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“Friendly and warm service, traditional setting, great location” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #4 of 5,423 Hotels in Beijing
4.5 of 5 stars 1,144 Reviews
Singapore, Singapore
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“Friendly and warm service, traditional setting, great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We travelled to Beijing in mid November and stayed for 3 nights at 800 RMB a night for a small suite, which was a goodwill upgrade.

The room was decked in traditional furniture with adequate heating. There was complimentary usage of a PC. It felt overwhelming knowing the courtyard was the home of a scholar during the Qing Dynasty, and witnessed the Opium War, both World Wars and the Cultural Revolution. .

Location wise, the court yard is a 10-15 min walk to 东四subway which is 3-4 stops away from major sights like the Forbidden City, Bei Hai Park etc.

Unfortunately, WIFI was slow and made surfing impossible. Also, the mattress was hard. Otherwise, it's a great accommodation for exploring Beijing.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

This is a very lovely place to stay if one is looking for that "off the road" but comfortable place to stay. Located on an small alleyway, in an old tradtional part of town. Offers lots of food and entertainment nearby. Many shops, most cater to tourist. Its a great location to experience, I highly recommend it as a place to visit even if one is not staying at the double happiness couryard.

The Hotel is not a 5star, all ammenities type of hotel. Its a simple traditional courtyard home converted to small rooms to accomidate guests. Soom of the rooms can be small, but very cozy and nicely decorated. I'm 5"11 and I had slight issues with bathroom being a little cramped, but keep clean and warm. I was in the deluxe/superior suite, but still seemed smaller then what I'm used to. The bed may be an issue for travelers taller then 6 feet but was comfy. Again this isn't the normal 5 or 4 star hotel with amenities, I felt it's more of a 5star Chinese style B&B. The breakfeast was great and adequate for Chinese and Westerners. Had a variety of ham/sausage, hassbrowns and an omlet station. Also some noodles, congee and some other stuff with a variety of furits. We also had dinner at the resturant one night. We had a 4course dinner package. The food was very good and served nicely and the setting was nice and intimate. Overall a good chef and dinner, but there are many great resturants nearby.

The hotel offers a very warm and cozy feeling and the staff is friendly. I love the two Huskies they have in the courtyard. Very friendly and lovely animals. It felt great being greeted by them. I highly suggest this hotel for any visters to Beijing that has the time to tour aournd. Book early as is often full with the limited amount of rooms.

Room Tip: If your traveling with family, I highly suggest the getting the biggest room avaliable. The rooms ar...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Our second 8-night stay at the Double Happiness was as special and good as our first one two years ago. The Double Happiness even became more dear to us, like going back home after a long long time away.

The staff are really what makes the guests feel comfortable there: they are all very attentive to their guests, so sweet and helpful and speak English fluently. You are treated as an individual and feel unique depending on the relationship you wish to establish or not as long as the English language is not a barrier for you.

If you are looking for a Chinese experience in the heart of a hutong or alley, go there! Quiet, quaint and cosy rooms with a cosy bed, nice traditional furniture and yet all the facilities you'd find in an international chain such as good central heating, a good shower, impeccable linen and towels, very clean room every day, three TV channels in English and one in French. If you can, book a wedding suite, it will make your stay even better with more space, a very romantic decor and several little attentions and treats.

The breakfast buffet has improved and offers both good and varied Western and Chinese fares, with a special mention of the good French croissants and fresh fruit salads. We did not try the bar, a nice addition, but the people in charge of it are obviously very welcoming!

The staff at reception can arrange taxis ( even beforehand by mail) from or to the airport for you as well as anywhere else, at a fair rate. Yet, the Dongsi tube station is only 10-15 minutes away and is very convenient to travel all over Beijing the fast way in a user-friendly Metro. Even using the Airport Express and the tube to reach the Double Happiness is easy and fast at rush hour but you will need to print a good map on Google or you will have a hard time to find your way around.

If you like walking, you will love the location in the middle of interesting hutongs and not far from the Forbidden City, Lama Temple, Confucius Temple, Drum and Bell Towers, Qianhai, Houhai, or Beihai lakes, the National Museum of China on Tiananmen or Wangfujing. But closer by, don't miss the early morning local market in the alley across from the Dongsi yitiao just before the Dongsi station.

You 'll find plenty of good restaurants around (we particularly like the Kong Yizi, 322 Dongsibeijie with its menu in English), dare go into less appealing ones, they often have pictures and English translations on their menus or ask the hotel staff for advice!

Thank you Dede, Sabrina, Jaklyn, Lily, Cici, Young, Jimmy, Nancy, Nicole, Anita and all the staff who made our stay " Double Happy" with plenty of happy memories not only sightseeing but staying at the Double Happiness. We could call it " Dear Double Happiness"!!!

Room Tip: Indulge in a wedding suite if you can. Yet even a single for a single traveller will be charming.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Hotel staff asked me write a five-star review because they want to be back rated as second best hotel in Beijing. I am very glad to write this review because they really earned their five stars. Hotel has reasonably central location close to Dongshi subway station in hutong area which gives it special character. My room was spacious, very clean, warm and certainly a different feel than a standard downtown business hotel. Staff was extremely friendly, helpful and fun too. Breakfast was good quality and tasty. Bar was cozy too.

There are also nice local eateries along the street as well which for a western tourist may look dubious. However, people are very friendly, food is very good and costs next to nothing. Hopefully I have soon possibility to go back to Beijing and when I do, it is easy for me to choose a place to stay. I shall definately stay at the Double Happiness Hotel.

Room Tip: Inner court room where I stayed was quiet and comfortable.
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  • 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
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Warren, PA - USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

This was my first trip to China and wanted to stay off the beaten path. The Double Happiness fit the bill.The rooms were quaint, well decorated, and very clean. The staff was very accommodating, friendly, and attentive. The breakfasts were delicious. We especially enjoyed each day being greeted by DeDe and Jacylin! Very fun.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Xi'an, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Double Happiness was a complete diamond in the rough for us. If you are looking for a touch of chinese culture and want to see the real side of Beijing then this is where you should go.

We flew into Beijing from Hong Kong, then caught a taxi to the hotel (this should only cost you about 110 yuan, so make sure you aren't ripped off). It is down a Hutong so definitely a bit rough around the edges, but good because you get to see the local street stores and get a taste for how they live.

As soon as we stepped in the hotel doors the staff were brilliant. They are all really welcoming and made us feel at home immediately. We stayed in the wedding suite and it was well heated, the bathroom was spacious and every little detail spoke of the traditional way of living. From the porter Jimmy to the bartender Yan, everyone would ask to see how we were going, where we had been - but never over stepping the mark and keeping you there for too much awkward small talk. If you were a little unsure about what to do, they would pull out a map and suggest some stuff for you - a great local touch to the trip. Not once did I feel like we were being pushed into buying something which is a big plus!

The breakfast was outstanding with enough food to feed a small army on offer (and built into the price, so no surprise costs), and the Reception staff helped us book a trip to the Great Wall, as well as a return night train to Xian, taking the issue of the language barrier right out of the equation.

The entire building made me feel like I was stepping back in time, but with all of the convenience of a bigger chain hotel. I would highly recommend staying here.

A last word of advice - we are two New Zealanders, so of course chose to wear shorts in the middle of Beijing's winter. Unless you want all of the locals staring and giving you a thumbs up and pretending to shiver around you all day, probably best that you just wear jeans!

Room Tip: Choose the wedding suite even if you aren't married - a bit bigger and not much more in price
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 15, 2012

I found the hotel very nice, but I think the rates are quite high for this kind of hotel.

The hotel is perfectly located, in the middle of the Hutong area. It is an old chinese house, very charming, with every little detail to make you feel living in the chinese traditional way. Just going out for a walk around the tiny streets hotel, allow you to experience Beijing in a different way. Small markets, local people.

What I particularly didn't like was the cleaning. Since our arrival day, the bathroom smelled really bad...

What makes the hotel so great is the good service/ customer care. Since we booked our room three months prior to our trip, they immediatly sent us an e mail, asking us if we need any help for planning our trip. They booked for us the big room so we have enough space for the fourth of us, and they also helped us to buy the bullet train tickets to Shanghai.


the evenings at the hotel are also nice, the "bar" is open, they served good food, they play traditional chinese music. It is a good way to end your day if you are tired.

I don't recommend to buy any show tickets with the hotel (acrobatics or Kung-Fu) ... We booked two days in advance and they bought the tickets just half hour before the show start... then we got a very bad location. If you have the time... better to buy it you self and for sure you can get a better location with a better price.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 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 Region > 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:
#4 Family Hotel in Beijing
#4 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#29 Business Hotel in Beijing
#267 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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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