Thanks to an adventurous friend from the US who travels the world and wherever he goes he always finds the most typical place to stay and interesting things to do in that place, and who first introduced me to Red Wall Garden Hotel in Beijing.
Located in one of the most famous hutongs-Shi Jia Hutong- in the very central city, Red Wall finds its quiet square meters among the hustling-bustling of the metropolitan Beijing and subway station nearby very convenient.
Late summer in early September of last year, sitting in its courtyard chatting and drinking with friends under moonlight and gentle breeze, a voice from the back of my head tells me that I should try a night here experiencing what I’ve always felt about staying in a courtyard house of Beijing, a curious expectation back to my childhood.
It was done, right before this Chinese New Year of the Horse! Cold outside, warm and privacy inside. Small quiet wood crackling sound from the fire place in the restaurant, delicious Beijing noodles (the best I’d ever had!), spicy pan-fried pork slices…a bottle of Italian Chardonnay (yeah, believe me, try it with Chinese dishes!)…wooden staircases, old Chinese style decoration and furniture room, warm cozy lighting, a quietness extreme…and if with the right person…how romantic that could be…
Definitely, try it out when time is right.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Red Wall Garden Boutique Hotel Beijing is an oasis of tranquility in the very heart of the vibrant city of Beijing, located in one of the old Beijing historic neighborhoods: Shijia Hutong, a lovely tree-lined, low-rise lane. The hotel is within walking distance to the Forbidden City, the famous shopping streets of Wangfujing & Jinbao in Dong Cheng, the central district of Beijing. The Red Wall Garden Hotel is ideal for either work or pleasure.A traditional Chinese courtyard hotel, invoking the past,yet with modern facilities; a subtle blend of ancient Asian esthetic with a modern spirit; offers 40 individually appointed guest rooms, featuring ultra luxury DUX beds, wooden flooring, en-suite bathrooms and amenities such as large flat screen TV, complimentary WIFI ( throughout the hotel) and mini-bar. All rooms have air-conditioning & heater.Besides The Red Wall Garden Restaurant serving mainly classic Chinese cuisine the hotel also features a popular cozy lounge/bar overlooking the beautiful courtyard, which is the centerpiece of the hotel. Here guests can try Beijing street food creatively interpreted by the executive chef, enjoy a drink or simply relax. The Red Wall Garden Hotel often features live cultural, music and art performances.Guests can also take advantage of the hotel’s in-house car service, to explore the city, the Great Wall , or hop on to one of our bicycles or rickshaw to stroll through the hutongs and perhaps enjoy a Chinese massage in the treatment room after a long day of sightseeing or a hard day’s work. Our warm friendly english speaking staff awaits you."The Red Wall Garden Hotel Boutique Experience" : emotionally connects our guests with the intense desire for all things historical, cultural and artistic to experience the true lifestyle of authentic and historic Beijing. ... more less
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