We stayed at Kelly's Courtyard in May 2013 and had a lovely experience.
The hutong is in a fairly convenient location, based between two metro stations- Lingjing Hutong and Xisi- both of which are within walking distance. The area itself has a very authentic feel to it with locals going about their daily business- playing cards and mahjong, having haircuts and cooking food at all hours. While you have to navigate several alleyways off the main road to reach the hotel, it's not inconvenient and we didn't feel unsafe at any point.
The courtyard area is very nicely decorated and the rooms leading off from the courtyard are a on the smaller size with equally nice decoration (we stayed in a double bed en-suite room). The bathroom is placed along the back of the room which can sometimes mean that the room smells a bit damp from after you've showered. The rooms were nice but nothing too impressive- the hutong as a whole however was very lovely.
Breakfast is fairly simple but we really enjoyed it- there was a choice of tea or coffee, a selection of cakes and pastries, fruit juices, fresh fruit and toast with butter and jam. Waking to a lovely breakfast in a peaceful and calm environment was a lovely way to start a busy day of sightseeing in Beijing.
Bob is the manager of the hotel and is incredibly helpful, although sometimes a bit too keen to please. His intentions are good but we were very well planned and had read into Beijing extensively so it was sometimes a little annoying to be told repeatedly where we should go and what metro stop we should get off from. It may be that he is used to people who are a bit more reliant on him for his plans. Overall, however, it is reassuring to have someone there 24/7 able to assist and point you in the right direction and Bob is incredibly friendly and a very kind person.
We really enjoyed our time at Kelly's Courtyard but didn't love it so much that we would definitely return next time we were in Beijing- I think we are more likely to try somewhere else.
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- Courtyard Hotel Beijing