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“Nice traditional Chinese place”
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Courtyard 7
Ranked #43 of 6,568 Hotels in Beijing
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

We loved our stay in Courtyard 7. The staff was very helpful. The location is convient, in a quite hutong, next to a busy area with many design shops and restaurants. The customers can use the hotel's bikes for free. The wifi connection was quite good.
The standard rooms are small but nice. It has two spacious courtyards, ideal for a quite rest enjoying the relaxing atmosphere and the Chinese-style decoration of the hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

We spent 4 nights at Courtyard 7 in Beijing, and I was very sad when we had to leave. The staff - quite young, English speeking guys from Beijing - were very courteous, helpful and provided excellent service! They booked our train tickets for us, and handed them over when we arrived in Beijing. They also helped us to book accomodation at the Great Wall. Both was very convenient, since we do not speak Chinese. Also nice: Bike rental is for free!
The location of Courtyard 7 is great! It is in the middle of a Hutong, and right next to a busy street with lots of small design, clothes and art craft shops and restaurants, so there is lots of entertainment in the evening. We have never been to Beijing before, so living in the middle of the Hutongs was a great experience for us.
The rooms at Courtyard 7 are lovely! Decorated and furnished in Chinese style, they are perfect for all travellers who want to experience the Chinese way of life and culture. They are not spacious, but cosy. Bathrooms are also small, but with beautiful tiles, best standard and very clean. The courtyard is very quite inside, and it feels as if you are outside of town, although you are right in the middle of a vibrant, busy quarter, known as one of Beijings hip areas. All in all, we were both completely satisfied by Courtyard 7 and can recommend it to anyone travelling to Beijing!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank pelodar
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

I'm only sorry we spent just one night at this lovely small hotel. It was an enchanting way to cap off our trip. We booked the suite with private courtyard, and for the first time in two weeks I enjoyed complete and utter silence and stillness, something I desperately needed after two intense weeks of travel. Based on comments here, I prearranged a car through the hotel to meet us at the airport.

As others have noted, once you step over the threshold, you are in a different world, far removed from the frenetic energy that characterizes Beijing. Reception staff were lovely. Not up to the standards of the 5 star hotels, but that's not why you are staying in a quardrangle house in a hutong, is it?! We were led through a series of well kept courtyards to our room though I found some of the patio furniture a bit worn and cheap looking. Our suite, however, was wonderful, with a large bed and a small day bed a desk, and a few chairs with yellow silk pillows. Very soothing and the cool floor underfoot felt great on a hot day. Bathroom was fully stocked with all amenities, though I was annoyed that the shower gel and shampoo containers were only half full. Small quibble but please refill the containers!

Dinner was a bit haphazard; the restuarnt seems to be an afterthought. There was just one other couple dining when we arrived. Service was incredibly slow. Food was very tasty; we had some spicy beef, some fried rice, and a shrimp dish. The waitress asked if we wanted one, which we took to mean one order. Instead we were presented with one (very delicious) shrimp. We would have ordered several more but she disappeared. Still, we were not in a rush and it was nice to sit and relax. We arrived at breakfast the next morning to find the buffet sadly picked over by a group who were getting ready to depart. It was not replenished. There was an omelet/egg station in addition to the cold buffet. While it was not lavish, it was adequate.

While this is definitely not a five star hotel, it is a lovely alternative to the large hotels. The atmosphere couldn't be replicated by a large hotel, and honestly, it was nice to be left alone. We traveled with our 8-year-old. She loved it as well, and said it was one of her two favorites on the trip. (The other being the Shangri-la in Guilin).

WiFi was skittish during our stay, which was not a disaster for us, but could be a problem for anyone who needs to do business. We had to rely on the data service on our iPhones.

Still, the experience cannot be replicated and this is a very special place. A few housekeeping/maintenance issues, and a slightly more enthusiastic restaurant staff, and I would give Courtyard 7 five stars.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank Miss718
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

This hotel is a real jem for anyone who wants to experience Beijing with a Chinese flavour. It is a charming small hotel set in the hutong and in an old courtyard dwelling. Once you step over the threshold, the courtyards within courtyards makes you feel that you are slipping back in time and you can imagine the lives once lived, the servants, the master his wife and concubines and the children playing safely within the walls. Surprisingly it is quiet despite being set in the middle of a bustling area of small shops. Nearby are popular little restaurants where the menus have English translations. It feels safe yet there are few Europeans about. Traffic is banned here so people throng the small streets and narrow lanes.

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Reviewed July 8, 2012

I have been to Beijing many times before but have never stayed in the hutong area. I had been warned against taking a taxi to this hotel as there are many many lanes in this area and taxis simply cannot get anywhere near the hotel. In fact met a couple at the hotel who said it took them at least an hour to catch a taxi from the airport because no taxi was prepared to take them there when they saw the address. I got instructions from the hotel and even so still had trouble finding it, hence clear instructions follow by public transport:
Take the Beijing subway to stop Beixinqiao ( pronounced Beijing chow)
Alight train and take the no. 107 bus on Jiaodaokou Dongdajie St (straight outside the subway) the direction of the Drum and Bell Tower just 2 stops. Cross the road to the other side when you alight the bus and keep walking the direction the bus was going ( or the direction of the Drum and Bell Tower) until you see a lane on your left with the sign Nanluogu Xiang Lane(red sign and underneath a blue sign saying "Public Toilet") Turn left here into the lane.
Half way along this lane on your right is a shop called "It's Time To" (has lime coloured strips underneath) TURN Right here and the hotel is on your right with red lanterns out the front.
Great place to stay, agree with all other reviews. I'll definitely return, couldn't fault it and the area is just amazing at night, what a transformation from day to night.Great markets, great bars, restaurants etc. It's in the Dongcheng District of Beijing close to all attractions and the decor of this traditional hutong will blow you away.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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5  Thank Kerrien
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

As many reviewers have mentioned this is a different hotel experience compared to a Hilton or Sheraton. It not only has to do with fewers rooms (I think there are about 20 rooms) but it is apparent when you are staying at the Courtyard 7 you are in China. Pictures are very accurate that are posted on TripAdvisor by visitors.
We arrived on a Friday and reserved two rooms (one for parents and one for our sons) for 4 nights. As our flight from San Diego was long (SD-LA-Tokyo-Beijing) we decided to arrange transport through the hotel. The driver was waiting for us and drove us immediately to hotel.
All of the hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. After our first day at the hotel we liked it so much that we made reservations for our last night in China at the Courtyard 7. We spent over two weeks traveling around China and I am so glad we spent our last night at the Courtyard 7.
Comments: I kept reading that the beds would be very hard...I did not find this to be the case. They probably are harder than beds we are used to but I still thought the beds were comfortable. The location is great although on Friday and Saturday night the pedistrian street near the hotel gets really crowded. Our oldest son liked it as most of the people out on the street seemed his age (early to mid 20s).
In the mornings if you turn right out of the hotel there is a small local market that is very interesting. It is not too big but a good glimpse into local life.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

Beautiful old Chinese house with three courtyards in the Hutong district. Quiet and peaceful in spite of being 50 meters away from the famous Nanluogu Alley, which is full of small boutiques, bars and cafes. Very professional and friendly staff who spoke English (not evident in China). Rooms were very clean and confortable and tastefully decorated with old Chinese furniture. I highly recommend this lovely place. The metro station is a little bit far (15 minutes walk). But after a long day visiting the city, we took a rickshaw to get back to the hotel. Avoid taking taxis in Beijing, they usually do not stop when they see foreigners and, if they do, will try to make you pay a very high fare.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: No.7 Qiangulouyuan Lane, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
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Location: China > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Beijing
#16 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#22 Family Hotel in Beijing
#64 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
#67 Business Hotel in Beijing
Price Range: $98 - $227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Courtyard 7 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Courtyard 7 is the first courtyard hotel in Beijing to adopt the Geothermal heat pump system.A typical quadrangle design, Courtyard 7 consists of three rows of courtyards, which occupies an area of 1800 square meters.In Courtyard 7, there are standard, suite, and side rooms. All rooms are bright and clean, private and quiet, and furnished with modern facilities, including telephone, cable TV, internet, etc.. King size flower-caved beds with all antique wooden furniture, modern and clean bathroom, make people not only enjoy their stay, but also can experience the precious and traditional culture of Beijing Si He Yuan. Courtyard 7 utilizes Geothermal heat pump and Solar energy environmental protection equipments to provide 24 hours heat, air condition, and hot water. ... more   less 
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