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“unique and interesting, small but charming with "Chinese shadow art" theme,” 5 of 5 stars
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Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.24 Songshujie, Xicheng District | Beijing, Beijing 100009, China (Houhai)   |  
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Ranked #36 of 5,424 Hotels in Beijing
4.5 of 5 stars 229 Reviews
Taichung, Taiwan
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“unique and interesting, small but charming with "Chinese shadow art" theme,”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2011

Fantastic "chinese shadow art" lounge - library and theater. combine the traditional art with modern design.
I stay here in late April when the hotel was just opened, it was not so profect in many details especially service. But I am sure there are enthusiasm, comforts and cultural property. I believe it will be better and better.
The rooms are small but cozy, I spent most time at the lounge and restaurant, which are comfortable. The location are traditional Hutong area, just 5 min walk to Houhai, at night the lake side is beautiful and you can see the real local live images.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2011

Stayed here on a too short one evening trip where I arrived late in the evening and had to catch a 6am cab to the airport. Business colleagues thought I was crazy not staying in a 5-star downtown but gems like this hotel are precisely why I often avoid that route. Beautifully decorated hotel with a very friendly staff (who gamely struggled through very limited English). The sum total of my experience in the neighborhood was a late night meal at a restaurant in a business area about a 10 minutes' walk from the hotel and a 15 minute jog at 5:40am to the nearby lake, but it looked like a wonderful setting. As soon as I can come back to Beijing as a tourist, I will book this hotel and spend a day or two exploring the immediate surroundings.
Can't speak to the breakfast because I checked out too early and in too much haste. There was no food on offer when I arrived at 10pm but it was a short walk to an open restaurant.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2011

Inmitten einer traditionellen Gasse (Hutong) und direkt am Hou Hai gelegen, ist nicht nur die architektonische Gestalt des Hotels aufregend, sondern auch der Standort.
Die Gegend des Hou Hais bietet viele Moeglichkeiten des Kennenlernens von Beijing (per Rad, per Rikscha, zu Fuss, per Boot). Die Gegend ist die Altstadt Beijings, die gerade einmal 0,3% der gesamten Stadt ausmacht.
Ein traditionelles Hofhaus wurde zu diesem Hotel umgestaltet; der Hof bildet den Mittelpunkt der 25 Zimmer umfassenden Hotelanlage, in dem abendlich eine Performance des tradtionellen chinesischen Schattenspiels stattfindet: ein tolles Erlebnis!
Die schoenen, nach chinesischen Operncharakteren gestaltete Zimmer, sind durch den tollen Service sind komfortabel und stets sauber!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2011

I stayed at Shadow Art Performance Hotel with my father for 6 nights. We were totally impressed the moment we stepped through the beautiful wooden door -the place is an extraordinary example of tasteful and classic Chinese interior design. The lobby area is bright and very relaxing, it provides a nice break from the busy and sometimes noisy outside world of Beijing. The rooms were great too, big comfy beds, great bathrooms and it was all neatly cleaned every day.

Sometimes they put up shadow art plays in the lobby area (hence the name of the hotel), which is an old Chinese art form. My father really enjoyed the play about the bird and the turtle ;)

The location of the hotel is perfect. It's situated in the heart of a typical Beijing hutong (those areas with narrow streets and old courtyard houses), and walking around in the lively neighbourhood at night is an experience itself. About 5-10 minutes away is the famous Houhai lake, with all its bars, restaurants and rooftop teracess.

The staff was very nice and helpful during our stay. I'd recommend this hotel to anyone who's planning a trip to Beijing!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

my girlfriend and i both stayed at the shadow art hotel and both loved every minute of it. every request we had of the staff was dealt with professionally and quickly. the hotel is something to behold in itself, with the foyer area a really impressive piece of architecture and design, and the rooms follow in the same vein. the shadow art performance is an added bonus and a pleasure to watch, giving you a feeling for some real chinese culture. the location is also great, deep inside the hutong area and a short walk from two subway stations, it is an easy commute to anywhere else in the city. definitly recommend.

  • Stayed May 2011, 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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feng y, Manager at Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Dear RICHIERRobinson

We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your visit and very pleased that we were able to contribute to a memorable stay. We were glad that you liked our hotel and enjoyed the beautiful view from it. All your positive feedback was truly appreciated and will be shared with the relevant departments. Once again we look forward to having the opportunity to welcoming you back to The Shadow Art Hotel.

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Address: No.24 Songshujie, Xicheng District | Beijing, Beijing 100009, China
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Location: China > Beijing Region > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #36 of 5,424 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shichihai Shadow Art Performance Hotel hold a cultural conviction that we believe the true cultural beauty of chinese heritage should be preserved and we found a modern way for the world to appreciate the true beauty again.Bustling lives mask us from the beauty of nature. Through travels, we refresh our senses about culture and nature. We strive to inject life and cultural forces into our tourist sites.This is the first stop of your cultural expedition; the next one is to explore nature and the Beijing old city from Shichahai for new pulses.We are situated in the dragon pulse of Beijing, the most sacred site of Fengshui.Shadow Art Performace Hotel is located in the hutong district of Houhai. Here, its design brings you to a lakeside, over the waterfront, into hutongs, and this dwelling in a city district with waterscape and nature puts us back on the path to nature and reshape our heart to value respect and tranquility that go for natural environment and culture. ... more   less 
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