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“Poor and old room & facilities but great service”

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Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel
Ranked #91 of 6,463 Hotels in Beijing
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“Poor and old room & facilities but great service”
Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

Let's just say there was a significantly sized hole on the bottom of my room door that is rotting away. The hotel is old and does not look like it's well-maintained compared to other courtyards. Maybe the rustic and unkempt courtyard is what others here thought was great, charming and the real China.
The room was big though but again looks like it needs some refurbishing. The Chinese design is tacky (too much Chinese decor for my taste) bordering sleezy thanks to the lamp with red light. The thin walls and probably hole in my door also did not filter the talking outside the room late at night. The bathroom, however, looks like it was renovated compared to the bedroom.
Only plus here is the staff service. Very very helpful and they also have a free shuttle to serve nearby areas, if the van is available, as the hotel is deep in the hutong.
For the price you pay, you can get better accommodations elsewhere. It's the abysmal breakfast buffet and free shuttle that I think you really are paying for here.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

When I first arrived I was a little hesitant as this hotel is in the "Old Beijing" area, but within minutes of arriving I felt very comfortable and reassured by the extremely helpful, highly competent and hard working staff. Everyone was so helpful. The staff even transferred me into their largest suite in the garden courtyard after staying three days in one of their other rooms because it was available. The front desk staff was meticulous in their making sure I was taken care of for whatever I needed. They're the best.

Room Tip: Any of the three rooms surrounding the garden courtyard are beautiful.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 24, 2013

We stayed here in late July 2013 and found it to be comfortable, clean and the girls on the front desk very helpful (and their English was good). This is a more traditional hotel in a unique narrow lane location (hutong) and if you want to feel like part of the local community which you won't get staying in a western style big hotel, then this is a great choice.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 21, 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights in August and had a great experience! Very nice clean hotel with great staff! Their English was well spoken and they were very helpful. They helped us book tickets to see a kungfu show and even arranged free transportation. The rooms have everything you need and you receive a free bottle of water every morning. Breakfast satisfied all taste buds from traditional Chinese to American options. The location is great too, right near the subway which is very easy to navigate. I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone staying in Beijing!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

We (family of 5) stayed in this hotel for 3 nights in July 2013.
The staff were friendly and helpful, and the reception staff spoke moderate English (certainly enough to help us with any queries). We'd booked a trip to the Great Wall as part of our tour, and when the driver called to arrange a collection time, they asked him to delay by 15 minutes so that we would have time for breakfast before we left.
The rooms were clean and the toilets/showers of a good standard. Breakfast, whilst modest, was ample and made a good start to the day.
The hotel (down a side road) is ideally situated for the Tiananmen/Forbidden City (20 min walk) and close to the metro (5 min walk).
I would certainly stay there again.
The only negative is that laundry was rather expensive. I don't know whether this is the hotel's mark-up or whether this service is just expensive in Beijing. We actually found our clothes hanging out to dry in a local side street (about 1 minute walk). Maybe worth taking the clothes direct to the "laundrette" yourself.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

My boyfriend and I booked this hotel for a week in late July for a reasonable sum. Looking back on my experience of China I would definitely say the hotel was great value for money. The location was at first a little off putting at first being far down an alley way but hutongs as we later discovered are very common in China and this one was very safe and added to the authenticity of the place. Plus we ended up quite enjoying watching the locals play street games every night walking back.

When we stepped inside The Sihe Courtyard hotel we felt like we'd entered a heightened traditional China, the courtyard itself is beautifully decorated and ornate. Our Empress Suite (which i'd really reccomend) was gorgeous with a beautiful woodern four poster bed drapped with silk. The bathroom had all the modern facilities exactly where you'd want them!

Bar the incredible novelty of staying in such a beautiful hotel what really stood out for us were the lovely ladies at the front desk in particular Mary. They all spoke very good English- a massive plus after being lost in translation in my following hotel! They were extremely helpful- one night we asked for directions to an international cinema and they were very resourceful also offering to drive us there as it was nearby for free. In fact you can take advantage of a free car for a 1/2 mile radius (I believe).

The location was also very good, only 10mins walk to the city centre and lots of little boutique shops surrounding. Restaurants nearby were also very good!

My only negitative is that we would have liked longer hours for breakfast but then we're talking 10am which is pretty common anyway and maybe we were just lazy.

I would most definitely reccomend this hotel for couples as it is very romantic but also for first time travellers or solo travellers just because of the extent of help you will get.

Room Tip: Go for the empress suite and above as there are nice trimmings!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel was spotless. The staff was very helpful and efficient. The breakfast was tasty. The hotel and neighborhood were safe, even late at night. Free ride from the airport was great and available ride back to the hotel from within the 2nd ring useful. Seven minute walk to the subway. Air conditioning was cool (and critically needed during the summer). Recommended for all, especially families and those looking to stay off the beaten path.

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel
Address: No.5 Dengcao Hutong Dongsi South Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China
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Location: China > Beijing > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
#31 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#50 Family Hotel in Beijing
#76 Business Hotel in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is Beijing Courtyard Hotel has been built up base on 400 Years historic construction Si He Yuan, The said place was the former residence of famous Chinese artist Mr. Mei Lan Fang. 10 minutes walking distance from WangFuJing, the travel and commercial center of Beijing. The spacious guest rooms are sharing the beautiful inner and outer courtyard and patio with each other, and decorated by the antique furniture those are carved with dragon and phoenix, the symbol of Chinese ancient nobility. ... more   less 
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