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Citycourt Hotel
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

The staff were friedly and spoke some English. The decor of the rooms was pleasant in a more traditional Chinese style. Anyone hoping to find a soft bed in China will again be disappointed. We found this hotel to be very good value. It was only slightly let down by it's location with a 10-15 walk to the nearest subway stop. On the plus side being in a hutong, it was very quiet, a relief after some other Beijing hotels.

Despite being some distance from a subway, it is in a great location for exploring the hutong, the drum and bell towers and Hou Hai. Just make sure you know where the hotel is on a map before check in!

  • Stayed: July 2011
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1  Thank Jona_2011
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Reviewed May 8, 2011

I booked 13 nights at Beijing City courtyard hotel through a company called Super Saver along with my flying tickets.

If you are tired of those big star hotels and want to try something real Beijing feeling then this intimate courtyard hotel right in the heart of the ancient Hutong area is for you. The rooms are small and basic but really cosy, as is the whole Hotel atmosphere, warm and cosy. The clean, traditionally furnished rooms are facing a large, well decorated and open or covered courtyard and there is television and wifi in each room. The water is hot, the beds are nicely Chinese way hard but not as hard as I am used to in some Chinese hotels. Since the City courtyard hotel is locating in old hutong area and in old hutong building, the hot water is available around 15 minutes at a time.

The Beijing City courtyard hotel staff is very helpful and can provide detailed information and book train tickets for you and they are always willing to help you, and they speak great English. This hotel is close to all the sites and the nearest subway station Guloudajie is about 15-20 min walk.

If you want to eat in hotel then the hotel kitchen can provide you the breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food is really tasty and the stakes are juicy. Meal prices are ranging from 20 RMB to 108 RMB. There are several different breakfasts available to choose between the prices 28 RMB to 38 RMB, if your hotel booking is not including the breakfast.

The Beijing City Courtyard Hotel is authentically Chinese, and it is a great experience for that. So I highly recommend this hotel in a real, living and working Beijing Hutong area and I will surely book again.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled solo
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3  Thank mikael0k
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Reviewed April 4, 2011

If you want to see the real-deal Beijing and live amongst the Chinese then this place is for you. Sometimes I go 5* and other times I prefer a realistic view on a city, and this is the later.

The staff were super friendly and helpful.
The courtyard is delightful and very relaxing.
The local area is a maze of small street full of surprises and character
The food is simple but good
AND - its really cheap, so do your self a favour and avoid the Best Westerns of the world.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled solo
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1  Thank Rob-on-tour-again
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Reviewed April 2, 2011

My travel agent booked the Citycourt Hotel for me during a 3 night stay in Beijing...when I saw the hotel online it looked nice enough, and I liked the idea of staying in a hutong, so I thought...

The hotel is more like a hostel, and is in the Beijing hutong area, which is a collection of older communities...a good choice if you're a budget traveler or backpacker not looking for the amenities of a traditional hotel. The alley ways are very narrow so its difficult for a car, and be warned that many taxis will not go to the hutongs because its too narrow and confusing. Hard to find the hotel if you don't know where you're going but they provide a little map for when you go out during the day or at night.

The staff was friendly enough but young, more interested in their friends than helping guests, and don't speak English well. The rooms themselves are cozy and provide basic amenities, but the beds are quite hard. Also, the septic system in the hutongs in old, so the 15 minute limit on hot water in the shower is more like 10 minutes. Be prepared to take quick showers!

Its mostly quiet at night depending on the time of year and how many guests are staying. The last night I was there, a small group checked in and everytime someone slams a door or is out in the courtyard, you can hear everything! This place is a decent choice if you are backpacking with friends but not recommended for couples or a quiet retreat, or if you enjoy more hotel-style amenities.

Room Tip: ask for a room not right off the courtyard
  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled solo
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1  Thank Ling1674
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Reviewed April 1, 2011

I went in the latter half of March 2011, which seemed an ideal time. I was lucky with sunny, dry, mild, spring-like weather across all 5 days, and had no problems with the sanitation smells some others have mentioned.

This is a great little place for the traveller who is willing to stay in no-frills accomodation, but who wishes to experience being in a real, living and working area. The hotel is in a hutong/backstreet maybe 2 miles walk north of the Forbidden City. Arriving at Dongzhimen Station from the airport (only 25 yuan) I walked west (crossing the ring road) for 35 minutes along Dongzhimennei to the streetsign for Baochao Hutong. Go right into that, and take the second alleyway on the right, maybe 250 yards/metres along. The Citycourt is about another 50 yards on the right. Getting there when you arrive is the hardest part. After that you'll be fine.

The hotel was small and homely, with the staff speaking English. My single room was basic but fine. If visiting in winter, maybe bring (or buy locally) some paper slippers as the floor is stone. Bathroom was cosy but perfectly adequate. Free wifi was great. I didn't eat at the hotel so can't comment on breakfast.

There's a lot of places to eat within walking distance. Mr Shi's dumplings is 5 minutes away on Baochao hutong, that was great. Under 10 minutes walk away is Nanluogu Xiang, with lots of bars and restaurants down its length. I ate at the Nan Luo Jing restaurant near the south end of that street, which helpfully had English names on its menu. Good food, big meal of beef & onions, rice and big bottle of beer for about 50yuan (UK£5). If you want a safe, familiar choice, there's a McDonalds 10 minutes walk east on the main road (Jiaodaokoudong) on the way to the nearest subway station, Beixinquiao.

I loved walking though the hutong every day, it's a very real, authentic, working neighbourhood, and I felt safe walking day or night, though obviously keep your wits about you as you would anywhere.

My only "complaint" about the hotel was that no one was on the reception desk before about 8am. This caused problems as I had an early start on the Sunday morning (7.20am) for a day trip to the Ming Tombs and Great Wall. The guide phoned the hotel to explain where to meet the tour bus (as it wouldn't/couldn't) come to the hotel in the narrow streets. No one from the hotel was around to answer the phone early that morning, and it took until 8am before I got someone to call the tour guide back, find out the meeting point in Chinese, and show me on a map where to go (junction of Boachao Hutong/Guloudong Dajie, which is the nearest point on the main road). I almost missed my tour. I also had to leave early next morning for the airport, before 8am. Again, no one was around on reception at 7.30am. As I'd pre-paid, I just left my room keycard at the front desk.

The hotel kindly provides printed cards to show taxi drivers, with directions in English and Chinese. However, I found one evening none of 5 taxi drivers would take me back to the hotel. In the end I managed to get the restaurant I'd just eaten at to write "Please take me to the Drum Tower at Dongcheng" before I could get a taxi, and that was at the third attempt. The Drum Tower is only 10 mins walk from the hotel, and is the nearest landmark. So don't rely on being able to get a taxi right back to the front door.

Overall, I'd recommend the Citycourt, particularly if you're not afraid to walk a bit to get places. The hotel was small, pleasant and clean, though no-frills. If you want a Best Western or better, this isn't for you. The location was fine, an interesting neighbourhood. Beijing is really interesting to visit, though little English is spoken. But I'd definitely go back, both to Beijing and to the Citycourt. Just accept beforehand that the Citycourt is basic and that you don't have 24 hr reception service. But it IS authentically Chinese, and its a great experience for that.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled solo
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1  Thank kgisborne
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