This is the second time we have stayed in this hotel and it was once again a wonderful experience. The location is very special - in the hutong district - a very interesting area for walking around. Also, it is about 10 minutes walk to the subway station. Our children (11 and 14) stayed in a courtyard room and we stayed in a larger garden room next door so it is very convenient for families. The breakfasts are excellent - there is a choice of about 7 or 8 dishes which are all tasty, fresh and nutritious - pancakes, fruits, cheese and bread, eggs and the coffee is quite good, however, we did find that this depended on who was brewing it.
This is not a five star hotel but I mean this in a positive way - it is the staff and the unique touches which make it so good - on arrival we were given a mobile phone and a map with restaurants, cafes and attractions all marked out, and a subway map which we used every day. The staff, who all speak many languages, are very friendly and helpful with any request and offer advice and ideas about attractions and restaurants. They are very willing to organise anything from washing to booking restaurants and tickets.
Also, they have a lovely selection of wines located in the little bar in the foyer or you can take a drink up to the rooftop area with some nice views.
Very good value for money in Beijing and I believe the owner is planning to open another similar style hotel in the Dashilan district of Beijing.
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