This is a long overdue review, but reading some of the recent reviews the same things still apply. First, the location is fantastic. I'm not a huge fan of Beijing but I do really like this area. The first time I visited Beijing, staying at this gorgeous little guest house deep in the hutong and close to the drum tower was a great first experience of the city.
BUT... it is REALLY hard to find. Sometimes this is charming. but in this case, it's just a bit unnecessary. Hunting for delightful places in the midst of majong-playing locals and traditional street scenes is all lovely but after a 20 hour flight in 30+ degrees with heavy bags and no chinese language skills it's kind of a pain. Even with three versions of its google map location printed out it was impossible.
Alex just needs to write some decent directions. i.e. - which exit to take from the subway. Roughly how far to walk along the main road. Where to turn left into the hutong. The little square you pass and the next turning. and so on... if it was my guest house, i would even take photos to add to the directions. I nearly did this for Alex at the time, but really, it's his job! It's Beijing. A lot of tourists don't speak chinese. I was just lucky i found some expats who spoke chinese and walked me all the way to the door of the guesthouse.
Second, the guesthouse. it is beautiful. Lovely courtyard. Cool rooms. Awesome basement living area. Guitars. Free watermelon on occasion. All good. But yeh, the beds are pretty hit and miss. Some are really hard. It's china, sure, but a lot of hotels/guesthouses have realised that sleeping on a plank of wood isn't really ideal in Beijing.
Alex has converted this old set of hutong buildings well but like some other reviewers have said, with minimal effort it could be better. He speaks excellent English and attracts a lot of foreign visitors, who are after a kind of 'authentic' (bit naff but best word for it!) experience but would appreciate things like slightly more sensible beds and better directions.
thanks alex for a great stay, sorry about the criticisms, i would recommend apricot courtyard all the same... but since the guesthouse is newly reopened maybe it would be cool to address some of these things...
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