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Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.37 Dongsi Sitiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China (Beijing Workers' Sports Complex)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5,111 hotels in Beijing
Gloucestershire, UK
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“Traditional China with wifi!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

After a lovely modern hotel in Shanghai it was a great contrast to stay at this traditional courtyard hotel.

The staff were so very helpful from arrival to leaving. Nothing was too much trouble and they were always smiling. The girl in the bar was particularly delightful chatting each night and showing us how to use the traditional tea set we bought there (half the price of the airport)

Our room was wonderful - the wedding suite. So much space and a traditional four poster and furniture. Lots of tea, fruit and nibbles in the room. The courtyard outside the room was delightful but the weather was too cold whilst we were there to sit there.

Breakfast was plentiful and good

Room Tip: Go for the wedding suite as it isn't a lot more and the room is so much better.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

A great little hotel with small but fun old-style rooms, in a community full of characters, near the trains and main roads. Make sure the taxi takes to down the alley to the door if you have heavy bags. Try the pancakes 200m to the right of the hotel on the left hand side of the street.

  • Stayed July 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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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Look there's no doubt that even the taxi driver struggled to find the hotel even after calling the property himself on his mobile phone. And I can admit to some hesitancy as we drove along the lane way looking for the hotel. However, as soon as I arrived I was impressed with the English language skills of the reception staff and their enthusiam in welcoming me. It's a great place. grounds are lovely and quiet, rooms are beautiful and of high standard, internet works a treat, the bar is a cool hangout with even playstation area upstairs for kids + traditional music & tea ceremony, the breakfast was fresh and plentiful, the location is great! After many, many years working for international hotel companies, I am so glad I took a punt and stayed here! Location is very safe with easy access to subway or picking up taxi's. They proudly exhibit quite a few awards from Trip Advisor etc ar the front desk and they are all well-deserved!
Nightlife Tip: There's quite a few local food & beverage vendors operating along the lane way to the hotel. After a long day, don't be afraid to grab a snack (cheap) and a cold TsingTao (even cheaper - 3 yuan/bottle) on the way back to the hotel - you'll be glad you did!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 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 November 6, 2012 via mobile

This is a very special place. In the heart of the hutongs, you really get to experience old Beijing. The staff are just delightful and couldn't do enough for us, and their english is excellent. Great hotel can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed October 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 5, 2012

I just returned from a four stop tour through Hong Kong and China wherein I stayed at some of the finest hotels - Conrad in Hong Kong, Shangri La in Xian, the Waldorf Astoria in Shanghai, but the most memorable one of the bunch was the Double Happiness Courtyard in Beijing. When booking the reservation, we were a bit apprehensive to staying at a Bed and Breakfast in a foreign country. However, given the prior raving reviews on Trip Advisor, we were inclined to give it a shot. I'm so glad we did. The Double Happiness Courtyard provided us with a unique experience that made us feel to in touch with Beijing. Everything about this hotel was great - the location, the ambiance, the staff - most notably, Sabrina who was soooo welcoming and friendly.

I rarely write reviews about anything, but this experience was so out of the ordinary and so unexpected, I just had to speak up. If you're up for something different than chain hotels and something culturally enriching, then by all means, book your stay at the Double Happiness. You won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Wedding Suite, which had a private attached outdoor patio.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

My young daughter and I stayed here recently for 4 nights. There's not too much I can add to the other reviews other than agree. It's a nice traditional hotel. The rooms are on the small side, luckily we ony had two small carry on suitcases, as I would expect you'd be pressed to figure out where to store two large cases. You can walk fairly easily around the hutong and there are some little cafes down the lane to the right as you leave the hotel. Having said that the meals at the hotel are fine and are taken in the bar (although you can ask them to deliver the meal to your room) where my daughter also discovered the Xbox 360 upstairs on the mezzanine level (sounded like a heard of elephants when you have a couple of kids playing up there but that's fine). Breakfast is served in a breakfast room near the main entrance and was fine, a good selection of eastern and western food plus fruit and pastries. The breakfast room is a little small but we never had a problem getting a table. The ladies on reception are very helpful and speak very good English. We arrived early and an early check in was no problem including breakfast. Also the hotel was very quick to respond to email queries. If I had to criticize something I'd say the wi-fi was a bit buggy in the room and the room heater didn't work fantasticly but they were only minor things. Over all an enjoyable stay at double happiness.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed six nights here while visiting our daughter who is studying in Beijing this term. We were delighted with our choice. The hotel is the antithesis of the big chain type hotel we DIDN'T want. As we approached down the narrow Dongsi si tiao alley, we were a bit worried we'd gone a bit too far off the beaten track, but the moment we stepped inside we knew we'd nailed it. The staff speak excellent English and are eager to help with arranging everything from tours to restaurant reservations to taxis, and gave great advice on where to go and what to do locally. Breakfast should satisfy anyone - whether you like Chinese, American, or European you'll find what you're after. The decor is uncompromisingly Chinese, and the walls are liberally adorned with old photos and paintings. The bar is cozy and a great place to relax, and hosts traditional Chinese harp music and tea service some evenings. If you're looking for a place that's comfortable, affordable, and memorable, we highly recommend the Double Happiness.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: No.37 Dongsi Sitiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China
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Location: China > Beijing > Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Beijing
#5 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#28 Business Hotel in Beijing
#313 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Living in the real heart of the city, you have the chance to witness the daily life of Chinese people. Living in the courtyard house with over 500 year's history, you are closer to those ancient Chinese stories. Our hotel is suitable for culture explorers & mind-peace seeker. ... more   less 
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