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.
- 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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