My husband had previously stayed at the Haoyuan in 2007 when on a business trip, and was suitably impressed, such that he was keen to stay there again when on holiday. We negotiated a good rate via email of 600 yuan per night (approx £60) for a standard room. The hotel is situated in a very ordinary street, and being a Courtyard hotel, is hidden away behing it's front gates. On entering, it is a haven of tranquility. The reception staff were very helpful and friendly, and made every effort to speak English, which they did so commendably well. Our twin bedded room was very pleasant, and whilst not huge or particularly luxurious, it was very well decorated in a Chiese style, and it had plenty of drawers and hanging space. The bathroom was very well equipped, and the only fault we found was that when using the shower, flooding was inevitable due to the configuration of the tiling around the bath. Presumably this is by design as there was a drain in the floor, and must have caused more of a problem to the cleaner than to us. The aircon worked well and the beds were comfortable.
Breakfast was served in a room off the inner courtyard it was a help yourself largely Chinese buffet breakfast, but toast, fried eggs, butter & jam are available. We enjoyed the breakfasts we had there, with the exception of the squash served instead of juice, but this was not a major problem. We had three dinners at the hotel; the menu is fairly limited but the food was excellent, freshly cooked and piping hot, apart from the Wonton soup we had one night which was so tasteless that we could not eat it. However, my husband had had this soup on his previous visit and had thoroughtly enjoyed it, so I don't know why it was so bad on this occasion; had we been in this country it would have been sent back. That aside, the meals were very reasonable and portions often more than we could eat.
Location wise, the Haoyuan is excellent for sight-seeing in Beijing. There is an underground station at the end of the road (all fares are 2 yuan!) and the Forbidden City is within walking distance. The reception staff were very helpful when we needed to get to places by taxi, writing down our destination on a card in Chinese, which made the journeys straightforward. It's worth mentioning that whilst there, my favourite pair of shoes needed repair as the stitching had split; we enquired at reception, and they said they would sort it out. One of the male staff took my shoe, jumped on his bike, and returned within 10 minutes with the repaired shoe, which cost 1 yuan (10p!)
Overall, we would definitely recommend the Haoyuan as a far more enjoyable experience than a conventional hotel, as it is full of charatcer and feels properly Chinese, instead of being in a hotel which could be anywhere.
- Also Known As:
- Haoyuan Hotel Beijing