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“Beautiful combination of antique and design, brilliant staff” 5 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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“Beautiful combination of antique and design, brilliant staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

I stayed at Cote Cour only 1 night for a business trip. I picked this place because of my "5 stars hotel fatigue" and its central location. In short: I wanted to be in a cozy place, within walking distance of the Beihai park while enjoying the feel of "old Beijing" & Hutongs. That was the perfect place for it. First, I had a very good contact with the staff on my way from the airport: my taxi didn't know where the hotel was (that's the "hutong's effect"!) and needed guidance. The Girl had flawless English, and was very helpful with my taxi. She was smart enough to push him to enter the hutong, and drop me right at the front door, so I didn't have to walk! The check-in was one of the fastest I ever had. She quickly walked me to my (well-heated) room: I booked a Deluxe and was upgraded to Suite. I was amazed at how beautiful the decoration was: a tasteful combination of Chinese antique and modern design. The room was very spacious and clean. The bathroom was awesome, with both rain shower and large bath tub.The rest of the hotel was very lovely too: square traditional court, red lanterns lit at night, and cozy place for meals / drinks upstairs: a large outdoor rooftop terrace with great views of the hutong, as well as an intimate veranda with coffee tables and lots of comfy cushions. Free WIFI everywhere, of course. All Staff without exception were helpful, even the night-guard who helped me to book an airport transfer with the hotel's car, despite the late hour (it was almost 2 AM). Fee for transfer was also quite reasonable: 150 CY. In short, you will love this hotel if you are looking for quality alternative to luxury hotels, and if you are interested to explore a more traditional aspect of Beijing. On the other hand, if you are used to taxi stands right at the front of your hotel and hate walking, probably not your place. A couple of useful tips: 1/ Even if you have a printed map, keep the hotel's phone number handy at all times. Taxis always get confused with hutongs, and they will surely try to "get rid" of you at the main street, when it is actually possible to drive inside the hutong right to the hotel door. 2/ If taxi driver gets grumpy at you for choosing to stay in a hutong, answer him that: "这就是老北京, 师傅! Zhe jiushi lao Beijing, Shifu! (Chill out, man! This is old Beijing after all!) 3/ Eat & drinks: if you don't feel like moving, Cote Cour offers quality local dishes, wine and beers, all very satisfying. There is a mini-bar in your room with complimentary bottled water. If you want to go out: one great under-ground option is to go to the hidden gem Baochao Hutong (10 mn taxi) on Gulou dong Dajie: there are very nice diner options here, like Southern Barbarian and Mr Shi's Dumplings, as well as easy-going bars for drinks (Orchid bar or Cangku). A more upscale option is to go to the Temple's Restaurant on Shatan road, also 10 mn taxi from the hotel: gorgeous contemporary European restaurant sheltered in a gorgeous renovated temple.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012 via mobile

I cannot find one negative thing to say about this place. It's conveniently located yet not on a main road ((between two train stops, both 5-10min walk from the hotel). The area is very characteristic since this hotel is in a hutong (alley) , in particular the one where the emperor's musicians used to live i was told. Rooms are clean, warmly and elegantly furnished and have all you might need (and if you need more you can ask and bet the staff will get it for you). Breakfasts are yum - you can choose between the western or traditional style: when i travel my rule is to eat local and avoid being that silly westerner that eats the same stuff you can get at home. Here i was not disappointed and i think the chef liked me as i was - to my surprise - the only westerner to order the traditional breakfast. So i got red carpet treatment every day. The courtyard is lovely and peaceful. Finally: the staff. Ok these people are by far among the best i ever experienced and i travel a lot for work, all around the world. my luggage was lost by china air (no comments) and they immediately understood my concern since it contained equipment i needed for work - so they kept calling CA non stop for over 24hours.. They did not give up till my luggage reached me. Impeccable service and done with great humility and kindness. I had a truly memorable time there and every now and then i think about the peace i felt each time i returned to that courtyard, after a day in noisy and full of traffic Beijing. If you go, you will notice at the start of the alley a restaurant with chairs outside - they have a little bbq oven on the street and a room at the back. I passed by that place for days without considering it worthwhile a stop - i was wrong. I had a meal there and it was earthy yummy BJ food. Careful though as portions are big - PRC style: to be shared!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

I spent in this hotel 4 days, rooms are great and clean! people at desk speak great english and they helped in all my needs from booking a car to have a massage! great restaurant serve a great breakfast! centrally located you can walk to the forbidden city! the hutongs are part of traditional beijing and the yannyue hutong is really centrally located in the dongcheng area! they booked a car with driver for me to go to the great wall, also they suggested where how to move around the city in a very logical way, loved it and if i go back im going to be there again!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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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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Address: No.70 Yanyue Alley, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China
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Location: China > Beijing > Tian'anmen/Wangfujing
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #21 of 4,968 hotels in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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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