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Beijing Apricot Courtyard Inn
Ranked #20 of 1,434 Beijing B&B and Inns
Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

First things first: if you expect a 5 star hotel with bubblebaths in every corner and angels as servers. Do not go here. (When I was here, there were some people who felt a bit disappointed as they expected a fancy hotel and not a guesthouse).

Anyway for those of you who want an amazingly relaxing time in one of Beijings quietest and amazingly beautiful courtyard inns, this will be the place for you.

I arrived in Beijing and the first period of my stay was not easy (in Beijing, not the guesthouse). The owner of the guesthouse was very welcoming and the place became like a home for me.

The courtyard is a nice quiet place were you can relax. And with the coming and going of guests it is very lively, it easily happens that you meet interesting travelers and talk till late in the evening.

If the courtyard does not suit you, you can always retire to your room or downstairs in the basement/bar.

The owner is very helpful and usually goes above and beyond to make your stay as good an experience as possible.

I really loved my stay in Apricot and I would gladly go back.

Highly recommended for all who want to have a great stay in Beijing.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

I will start by noting that this is not the easiest place to find, as it is deep in a hutong labyrinth. Download a hutong map then get a taxi to drop you at the drum tower and walk from there. GPS helps!

Once you arrive you will find a charming little courtyard with nicely furnished rooms. But the best bit is the level of service. Alex was utterly wonderful, organising a personalised tour to the great wall and helping us book flights and train tickets. He is truly a star, this was the best customer service I have ever experienced. He personally deserves a trip advisor certificate of excellence!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Apricot Courtyard Inn is a really cosy place with a personal athmosphere in a peaceful hutong. The location is close to several sights in Beijing and there is a subway station just within a few minutes of walking. There are also several bars and restaurants close by. The place is run by the owner Alex, who is a great host and helps out with every possible issue you might have. He speaks English very well, which is unusual in China. In the basement of the reception he has a room for hangout, with a bar, a movie library, video games and a great selection of music - whatever you feel for. The rooms interior follow different themes. Our room was a nice old-style Chinese-influenced room. During our stay the host became more of a friend than a staff at the hotel. The only negative we have to say about Apricot is that the bed is hard (like many other beds in China) and that the rooms don't keep noises out very well, which might cause you problems if you are a light sleeper. However, we didn't mind any of this so we will definitely stay there again next time we go to Beijing!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

There are two main strengths to this place. Firstly the location. Sitting amongst the Bell and Drum tower give you a good reference point and the lovely hutong it's situated in is amazingly interesting and full of laid back bars, restaurants on the edge and just everyday hutong life such as pensioners tangoing on the public square into the wee hours. Secondly and more importantly, the man who runs the place. Alex makes a stay here seem more like crashing over at a friends house. He's interesting, helpful and just genuinely friendly. A good guy to share a beer with after a day of sightseeing. He also has a great vinyl collection to play in the courtyard. He's an educated music fan and has everything from punk to 60's and more.
I'd say this is more of a hostel than a hotel, and that's a positive. It has a few rough edges but the benefits are in the service and general vibe about the place. It's nice to sit out and share stories and tips with others staying there (as the Leicester reviewer below who was there while we were will testify), either in the courtyard or the den with xbox and movies. It's relaxed, comfy and clean. Beds a little hard as is the Chinese way, also can be a little noisy as being right on the courtyard you hear others going in and out, but everyone who stays seems respectful.
This is a gem, of a place for the right kind of person who wants to see true Beijing. There were couples, single travellers and families while we were there, so suits all with the right attitude. I'll be back for sure.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

The location was a bit tough to find at first since it's literally located at the end of a dead-end alleyway tucked in the center of snake-like hutongs.

The location actually becomes the best thing about this place (once you get used to it) because it is conveniently located nearby various amenities, shops, restaurants. It is actually nearby the "art" district in Beijing where tons of "artsy" people hang out. It's very lively at night but not crazy packed such that you can't breathe. And because it's located within a hutong, you can observe the quaint local activity as you enter/leave the inn.

The owner (Alex) is a young, hip, gentlemen who is attentive to your requests and he is more of a friend than a business owner really. In fact, by the end of my stay, I can gladly call him my friend. We had tons of chill conversations, hung out for food, drank together, played video games, etc.

The room itself was quite traditional (not overtly fake and touristy, it just felt "natural"). Traditional hard bed, traditional shower next to the toilet. For the princesses and stuck-up folks, this ain't your place. There was a heater in my room which helped with the cold March winter air. Towels were replaced regularly (not daily though). There is breakfast offered (cooked by Alex himself) but its preferable to go out and eat since the food outside is probably better :) Of course, water is not potable so there is a water heater in the room to cook it but you should just go buy bottled water for pennies. There is no TV in the room nor ironing board nor full body mirror so take note of that for the more stuck-up travelers.

Alex lives within the courtyard complex (which houses 5 rooms total). His main room has a basement leading to a small bar, flat screen tv, drumset, tons of music CDs, movies, video games, etc.

I really enjoyed this inn and would gladly come back again.

The damage was $300 for 5 nights.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Apricot Courtyard Inn
Me and my girlfriend finished our month long trip with 4 nights at this amazing courtyard located in a picture perfect hutong the bell and drum tower are its main attractions aswell as the many chic and trendy bars and resturants hidden in the maze. so easy to use as a base to see the city and sights . Rooms are very clean and are hip and cool with an authentic twist . the real and most important part off this place though is alex the owner from the moment we arrived he made us feel at ease and welcomed. His relaxed and informal way is really refreshing and the whole place is his personality and soul put onto every aspect of the premises . All the reviews do not lie if in Beijing you must stop here . THANK YOU ALEX DO NOT CHANGE A THING

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Just like to confirm all the positive remarks from previous reviewers, absolutley authentic experience. This is truly a lovely place to stay. Rooms are cozy and full of character.
The owner Alex speaks perfect English and could not have been more helpful.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: No.24 Caochang North Alley, Zhonglouwan Hutong, Gulou Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China
Location: China > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
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Ranked #20 of 1,434 B&Bs / Inns in Beijing
Price Range: $17 - $81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Beijing Apricot Courtyard Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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