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“A Chinese Experience”
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Huguosi Hotel
Ranked #208 of 6,462 Hotels in Beijing
Durban, South Africa
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“A Chinese Experience”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

The hotel was recommended by a friend who had stayed here a number of times before. It is located in the Huguosi Hutong which gives one a sense of the old Beijing which is rapidly disappearing. That being said, rooms on the street side can be noisy but you are in a hutong so soak up the atmosphere! (The inside rooms look onto a dingy courtyard)

The hotel is a few minutes away from the Pinganli metro stop which services line 4&6. You can get to most places in Beijing very quickly and conveniently. Did not have breakfast at the hotel. Excellent bakery a few steps from the hotel.

Booked a 'business room' which was large and came with a desk top computer. Wifi spotty. The carpet was worn in places and the towels threadbare. There is no room service. Reception just manages to do the job - depends who is on duty. Lots of patience required.

The restaurant at the hotel is a complete mystery. Although it was open while we were there, did not see a single patron there. No menu in English - not even pictures one could point to. When making enquiries to make a reservation, the lady at 'front of house' made every effort to dissuade us from dining there. Obviously not keen on 'westerners' dining there.

In most parts of the world this establishment would be regarded as a 1 or 2 star hotel. Do not expect too much and you will enjoy your stay - China is right outside the door!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

This was the first hotel me and my girlfriend went too last year when we travelled to China for 3 weeks. Even though the staff of the hotel spoke barely English, the service was good, the rooms were clean, the people were very friendly and the hotel was nicely centered. There was a nice bakery just around the corner of the hotel, the subway was at walking distance and the area was nice and clean (except for the smell, that terrible smell at the streets.) Overall we had a good stay in this hotel, one of the best in our whole trip. We had an absolute great vacation in China and I would definitely recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Rooms are small but functional. For the price I paid I have no complains, the room came with flat screen TV, air con, water boiler and coffee maker as well. Other then the towels, canister body wash, shampoo and chinese tea, the rest are chargeable which is fine as some other similar establishment will even charge you for the towels and air con usage. Internet with wifi access at a reasonable good speed were also provided. Only funny thing is your passport number is your wifi access key, so information can be collected I guess! One downside is that no shower curtain were provided and the whole toilet gets wet when you take a shower.
Located in the historical Hutong area, plenty of reasonable restaurants around. There is a shop famous for the 'stinking taufoo' directly opposite the hotel. Just see the crowd lining up and you know which shop.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Located right off of Line 4/6 Metro station and in the Houtong area it is situated in a great area. The hotel is decorated with a Chinese sense in mind, and it fits in well surrounded by the old bricks. If you are in need of a Western Food Fix, a Cafe 85 is adjacent to it; if Chinese food fits your fancy you cannot go wrong with the plentiful array of restaurants around it.

However, the hotel rooms are quiet small- a single room is enough for one person and a double room you can sleep in but having luggage will be an issue. In addition, almost everything in that hotel you have to pay extra for: coffee, tea, water, bath stuffs.
Go take a walk to Watsons by taking any bus North 2 stops and get your fill of things instead.

Otherwise, it was a nice relaxing hotel that offered the get away we needed.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

A clean, well-kept hotel just west of the lakes in the historic central part of Beijing. The Qianhai Lake restaurant/entertainment area is about a 20 minute walk along a busy hutong/alley. The Pinganli subway station is 1/2 block away. Many taxis on the main road nearby, though it was hard to find one to get back to the hotel late at night. Facilities are not brand new, but in good shape. Friendly staff. There was always someone at the front desk who spoke good English. An English-speaking tour desk in the lobby during the daytime can book tours to places like the Great Wall. Twin room with bath and breakfast was 340 RMB in Nov 2012. The breakfast was fairly simple, but if you get tired of that, there is a good bakery-cafe a few doors away. Free wifi throughout the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 9, 2012 via mobile

Not a normal hotel that you normally expect to find in China, no modern facilities in room, only one English Channel to watch (not a great issue for me). Great location as it is right in the preserved old Beijing area and plenty of Chinese restaurants here, although most restaurants here don't understand or speak English. If you want cheap accommodation in Beijing and want to experience something unique, this hotel would be a good choice. If you want lixurious room, mini bar, and fancy breakfast, then stay away.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

I've stayed in this hotel for 5 nights with my boyfriend. We had a very good time in Beijing and the hotel was good. Our room was a little bit small, and there was no cabine or curtin in the bathroom for the shower, so the entire bathroom went wet when we showered. That are the only 2 things we did not reaaaaaally like. The beds were good, little bit hard but good. The curtins were cleaned once during our stay. We got new towels every day, the staff spoke a little bit English during the check-in and check-out. We did not have to pay a deposit. The restaurant looked okay, but they serve only Chinese food, so we didn't eat there. The location of the hotel is also very good, near the metrostation that brings you to highlights of the city in about 10 minutes. Around the hotel are very much restaurants, and there is a bakery at the corner of the street with a lot of bread and pastries (Which we as Europeans prefered to eat in the morning instead of noodles).

We will go back here if we go to Beijing again in the future.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Huguosi Hotel
Address: No.125 Huguosi Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100035, China
Location: China > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#204 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Huguosi Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 127
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hutong is one of the symbols of Beijing. Huguosi Hotel, just your home, is in a distinctive Hutong – west end of Huguosi Street, adjacent to Xidan Commercial Street and Xinjiekou Commercial Center, and within Shichahai Historic Preservation Area. To walk eastwards from the hotel along the Hutong, you will have the opportunity to enjoy cultural and tourist attractions, such as, the old theater built in the early years of New China – People's Theater, traditional Beijing food – Huguosi Traditional Snacks Restaurant, famous Beijing Opera Master Mei Lanfang's Former Residence, the Qing Dynasty's corrupt official He Shen's residence – Prince Gong's Mansion, Royal Garden – Beihai Park and Shichahai historical and cultural tourism scenic spots. The great view of ancient architectural style and cultural atmosphere will accompany you all the way, why shouldn't you feel as free to delight in them. The transportation around Huguosi Hotel is also very convenient, over 30 bus routes, 5 minutes' walk to Subway Line 4 which can directly take you to Beijing South Railway Station and Beijing North Railway Station with convenient underground transfer system. Living in Huguosi Hotel, it will definitely make you feel happier only by such a great transportation. Let's have a closer look at Huguosi Hotel. There are 127 rooms, including economic rooms, standard rooms, business rooms, triple rooms and suites. Among them, there is always one made for you. Each room has a separated bathroom, digital phone, LCD TV, 24-hour hot water, drinking purified water and free broadband Internet access. Left-luggage and safe service are at reception desk. Huguosi Hotel also offers buffet breakfast, dinner and room service.In addition, five-story hotel opened smoke-free rooms, each non-smoking rooms are placed green plants that can purify the air. In a word, we are trying to satisfy your every need By the way, Huguosi Hotel is Hutong-themed tourism hotel and promotes Hutong culture. Once entering the hotel, the old Beijing's architectural features like red gate, blue brick and grey roof tile and the old Beijing's cultural landscapes representing folk custom, market place and Beijing opera's feature jump into you sight. All the scenes recall the memories of your childhood until your thoughts slide away unconsciously like a stream. Deep and serene Hutong, together with silent quadrangles, contains endless Hutong sentiment and expresses inexhaustible romantic charm of the old Beijing! We warmly welcome you to visit Hutong and Huguosi Hotel. We are just waiting for you! ... more   less 
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