The hotel is located in the heart of the Hutongs, close to Houhai and the bar area (10min walk way). For me it was perfect as therewith I was in the heart of the historic authentic Beijing. I loved to walk around take pictures and see the local old Beijing people... (just take the phone number, to call on arrival, so the Taxi driver can talk to them as it is not so easy to find). The design is indeed very nice, modern with some classical elements! The lobby area is very well designed and the library is great combination. In general the ambience there was perfect to relax! Also the rooms are nice, offer all you may need (except international TV), are quiet, except the noise of other guests through the door...just the rooms are not big (typical in that Hutong area), what I did not mind for the four days I stayed alone there. The only thing I complained that rooms where not really clean. The floor was dusty and the corners dirty...and bathroom was also only superficially cleaned when I was there. And regarding food: they offer a good breakfast, I found what I liked but the variety is pretty limited. And overall the staff was very friendly and helpful (except one who seemed new in hotel branch...and gave me first pretty wrong advise what time to get to airport)...And they speak well English! In any case I would go again and recommend to travelers who want to stay in heart of old Beijing.
- 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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