If you are looking for a 5 star Western style hotel in Beijing, this isn't it. But if you want to feel like you're a part of old wealthy Beijing, this is for you. We loved it. The grounds are lovely with several courtyards, some from the original residence, some new. The hotel furnishings in the common areas are all classic and elegant. We were given an upgraded 2 room suite with a large bedroom, a huge bathroom, and a separate living room. The rooms had hard wood floors, the bathroom was complete with a large shower, a separate soaking tub, and a bidet. The furnishings were a bit worn (stained throw rugs, torn bathrobes) but the furniture itself was quality. The king size bed mattress was very hard but surprisingly not uncomfortable. We were greeted by Sasha at the front desk, whose English was excellent. (Not everyone at the reception spoke understandable English but we didn't have much problem with that.) Sasha invited us to contact her later for a tour of the hotel grounds, which we did. Be sure to see the upstairs rooms used for entertainment and all of the historic artifacts. The location in the Hutongs is not convenient to major tourist sites but we had prearranged tours and nothing was too far away. We wandered the alleys nearby for shopping and dining and always felt safe; the neighborhood is old and poor but charming. We had reserved breakfast with our room and enjoyed eating downstairs with varied local and Western food. We would stay here again.
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