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Red Capital Residence
Ranked #1,511 of 6,596 Hotels in Beijing
Reviewed October 1, 2009

The first two nights, we are staying in Chinese Traditional Boutique hotel, the Red Capital Residence. It is very impressive since we walk into the main gate thru inside where is the Chinese style one floor house, 5 bed room surroundings in square. quiet, pieceful cover with one big tree. All rooms are special decoration with Chinese Boutique furnitures. We feel special because we stay in Chairman Mao Suite where Chairman Mao used to stay before. There are a lots of interesting books, about China all over the place. I guarantee for the travelers who loves reading will be enjoy them and won't want to leave the place. Big breakfast serve to your bed . Red Capital is located in the center of Beijing so it is easy to walk 2 minutes to the subway and it is very convenience to take taxi. We choosed to take taxii, which it starts from 10 RMB (1.5USD), with a couple of dollars the taxi can bring us to Tiananmen Square. We can spend one day to seeing Tiananmen Square, Olympic Village and the Summer Palace. Night life at Houhai lake are also great relax. A lots of bars and restaurant for your choices. The next day we went to Lama temple and leave to the Ranch in the afternoon with 2.30 shuttle.

From Red Capital Club, we took a Rickshaw from the Residence pass thru the small road in the village, it was cool! We enjoy it. The food at the Club are great, we had Mongolian beef, my husband keep saying “this is the best beef I had ever have in China while eating. The long bean with pumpkins is also highly recommend, it is a combination of sweet pumpkin with the salty garlic of long bean.

The shuttle tookd 1.5 hrs. from the Residence to the Ranch, the place where surrounding with mountains, water, trees, .... Inside the Rach area we can climb the Great wall ruin. Unfortunately, my husband got sick when we arrive so we only had a chance to have massage, and sauna. It is a good place to breath fresh air and away from busy town.

The staffs at Red Capital, Residence and Ranch are all nice smile, friendly and good services.

Chantana & Chris
Sept 24-28, 2009 at Red Captial Residence, Club and Ranch

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2009

During our honey moon for which we traveled from Moscow to Beijing on the train, we chose this hotel to finish the journey. We have been very happy with our stay there.
The place is beautiful, charming and full of historical furniture / objects. The staff was very nice, helpful and speaking a very good English.
The room was very clean, so was the bathroom with more than enough linen.
We recommend the place for people who don't want to stay in big chain hotels and are looking for a bit of authenticity. Breakfast in the courtyard is an amazing experience, where you hear in the background (very low level) the rumor of the hutong.
We will definitely come back here if we go back to Beijing.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Anacell0
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Reviewed November 6, 2008

We were in Beijing for recent weekend trip, and decided to stay here because we had read good reviews and wanted an "atmospheric" place. We had the West Concubine Suite. Unfortunately, we found many problems with the place: room is poorly lit, furnishings are old and coming apart (eg curtains coming off the hook, canopy on the bed looked like it had been stapled on, etc), almost no toiletries provided, and the cigar room was musty and dusty. The staff were kind, but we were really surprised to find that they didn't even have a proper map of Beijing when we asked about the location of some sites. The price is too expensive for what you get. Unless you really want a feel of staying in a hutong no matter what the condition, you would be better off somewhere else unless management spruces up.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2008

I stayed at the Red Capital Residence twice over the course of July 2008 in Beijing. My first visit to the boutique hotel was incredible. I was put up in Chairman Mao Suite and I just loved the environs of the place. The location, though hard to find, really puts you in the heart of historic Beijing. The decor is a perfect example of Mao's era. The bomb shelter bar is a sight to behold as well, even if it is clearly under-utilized. And I can't say enough about how great the staff is. My experience was so great I made certain to come back before the end of my visit to China.

During my second visit, the cracks really started to show. The novelty had worn off and I started to notice how disorganized and neglected the place was. The Concubines Suite was cramped and dark compared to the Chairman Mao Suite. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE PLACE IS WAY OVERPRICED! It's a shame. The Red Capital Residence iis tiny so I'm sure they have to make up for it with the high price.

I recommend the Red Capital Residence only for a short stay (2 nights max). It's like staying in a museum, but it is too costly.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with friends
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1  Thank nicelynicely
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Reviewed September 6, 2008

We spent six nights at the red capital residence during the olympics. Its not a hotel without warts, but for someone looking for something very different from an international hotel I think it rocks. To be honest I generally stay in the four seasons when I go on holiday and the red capital is a far cry from the perfect fit and finish of such a place, but if you want to get into the local chinese scene it really works. I stayed with my wife and teenage son and the rooms barely work for three. We spent two nights in one of the concubine suites, where adding an extra bed means almost no room to stand. The last four were better, in the Mao suite, but the rooms work best for couples or for only very small kids. The staff was one of the best parts of the place. Willing to help with all kinds of things, but again rather than the polish of a front desk person at the Ritz you get a much more local feel. I really enjoyed chatting with other guests over breakfast in the morning around the tiny courtyard at the center of the hotel. The location on a small local street allows you to get a great view of local life.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 7, 2007

This place astounded me! This is certainly not the Holiday Inn. I've stayed in another "authentic" courtyard hotel but this was a different level of "authentic" altogether. We had one of the Concubine rooms - it was so dimly lit I could barely make out the contents of my suitcase, the bed was hard and the furnishings dark and heavy - but I loved it. You must do this for one night at least.

Perhaps it was the off-season because we seemed to be the only people there. The famous bomb shelter looked like it had been abandoned. Late at night we enjoyed a cocktail in the candle-lit courtyard, and breakfast the next morning was also served there. The staff were lovely, very attentive, and couldn't do enough for us.

The West Concubine room featured a huge canopied bed draped with gauzy gold curtains. As the bed took up most of the room you couldn't do much else but spend the time in bed; though there was a great selection of old books and travel guides just in case.

The stone-lined bathroom was atmospheric but didn't have enough flat surface to put two people's toilet bags and the shower leaked and flooded the floor - something that also happened at the Red Capital Ranch where the bathrooms are similar. It didn't really inconvenience us, just a quirk.

Outside in the street there's very good food available from the local shops and street vendors - it's extremely cheap and very tasty - also a convenience-type store selling bottled water if you need more. Don't worry about not speaking Mandarin, you can get by pretty well using sign language and smiles.

The hotel was nearly empty - almost musty inside - and is not for travellers who want convenience and over-soft comfort. But for a great and memorable Beijing experience you couldn't get much better than this.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled solo
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4  Thank Ali M
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Reviewed July 4, 2007

We had a wonderful experience at the Red Capital Residence, spending a total of seven days in mid-June and using it as a base from which to travel to the Wall (Red Capital Ranch) and to Lhasa, Tibet (House of Shambhala).

The Residence is unique in two respects. The first is its location: a working hutong (Dongsi), perhaps 1.5 miles northeast of the Forbidden City (north end). One senses how all of urban China once lived, and how the lower working class in Beijing still lives. The neighborhood was alive all day, but especially in the evening when seemingly all residents were on the street, whether eating dinner, playing games or watching TV, selling wares or simply watching the world go by. As a side note, we felt very safe walking this hutong, including at night; besides, there is a police station only one block from the Residence.

The second unique aspect is the Residence’s design. Unlike most hotels, contained in massive, modern 20-30 story buildings, the Residence is contained in a traditional Beijing courtyard. It is large enough to contain five rooms, plus another for a reception/sitting area, all of which are built around an open courtyard. The architectural style is traditional nobility, the same design found in the mansions now open as museums. The furniture and wall furnishings are taken from the 1950’s era, which we enjoyed. As one prior reviewer aptly noted, one is staying in a place of Beijing’s history.

The Residence has several additional strengths. One is the open courtyard, shaded by a large poplar, which shields a surprisingly amount of noise generated from the neighborhood. It is a great place to have breakfast in the morning or a drink after a long day in the city. (Obviously, the experience would be different during inclement weather.)

A second strength is the staff. Though young, they were consistently courteous and always willing to assist (e.g., make reservations, provide directions). During the important times of the day, the Residence is staffed with persons whose English skills range from good to excellent. We strongly recommend use of the Residence’s airport pickup service, as it sends an English-speaking staff to accompany the non-English driver, making for a very pleasant and easy trip.

In response to some earlier reviews, our rooms were clean; our beds were not short (I’m 6’2”) and were very comfortable; our linen was not stained; our towels were fine; our hot water was fine; and there was no sewage smell.

The Residence is not inexpensive. Whether it is a good value depends upon one’s expectations. If one is looking for a 4-5 star room in Beijing (traditional EU/U.S. standards), the Residence is probably not for you. If, however, one is looking for an experience, the Residence is perfect choice. For us, it was a memory that will last a lifetime.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: No.9 Dongsi Liutiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007, China
Location: China > Beijing > Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1,511 of 6,596 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range: $53 - $128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Red Capital Residence 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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