 rooms facing the hutong you'll hear an occasional conversation or two when people are outside their homes. Though this actually makes you feel you really are in someone's home.

If these don't bother you, Kellys is highly recommended especially if you're on a budget!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 4 nights. Very quiet, not the regular backpackers hostel you would expect...
Home like feeling, great for couples.
Wouldn't go there if you are looking for company or new friends...

Because of the great location (inside of a regular hutung), you will be able to eat breakfast in the local food stand with the workers, just 2 minutes walk and see how the people of city live.
The breakfast in the hostel is simple, so go out and try to enjoy the food outside.

John, the guy that works there is a great help, always with a smile and very welcoming. He can help a lot with planning and organizing time. But, if you want arranged tours(to the wall, i. E), I recommend to book it through one of the international youth hostels. You don't have to stay there for that...

We loved the place, and had a great time in Beijing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

My mom came to visit me in China, and I wanted here to experience life in a hutong, so we booked a few days stay at Kelly's Courtyard. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the hotel. The hotel is located about 5 blocks south of the Xisi subway station. It is a very easy walk, and Xisi exit D has a working escalator, as well as an elevator if you arrive with luggage - see the attached map. The hotel was a little bit challenging to find at first. The Bingmasi hutong street has a burned out store at the end, which at the time of this review was being deconstructed. This area has a traditional hutong feel. Most of the other buildings have not been renovated, and it may seem a little rundown at first, but it is entirely safe.
Bob was kind and welcoming. He helped us get tickets to an acrobat show, chatted with us amiably about our day, and answered all of our questions. He made us feel like we never wanted to go anywhere else.
There was a basic continental breakfast included, with tea or coffee, toast, jam and butter. There was a comfortable upstairs deck as well.
The location cannot be beat. Line 4 connects with line 1, 2, and 10, and you are within walking distance of Beihai park. My mom and I enjoyed the stroll to the park, and then to the drum and bell tower. We found an incredible small tea house east of the tower neighborhood. It was really rewarding, meaningful, and unique. The other guests (about 6) were chatty and international.
If you are absolutely committed to having a Holiday Inn type experience, this place is not for you. The air conditioning is confusing, and you have to fiddle with the remote to get it to cool (it is the same as the AC in my room near campus, so I could figure it out, but you might just want to ask Bob to set it for you. Chinese appliances in general have too many settings, many of which seem superfluous, but I digress). I will stay here again the next time I have a visitor from out of town. It was a wonderful choice.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

Love this hostel! It is by far the best hostel we've ever stayed in. It offers a combination of traditional Beijing with the western comforts we are accustomed too.

It is a beautiful building consisting of a covered courtyard surrounded by a handful of guestrooms.

We were on honeymoon and had, prior to arrival, been dubious of staying in a hostel. Our fears disintegrated the moment the doors open and we were led into the courtyard. It is lit by a conservatory roof, complete with tree growing up through it, there is a fish pond - inside! And an ornate spiral staircase leads to a roof terrace where you can unwind and listen to the city hum (but not intrusively) around you!

Our room was clear, spacious, characterful an comfortable and came with an ensure bathroom.

Bob, the host, is so helpful and friendly, we did weary thing he recommended and had the time of our lives in Beijing.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

If you plan to stay in Beijing I would not miss this accommodation. It's quite an amazing place. In a typical hutong (so called the area with all small houses connected by lanes) in the middle of the city. It's an experience by itself. I found it quite easy to find it, once you follow the instructions given by email. English is well spoken in the hotel, which is a rare thing. Breakfast is quite normal, nothing to call back home, but you come here more for the experience than anything else. Even if all the rooms face the courtyard, there is such a silence that you can sleep through the morning.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Like the other reviewers, my colleague and I arrived late in the evening. We had a taxi driver who walked us to the door and did not leave until Bob answered. We got lucky. From the second we met, Bob made us feel right at home. He could not have been more helpful and is reason enough to stay at Kelly's. The rooms we simply and tastefully decorated and kept extremely clean. The only thing that was a little off-putting was the bathroom. The bathroom is a combination of sink, shower and toilet, in that order. There are no doors or curtains around the shower. The entire bathroom gets soaked when you take a shower. It is possible to deal with that, however, there is one situation that is very hard to deal with. Above the toilet is a sign which reads: "Do Not Put Toilet Paper in the Toilet. Please Place in Basket Beside Toilet". I am not sure what the plumbing and sewage situation is in Beijing, however, it would be worthwhile to invest in a proper system for the hotel. It would also be nice if the shower was somehow separated or enclosed. That aside, the hotel was charming and the courtyard was beautiful. It is in a wonderful area and walking distance to great shopping and all the sights. Bob will ensure that your stay is wonderful.

Room Tip: We had requested and stayed in Rooms 4 and 5. They are the best rooms in the hotel.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

I cannot say enough about how well guests are looked after at Kelly's Courtyard. Bob was like the cousin I never knew I had in Beijing. Need a tour to the great wall? No problem. Bob can get you the best all-day taxi rate to the nicest place with the fewest tourists and cable cars to the top. He even called the taxi driver and made him hand over his phone so he could ask if everything was okay! He advised me on where to buy silk for my mom (Silkstreet) and where I could purchase sunscreen for my peeling legs. The rooms were nice, surrounding a lovely air conditioned courtyard with a skylight. Though the beds were harder than my norm, he supplied many extra pillows and blankets, and I slept very well. Quiet rooms with hot water in showers. Bathroom was separated from the sleeping area by a glass wall and a privacy shower curtain. An endless supply of bottled water was available at a cheap rate, just sign your room number. Two metro stations were near the hostel, both within a 5 minute walk: Xisi and Lingjing Hutong. An ATM is located nearby inside 24-convience mart (toward Lingjing station.). Also, KFC is close by (toward Xisi station). I would stay in the Hutong again. The service Bob provided exceeded most 5-star hotels. We took a cab to the airport for about $30. However, we took a bus from the airport, as the taxis wanted to overcharge using highly inflated flat rates. There is an air tram from the airport that we also used to get into Beijing during our second visit.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.25 Xiaoyuan Hutong of Bingmasi Hutong, Xisi South Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100034, China
Location: China > Beijing Region > Beijing > Xidan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#28 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#36 Family Hotel in Beijing
#62 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
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Number of rooms: 9
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