It was our first stop in China. It will always be a memorable visit. We stayed in a premium garden room – king bed very comfy, spacious room with a real closet (not one of those slither of a closet near the front door), bathrobes and slippers, clean. The bathroom is narrow but a spacious shower, quality amenities.
Our room had a Chinese gate with a lock authentic looking but does not lock, however, we never felt unsure or insecure. The side garden is a very slight narrow area enough to fit a single chair, but added calmness to the entry of our room. Excellent Wi-Fi connection – the best on our entire trip!
Excellent – personal and welcoming service at check-in, breakfast, and check-out. Upon check-in you are provided with a large city/subway map and a cell-phone full charged with the hotel’s number. I was quite charmed by this touch. Indeed, having a cell phone to use gave us extra confidence to explore Beijing on our own, considering friends who discouraged us from not traveling on our own.
On our first evening, we were invited to join in a cheese and wine by Joel in the hotel lobby bar. We walked to and up the drum and bell towers during the day. At night, we explored Hoi Hai. On the second day, walking along the alleys toward the Lama temple, we came across the Confucius temple by chance. What opportunities we enjoyed while at the Orchid.
Breakfasts are good, great choices, great coffee, great service and a warm atmosphere. The breakfast room offers shared tables with other guests and other like-minded travelers. You can easily feel comfortable here.
There are several other restaurants close by on the main road if you leave the hotel.
Upon check-out, the hotel staff tried to call for a taxi for us, after 10 minutes, the co-owner walked with us out to the main road with luggage to flag down a taxi for us. This is going above and beyond!
One thing we did experience on our arrival at night is that the taxi would not drive down the lane way toward the Orchid, instead we were dropped off on the main road and walked the approx. 200m to the hotel entrance.
Still, its easy to recommend a stay at the Orchid especially if you want a personal stay and a cultural location, with modern amenities. A very welcoming atmosphere at this hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Orchid is the ultimate base for exploring Beijing from within. Situated right in the middle of all the action of the old city and staffed by some of the coolest and fun people, staying at The Orchid means you will love Beijing, and want to come back for more! ... more less
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