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“Superb for familes with young kids”

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Peking Garden Boutique Hotel
Ranked #18 of 1,419 Beijing B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 10, 2011

Stayed at the Fish Inn in August with a &-year old boy and felt like it was our own home. Extremely accommodating to our flight arriving after midnight - we arrived at the Inn almost at 1am. Highly recommend anyone seeking a real sense of Beijing with a laid back feel to stay at the Fish Inn.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

It's not easy to locate it the first time, but as they send you a nice confirmation e-mail with the map and instructions to get there, so do print it to show it to your taxi driver or to guide yourself if you are coming by public bus.

From Beijing's west train station it costs 25 rmb to get there and from the airport the cost was 96 rmb (including highway tolls (10 rmb) and 3 pieces of luggage . 1 rmb each. Make sure the meter is on (usually it is and we never had issues with any taxis but make sure it's working . the fare always starts at 10 rmb). Do never accept to be taken for 300 rmb from the airport to the city center as I have heard and read!

Having said this, the location of Fish Inn is in a typical hutong, very safe, quiet and I would say also quite clean. You have plenty of restaurants nearby - local or western like KFC, only 5 minutes walking. I had 5 perfect nights sleep here, much better than anywhere else in China or Hong Kong.

The closest subway station is XiSi (10 minutes walking) and it's very convenient to get you to all the main sites for a very cheap fare - 2 rmb is the flat fare in Beijing subway network). I strongly suggest you to buy the transport card (10 rmb deposit refundable fee) that is valid fr both subway and public bus and charge it with 20-30 rmb, that can be bought at any subway station service center. Show your travel guide to the local staff to make sure they give you the card and not a regular ticket. It should be a coloured card on one side with light green, dark blue, light blue and white colours. It's very easy to navigate in the subway as well is very well indicated in the stations from network maps to exits. i guess it was amajor revamp done for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Just try to avoid peak hours so that you are not squeezed!! Very useful are also bus 109 and 22 that stop by Tiananmen square close to the Forbidden city and in Qianmen, south of Tiananmen square and near a major shopping street with renewed buildings hosting international and local manufacturers, lots of restaurants and some street markets.

To eat and do some nice shopping I would recommend the Xidan area, just 2 bus (or subway stations) away from the area of this guesthouse. It's a very hectic area and you can find everything to eat over here and shop virtually everything! Very recommended and I suggest to go for the bus as it's much quicker than going to the subway station.

The guesthouse has nice rooms, just lacking in storage space but still with much space compared to Hong Kong or New York standards. The place is very clean and you can have fresh towels everyday.

I always preferred to have breakfast elsewhere (in KFC or at Xidan area) but the continental breakfast they offered is good albeit simple.

They also offer free wi-fi connection and have a computer in the reception that you can use.

The staff is really friendly: they can book you train tickets, tours and taxis. So when I needed a taxi, they booked it for me with no extra fees.

Overall a great experience spending very few money per night compareed to bigger hotels and courtyard properties and it was worth every penny. In the end you are not going to spend that much time in the hotel, ae you?!

I suggest this property and I will come back.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

1) The inn is located in Beijing's Hutong. That means you get to feel the true spirit of traditional Beijing. We absolutely loved it. For an example, every morning, when we stepped out on to narrow street, we were greeted by a same mellow dog. And once a kid did running competion with me on my way to metro station.
2) The girl at reception (I feel bad about forgetting her name) was exceptionally awesome. She spoke great english and provided very useful information with smiling face even though we repeated some of the questions numerous times.
3) The courtyard is small but fun. Every evening it provided venue for usual chit chat with fellow travelers
4) This is not really a complain but rather a suggestion. Since the inn is located in old hutong with narrow streets. Taxi can't come all the way to inn. We were made aware of this by the staff and provided busienss card and map by email ahead of time. Make sure to print and carry it with you.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

This hotel was small, and the individual rooms were also small, but don't let that put you off. If you are spending a short time in Beijing and want to be near to most of the major heritage sites and not far from the shopping malls then this is the place for you. The hotel is excellent value for money. The top feature of the hotel is the staff. They are friendly and very helpful. You couldn't ask for better hosts.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

The location of this hotel is off the main road. We wondered what we had let ourselves in for when the taxi driver dropped us off on the main road and just pointed down a dark side street in the center of the city. We wheeled our bags down one street, taking a turn into a narrower street before being confronted by a large red wooden door to the hotel which would be just as suited on an English castle. A knock at the door and a creak of the hinge provided a beaming smile from one of the two reception girls. From that moment on we were made to feel like totally at home. The hotel staff was wonderful, the room was very clean and tidy but lacking in storage space and even though we were in the center of the city it was extremely quiet at night. Our first outing was late at night through the dark streets. We had been told that it was safe to walk around. We found this to be true. The locals here, as well as every other place we've visited in China, were very friendly, helpful and made us feel very welcome. We could not have picked a better location. Nearby this hotel there are several cafes and restaurants from KFC (Is that Kung Fu Chicken?), Peking Duck shops to local cafes. Our trial was a local vegetarian café serving two bowls of noodles and a huge bowl of soup for less than USD3.00 (Three Dollars!). The hotel is within walking distance of most of the central Beijing attractions from the Apple store to the Forbidden City. The 'Continental' breakfast consisted of toast, peanut butter, jam some fruit and yoghurt plus tea or coffee. Not the best breakfast we've had but ample to start the day off right. We know where we will stay on our next visit.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2011

The Fish Inn is a great Beijing experience because you get to stay in a Beijing neighborhood as opposed to a chain hotel. We enjoyed seeing our "neighbors" walk their dogs in the evening and feeling like part of real life in Beijing--albeit a lifestyle that is quickly vanishing due to new construction projects.
The hotel only has a few rooms, and they are small, but they are immaculate and well-maintained. It is nice to have the small courtyard area as a common area, although we didn't use it much as it was too hot outside during our stay. The staff are extremely polite and helpful. The air conditioner, hot water heater, wi-fi, etc. all worked wonderfully.
You need to be a bit adventurous to stay here because it is not easy to find when you first arrive and taxi's will not drive into the small alleyways (so be prepared to carry/roll your luggage) down the (very clean) alley yourself. If you are used to the services of a bellhop, this is not the place for you! Also, only the suite room we stayed in had a place to put clothes or hang things, the double room just had a few hooks on the wall, so you can't really hang up clothes. This is not a full-service hotel--just the very nice basics--you can't order food, or expect a knowledgeable concierge. The breakfast was self-serve toast with coffee/tea and some plain yogurt.
The Inn is about a 10-minute walk to the metro line (not bad). There are some restaurants nearby but none with English menus that we saw, so be prepared to point and order. Overall, we immediately felt at home here and enjoyed our stay.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

I would like to thank the ladies that run Fish Inn for the very enjoyable stay we had there.
From our very first steps in the Inn we felt most welcome. Their kindness is exemplary. Our room was simply beautiful.
When we wanted to extend our stay with one more night there was no problem, even though there are only 7 rooms here. We moved to another room, albeit a smaller one. But an equally impeccable one.
The ladies taught us how to travel efficiently through Beijing, gave us great advice ...
From the 3 places we stayed in Bejing (a hostel, a "classy" hotel and Fish Inn) this one is - by far - the best.
We highly recommend it !

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Peking Garden Boutique Hotel

Address: No.15 Xiaoyuan Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing 100032, China
Location: China > Beijing > Xidan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
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Ranked #18 of 1,419 B&Bs / Inns in Beijing
Price Range: $114 - $145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Peking Garden Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A typical courtyard hidden in small Hutong providing a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of modern Beijing.With only 7 rooms, Fish Inn takes care of your every need. Staying with us, you are experiencing the true lifestyle of Beijingers.All the 7 rooms are stylishly decorated and comfortably set up with modern convenience to ensure your stay enjoyable and comfortable. ... more   less 
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