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Bamboo Garden Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   No.24 Xiaoshiqiao Alley, Jiugulou Street Xicheng District, Beijing 100009, China (Houhai)   |  
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Ranked #119 of 5,423 Hotels in Beijing
Bruxelles
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“Excellent location & very good hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

We stayed at the Bamboo Garden Hotel in August 2012, at the end of our Tran-Siberian trip, and we loved it. It is conveniently located in a nice, central area of Beijing, next to a metro station, several historical landmarks and lots of shops and restaurants. It is surrounded by atmospheric hutongs, and Houhai Lake is only a few minutes away.

We also loved the traditional courtyard and the garden. The restaurant, where we had a filling and tasty breakfast every morning, was pleasantly facing the courtyard.

We stayed in one of the traditional Chinese rooms, which had plenty of character and was comfortable, large and spotless, with a nice view of the garden.

The hotel also organises trips to the Great Wall - including to parts of the wall which are not too touristy-, and pick up from and to the airport.

Overall, it was a great experience and I would not hesitate to stay there again in the future.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Levallois-Perret, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I have used this hotel both for business trips and for touristic stays in Beijing and like the kitschy Qing Dynasty decor of its rooms - inside an authentic historic structure with a very nice courtyard garden. It is clean and comfortable but not at all focused on the attentive service typical of your high end hotel in China. If you are looking for lots of service and attention this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel in a quiet location with great access to the subway (only 5 minutes by foot from the Gulou Dajie station), this is the right hotel for you. There are many dining options within 5-10 minutes by foot including traditional Beijing fare, a McDonalds, a Korean fast food, etc. as well as convenience food stores - that is an added plus.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

The Bambooo Garden hotel is 100 yards up Xiaoshiqiao Alley which is off Jiugulou Street. You need to pass McDonalds on your left then turn left. My taxi driver had the devil's own job finding it and was not a happy chappie when he eventually got there after 3 phone calls to reception. The ride gave me a good chance to get my bearings in the locality and cost 85 Yuan (less than £9 Sterling) from the airport so, for me at least, it represented good value.
Upon arrival I was greeted courteously and escorted through the enclosed garden to a well appointed, clean, quiet and nicely decorated room with a garden view. The bed was extremely comfortable, the silk filled pillows sumptuous and the shower in the en-suite bathroom was plenty strong enough and always endowed with plentiful hot water. There is also a bath which is essential for soothing aching muscles after a hike up the Great Wall.
I had only flown from Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia so was fresh enough to go exploring before bed. The locality is very relaxed and I felt extremely safe walking around Jiugulou Street after dark where I tracked down beer and pizza with ease. I was advised by others I met on my evening walks that this area is one of the most relaxed in Beijing and I for one felt very much at ease in the district.
Breakfast in the Bamboo Garden is taken overlooking the pretty garden and is adequate but the cost is not included in the room price, this however still makes the all up cost of a stay here well under the better known chains and is a much more interesting and personal experience.
Guloudajie subway station is a short walk from the hotel on line 2 which will take you anywhere in the city for 2 Yuan. When I checked out I took the train from this station to terminal 3 for my return flight to UB, this cost 27 Yuan and was a lot less fuss than a taxi.
I would recommend this hotel highly and would certainly book it again on any future trips to Beijing.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

The traditional Chinese garden setting of this hotel makes it a really beautiful place to stay. The location, due north of the Forbidden City near Gulou Dajie subway station, is also convenient. Unfortunately it's a bit overpriced — and they charge extra for an undistinguished breakfast — and the staff apparently feel they are doing you a enormous favour by letting you stay there. Sooner or later they will get new management and the place will realise its true potential. Until that happens it will remain a 'third choice' hotel, to be used when friendlier, more reasonably priced, places are booked up.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Originally the residence of a postal minister during the QIng dynasty. Aptly described on their website as a classical Chinese courtyard-style structure in a quiet lane west of the Drum Tower in Beijing. The halls and pavillions in the building are linked by long corridors and the internal bamboo garden creates a tranquil environment. For families, a quiet oasis in a busy city.

Comprises traditional Hutong style rooms in the periphery of the courtyard and modern rooms in the hotel section.

Traditional deluxe suite: Although we booked a Standard suite, the staff kindly upgraded us to a deluxe suite without our knowledge. This was great because the deluxe suite (approx 50 sq m) comfortably accommodated 2 bunk beds for my two teenagers. The bunk beds had good support unlike some sinking springbeds we have encountered at other hotels. The king bed is typical Asian comfort. Down quilts were very comfortable in the cold weather. Furnished in traditional chinese style, there was still ample room so stowaway or layout our luggage/jackets etc. Shower was ok with ample hot water although not if you like super shower flow. No long bath. Our room had a big window but it opened to the side road and it was also wintery weather so we didn't open it except to air the room. Heating and bedding was fine. Best of all, although facing the side street, it was quiet throughout the day and night. In room electric kettle, safe and fridge (although it wasn't very cold).

Service: No complaints. Rooms were tidied everyday. I think the Reception speak English fluently although I'm Chinese to I didn't really test them.

Price: can probably get better prices elsewhere. But not many hotels in big Asian cities accommodate 4 persons in 1 room.

Food: we didn't eat at the hotel. Many eating places within minutes from the hotel and some are very good. On the way to Subway line 2 station, there's a small shop called 京城一锅 along Jiuguloudajie which serves delicious lamb hotpot at dinner time (very popular with locals) and serves up incredibly cheap dumplings and wonton at breakfast time. A basket of 10 small dumplings costs 3 Yuan!

Convenience: < 5 mins on foot to Guloudajie Line 2 Subway station. Direct buses to Forbidden City (82), Wangfujin (82, 60), Pearl Market (60) from the main road. Convenience store just at the entrance to the side street and if you must, a McDonald's / McCafe as well.

Neighbourhood: In the Hutongs. Felt safe. About 15 mins stroll to Houhai and Qianhai lakes with lots of nice eating places by the lakeside. Strolling by the lake is lovely as it's very pretty both by day and by night. Kaorouji is a moderately priced restaurant near Yindingqiao which serves up delicious lamb/beef hotplate and lamb kebabs. If in the vicinity, don't miss Yandaxie Street (pedestrian shopping street).

BTW: No lifts in the hotel building which has 3 floors.

Overall: I would definitely consider this hotel if I visit Beijing for leisure again although I guess there may be other similar properties the give better value.

Room Tip: The deluxe suites if you like a traditional Hutong experience and lots of extra room or have 2 kids...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Sort of a good location: quiet street away from Beijing's noise. Close to a great strip of eateries and food sellers. Close enough to a subway station. But much of the surrounding area has little to recommend it either for the business traveller or tourist and although Guloudajie (the nearest subway) is on Line 2 (the circle line), it's a long journey to get anywhere you probably want to go. So in terms of location it is almost good, but not quite.

The property is similar. It's quite large; an old rich man's house around a large meandering garden which makes for a pleasant oasis away from the harshness of the city. But the room I had (a two room suite: one bedroom, one sitting area, no doors between them) had only a pretense of a window so there was no natural light, no fresh air and no enjoyment of the oasis. So again, almost good, but not quite.

Inside to room, pretty much the same story. The room was furnished with traditional Chinese furniture--hard and upright wooden pieces--which look elegant but are tortuous to sit in. Not conducive to working at your laptop or even watching telly. Again, almost good, but not quite.

The staff, however, did live up to, even exceed expectations. They were as friendly as you could ever expect famously dour Beijingers to be and very helpful. My wing had a couple of caretakers who at first I was not sure why they were hanging around, but after a day or two felt good that they were always around keeping an eye on things.

Breakfast on the other hand was back to the almost-but-not quite that I think characterizes the hotel. There was an espresso machine, but do you think they'd make you a decent coffee with it? No. Instead they insisted you to drink some awful brewed-and-stewed rubbish. At 60 yuan for stale bread and pastry, and limited choice of everything else, you're much better off walking outside and having traditional Beijing breakfast of dumplings and fruit from the street vendors for 10-15 yuan. And you can grab a decent coffee from the cafe near Le Little Saigon restaurant. My favorite pastry vendor was the guy selling fresh hot Huo Shao as you head towards the subway station. On the left, about halfway to Guloudajie street, he's the one in the glassed in booth on the corner of the side street. The pastries are crispy, flaky and golden pastry flavoured with miced pork, shallot and sichuan pepper. A terrific way to start the day!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

If you want to stay in the hutongs I don't think there is a better place. The service is OK, a bit better than the usually poor chinese standard, but it really is all about the location. I would not want to live anywhere else besides the hutongs when visiting Beijing and in a week of staying in this hotel and travelling around, I didn't come across another one that looked appealing. The quality of rooms in this hotel varies dramatically. I stayed in a single room that was depressing - dark and no windows! Then I moved to a garden view, double room which was significantly better, but not great. Thankfully cleanliness is not an issue and the bathrooms are done to a decent standard as well. The hotel is not great value for money however but one is paying for this location. We needed to arrange for a call to the Great Wall and they did get us a very good driver for this but again, it wasn't cheap. I didn't eat in the restaurant on any day out of 7 days here and given the number of places to eat in the area, I wouldn't recommend anyone to get a breakfast deal here. The metro is very easy and safe to use so I would recommend that strongly. The hutongs are great to walk around and explore on foot which is the key selling point for this hotel. The only time I took a taxi was to go to Bei Hai Park. One day I even walked all the way to the Forbidden Palace - its not a short walk but a very pleasant one.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.24 Xiaoshiqiao Alley, Jiugulou Street Xicheng District, Beijing 100009, China
Location: China > Beijing Region > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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#199 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bamboo Garden Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 52
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