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“A disappointment” 2 of 5 bubbles
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DuGe Boutique Hotel
Ranked #231 of 6,445 Hotels in Beijing
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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163 reviews
100 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“A disappointment”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2012

I read the reviews about the hotel options in Beijing and was enchanted by the prospect of staying in a traditional hutong. The highly recommended ones were all booked, so I looked this one up - it sounded decent. Unfortunately, it was a great disappointment. First of all, as we were arriving to Beijing on a late night flight, we asked the hotel to arrange a taxi pick-up for us. They did and quoted us 300 RMB. Since it was our only option, we agreed. Upon arrival to the hotel, we were told we needed to pay 345 RMB because the hotel also charged the service fee, which was never mentioned to us before. Overall, our trip to the hotel from the airport cost us $55, which is very high in Beijing where you can get to the airport for $15. Neither the taxi driver nor the receptionist would help us with our luggage either - there is a high step at the entrance (as in most old Chinese homes), and the receptionist was sitting down watching us as we lifted the suitcases to get in. After we settled the bill (the receptionist would not check us in until we paid that charge), we noticed how badly kept was the small lobby. The light-colored carpet was unclean/not vacuumed for a long time, and I started having a bad feeling about the room. The room turned out to be very small - much smaller than the picture makes you believe. I am Ok with small rooms, but I was traveling with a friend and there was no room for both of us to even open our two small suitcases. If we opened both, we would not be able to move around and would block doors. The bed was also unfit for two people - it was placed against the wall, so one of us sleeping by the wall had to climb over the other one to get to her spot. I wish the hotel mentioned that it was really a single room - the bed took about 80% of its space. The room also has not been kept very well - the chandeliers on the wall had parts broken off and the whole room had an atmosphere of disrepair and neglect. This would be fine if I were not paying $180/night. The bed was also very hard - both of us woke up with back pain. The breakfast was lavish - lots of dishes, great service and tasty food. The little breakfast place was odd though with fluorescent green, black and purple walls and furniture and transparent plastic chandeliers - did not make me feel the hutong atmosphere at all.

Although we booked 3 nights, we moved out after the first night. While I looked forward to a hutong experience, I do not believe this hotel provides that. The staff was nice and let us refund the two nights even though we booked through Agoda.com.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Ruchei
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Somerset, UK
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2012

We stayed at the DuGe Courtyard Hotel in late April/early May for 6 nights. We didn't want a big western-style hotel, but preferred to stay in a more traditional courtyard hotel but with all mod cons. This hotel certainly fit the bill. Our room, the Golden Lotus, was lovely, albeit a bit small. It was very comfortable, particularly the bed, with a large bathroom with a great shower. We were given water, soft drinks, fresh fruit and small cakes each day. We were located just off a very popular, busy area for shopping but the hotel itself was very quiet. There was a choice of either Chinese or western breakfast and we did a bit of both. Service was excellent. The staff went out of their way to be helpful.

Two very minor.issues. The DuGe is a bit of a walk from the subway but it looks like there will be a closer stop coming in the future as construction seemed to be going on nearby. Also, I would suggest putting a better information pack in each room with details of TV channels, facilities in the hotel and in the room itself, nearby attractions and how to get to them, etc. as is standard in many hotels. We figured out the air conditioning, eventually but an information pack would have made the task easier.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank betsyb7
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Paris, France
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2011

Excellent location. Charming rooms & decoration. Sweet staff yet limited english & poor service regarding directions (arrange trip to great wall...). Use Beijing Backpacking instead. It is just around the corner. Ideal for a romantic week end. Very quiet. Some minor defects in the room (humidity related in the bathroom)

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank frenchadvisor
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Hong Kong
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2011

I have stayed in many boutique hotels . Most have generally nice and surprising decor and lovely little touches. Though, there are rooms for improvement on the service side...especially on staff training

As for Du Ge, it is the other way round. The servicing team is great but the decor and space is highly uncomfortable. Little attention to details, the rooms, amenities and appliances are rundown and it feels more like a hostel ( I hope the level of "rundown-ness" is not intentional).

Another uncomfortable part of the premise (which is key) is the additional room/place which the owner has built to serve the daily breakfast. This dining area has taken/replaced the original courtyard space. By doing so, the entire premise feels and looks cramped. Unfortunately, it has taken the magic, the true essence and comfort of why one would choose to stay in a Courtyard in Beijing in the first place.

The location is highly inconvenient if you do not want to just hang around Nanluoguxiang.

However so, the breakfast is really good (though slow as they only have 1-2 servicing staff). The servicing staff is great as I know they have tried their very best with the limited helping hands.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the young gentleman who had gone all the way out to help us to get a cab during peak hours. He seems to be the only one actually - from registration, check-in, check-out, preparing and serving the breakfast to helping us with the cab, and still stay very friendly, cheerful and sincere.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank A L
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2010

Du Ge Courtyard provided exactly what we were looking for - a unique Beijing experience that said something about the city and its history, rather than just another big chain or modern boutique hotel. The property is small, and thus provides exceptionally personalized service. More importantly, the overall experience of staying in a genuine hutong courtyard house cannot be beat for the leisure tourist. The property itself was well-designed and updated with the latest furnishings and amenities. Each of the rooms has a funky kitsch theme, but consistent with the heritage of the house. The dining room, courtyard, and "Russian bar" are spectacular. The inauspicious entrance off of the hutong provides for authenticity as you gradually enter the "inner sanctum" of what was for centuries a family home. There are several staff always at your service and it felt as though we were the only ones staying here. You are given a choice of Chinese or western breakfast, but they need to diversify the offerings on each, for longer-stay guests. My three main issues are as follows: (1) The only computer available to guests for accessing the Internet is at their front desk, which is a bit disruptive. on the other hand, it is free. (2) They have an annoying set of relatively high (15%+) service charges for assistance with bookings at theatre or restaurants. Since there is no telephone in the rooms, you really don't have much choice other than having them make bookings for you. This effectively reduces the overall value for money. (3) The room where we stayed (Golden Lotus) was quite small and cramped, although lovely. I think the other rooms seem a bit larger and roomier. However, overall, this was a fantastic experience!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: DuGe Boutique Hotel
Address: No.26 Qianyuanensi Hutong, South Luogu Alley, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
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Location: China > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #231 of 6,445 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — DuGe Boutique Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 5
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