I'd been eyeing this place for awhile now and after reading all the great reviews, I decided to go for it. I gotta say, everything they'd said about the Sihe Courtyard Hotel was right on the button and some!
My flight was indefinitely delayed because of a mechanical problem and I'd managed to mail them barely an hour before our arranged airport pickup service – which is incidentally free between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.! Within minutes – at 5 a.m. Beijing time – I'd received a warm reply, reassuring me they had already been monitoring my flight and was aware of the delay! Full marks for initiative!
My deluxe room was cozy, comfortable and stayed true to it's "14th century-touch" claim! In fact, all modernities were cleverly hidden away – fridge, safe, ... – to retain its ancient China charm. Also what was amazing was, the dead silence making for the perfect sleep! (not a sound from passing vehicles, people talking, etc! still can't figure out how that works!) Oh and wifi is also yes, complimentary!
The complimentary breakfast was simple, yet complete. There's also an a la carte menu, should you feel like something other than toast, pastries, cereal or local delights.
Location-wise, the back lanes of the hutong may seem a little daunting initially. but you're barely a kilometre away from the main roads on either side. Tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurants line the street. Food is delicious! Pretty much an adventure! And once you find your bearings, you can even hoof it to the Forbidden City and Wangfujing, the shopping strip. Just a brisk 20-min walk away! But if you're not up for the trek, the hotel offers complimentary shuttle to Wangfujing, Tiannemen Square and Forbidden City! And they're also happy to pick you up when you're done! Take note: some cabs are never keen to cruise down the narrow hutongs. If you're lucky, they'll offer to drop you at the corner of Dencao Hutong's street and the main road. But it's only a 5 minute walk away.
Thanks to the staff and the service, this is certainly one of my most memorable holiday stays! I will def consider staying here again when I return next!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard Beijing
- Beijing Courtyard