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Kellys Courtyard
Ranked #65 of 6,493 Hotels in Beijing
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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“Great Experience”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

This was my second trip to Beijing and staying at Kelly's Courtyard was a completely different experience to staying at a typical hotel. The experience is much more personal and I really felt immersed in the real Beijing. It was always a pleasure walking into the hutongs and through the front door to our home away from home.

Bob and the staff really did want to help and make the stay a good one.Bob provided good advice on travelling around the city using the subway and pointed us toward some good restaurants. A local restaurant the Shaguoju in Xidan Rd that Bob recommended was outstanding.

The enclosed courtyard was the centre of things and provided a very pleasant and social area for meeting other travellers. The light western breakfast was simple and exactly what I needed in the mornings. The rooms themselves are probably old style but that does fit with the feel of the hutong.

This is where I will be staying the next time I visit Beijing.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Carlsbad, California
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

After you go down the alley, you find a charming place to stay in Beijing. We are in our mid 60's and traveled with another couple. Most people staying there were in our age bracket. Although the rooms are on the edge of the courtyard, it was very quiet and relaxing. The location is excellent and Bob, the manager, was very helpful. The rooftop area was delightful. On our first night Bob recommended a restaurant nearby. The owner's of the hostel happened to be there and took time to meet us and helped us order a delicious meal.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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UK
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26 reviews
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

If you're looking for a modern, cosmopolitan city dwelling, this place is not for you. If you're looking for a taste of China and a homely, traditional place to stay, then look no further. Set in the 'back-streets' of a hutong, Kelly's doesn't look like much from the outside - in fact, you can hardly see its exterior. However, once you step through the main entrance into a peaceful courtyard you really feel like you're a million miles away from the nearby bustling city streets.

Bob, the owner was a fantastic host - from communications prior to our arrival, through to our departure, he helped us with all our transer, travel and sight-seeing enquiries; recommending places to eat and writing down Chinese translations when he thought we might need them. Bob arranged a trip to the Great Wall for us, and gave us a quick call during the day just to check that all was well and that we met our drive/tour guide ok.

The rooms are quite small and a little old fashioned, but they have everthing you need. The communal space provides guests with a place where breakfast is served and a roof-top garden that is great for relaxing after a busy day sightseeing. Snacks are available to purchase on an honesty basis - beer, water, soft-drinks and crips etc.

Kellys is a short distance from 2 subway stations so its very easy to get around the city and see the attractions. There are plenty of places to eat near the hostel and Bob directs you to the best ones to try. We really felt like we'd had a real taste of China after our stay here.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

I didn't really know what to expect from Beijing and arriving in a small alley with a driver who doesn't speak English does feel a bit dodgy at first!

However when I realised where Kelly's was situated it became clear that we couldn't drive any closer. We really were in the heart of a Hutong!

The place doesn't look very special from the outside but the interior is great.
Bob was very helpful and gave us lots of good advice about where to go and what to eat.

The rooms are quite old fashioned which is nice to look at but the bed was ancient. It really must have been on its last legs and creaked with every tiny movement!

The bathroom area was OK but because there is no window in there it does smell a bit damp and mouldy.

Its not the cheapest place to stay but the location was spot on for getting around the city. Very close to Tian'enmen Square and the Forbidden City and also very easy to get to the Summer Palace and other sights.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Homer, Alaska, United States
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Kelly's isn't a 5 star hotel, but that wasn't what we wanted. Kelly's is in a Hutong (traditional alley that Beijing development is eliminating), rooms are compact (it's China, spaciousness is NOT de riguer). But rooms are well organized, each room had its own shower and loo, a wardrobe and beds were good and rooms clean. The staff was friendly and helped us find local restaurants (Peking duck just down the street), arranged a tour of the wall with a friend who took us to a great restaurant on our return. They even helped us find a tea store before we left and had drinks and snacks to purchase. Continental breakfast was included, we could relax in the courtyard with magazines, books or enjoy the goldfish pond or sit on the roof patio. Major attractions are easily accessible and they were always willing and able to help or offer suggestions with our plans.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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shanghai
Level 6 Contributor
250 reviews
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

This place is a great deal, if you are looking for a cheap accommodation close to the center of Beijing. But that's about it. The rooms are very small and basic. There is an open shower in the middle of the bathroom, which means everything will get wet. The location of the hotel is central but hard to find. Breakfast is as poor as you can get with one piece of toast and jam. In general, the place is clean and simple but lacks quality. I recommend it if you want to save some money, but I will not stay here next time.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Stayed for 7 nights, really enjoyed our stay. The staff were very helpful always willing to help, breakfast was included continental. Good place to relax quiet accommadation close to the metro with easy access to most major attractions.

Bob was always on hand to check if we needed any help with planning that days activity without trying to sell us anything. We did take his advice and go to the great wall at Mutianyu rather than the closer more touristy Badling section. This worked out at CNY750 for a taxi for the day plus our admission and cable car fees, all in all we were happy to go to a quieter part of the wall and didnt have the hassle of negotiating buses to get there though it probably is at the more expensive end of great wall trips.

If your looking for a taste of how people actually live in Beijing as well as a tranquil and comfortable hostel this is the place for you. If your looking for a backpackers in a traveler bar area then maybe try somewhere else.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kellys Courtyard
Address: No.25 Xiaoyuan Hutong of Bingmasi Hutong, Xisi South Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100034, China
Location: China > Beijing > Xidan
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#5 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
#30 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#36 Family Hotel in Beijing
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Number of rooms: 9
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