The Fish Inn is a great Beijing experience because you get to stay in a Beijing neighborhood as opposed to a chain hotel. We enjoyed seeing our "neighbors" walk their dogs in the evening and feeling like part of real life in Beijing--albeit a lifestyle that is quickly vanishing due to new construction projects.
The hotel only has a few rooms, and they are small, but they are immaculate and well-maintained. It is nice to have the small courtyard area as a common area, although we didn't use it much as it was too hot outside during our stay. The staff are extremely polite and helpful. The air conditioner, hot water heater, wi-fi, etc. all worked wonderfully.
You need to be a bit adventurous to stay here because it is not easy to find when you first arrive and taxi's will not drive into the small alleyways (so be prepared to carry/roll your luggage) down the (very clean) alley yourself. If you are used to the services of a bellhop, this is not the place for you! Also, only the suite room we stayed in had a place to put clothes or hang things, the double room just had a few hooks on the wall, so you can't really hang up clothes. This is not a full-service hotel--just the very nice basics--you can't order food, or expect a knowledgeable concierge. The breakfast was self-serve toast with coffee/tea and some plain yogurt.
The Inn is about a 10-minute walk to the metro line (not bad). There are some restaurants nearby but none with English menus that we saw, so be prepared to point and order. Overall, we immediately felt at home here and enjoyed our stay.
- Also Known As:
- Fish Hotel
- Fish Hotel Beijing
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A typical courtyard hidden in small Hutong providing a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of modern Beijing.With only 7 rooms, Fish Inn takes care of your every need. Staying with us, you are experiencing the true lifestyle of Beijingers.All the 7 rooms are stylishly decorated and comfortably set up with modern convenience to ensure your stay enjoyable and comfortable. ... more less
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