Our stay at Hutongren was brilliant before we even got there. We got some great assistance via email, Chinese directions for our taxi driver, and were assured that checking in at 2am was fine!
The hotel is clean and well furnished. Our room was cozy, but there are three great communal spaces so you don't need to stay cooped up in your room. There is a sitting and dinning area by the reception, as well as a lounge, and a rooftop terrace which is great for resting in the afternoon.
The staff do an amazing job, and communicate fairly well in English. On our first day they booked tickets for us for the overnight train to Xian and the tickets were delivered to the hotel within a few hours. They also helped us out finding a local bike hire store, and they cook a great breakfast!
The area is perfect. The hotel is just off a shopping strip which really comes alive on the weekends and the evenings, but is nice a quite on the weekday mornings. There is plenty of food options around including street food and cafes (its definitely worth lining up for the hole in the wall places).
Nanlouguxiang Subway Station (Line 6) is about a 10 minute walk away and makes it easy to get anywhere you want. You might need to grab a local map from the front desk though, as this line is fairly new and isn't on the most recent addition of Lonely Planet maps.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a very small, easily-overlooked side alley north of storied Xiao Ju’er Hutong, this charming little tea-theme hotel offers a quiet, well-lit retreat from the bustle of the middle of everything. A handful of rooms-double from RMB 600 and single from RMB 480 – surround a stone-floored atrium filled with plants, natural light, books in various languages, wi-fi and a small bar. All rooms are equipped with super comfortable King Koil Mattresses, traditional furniture, air conditioners and under-ground heating. You will be warmly welcomed by the lovely staff and little Blackie. The unique Chinese Tea experience (free Tea classes are given everyday by reservation in advance), relative peace and quiet you’ll find here after a long day is worth it. ... more less
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