The hotel is comfortable and - when we were there in freezing depths of winter - had something of an Alpine chalet feel to it, with its wooden floorboards, wood fires and cosy warmth. I can imagine the courtyard would be lovely in summer. Our room was comfortable (very comfy bed) and the bathroom was clean, well appointed and spacious too. The location is good and we had no difficulty finding the hotel.
But the thing that really makes this hotel is its staff, who are clearly very proud of their set-up and bend over backwards to make sure you feel at home and have everything you need. For example, we had problems with our internet late at night and the staff did everything in their powers to fix it immediately - even bringing us our own private router up to the room.
The staff in the restaurant and on reception were all delightful and attentive throughout our stay - and had been so even in email exchanges before we arrived. All this serves to make it a very warm and relaxing place to stay - it is certainly not 5 star luxury, but I don't think it pretends to be (and don't think it would want to be): it has character and charm and is comfortable and friendly - these are the attributes it prides itself on. And these are attributes that are sometimes hard to find in hotels in the big cities of China.
- 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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