We stayed for three nights in Shi Jia house on our trip to Beijing in July 2010. While the concept of a courtyard hotel was good the actual experience was altogether different. We had one of the delux rooms that faces the main courtyard. Since the windows/door open directly into the courtyard there was no choice but to keep the heavy blinds closed the entire time, which makes the room really dark and airless. The bathroom, although very chicly designed, was painted a deep cobalt blue, which made it hard to see. I had to crack the curtains open every morning to put on makeup.
There is a common problem in China in winter and summer when you have to rely on AC to control temperature: the air circulates within the room without any fresh air intake from outside. This resulted in me waking up every morning with a huge headache, and also put me in a constant state of mild hypoxia our entire stay.
Another negative on the location is that although it's centrally located, most taxi drivers balk when they hear the "hu tong" in the address, and they refuse to drive into the narrow lane, so every night we had to be dropped off at the entrance of the lane and walk back.
In conclusion, even though we always favor little boutique hotels when we travel, next time we go to Beijing we're staying in a large hotel on a main road with windows that can open
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- Also Known As:
- Shijia House Hotel Beijing
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