This hotel is expensive by Chinese standards but worth every penny - you certainly get more for your money than in most other major capital cities.
The rooms are unique and very tastefully done, with the bed being about a mile wide. The bathroom too was very nice and contemporary. All rooms are set around a courtyard, which has access via reception, where the service was great. The couple of people who we saw working there were very friendly, very helpful and spoke very good English.
The real gem of the hotel though is the dining/breakfast room. Set on the roof, it is essentially a glass house with views over the local area with an adjoining sun terrace for if you're not there in freezing January as I was. The breakfast they served was extremely good and far surpassed anything else I experienced in China (I don't mind boiled cabbage, but having it for breakfast every day isn't my idea of a great start). It had with eggs, pancakes, great coffee, granola + yoghurt and selection of fruit.
Location-wise, the hotel is tucked right into the Hutongs of Beijing and is about 10-15 mins walk from the nearest subway. This means it's a beautifully quiet hideout and makes it hard to believe you're in the same bustling city that has bikes, cars and buses clogging the streets just a few hundred yards away. The place is quite far down a small side street but they offer a rickshaw that can give a lift to the end if you so wish.
A wonderful place to stay - wish I'd had more time here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Cote Cour Beijing is a neoclassical Chinese courtyard-style boutique hotel that is fully equipped with modern amenities. We are located in Yanyue Hutong within an historical protected hutong area of the city which used to serve as a rehearsal area for royal musicians during China’s dynastic period. We aim to provide you with a stress free and sustainable living environment, with dedicated staff and affordable rates. ... more less
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