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“Lovely courtyard hotel” 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 #16 of 5,423 Hotels in Beijing
4.5 of 5 stars 187 Reviews
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“Lovely courtyard hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2009

This is a nice respite in the bustling city and unfortunately we only had one night to enjoy it. The hotel had an electrical problem the day we arrived so we had to find another place, and we chose to move to Bamboo Garden. And having stayed at both places, I prefer Hote Cote Cour because it had more charm and a more intimate setting. It did feel a tad overpriced but it also felt more personal and sophisticated. The staff were extremely nice and gave us a free night's stay as an apology for the situation. This is not to say Bamboo Garden was a bad experience- it was a very choice -- good location, walkable to the lakes, bars and restaurants around. Good value but the compound seemed large and "hotel-ish" by comparison. Breakfast not included at Bamboo Garden but they have a spa on site and the 1 hour foot massage was terrific.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2009

We booked this hotel in March for the first several nights of our honeymoon beginning on June 24th and received an email confirmation. A colleague of mine was very kind to arrange a car service to pick us up at the airport and take us to Hotel Cote Cour SL. Upon contacting the hotel on June 17th in connection with arranging the car service, she learned that the hotel was closed! They told my colleage, who speaks Mandarin, that they had been closed for weeks for renovation. When I contacted them to find out what was going on since we had a confirmation and no one had contacted us, they told me that they closed 2 days prior because of emergency utility construction. I don’t know which story is true but if my colleague had not found this out, we would have been stranded on their front porch with our bags and nowhere to stay…for the first night of our honeymoon after a long flight to Beijing! They replied with an apology and offered to arrange alternate accommodation but when we accepted that offer (I usually spend days researching to find the perfect accommodation with the most local charm but had one day before departing for our wedding festivities), they didn’t reply to my message overnight and I had to arrange something else myself. Very disappointing.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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nessa88, new manager at Hotel Cote Cour Beijing, responded to this review, August 5, 2009
Dear Guest, I am Vanessa, new manager for Hotel Cote Cour Beijing. i am very very sorry for what happened. we've removed the previous management and now everything back to normal. our website is www.hotelcotecourbj.com now and if u got a chance to come back to beijing, i will offer you a free stay at our hotel and i apologize for any inconvinience last time.

Vanessa, GM, Hotel Cote Cour Beijing
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2009

This is such a beautiful hotel, a Chinese courtyard hotel. Very friendly staff, great service. It is so relaxing and quiet, even though it is in the middle of a bustling hutong, which you can see from the rooftop terrace. The rooms have great beds, beautiful furniture. The place transports you back to a different era. I found the staff very attentive, getting tickets and booking cars for me, and giving me sightseeing suggestions. The location is great, in the centre of Beijing, close to subways. I highly recommend this hotel for a romantic getaway.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled on business
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2009

This hotel is something different. We spent 4 nights here in April 2009. The hotel is very charming, based around a pretty and realtively quiet courtyard and it is great to be able to sit outside when the sun shines, not possible in most western style hotels. Staff were mostly very friendly but some speak no English or French, including two of the receptionists, so it was sometimes difficult to communicate. No sign of the owner. Breakfast is in the small but airy and well furnished bar/sitting room and includes fresh fruit, a pastry (NB not for us croissant as mentioned in previous reviews) something cooked (egg, pancake, dumpling) all fresh, and weak coffee (espresso was available but 40Y extra). We had booked one of the best rooms but on arrival found that it had an outside window overlooking the building site opposite (work 18 hours a day) and was unacceptably noisy. The room we were given instead was tiny (only just room for a double bed - no room for our two big suitcases) although our daughter had a bigger room. We were not offered a better room even though the hotel was half empty for all our stay (one night we were almost the only guests). Also the shower in the bathroom did not drain properly - yuk! Moreover the discount we had been offered when making the bookinig was at first refused, in the rude way only chinese people can manage, until I showed the man at the desk the confirmation email. Being in a hutong is a mixed blessing - it is charming as other reviewers have said, but the taxis just wont go there so there is a 7-8 minute walk when you want to go anywhere or get home. The price for the rooms does not take account of the inconvenience or their size (you could stay in a 5 star hotel and still have change for what they ask here). I am glad I stayed in this place as it is a different experience but I wont be going back. It is hard to see how they can survive in the competitive Beijing market without a big drop in prices and a lot more client care.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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nessa88, manager at Hotel Cote Cour Beijing, responded to this review, December 26, 2009
Dear guest, i started to work here as General Manager since August, and all our receptionists can speak English. lots of our guests left wonderful comments to our staff on the guest book. I don't know what happened when you were here, but i hope we can welcome you again. thanks! Vanessa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2009

We have just stayed for 5 nights in this beautiful and authentic Chinese 'hutong' hotel. It feels so far removed from standard Western hotels and is located down a small hutong so you really get to see the real Beijing way of life. This can be a bit of a shock upon arrival, but we walked back down the hutong in the evening, often quite late, and always felt safe. As soon as you pass through the hotels big red doors, you are back into tranqulity anyway! The service of the staff was personal, knowledgable and friendly. The room was comfortable, especially the huge bed and the breakfast was spot on. Some added touches include the artwork in the breakfast bar and the bikes for hire (although we weren't brave enough after experiencing taxi rides.
Would completely recommend if you are looking for something a bit different from a standard hotel and for a more 'real' experience.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2009

We had an absolutely lovely time at this stunningly beautiful hutong hotel.
Ideally situated on the edges of the central area this hotel offered a lovely short walk into the hub.
The design of this courtyard hotel is exceptional and beautifully excecuted. Set around quite a large courtyard, the rooms are delightfull and well facilitated with beautiful typical bathroom very cosy superb telly etc- you will want for nothing.
Breakfast was in a stunning room and was communal, though we were virtually the only people staying so therefore perhaps it was not ideal and though you could ask for anything and it would be brought, we would have preferred a running buffet so that we were not beholden to ask staff all the time. Maybe in the more busy times, this happens anyway. By the way the contemporary paintings on the wall are wonderful and a great advert for modern Chinese art.
One clever addition was a book of business cards in English and Chinese which were superb help when instructing taxi drivers. Other hotels please note.
Perhaps one slight grump was that access to an internet pc whilst available meant you had to go sit behind the reception desk with the reception staff which is not very brilliant. Thought a great idea which we used a lot in Cambodia and Laos was the idea of lending or renting you an internet enabled laptop to take to your room. Also it is not that cheap compared say with the Kapok Hotel but I guess the experiience of staying here is a special one, so maybe one should be willing to pay a little extra.
Last but not least, the staff here are absolutely wonderful and will do anything for you. And they speak excellent English which in China should certainly not be taken for granted.
Would highly recommend this hotel

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 February 17, 2009

We stayed here as part of our honeymoon travels through Asia during late Dec 08. The experience didn't start well when the pre-booked car to pick us up from Beijing airport failed to show up, a call to hotel told us that they had come a day earlier than we booked and confirmed by email. So do double check a few days before arrival they have correct details.

Hotel was almost empty, we only save 2 other rooms occupied so fairly quiet. Reception staff spoke good english and can recommend restaurants etc. Breakfast included in room rate which consisted of tea/coffee, toast with butter/jam, yogurt with granola and jame and fruit. More than enough to get you up for a day's exploring. Lunch and dinner must be ordered 24 hours in advance, but there are some international hotels with restuarants (The Regent Beijing or Peninsula are good) within 10 mins walk with many restaurants inside.

The typical residential road that the hotel is down is hard to find initially and may put some people off as it's very different from western surroundings, but we never felt scared or apprehensive.

Receptionists arranged a driver and car for a day to take us to Summer Palace, Great Wall and Olympic stadium - well worth it at £80 per day and the driver was safe, friendly and spoke good english.

The location of the hotel is within walking distance of Wangfujing Dajie (main shopping street), night market and Dongsi subway station (metro is cheap, easy and clean). Forbidden City takes about 15-20 mins to walk to, but going on Metro is easy if you prefer.

Room was of a good standard but rather expensive for what you get compared to big brand hotels. Bathroom could have done with a good clean and shower wasn't powerful and didn't have very consistant temperature. The free WiFi internet doesn't work as far as rooms, so you must go to lounge for access.

Overall, a good experience to live in an old courtyard home, but next time I think the lure of the big brand hotel with it's facilities will win out.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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 #16 of 5,423 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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