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Hill Lily Courtyard
Ranked #179 of 1,421 Beijing B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 10, 2012

Elite Hutong is a traditional courtyard residence, very well located, walk distance to the Theater, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City and also about 5mins walk to the Hepingmen Metro station.
The neighborhood is quite nice (Hutong’s) and interesting but we felt safe.
It is an authentic Hutong atmosphere. We were there went it got cold (frost, rain and snow) it was a little uncomfortable to be in a small room (barely no space for suitcase and be careful to not break any of the pots!), heating worked well (radiator and hot aircon), great veranda and inner court, but in the room there was a big odor of sewerage in the bathroom (smell get into the room). Nice new towels each day, comfortable bed, just the noise isolation is not sound proof as some lousy guests left early in the morning and waking the whole Hutong up.
For breakfast you can choose for Asian or western, both are nice, many small cups of different food. It is not a 4* hotel (still a bit pricy) but great atmosphere and nice staff.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

We stayed here from 18th - 21st May, 2012 and have to agree with everything JS&KB,Hong Kong said. It was all very accurate.
We arrived in Beijin from Shanghai by train and had the name and address written in Chinese, though the taxi driver didn't know where it was. He pulled over and made a phone call to the Elite and we got there in no time, dropping us off on the main road as the taxi couldn't go down the narrow alleyway. cost only 22yuan. Easier than train with our suitcases.
We used the train/tube/subway (not sure what its called) on subsequent days as this was easy and fast and Hepingman station was close by.
We had a loft room, not too roomy but certainly comfortable. On the first night we could hear dogs barking for a while in the laneway and on the last night the locals decided to have a 'party' right below our window.....well they were sitting around eating and drinking and talking. This was a bit annoying but they finally left. One of the inside rooms would be much quieter and they will be very nice once the renovations are complete.
We didn't have breakfast outdoors as it was rather dusty due to the work, but had it in the 'indoor/alfresco' type area.
On arrival the man at the desk spoke no English, but later in the evening the young man spoke very well and helped us with our many questions. This was a bonus as we've learnt English is not widely spoken in China.
I wish TripAdvisor would get the name right as well, because I couldn't find any reviews before travelling due to the different name.

Room Tip: Loft suites could be noisy as they face the alleyway.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

We stayed for 5 nights towards the end of May 2012 for an extended weekend sightseeing in Beijing. This is quite a difficult review to write as there were quite a few things that were not quite right, but we both really quite liked the place and would happily stay again. So please read through and make your own decisions....

Firstly, this hotel seems to have a bit of an identity crisis and is known (or at least has been known) by various different names. Booking through Expedia the hotel was called the "Elite Hutong Courtyard" so I don't know where the name on TripAdvisor comes from, but it's definitely the same place based on the photos and address!

I've only just tracked down the hotel website since we got back home from their business card:
http://www.hutonginns.com/courtyard.asp
The hotel phone number (which I also couldn't find until now) is 86-10-57349001.

This courtyard hotel is down a quiet hutong (old alleyway) that probably, as a tourist, you wouldn't wander down. We were certainly a bit tentative when we arrived at 2am and knocked on the big red door, but when it opened up and we saw the courtyard we were pleasantly surprised. It retains the feel of the old hutong buildings with lots of character, but renovated to provide comfortable hotel accommodation. I booked this hotel as I wanted to stay somewhere a bit different to another bland western-style business hotel, something with a bit more character, and it certainly has that! After that the hutong felt safe and friendly, if a little dimly lit after dark.

Finding the hotel is a bit difficult so best to try and get the address and directions written in Chinese beforehand if you plan to get a taxi there. From the airport only the taxi touts who wanted to charge us 500-700 RMB professed to know where it is, but in the end we got in a regular cab, instructed him to go to Tiananmen Square and used some Google maps I'd printed out and my phones GPS to go from there. Getting there by subway / tube is much easier - take Line 2 to Hepingmen and then walk approx. 0.5km due north on Beixinhua Jie and it's on the right. The trains weren't running when we arrived so we had to get a taxi which eventually cost us 165 RMB using the meter (much less hassle with taxi touts to get the train if you don't speak Chinese though!).

The location is pretty convenient for sightseeing within easy walk of the tube, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Chairman Mao Memorial Hall and National Centre for Performing Arts. The location down a small hutong is very quiet at night - one of the quietest places I've been in Asia in fact! So we slept very well except on one night when we had noisy neighbours in the adjoining suite who were talking/shouting at 2am in which case the thinness of the walls became very clear.

Renovations were in progress in some of the rooms whilst we stayed but this caused us no inconvenience whatsoever. The rooms were just as shown in the pictures, except maybe a little worn now with a little black mould around the shower tray and similar small annoyances. But clean, comfortable and with everything we needed. We actually booked a 'Grapery Room' but were upgraded to a 'Loft Suite' when we arrived as there were none of the room type we booked available (probably because of the renovations). The loft room had much more space with the bed up on a sort of mezzanine level, although if you're a bit older or have children you should probably note that the steps are steep and narrow, and the balcony low and easy to fall over! Also the bed is low-level, although perfectly comfortable for us.

I have no idea where the restaurant / bar listed in the Expedia hotel page are as we never came across these, maybe they were closed due to the renovation? Breakfast was taken under the grape vines in the courtyard which was quite pleasant, but don't plan on using the hotel for evening meals / drinks based on what we saw (or rather didn't see!). Also some of the other listed hotel features and facilities should be taken with a pinch of salt: There were two bottles of complimentary water when we checked in but these weren't replaced (but there was a water machine in reception which we used to top them back up). As to cooking facilities, microwave, trouser press, bath robes, newspapers, rainfall shower head, I'm really not sure! Put it this way, there was everything we needed and wanted but not really any extra frills, if that makes sense. It was nice and clean although housekeeping / bed making was a bit hit and miss.

The hotel booked a Great Wall sightseeing trip for us which was great and reasonably priced. Many trips include a short time on the wall and then lots of jade / craft / tourist tat shopping which we didn't want. Our trip to the Mutianyu section was 1.5hrs drive each way, 3 hrs at the wall, a nice Chinese lunch and NO SHOPPING!! It cost us 280 RMB per person and was all arranged and booked faultlessly by the hotel.

So in conclusion, would I stay there again? Yes, I think I would. The character, friendly staff and location make up for some of the small faults. If you're used to travelling in Asia then a stay in a hutong like this will be far more interesting and rewarding, although if you like things more perfect and westernised, probably best stick to a branded chain hotel.

Room Tip: The 'Loft Suites' are larger with the bed upstairs on a sort of mezzanine level, but be awar...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

we 4 from australia...stayed there one night
we booked over the phone as internet in china is not flash
we were all present when quoted 240 yaun per room...for 2 rooms....
so we payed by credit card
they place is quaint and bohemian....
next day we go to check out and were informed...the price per room was in euros...(interesting given we are in beijing)
effectively doubleing the price.....we complained for obvious reasons...to shrugs
informed this review would be written.......more shrugs
so it cost 480 yuan per room....for crappo...next 2 nights we stayed elswhere ..cheaper and much much better.....lonely planet guide in this case is wrong

Room Tip: i just wouldnt advise to stay at this place.....the sheets were gray.....the windows would not close...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 5, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: November 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 8, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2016, traveled as a couple
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Address: No.34 East New Curtains Alley, North Xinhua Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100031, China (Formerly Hutong Boutique Courtyard Hotel)
Location: China > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #179 of 1,421 B&Bs / Inns in Beijing
Price Range: $66 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hill Lily Courtyard 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1910s, Hutong Boutique Courtyard Hotel used to be a private residence of an elite Beijingnese family. It located a 3-minute walk from the National Theatre and Hepingmen Subway Station (Line 2), and offers stylish accommodation with a restaurant and free Wi-Fi on site. Hutong Boutique Courtyard Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Tian’anmen Square flanked by Forbidden Imperial Palace, Chairman Mao's Mausoleum, Great Hall of People and The Modern National Museum. It is a 7-minute walk from Tiananmen West Subway Station (Line 1), Qianmen Street and Dashilan shopping area. Xidan Shopping Area and Wangfujing Street Shopping Area are within a 20-minute stroll. China World Trade Centre Tower is a 15-minute car journey away. Rooms feature traditional Chinese decor and are fitted with an in-room safe and tea/coffee making facilities. Each room has en suite bathroom with shower and amenities. The hotel offers laundry and dry cleaning services. There is a tour desk that can assist guests with ticketing and travel arrangements. Traditional Chinese breakfast which including Beijing dim sum and western breakfast are available. ... more   less 
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