I booked this hotel through Agoda after my initial booking with another hotel was cancelled. I believe I got a good rate and good value.
The staff is very friendly and helpful, and the reception personnel in particular had excellent English skills. Check-in and check-out went smoothly, and they helped book a high-speed train ticket for me to Shanghai. The ticket was delivered to the hotel. They were knowledgeable about the City and the subway system in particular. The room was comfortable, and there were shelves available in the lamp-stand bureau for clothes storage. Like many beds in China, the bed here was hard compared to what I am used to, but manageable. The room did not feature a bar fridge or in-room safe.
As a non-smoker, I was comfortable in this hotel; there is a small segregated smoking area set aside, but the main courtyard which includes the dining area and bar is smoke free.
The interior of the hotel is elegant with its courtyard set up and decoration. The web photos are accurate, and I really enjoyed the atmosphere each day at breakfast in particular. The hotel also has two computer stations available with web-service.
This is a short walk to the 2nd ring-line subway line (Andingmen Station), and I found it a great location for my sight-seeing in Beijing.
Guests should be aware that this is a courtyard hotel, and hence there will at times be noise audible from other guests in the dining area, particularly in the afternoons or evenings. My room was literally right behind the "Spanish Bar" at reception, and I found noise to be a problem on only one evening during my stay.
Breakfast was included and was generally fine, although I tended to substitute sliced tomato for the egg. I particularly enjoyed the coffee, and the receptionist who started her shift at 7 a.m. was particularly adept with the coffee-espresso machine. The restaurant fare is also generally reliable for a meal after a day of touring for those times you don't feel like heading out to the nearby commercial area. Prices are reasonable.
To reach the hotel on foot, take the "A" exit from Andingmen Station and turn right; after you cross the 2nd Ring Road and its exit lanes, you will notice a small park. Andingmen Inner Street continues on the left (going south towards the Forbidden City). Take the park's walk-way on the right and walk parallel to the Ring Road until you reach a street which intersects with the park's lane. Turn left, and this will be Huayuan East Alley. The hotel is listed among the signs at the start of this Hutong. The hotel is down a narrow walkway on the left before the intersection with the next Hutong (Huayuan N Alley), and is indicated by a large red sign. You will have to walk your suitcases down this lane to the hotel.
Overall I was very pleased with this hotel and would book again should I return to Beijing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is situated in Beijing, a city with a unique history and a magical aura about it. Imperial Courtyard, an 18th Century courtyard, having been totally renovated to the highest standards, now combines the beauty of the past with the comforts of today and offers the perfect environment for its guests relaxation and is the ideal accommodation for a “get away from it all” visit to historical and traditional Beijing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Imperial Courtyard Hotel Beijing