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“Sweet Courtyard in Central Beijing” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Cote Cour Beijing
No.70 Yanyue Alley, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China (Tian'anmen / Wangfujing)   |  
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Ranked #31 of 5,462 Hotels in Beijing
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
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“Sweet Courtyard in Central Beijing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Hotel Cote Cour is pricey for a courtyard/siheyuan experience but it may be a good option for first time travelers to Beijing as the facilities are very well maintained and it is in a central location. Yanyue Hutong is in the Dongcheng area, within walking distance of two subway lines (about 10-15 minutes -- typical for Beijing), Wangfujing (15 minutes), Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City (both 20-25 minutes). Also closeby is Jinbao Jie, where you can have the duck at Dadong or Beijing's best dim sum at Lei Garden.

We stayed in the superior suite for six nights. The so-called suite is actually one big room with a sitting area and the bed. Only a light and transparent curtain separates the two. The room was a little smaller than I expected, but there is actually a nice lounge with a laptop connected to wireless where you can relax instead. The room was well furnished with ample closet/wardrobe space and a big bed that was on the firmer side.

We were here at the end of November. During a warmer season, it would have probably been nice to unwind on the rooftop. Winter is very cold in Beijing and I was very grateful that management kept the whole place warm and toasty. There are even four heating lamps in the bathroom! Light sleepers should note that you may hear staff and fellow travelers passing through the courtyard, but it was usually very quiet at night. (Of course, I am not sure if that would be the case if it were warmer out.)

The facilities were extremely clean. Even though it was too chilly to sit outside in the courtyard, it was meticulously swept and wiped clean every morning. No mold or sewage stink in the bathroom. There are a few cats, which I am very allergic to, but the place is kept so well that they did not bother me, whether indoors or outdoors.

Having breakfast in the restaurant/bar overlooking the courtyard was a lovely way to start the day. Breakfast was typically yogurt with muesli, toast, fried eggs, bacon and a little something Chinese thrown in (e.g., scallion pancake, dumplings). Because it is China, we would only suggest that there should be a choice of Chinese breakfast (e.g., congee) and bagged Lipton should be replaced with loose leaf tea.

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

We spent 4 nights at the Hotel Cote Cour in September and could not have been happier with our choice. It was amazing.

Tucked away in a little alley called YanYue Hutong, behind big red gates, this small group of rooms, around a central courtyard, offers a relaxing retreat after busy sightseeing in Beijing.

This was our first trip to China, and the Cote Cour our first stop, and we are so glad we chose to stay here. We booked a superior suite which was spacious and comfortable with traditional furnishings in the bedroom and sitting areas and a gorgeous art-deco bathroom.

Breakfast each day was a lovely experience, with very personalized service and a leafy outlook from its rooftop location. You would not believe you were in the heart of the city here, it seems so serene.

The staff are friendly and very helpful. We were even given a mobile phone pre-programmed to call the hotel if we had any problems while out and about.

They booked a great tour for us to the Great Wall, suggested a fabulous restaurant (Dianke Dianlai), in another Hutong nearby, which we located after an interesting stroll through the district and a bit of help from google maps!

Another bonus for us, as we are cat lovers, was the 4 resident cats. We felt very much at home here!

Highly recommended if you are after a boutique type experience, with local atmosphere, in a great location when holidaying in Beijing.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Just got back from a trip to Beijing and had a great stay at Hotel Cote Cour. The hotel was clean and enjoyable. It was very well maintained. The staff was very helpful, booking a driver to/from the airport and the Great Wall on our behalf. The hotel provides an excellent breakfast each morning with freshly made tea. We had an early flight out of Beijing and the chef came in early to cook us breakfast before they normally serve guests. I highly recommend Hotel Cote Cour and would stay here again if I make it back to Beijing.

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

Lovely little property, an old traditional courtyard house turned into hotel, with beautiful communal sitting room and restaurant plus roof deck sitting area on top.
The courtyard has some deciduous trees, outdoor seatings with umbrellas surrounding a small pond, while the resident cats linger around.
Rooms are beatifully appointed, good airconditioning, hot water and water pressure.
You will need to ask for kettle as no coffee or tea facilities provided in the smallish room, they'll be happy to provide one, though it seems like they didn't replace cups while leaving the kettle in.
A couple of bottled water provided everyday.
Reception girl has a very good english and happy to give you some guidance to go around, very cheerful helpful and friendly.
Wifi provided, good connection and speed.
Authentic location in one of the preserved hutongs, very narrow alley, west of imperial palace, you get to see the real life of locals, though walking to wangfujing and palace is still quite a distance, good exercise with a good pair of shoes but. Don't be scared to venture around, China is generally very safe, some may try to sell or scam, but nothing life threathening.
We had the hotel to arrange a car to airport early morning, for about 150rmb, fair price compared to taxi which charge around 100rmb, you get to be sure you'll get to airport.
Breakfast are tasty, and cooked as you arrived. The last day we asked for simple breakfast to go to airport, they only gave us a couple of bananas and 4 slices of bread though, not impressed, felt a bit stingy.
Italian cofffee machine available at the restaurant, good decent coffee considering it's hard to get some decent ones in china, they are really tea drinker not coffee.
Tip to get taxi : just jump in, close the door and give driver your address in chinese, it'll make them hard to refuse. Taxi cards available in each room, very handy to use, just show taxi driver they can read the chinese, we can read the english with some pictures.
Don't forget to buy some fresh yoghurt, typical to Beijing, they are everywhere in small ceramic bottle with paper lid, taste much lighter than western version.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Qi Y, Guest Relations Officer at Hotel Cote Cour Beijing, responded to this review, October 28, 2012
Dear guest,
Thank you very much for taking the time to comment about your recent stay. We were concerned about your comments and fully investigated your stay. We feel sorry that you were disappointed with your last breakfast provided by us. We misunderstood what you said, and consequently thought you were asking for a more simple and convenient breakfast that can be easily taken away and eaten without being heated. In the future we will provide a mini menu for our guests to tick what they would like, in order to ensure the breakfast quality always meets their expectations.

We were just wondering if you could email us your contact address. We want to post you a small gift and hope this will make you feel better. Glad to know that you enjoyed the rest aspects of our hotel. Thank you once again for staying with us and for sharing your experiences here.

Best regards,
Ye Qi
Hotel Cote Cour Beijing
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

If you want to get a taste of hutong living, give this property a try. Beautifully maintained and furnished with great, personalized service (a friend who we were traveling with, had her birthday on the day we checked into the hotel and they had a lovely bouquet of flowers waiting in her room). The hutong was tucked deep in a VERY small alleyway - so some drivers may not want to take you in there. I would recommend having the hotel arrange airport pick up for you.

What's also great, is seeing how the locals "live" in the neighborhood.

I'm happy we got to stay in a hutong, but in the future, may opt of a "regular" hotel in a more central location...

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We booked Cote Cour after our original hotel choice was fully booked and a small guidebook we picked up recommended it and we are so glad we did. Its brilliant
Having read earlier reviews here we were prepared for the drive through the dark Hutong at 3am and on arriving at the big red doors felt happy to have arrived at this little oasis in a big city. The driver had been arranged by the hotel which was great and highly recommended as other taxis we took during our stay had no idea where the hotel was even with the little instruction cards available at reception.
The rooms are fantastically furnished, cozy and clean. The bathroom spacious for a couple with all you need. The staff amazingly polite and friendly, all say hello even the night caretaker who has no English. The breakfast room was full of sun each day and the smiling staff make a superb and filling meal to start your day, all fresh, all yummy. (we saw the chef out shopping for fruit one day on his bike and he waved!)
Location wise is great, a few blocks from the Forbidden City, shops etc etc and don't be scared to wander through the Hutong which looks a little daunting at first, the life that you witness is great from street shavers and boot polishers to street foods and lots of bicycles.
Amazingly quite at night even though you are surrounded by the bustling city of Beijing this is a real gem if you want to relax or explore and experience Beijing. We will be back!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

For those who are looking for a more beijing specific feeling I recommend this place. It is located in a Hutong but in a walking distance to the subway (10 to 15 minutes), the staff is very helpful w/ very good english (organised a visit to the Great Wall, reserve restaurant, bought train tickets, etc). Dinner is conveniently served until late. We really love the decoration specially in the common living room which a great mix of chinese and budhist pieces with two wonderful contemporary photos The views from the terraces over the Hutong and over the courtyard are very nice. We stayed in the very hot August, so I imagine that in the mild months you can take full advantage of this atmospheric courtyard.

Room Tip: Don't be too much concerned about hutong's first impression; it is safe and people are nice.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: No.70 Yanyue Alley, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China
Location: China > Beijing Region > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #31 of 5,462 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Cote Cour Beijing is a neoclassical Chinese courtyard-style boutique hotel that is fully equipped with modern amenities. We are located in Yanyue Hutong within an historical protected hutong area of the city which used to serve as a rehearsal area for royal musicians during China’s dynastic period. We aim to provide you with a stress free and sustainable living environment, with dedicated staff and affordable rates. ... more   less 
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