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“An authentic old Beijing house.” 5 of 5 stars
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Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   No.5 Dengcao Hutong Dongsi South Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China (Tian'anmen / Wangfujing)   |  
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Ranked #77 of 5,439 Hotels in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Croydon, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“An authentic old Beijing house.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We agree with the reviews below. We had come from a very glitzy and luxurious hotel in Shanghai. We loved the contrast. Staying in a hutong meant we were among real local people, rather than international business executives. The staff were excellent and spoke good English. We had intended to take advice from the Lonely Planet in booking a car to see the Great Wall at Mutianyu, but the agency they had recommended wanted to charge £200, including an "out of hours" fee. The girls at reception booked a car for us for £75, advised on the weather and which day we should do the excursion; and it was fine, no attempts at diversion to commission-paying shopping sites. The hotel was charming. The room was comfortable, if a little small. The breakfast was good. There was free wifi. Mrs PAH49.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bonn, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

If you want to feel the real living in a hutong ,the old town quarters in Beijing , you have to choose this hotel. I stayed in the luxury apartment and feel like an actor in the film " the last emperor". The staff is friendly and help you in any cases. Their english is fluent comparing to english knowledge in Beijing normally. The inner court is quiet however when coming out get the typical atmosphere of a hutong. The subway station dongsi is near so you can arrive every interesting point in the city. Even as a foreigner without any knowledge of chinese you will find this Hotel vey easy when following the dengcao hutong sign on dong si nan da jie (Dongsi south street). Many good typical good chinese food restaurants can be reached by foot.
They also offer a free airport pick up who was really in time and fast.
In all a good choice if you really want to stay in real chinese traditional accomodation.
However also modern techniques are included in the room like a WiFi access and a modern TV set.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

This is a traditional courtyard residence converted to a hotel. It wins in three ways. First it's location in a hudong means you see a slice of life which is real unlike the international hotels built in glitzy new buildings which look the same all over the world. Second it is a collection of rooms tradionally appointed (mine had a four poster bed for those cold nights). Heaps of character. Thirdly though it is the service that stands out as the hotel which seems to be run almost entirely by women who were so helpful and were able to move me from a tiny room to something more substantial. The subway is a 12 min walk away down an interesting lane. Probably not so good for v young kids but teenagers should be ok. Wireless is free and available throughout the courtyard so at breakfast you can continue to catch up on whatever news interests you.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We had wonderful experience staying at Sihe courtyard hotel in Beijing. Rooms are furnished in authentic Chinese style, it is truly charming. Rooms are situated in series of courtyards inside a hutong.
Also we enjoyed just sitting at the comfortable chairs and tables in the courtyard their wifi (free) was available both in the rooms and in the courtyards.

Good selection of food for breakfast. They offered every traveler to cook eggs to their liking (choice of omlette and fried eggs from the menu). There was also choice of vegetable and meat dishes, toasts, yogurt and buns.

I recommend that you arrange them to pick you up from the Airport (because the narrow hutong streets are ok for their drivers but might be too challenging for a taxi driver).

Very importantly the girls at the reception spoke good English and very very helpful. On the day of our arrival we arrived early in the morning after overnight flight but well before checkout time. They offered us free breakfast and made another room available for us to rest while the people checked out from our room and they cleaned it.

Also hotel is conveniently located not too for from the center and close to a metro station.
If we come to Bejing again we will surely stay at the same hotel!

Room Tip: Their slightly larger rooms are super amazing. We had room 820 and it was very well decorated, had a...
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit, MI
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16 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We stayed four nights at the beuatiful and atmospheric (and reasonably priced) Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel. A hutong courtyard house hotel is an ideal choice in Beijing, to give a flavor of the country and avoid the anonymous marble of the standard hotels. The location could be a little more convenient (it's in DengCao Hutong off Dong Si Nan Dajie); there are very few restaurants nearby (but see my review of ZanZan Steak, which is in easy walking distance). If you're heading to nightlife, however, nearby places aren't important. English speaking young ladies at the desk are pleasant and eager to assist. Especially nice is the hotel's free car service, which can take you where you want to go anytime from morning to evening; thus, you only have to take a cab back. (The hotel provides printed cards with instructions for taxi drivers, which generally worked very well.) Breakfast is just OK; the food is both western and Chinese and is laid out on a table in an alcove at the end of the dining room, which can get very congested. The coffee maker is impossibly small and has to be constantly refilled. It's a nice feature that eggs are cooked to order, but they can take anywhere from one to fifteen minutes to arrive. All that said, no one went hungry in the morning. We had the VIP Suite, which I highly recommend for those inclined to splurge; lots of space, two flat-screen TVs, big four-poster bed with hangings, big bath with tub with hand-held shower, and chairs more comfortable than they looked. Try to avoid the least expensive rooms; our traveling companion had one of those and there was so little space she had to keep her suitcase on the only chair in the room.

There are two handsome courtyards with tables and chairs; the first is at the entrance and has been enclosed and serves in the mornings as overflow space for the dining room. The main courtyard has the larger rooms facing onto it with an umbrella table and chairs in the center.

Overall, we were very happy with our choice of Bejing Sihe Courtyard Hotel and would stay there again were we top return to Beijing.

Room Tip: Avoid the minimum rooms; they are so small there's no room for luggage.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I had a nice week at this hotel. The room was comfy and just outside the room was a little courtyard where you can sit in the evening. The hotel is tiny and stashed away in a hutong on dengcao street. It is a five minute walk to the main street Dong Si south street, and a further 5 minutes to the DongSi subway station for line 5 to Tianneman Square etc. Line 5 is the main North South axis.
The hutong is very quiet at night, and the hotel does not serve food, so on your way back call in at the little convenience store on the street. If you want a cheap meal and a decent beer go into the next street Li Shi,and try the café gatto, and the noodle bar opposite.
The rooms are clean, if small, and the breakfasts are ok.The hotel staff are helpful and will arrange a free taxi service locally. They will also arrange a taxi to anywhere, including the 40 minute poor value Beijing Opera at a minimum 200 yuan per person. Choose the minimum. If you do this, remember to get the same taxi to take you back after the show, otherwise you may be stuck in the middle of nowhere.
The subway is easy to use. Just go to the ticket office window and pay 2 yuan one way per person. Everything is signposted in English.
On a cautionary note, at the hotel, use the safe for your valuables. One person "lost" some items which magically "reappeared" 3 days later in the room, following a complaint.
The hotel certainly beats the big soulless places, and you do get a glimpse of how many ordinary people live.
Mary on reception is a star too.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We had a wonderful five days at this charming hotel in one of Beijing's classic, centrally-located "hutong" alleyways. The hotel fell short in many small ways; this is not an international boutique hotel. But any efficiency shortcomings were more than made up for by the beautiful surroundings, pleasant staff, and atmosphere of authenticity. Frankly, we loved the place.

On a practical level: the hotel internet was fast and reliable, they made a good hot breakfast (eggs cooked to order or Chinese breakfast, as you wish), and the mattresses were thin but comfortable. We experienced no problems And the hotel really does look just as in the photos.

Arrange the hotel pick-up service; taxis can't find the hutong and will have trouble even getting into the hutong (a 5 meter wide alley full of parked cars, carts, and cycles) if they do.

The subway is nearby and Tiananmen Square is an easy 25-minute walk. Beijing's main shopping street (Wangfujing) is fifteen minutes. And the neighborhood is pleasant and walkable (by Beijing standards). We really had no regrets.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.5 Dengcao Hutong Dongsi South Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China
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Location: China > Beijing Region > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#44 Family Hotel in Beijing
#197 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is Beijing Courtyard Hotel has been built up base on 400 Years historic construction Si He Yuan, The said place was the former residence of famous Chinese artist Mr. Mei Lan Fang. 10 minutes walking distance from WangFuJing, the travel and commercial center of Beijing. The spacious guest rooms are sharing the beautiful inner and outer courtyard and patio with each other, and decorated by the antique furniture those are carved with dragon and phoenix, the symbol of Chinese ancient nobility. ... more   less 
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