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“Red Wall Garden - a good place to stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Red Wall Garden Hotel
Ranked #14 of 6,442 Hotels in Beijing
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Athens, Greece
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27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Red Wall Garden - a good place to stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2011

I and a colleague spend 3 nights in Read Wall Garden hotel. The experience was perfect. Rooms were great. Especially the ones overlooking the garden .... In the morning you could hear birds singing in the center of Beijing. It was so quite and calm there. Breakfast is average (not a five star one) but of good quality. Staff was great at all times even though they are not very fluent English speaking ... They do their best though to help you and at the end you have good information. They have great spots inside the hotel as well. the library the waiting spaces ... The furniture in the rooms all wooden giving a home like atmosphere... the wooden floor is a plus but be careful as you produce some noise when walking around. You may find it difficult to spot the hotel location as well. Many taxi drivers are not familiar with the hotel but this is something that will change eventually. With the use of a hand held GPS and some asking we manage to find it VERY easy the first night that we arrived using the airport bus though.

Room Tip: try the ones looking the garden ... and if you can take one with the small balcony ... drinking your...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2011

We stayed for 5 nights in July 2011. The hotel was situated within Old Beijing in an authentic old (and narrow) Beijing street. It's 5 minutes walk to the nearest subway station, and 20 minutes walk to Wangfujing Street.
The hotel was just over a year old, so it stood out against the old buildings in the street. They made a lot of effort to achieve a traditional Chinese look while providing modern comforts, and did quite a good job. The floor that we stayed on was even non-smoking (although someone in our neighbouring room smoked in the middle of our stay there - we could smell it and the staff opened the door to air it, which made it worse for us). The wooden furniture in the room, plus the poor ventilation, made some of our noses run on the few couple of nights, but was okay rest of the stay.
The staff were friendly, helpful and overall provided very good service. The buffet breakfast was just passable and they ran out of food on a couple of occasions, only replenished when asked by guests. The one dinner we had there exceeded expectations though.
At RMB1,100 per night, our verdict of the hotel was “nice, but overpriced” probably due to its location and ambience.
Liked Best: Location and ambience (i.e. not a concrete hotel building)
Liked Least: Breakfast (decent, but could be better)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HTH17
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2011

Very caring kind hotel crew , Beautiful rooms and the generl design- THe lobby, the big garden and all waiting spaces-amazing:)

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 756
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2011

This hotel has the potential to be excellent with some minor improvements, nevertheless, I would recommend to stay here. It was the nicest hotel & most helpful staff during our one month stay in China.

Pros: The rooms are all decorated differently which takes you away from the "hotel" feeling which we enjoy; the air conditioning worked excellent in minutes our room would be to the temperature that we wanted even taking in consideration the afternoon heat of Beijing; the Dux bed was marvelous! The staff was very helpful! Location of the Hotel is very centric! Overall presence of the hotel is really nice! The inside garden was very beautiful. Excellent internet (wireless) connection!

Cons: The hotels restaurant had a very limited selection; the hotel bar is hard to find and also lacks ambiance; despite that the location is centric the hotel was hard to find which makes it hard even in a taxi, most taxi drivers did not know where it was; our shower had a leak which would cause the complete bathroom to get wet, we did not complain about it to the hotel since it was nothing major;

Our overall experience of the hotel was very good! We really enjoyed our 1 week stay and would go back.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RobMena
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Pasadena, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2011

This is a lovely hotel, beautifully designed. Great location, near the "big" hotels such as the Peninsula, but on a hutong. (cab drivers have a little trouble finding it.) The rooms are spacious and gracefull, combining Eastern elegance with Western utililty. Food is wonderful (we had all three meals there at least once). Although largely lacking English language skills, the staff was lovely and very helpful. We really felt at home here, and is we were getting at least a whiff of "regular" Bejing life.

Room Tip: It would have been fun to have one facing the courtyrard, but it's really not importa.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Davitt1
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Germany
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2011

This place is just perfect- the rooms are very beautiful, bathrooms are always clean and towels are changed every day, the breakfast is very nice as well (we didn't try the chinese version of it, though). We had a truly great stay at this hotel.
The only thing - not all the staff at the breakfast speaks English, the guys will do their best to explain you which are the choices and be as helpful as they can. Just be patient :)
The location is also great- the underground is very close, but we used it only rarely, you can reach most of the places you'd like to visit by simply walking.
The wi-fi was available and worked perfectly during the entire stay (6 days).

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NotLonelyPlanet
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Nanaimo, Canada
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2011

My husband and I agree with many of the other posts - The Red Wall Garden Hotel is worth a visit. We are really happy that we had booked to stay for 5 nights. Best hotel stay during our entire visit to China!

Comfy bed, beautiful room, great staff - very helpful!

To add some additional experiences to the other reviews:

We hired a driver from the hotel (Ernie) for the day so that we could go and visit The Great Wall, Ming tombs, etc. It was well worth the money. We were shown other areas and sites that we would not have thought of or known about. The day was definitely one of the highlights of our visit. Thank you Ernie!

When we left the hotel for the airport - we had unknowingly left behind a small package of art work from the Forbidden City. One of the hotel staff contacted our taxi while we were on route to the airport and they then arranged to mail the package to our new destination! That was so appreciated!!! The package arrived safe and sound a few days later. I was already impressed with the hotel and the staff before this gesture - but that action sealed the deal!!

As others have suggested: Do bring a translator gadget or booklet with you to help with the language barrier. We had the inexpensive "China" pocketbook from me no speak dot com and it proved very helpful - especially considering that my husband and I speak no Chinese other than 'hello' and 'thank you'.

Room Tip: We had a room overlooking the courtyard -see pic
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Islandgold
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Property: Red Wall Garden Hotel
Address: No.41 Shijia Hutong | Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China
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Location: China > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 6,442 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Red Wall Garden Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Red Wall Garden Hotel is a cultural oasis of tranquillity in the very heart of the vibrant city of Beijing. It is located in Shijia Hutong, one of the city's most historic neighbourhoods and is within walking distance of the Forbidden City and the famous shopping and food streets of Wangfujing and Jinbao in DongCheng. A traditional Chinese courtyard hotel invoking the past, yet replete with modern facilities. All 40 individually appointed guest rooms feature ultra-luxury DUX beds, wooden flooring, en-suite bathrooms and amenities such as large flat screen TV, complimentary WI-FI throughout the hotel and private in-room bar. All rooms have air-conditioning & heaters. Located within the central courtyard of the award-winning Red Wall Garden Hotel, The Courtyard Bistro serves great value dishes that are inspired by the eight main culinary areas in China. The Courtyard Bistro also features open stage cultural entertainment nights as well as indoor and outdoor noodle stations and daily special chalkboards to further enhance the guests' dining experiences. The Lounge Bar invites guests to kick back in an armchair with a drink, a snack and a book. The Courtyard Bistro's full service bar serves up classic and specialty cocktails as well as traditional afternoon tea and features an excellent selection of wines, beers and other alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. Situated just off the west lounge of the hotel, The Courtyard Bistro Tea House offers daily tea ceremonies where the in-house tea master guides patrons through Chinese tea history that looks back on over 4000 years of tea excellence. The private dining and event rooms at The Red Wall Garden Hotel can accommodate up to 200 people for meetings, weddings or events. The tailor-made menus offer an array of traditional Chinese cuisine to suit either a formal or an informal meeting, wedding or event. The "Red Wall Garden Boutique Hotel Experience" emotionally connects our guests with the intense historical, cultural and artistic life of authentic and historic Beijing. ... more   less 
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