If you are the kind of person who prefers cosy, original, and local style accomodation, you should choose this hotel. You can find any hotel chain you like in Beijing, but this has the added value of a comfortable house in a hutong (old Beijing alley), conveniently situated. Things that we liked about the hotel: nice & helpful staff, good breakfast, pretty good WIFI for Beijing, beautiful spot (furniture, deco, complements, ...), quietness, comfortable beds, and all the rest of good reviews that I will not repeat. What we did not like and could (in our opinion) be improved:1)bathrooms are a bit cold (true, it was -11 outside), 2) a bit more flexibility/personalization would be appreciated when it comes to changing/adapting scheduled things: e.g. we had extra breakast on our early arrival that was charged (obviously), but didn't have it on 1st Jan (we woke up late and missed it). I think the first one could have made up for the other (they charged us both, although they gave us a free second lift to the airport) 3)We weren't told that the trip to the Great Wall had to be paid cash directly to the guide, plus 100 Chinese yuan tip for the driver (required by the guide herself) 4)We had to pay 2 Chinese yuan for printing out our boarding passes (in such a category hotel, things like these are ridiculous) 5)The driver had to use his own car to take us to the airport as he couldn't find the keys to another hotel car that was blocking a bigger and more comfortable van. As a consequence, we ended up carryng part of our luggage on our laps! All in all, I would highly recommend this hotel.
- 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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