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“Lovely homely hotel in a great area!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Orchid Hotel
Ranked #17 of 5,939 Hotels in Beijing
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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“Lovely homely hotel in a great area!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We stayed here at the last 2 days in Beijing after a long 10 days of travel. And we wanted to stay somewhere we can relax for the last 2 days in China. And this was a real gem hidden away in the local old town of Beijing. It is tucked away so you can easily miss it, but once you walked in the place was just like home. Or felt like home at least. We stayed in the yin room with a private courtyard. It was spacious and homely. Plenty of films we can watch and fruit bowls to enjoy! ( We had enough of greasy food so endless fruit was a god send!) Courtyard was really lovely and homely, and peaceful. Breakfast was also lovely and coffee and juice was amazing! Just what we needed! Shame I couldnt have stayed longer, but if you are coming to Beijing come here! It's the best hotel in Bejing!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I spent 4 days in Orchid amazing hotel in May. We found it on Tripadvisor and really had an amazing stay.

The room is very well appointed. The staff throughout the hotel was extremely friendly and gave some great recommendations on how to enjoy Beijing to its fullest.

Even though Shanghai was very warm during our stay, we really loved our breakfast and our drinks before dinner.

Next time we are visiting Beijing, we will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

Absolutely loved The Orchid, they have the 'chic on a budget' balance just right, I didn't want to leave. Wonderful location, cosy little rooms, great breakfast and comfy bar in the foyer. The staff couldn't do enough to help, organising restaurant reservations and a daytrip to the Wall. Loved the free in-room wifi and music and movie library for nights in.
I'd recommend booking the car pickup on your first visit, as its quite hidden away and not all cab drivers are prepared to drive into the hutong.

  • Stayed August 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

As a family we took three rooms and used the hotel as a base for exploring Beijing for a week. It is an oasis of calm set within the unrefined and unadulterated life of the Hutongs. The staff were amazing and nothing was too much trouble - they even arrange for local restaurants to deliver food to eat in the hotel. Two things you must do - the trek the Orchid organises to the Great Wall that ends at Mutianyu but starts with a remote hill path to a part of the Wall that is totally deserted - and two, get the hotel to arrange tickets for the Chinese acrobat show. It might sound a bit cheesy but it absolutely amazing.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

What a beautiful surprise to enter this stunning boutique hotel
and what an incredible bonus - the breakfast was INCREDIBLE on top of a roof top that feels u r sitting in Bali - seriously impressive what attention to detail in every aspect even large bathroom
comfortable bed etc Well done on an excellent allround product

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

I am sitting here in the room in The Orchid where my boyfriend and I have been staying for the past 6 nights and it has been such a lovely place to stay in Beijing. The most important things for us when we travel are comfy beds and quiet and clean rooms. The Orchid's beds are incredible and our garden room really quiet and immaculate. I'm not a fan of big hotels and we try and stay in small places when we can, we just think they are generally nicer. The Orchid certainly is that, it seems like the owners have thought very carefully about all the things they would like in a hotel and then created it. The whole place is very attractive, with wooden floorboards, white walls, plants, comfy sofas, nice wooden furniture and good air con. The breakfasts and coffee have been perfect for us, freshly prepared with just the right amount of food and available any time from 7am to 2pm, flexibility that was great when recovering from a long flight and a night out partying in Beijing. The staff have been friendly and helpful without being overbearing, so it felt very relaxed being here and it has really been like a home from home. The wi-fi always works and because there is a VPN we could post pictures of our trip on Facebook to friends back home. The location was fantastic and we found the place easily using their map and getting the airport express train and subway when we arrived. We have found Beijing easy to get around on foot and by subway and bus and found no need for taxis here. We did take a private car organised by The Orchid to Mutianyu and appreciated the convenience of that and the car had seatbelts and air con and the driver was fine, it seems like he is a regular driver for the hotel. I think it will be hard to beat this place and we will try not to compare the places we stay for the next couple of weeks during our travels around China with the Orchid. They, too have been selected after extensive research on trip advisor, but we have been rather spoiled here. I would not hesitate to recommend this place to anyone travelling to Beijing and if ws ever come back this would be the place for us to stay. I have travelled a lot and stayed in all sorts of places and this is one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in, quite unique and just perfect really, but I guess it is my kind of place.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Have been staying here for the last couple of days, and it has been great. It really is a little tranquil oasis in the absolute craziness of Beijing. The staff are friendly and it appears that nothing is too difficult for them. We have organized an airport pick up which went perfectly and then a trip to the Great Wall with driver and lunch. Again I cannot fault this trip. Both times the drivers made up for lack of English with friendliness

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: The Orchid Hotel
Address: Baochao Hutong NO. 65 Gulou East Main Street, Beijing 100009, China
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Location: China > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #17 of 5,939 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
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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