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“A peaceful retreat in a great location” 4 of 5 stars
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2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   No.53 Shijia Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China (Tian'anmen / Wangfujing)   |  
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Ranked #976 of 5,462 Hotels in Beijing
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“A peaceful retreat in a great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2009

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.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Austin
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2009

My wife and I couldn't have been happier with the Haoyuan. The courtyard style was great, just a place to relax and have a beer after walking and walking all day long. It was truely a little getaway every time we entered.
The front desk was very helpful writing address in Chinese even though their English wasn't that good. We loved the Chinese breakfast that was provided- it provided a good start everyday. The location was great- mixed into a neighborhood, but near the main tourist attractions. The bed was hard, but that was common during our stay in China. My biggest regret was not sampling the street food on the hutong just north of the Haoyuan.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2008

Thanks to BA technical problems we were 24 hours late to Beijing so missed a night in this great littel guesthouse-just two courtyards with rooms round. You can sit out and see the sky-no high rise in sight. The littel restaurnat will open if you want it to, but you can walk to local restaurants. teh rooms are lovely-old fashioned, big wardrobe, bath rooms in silk. A haven of peace in abusy ciry-twenty minutes from the Big Square , and two minutes from a little shop where you can signal for a cold beer and take it back to your chair to sit outside your room.

  • Liked — trad courtyards
  • Disliked — the alley was a bit dark walking back at night
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2008

Unfortunately the HAOYUAN didn't live up to it's hype.

* I was looking forward to a scenic hutong setting - in fact it is located in a non descript side road, opposite a building site.
* At reception, when requesting the use of a WC (our room wasn't ready and we had just come from Xian on the overnight train) I was shown to a dirty hole in the floor toilet - not a good start !
*|Our room and bathroom were fine but when you are paying 150 pounds sterling a night - so it should be !! The problem was IT WAS COLD we had to sleep in our clothes and, despite asking each day, a radiator wasn't supplied until the third day
*The breakfast room was little more than a dingy caff with a VERY limited breakfast which included orange SQUASH. we only ate breakfast on the first day.

If the rooms were all 70/80 pounds a night I would say it wasan acceptable guest house but when they are charging 150 pounds a night expectations are raised and they were certainly not met

A disappointed customer

  • Liked — very little
  • Disliked — location, price relative to facilities
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2008

Visited Haoyuan late april and stayed for four nights. I had a standard room in the outer yard fully furnished in traditional Chinese style complete with very comfortable beds with silk beddings. Modcons consisted of a TV - only national channels and a modern bathroom which was very nice.
The outer yard lent it's magic with some 40 red lanterns lit up in the evening and presented a serene place to collect your thoughts and feelings after a long day out on the city. Although right near the city centre I felt removed from the hustle and bustle once I entered the gateway into the yard.
The location is great, about 5 minutes from Wangfujing and within walking distance to the forbidden palace and Tianmen square.
The resturant serves well-priced dishes of the local cousine and was well worth a visit.
All in all a very nice hotel, well-spoken english staff and a tremendous atmosphere really highlighting my stay.

  • Liked — The awesome athmosphere
  • Disliked — The subdued, highpitched background sound the flatscreen TV made
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2008

Stayed here for 4 nights at the beginning of April. It was overall the best place we stayed in our 2 week holiday despite the place being in the midst of renovations.

We initially booked an upgraded room at the back courtyard however on arrival the staff apologised saying their renovations were not yet finalised in that area and although we could stay in the suites we would endure some noise from the builders. So we decided to stay in one of the standard rooms located in the very nice front courtyard. The refurb in these rooms had just been completed so our room had a sparkling shower room and was beautifully furnished plus the mattresses were perfect.

I thought it would be noisy but either the builders were very quiet or they didn't start until a bit later. We were only woken up one night by one of the guests banging on our neighbour's door but aside from that its a very peaceful location.

Overall a great authentic place to stay, english speaking staff, close to shopping area and next to metro station - I would definitely return.

  • Liked — The rooms were lovely and are now even better with the refurb
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2007

Wonderful little hotel - we had a room in the back courtyard and it was truly lovely. Close to the subway - so we had no problems getting around. The included breakfast was delicious and the staff was very courteous and helpful. The only reason I give a 4 instead of a 5 is that we were a bit chilly - an extra blanket solved the problem, but even though the room was heated, not an ideal spot in winter, I'd say.

  • Liked — Authentic Hutong Setting
  • Disliked — Cold!
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: No.53 Shijia Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China
Location: China > Beijing Region > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #976 of 5,462 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Haoyuan Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
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