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Jingyuan Courtyard Hotel
Ranked #218 of 6,531 Hotels in Beijing
Reviewed November 26, 2012

This hotel is part of an authentic courtyard house. It is a historic property that is protected by the government. Proceeds from this hotel fund the YWCA which is located next door.

The hotel is on a quiet side street just off the centrally located Goldfish Lane near the famous Wangfujing shopping street. The building sits just behind some of the most expensive hotels in the city including the Waldorf Astoria which is currently under construction.

Both the Wangfujing shopping street and the night market are a block away. An underground stop is about a 5 minute walk.

The hotel has a small lobby with some English speaking staff.

The best part of the hotel is the beautiful courtyard and wonderfully curving historic roof line.

There are a few quirky details like big metal locks on the doors, mats hanging over the doorways to keep the bugs out, curtains fixed over the windows that can't be drawn back, and very low wattage light bulbs.

Although I decided not to stay at the courtyard hotel (too basic, mosquitoes, weak wifi), it is a lower priced alternative to the expensive hotels in the area. What you may lack in amenities, you make up for in authenticity.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

We loved this very small hotel. The location was perfect for a walking tour of Beijing; Tian'anmen Square, Beihai Park, Wangfujing Mall and Hutong areas. The service was really helpful and we enjoyed sitting in the courtyard for our western breakfast. There is a new Mall building over the road that has 2 floors of eating places, The bed was hard but we were so tired from all the walking we slept like logs. Great hot shower. Tea/coffee in the room and bottled water, Our room was very quiet. Nothing was too much trouble for the young man and lady on reception. It is hard to find and recommend book a limousine service from airport if arriving late at night - China Pleasure Co was A$30. Beware of the rickshaw drivers - we got ripped off badly.

Room Tip: Ask for room facing into internal courtyard
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Aussie058
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

We were looking forward to a traditional courtyard hotel experience. Instead, the room we were given was not on the courtyard but in the service area between the entrance and the lobby. The room was dark--the window faced the lobby exterior wall--and damp with peeling wallpaper and mold on the walls. There was heavy rain the day we arrived and the only way to access our room was by walking through a deep muddy puddle. The receptionist who helped us with our bags tracked the mud across the clean tile floor (the bathroom was clean too but had a strong musty odor). And the room was COLD. The door was locked with a padlock and clasp that didn't close completely leaving a gap of an inch or two open to the elements. It was mid-May but daytime temperatures were in the 50s and nighttime temps were falling into the 40s. The hotel turns off the heat sometime in March and will not turn it on again until Fall no matter what the weather. The hotel is behind a shopping center (the hotel is a bit difficult to find, be sure you have directions in hand) and its loading docks, which are active from early morning until late at night, were just across the street from our room. After trying to make the best of it we gave up and found alternate accommodations. The night desk clerk was helpful and did his best to make our checkout as pleasant as possible.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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7  Thank ljgeddes
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

My girlfriend and I visited Beijing in early December. She chose Jingyuan for us, as we were looking to stay at more of a local hotel. We arrived around midnight, and were greeted by the recptionist, Denny. She made us feel welcome immediately - my girlfriend was starving, and even though the kitchen was closed for the night, Denny stayed up and made a meal just for the two of us. She also took the time to help us choose whichever room was best for us. In the morning, she helped explain how to get to various attractions throughout Beijing. The rest of the staff seemed just as friendly and helpful throughout our three days here. We would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: The rooms tend to get a little cold in the winter.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 18, 2010

This hotel has a great location. The hotel staff is very friendly and kind.
The breakfast was not so good. very much chinesse food, and poor quality western food.
Taxis did not want to takes us to the hotel most of the time because of not know the street, even thought the hotel is located behind a popular street of bejing.
The beds are a little on the HARD SIDE!
The room was very dusting because of a construtiong going on next door.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank rosekennar
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Reviewed October 27, 2009

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 18, 2009

We had a memorible time with great helpful staffs in this hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled solo
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1  Thank chipkualalumpur
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Address: No.35 Xitangzi Alley, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China
Location: China > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #218 of 6,531 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range: $96 - $194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Jingyuan Courtyard Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is a courtyard house several hundred years old (Zuo Zongtang once lived there in the 19th century). It's bang in the middle of Beijing, just off Wangfujing, the main shopping street in the centre of the city, but surprisingly peaceful. Rooms are good value. Bathrooms perfect. Excellent simple breakfasts, very friendly staff. A home from home. ... more   less 
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