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Tiananmen Best Year Courtyard Hotel
Ranked #165 of 1,410 Beijing B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 3, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for 6 nights at the end of April, along with 2 friends. It was great, and I'm happy we found it. If you are looking for luxury, this place is not for you. If you are looking for clean and functional accommodations that are excellently located, you will be satisfied. The bathrooms are cleaned each day, and the staff are extremely helpful and kind. There is free internet, water and beer in the fridge, and a lovely courtyard. The beds are hard and, like many places in Beijing, a strong smell of sewage comes from the bathroom's pipes in the morning and the evening. However, I would stay here again without hesitation if we return to Beijing and would recommend others do as well. My only complaint is that the hotel is currently under construction, so at times it was loud and dusty. Outside of this, I would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 6, 2011

There is no better place for a tourist to stay in Beijing than at this hotel. The traditional courtyard hu tong along with the extremely friendly, helpful staff and owner made for a perfect holiday!
The hotel is situated on a beautiful street of old hu tongs in a great location only a block away from Forbidden city, Tiananmen square and the subway station line 1. It is a short walk to Wangfujing street and the night market.
The room we stayed in was big enough to house three single beds. For those who are fussy the beds would be described as firm, I found the beds to be quite comfortable and slept well at night. The bathroom was nice yet had issues with slight flooding after a shower, and like every other toilet in Beijing there was the unpleasant odour.
There is a small kitchen and filtered cold or hot drinking water. There is also a computer with internet access that you can use at any time.
The hotel was undergoing renovations during our stay so it was quite noisy at times and there was some clutter in the courtyard, this did not deter us from sitting and relaxing in the courtyard.
The reception staff and owner speak english well and they were extremely helpful, they went out of their way to accommodate our every request, they placed phone orders for meals to be delivered late at night when all restaurants were closed and once to the point where they went to pick up a meal for us to eat so we didn't have to go and get it. As for organising kung fu and acrobatics show, we were driven to the theatre at no extra cost to them. Only thing we had to make our own way back home. We wanted to organise a driver to take us to the great wall, the owner offered to take us at the cost of any other taxi company. We organised a pick up from the airport and the owner waited over 2 hours for our delayed flight to take us to the hotel.

We were so happy we chose to stay at this beautiful courtyard hotel, it was a real Chinese experience. Extremely nice people for whom we are forever greatful for their hospitality and kindness during our stay in Beijing.

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  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 9, 2011

This is a small frindly, personable, beautiful and very affordable hotel 5 minute walk from the metro, 10 from the entrance to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen square.
The staff (Jaqueline and Maya during our stay) were extremely helpful and assisted with every request.
Staying in the middle of low season (December) we paid approx $40/room (for 2 people) per night, which made it very affordable.
Both supermarkets and plenty of restaurants close by.
it was great!!!

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2010

I stayed here for 4 nights in April with my husband and two children (ages 7 and 10). The two main reasons why we selected this hotel were 1) its location, and 2) the traditional courtyard design.

First, the location is excellent--easy walking distance to Tienanmen Square and the Forbidden City, as well as Wangfujing Street and the Night Market. The neighborhood is very quiet, both during the day and at night. We always felt safe when walking at night. We were expecting a hutong environment (i.e., lively, with families, kids running around, local shops, lots of activity, etc.), so we were surprised and a bit disappointed to find ourselves in such tranquil surroundings. While the hotel IS in a hutong, the area appears to have been completely renovated recently, with homes that are now reserved for government officials. To me, the hutong had a sterile feel to it, and there were very few people out and about.

Second, we wanted to stay in a traditional Chinese courtyard hotel. The hotel itself was lovely, and we had a family room downstairs that opened directly to the enclosed courtyard. Our room had a separate nook with a large bed for my husband and me, and there was a smaller bed in the main portion of the room for the kids to share. Yes, our bed was hard, but we were expecting it to be (as that is the "norm" in China), and I have no complaints. The courtyard was a pleasant place to hang out, and our kids liked to play with the hotel's chess set.

The owner was very nice, and so was a young man who often worked at the front desk. Both were very friendly and talkative. With that said, communication and misunderstandings were an issue at times. Unfortunately, we don't speak Mandarin. And while the man at the front desk did speak English, we learned that we had to be very careful with our word choice and very clear about what we needed.

For example, when we checked in, we were not told that the hotel served breakfast. The next morning, my husband went to the front desk and asked, "Is there a place around here to get breakfast or coffee?" The man looked very perplexed (as he was probably wondering why we didn't want to eat at the hotel). Instead of mentioning that we could eat right here, he sent us to Wangfujing Street, which had no restaurants open other than KFC and McDonald's (both doing booming business, but they didn't get ours). We eventually found a small shop packed with locals on a small side street, where we bought some steamed buns and fried dough (a truly special experience). The next morning, I asked the front desk man if the hotel served coffee, as I had noticed a coffee machine (broken) in the courtyard. Boy was I surprised to learn that the hotel served both coffee (albeit the instant flavored kind with sugar premixed) AND breakfast! When I asked what kind of food he offered, he said "bacon and eggs". That's not what we normally eat, but after several attempts to find out if any other food was offered, I finally said that bacon and eggs were fine. Then we received plates with one egg each and no bacon. The whole breakfast scenario is quite funny in retrospect, although at the time it seemed like a bad comedy.

On another occasion, we had tickets to the Kung Fu show at the Red Theater, and we asked the man at the front desk if he could call us a taxi. He insisted that we could just walk around the corner and flag a taxi down ourselves. Yes, there were plenty of taxis zooming by, but all of them already had passengers. After 45 minutes of walking (and 15 minutes before the show started), we had yet to find an empty taxi. We finally found two tuk-tuks who got us to the show with 2 minutes to spare. Another adventure, but we could have done without the stress.

Overall, we were pleased with the hotel and found that it was a nice beginning to our travels through China.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 5, 2010

Excellent location.

The rooms are fairly basic, as is the bathroom, chinese shower with no shower tray. The bed was big and very confortable. They offer a western berakfast (bacon & eggs, at a good price, but we preferred to get breakfast on a street, buying fresh yogurt in clay pots from the local shops.

Staff were friendly with sufficient english and gave good advice.

Despite being so close to the plaza del tianemen, the hotel was very quiet, with no noise at night.

We found it slightly dificult to find, as the road leading up to it was being dug up, and the sign post was behind a tree. But once we found it, the location was excellent, only 5 min walk to the metro and plaza de tianemen.

Would recommend to anyone looking for good value, great location and not expecting any frills.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2010

chose this courtyard style hotel after much research. we wanted a very central location, traditional beijing style, and great price. and this one satisfied all of our conditions.

location: excellent. one block east of the forbidden city. hotel is in a Hutong, so no need for another hutong tour, we get a tour at least twice a day! 5mn walk to tiananmen square and subyway station. but very quiet.

room: the 4 of us stayed in 3 different rooms. the honeymoon room was the best. the upstairs room was very spacious, but the bathroom was outside and got cold in the night. so wouldn't recommend the upstairs room in the winter. the other 2 rooms had small bathrooms but ok by beijing standards. we didn't spend too much time in the rooms as we were out sightseeing all day. but when back at the hotel, we would sit in the courtyard, which was like a common living room, and chatted with the owner and other guests. that was nice.

service: really wonderful people. the owner was there a lot, talking to guests, making sure we were comfortable. he also helped us book a tour and a show at a discount. i saw him help guests book train tickets to other cities even. by the time we checked out after 4 nights' stay, the staff there called us family.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 2, 2010

I stayed at this hotel over Christmas of 2009. I wanted to stay in a "courtyard hotel" but found that most were a bit north of the Forbidden City (in a cool area in its own right). Having been to Beijing once before I realized that it might be nice to be a bit more closer / within walking distance to things like the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing, etc. So this hotel looked like the best bet. And it was. The older style hotel was fun, though some of the "old style" has been renovated out of this place. But the location and the surrounding area is unbeatable. Just walking up and down the street near the hotel was one of my favorite parts of the trip. The hotel staff was always very nice and the center courtyard is very fun to hang out and have a beer in (which are available to purchase right there, along with water). The decor makes you actually feel like you're in China, not just some generic hotel anywhere in the world. Sadly, inside the hotel rooms are a bit more generic (if not a little random), but very nice, clean and everything you'd need. There are many good restaurants in the area as well (try Grandma's kitchen if you're in the mood for some authentically-good "home style" American cooking). And, again, I cannot emphasize how fun it was to walk around the area, and how close it was to get places on foot, or via the nearby subway station (Tiananmen East). The hotel can be a little tricky to find, but once you find the main-ish street nearby (Nanchizi St.), there is a large sign pointing guests in the right direction.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: No.1 Denglongku Alley, Nanchizi Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China (Formerly Yier International Hotel)
Location: China > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #165 of 1,410 B&Bs / Inns in Beijing
Price Range: $60 - $87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tiananmen Best Year Courtyard Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
YiEr international Commercial Business Hotel is located in Nanchizi Street on the east of Forbidden City, which is luxury and pure Chinese style. There are two floors, 11 rooms. Including Standard room, special room,luxury room, lovers room and so on. The hotel is elegant, comfort, scenery around is very beautiful, and fitment is also top-rank, the standard is four stars. Each room has it’s own characteristics, it has IDD, internet, TV, air conditioning, 24 hours hot water and so on.. The most advantage of this hotel is it’s inimitable location, it is surround by famous places. On the west, working people’s culture palace stands there; Wangfujing streets is on the east; There is Donghuamen night market and Pudu fane on the north; Moreover, Tiananmen square, Qianmen street, national theater and Temple of heaven are all on the south. We will provide you various Beijing traditional cultural magazines of English version; you can read or buy it mail-order. We also help you to buy tickets for Beijing opera or acrobatic show, meanwhile, we will provide commentator for you. We also offer guide and cars for your travels in scenic spots and Hutong in Beijing, 24 hours dinner, business center service like internet, copy, fax, print, IDD and DDD, tickets order, money-exchanging and so on. Lease of whole hotel is on service too, including dinner, conference, entertaining and accommodation. We sincerely hope to provide you a comfort condition for your trip and wish that you will have a good memory in our hotel. ... more   less 
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