We spent a wonderful week with friends in Beijing in April at Cong's Hutong. Stepping into the secluded courtyard was an oasis after our 24-hour journey from the eastern US and drinks at the little table were just what the doctor ordered.
Cong's Hutong is a 4-room courtyard B&B off of one of the ancient hutongs (alleys) in central Beijing. It doesn't get much more historical than this. A number of years ago, May and her husband bought the courtyard residence and renovated it to American taste, while keeping a traditional Chinese feel. Rooms are modern, spacious and have private bathrooms, heat, air conditioning and wifi. It was an absolute pleasure to spend the week at Cong's.
Before I write any more, I will say that if you don't want a traditional Beijing experience and would prefer to be in an American-style hotel, then please save the rooms at Cong's for travelers who will appreciate them. Yes, perhaps you can stay in a luxurious room at some non-descript hotel in the city that lathers on the fake charm for a similar price...and if that's what you consider traveling, then please stay there. But what you will get at Cong's is a family-run business and home that gives you a little insight into what it's really like to live in the city.
Cong's includes a daily breakfast which is fabulous...our usual meal was tea or coffee, scrambled eggs, yogurt, croissants, butter, jam and bacon! We loved it every morning! And in response to another review...yes, you have to bin your TP in the bathroom...but go in ANY bathroom in Beijing (or in all of China for that matter) and you will see bins...that is how they do it there!
1) location (5 minutes to metro and if you enjoy walking like we do, you can easily walk to Tiananmen, Forbidden City, Planning Museum and many other places in about 45 minutes)
2) traditional Beijing experience
3) comfortable beds with a spacious and clean room and bathroom
5) lovely breakfast
6) courtyard area
7) little store next door that sells water and other drinks
8) great food right on Lishi Hutong
9) responsive owner with excellent English (owner will make arrangements for a guide and car if you would like to visit Great Wall or other locations)
1) if all rooms are filled, owner does not stay there so the indoor communal room is locked around 7pm
2) when they ran out of bacon one morning, they made us tuna fish salad instead (it was good tuna...but not exactly what we were hoping for with breakfast)
3) wifi router went down one night and no one was there to restart so we had to wait until the next morning
4) thin walls. also, voices really carry in the courtyard area
5) no facecloths
6) heat was a bit weak and we had a few chilly nights
- Also Known As:
- Courtyard Beijing
- Beijing Courtyard