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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 5,418 Hotels in Beijing
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“Home from Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

We stayed for 5 nights here, and felt comfortable and at home. The staff were extra helpful and friendly, the breakfasts rated six stars, and the location is perfect for exploring the old town. The hotel also arranged a trip for us to the Great Wall at Jinshanling, which was a wonderful experience as we walked for more than 3 hours almost on our own. The room was packed with everything we could need, the bar cosy, if there was anything that could be improved it could be the food, but with so many wonderful restaurants within walking distance, there is no need to eat there.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Stayed here with my family and friends (7 of us in all). If you are looking for a "base camp" to explore Beijing and prefer not to stay in a western-style hotel, which was our preference, Double Happiness is ideal. This is not a posh hotel, but the rooms were very comfortable, bathrooms are nicely updated, Internet is readily available, the location is excellent, and the service is terrific.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Wonderful little guest house in authentic hutong neighborhood. The staff speak perfect English and could not have been more helpful. And the breakfast! Best we had in China, steamed buns, dumplings, noodles as well as western treats.

We stayed here for 3 nights at the end of a tour. I wish we had spent more time in Beijing on our own. It is so easy to use the metro or take inexpensive cabs to get anywhere in the city. So many great off the beaten track site (art district is great). You can book trips to the Great Wall , trains to shanghai as well as any other travel help, all available at the front desk.

Bed was so comfy, not too hard. Tea set up in room and mini fridge a nice plus.

Trust me, stay here!

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This place is a true gem! It has character, the staff are excellent and so are the rooms. The location is very good too!

As usual a little hard to find at first, but once you have been there once it should be easy to get back.

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Most taxi drivers will have a little trouble finding this place, but it's all worthwhile. The property is located in an alleyway off the main drag. It is very convenient to the subway station. It's in a local neighborhood which is great to see how people go about their daily life. It's also close to a bunch of restaurants and stores (my favorite taiwanese bakery, 85 degrees, is open 24 hours a day). I stayed in the 3 person bedroom for 3 nights. It was a nice size, clean, with a desktop computer for convenience. The bed was a bit stiff (a thin mattress on a wood box frame) and pillows were adequate. FYI: If you're over 6'2 the beds might be too small for you. The bathroom has a standup shower and had good flow of hot water and bathroom ammenities. During winter the room was kept nice and warm. Beds were supplied with down comforters. Breakfast was amazing. It was a smorgasborg of western and eastern foods, enough variety to satisfy anyone's palate. You can easily fill up on breakfast and skip lunch. Front desk was extremely helpful with local bookings and guidance for activities around Beijing.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

I booked this guesthouse because of all the positive reviews I've read on TripAdvisor from other patrons, and it totally exceeded all of my expectations.The Beijing Double Happiness Hotel is around 300 years old, but incredibly well-maintained. If I had to describe what it is like, it's like rewinding time back to the olden days, and you are a houseguest of a wealthy homeowner in Old China. When my husband and I arrived, he couldn't stop raving about how historically interesting and beautiful the hotel was, and snapping photographs even though we had just arrived off a long flight. The hotel is beautifully maintained, has a lovely circular courtyard as in the traditional Chinese fashion, everything is dark wood, traditonal red silk drapes and cloths all around, red lanterns...it's very beautiful and you feel like you are being transported back in time. When we arrived, the staff was extremely friendly and welcoming, and upgraded us to the honeymoon suite at no extra charge (the room was AMAZING!). All the staff wear traditional Chinese clothing (even the cleaning staff, and attendants). Your room will have a nice modern kettle with 2 tins of difft. Chinese teas for your pleasure each evening. A nice bowl of local fresh fruit is there for you, and everyday, the maid leaves a nice edible treat on your bed. The bathroom is lovely. The sink, the showers, everything is of the traditional style but also updated to modern times if that makes sense. If I am able to attach photos to my review, I will.
Every day after a lot of walking, we just couldn't wait to come back to our hotel because you feel like you are at home, that's how cozy the rooms are!
The staff is a real bonus....in addition to being extremely helpful and friendly, they speak very good English! In Beijing, you'll learn soon enough that not very many people speak even a small amount of English (unless you happen to be in a tourist's marketplace where stallsellers have to haggle prices with you). The proximity of the hotel to the nearest subway station is about 5-10 minutes walk (depending on how fast you walk), or about a 40 minute walk to Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City. This hotel is located in a Hutong (alley), which is really reminiscient of Old China and photos you may have seen of people riding in Rickshaws passing through. It's a really interesting alley with a good amount of restaurants and a police station just steps away. My husband jokes we are staying in the safest and best protected Hutong. Free breakfast buffet everyday between 7am-9:30pm, and there is a lot of nice various foods to choose from. If you are staying in Beijing, you have to come and stay here if you want to have an authentic traditional feel of Old China, but at the same time, enjoy the comforts of home (the hotel is very clean and well-maintained). You won't be disappointed. We stayed in Room 066, I highly recommend this room although I haven't seen the rest of the rooms in the complex. When I emailed photos of our hotel to our Asian parents, they emailed us back joking that we were living like Royalty in the Imperial Palace! Very important note: Make sure you don't leave home without a color printout of the hotel map (on their website) to give to the taxi driver. I'm not kidding you...the taxi drivers at the Beijing Airport cannot speak or read a word of English, and this hotel, because it is located in an alley, they won't be able to find it easily. Other reviewers have said the same thing. The printout will also have their phone # on it, and what will happen is, when the taxi driver can't find the hotel, they will call the hotel and speak to the staff directly and get the exact directions. There is always someone at the front desk to answer the phone, as it is a 24 hour hotel so no worries! Don't let this deter you from booking here though. You will definitely get to your hotel, as long as you have a map and phone# for the taxi driver.

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

We absolutely loved this place. It was very unique with its lovely courtyard, red satin bedspread, golden satin bed curtains, very comfy bed and located in such an authentic hutong. I would stay here again in a minute.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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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
#5 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#26 Business Hotel in Beijing
#275 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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