We were stopping in Beijing for a couple of days enroute to North Korea, and although I could have stayed with friends in Beijing, my girl friends and I decided to check out a hutong courtyard hotel instead. And this was definitely our best decision!
Location - Our friend picked us up from the airport and dropped us off at the hotel. As the hotel is situated close to the city centre, the traffic can be rather bad on weekends. However, it is also very accessible to all the major tourist destination within Beijing! Some taxis may object to driving in, but we did it, and although it is a tad nerve wrecking, it was pretty ok. On the last day, the hotel was not able to call a taxi to its door step, but the porter would bring you out on a trishaw, where there are taxis aplenty on the main road, 3 minutes walk away.
Staff - We were really really impressed with the staff at this hotel! Perhaps of its mainly foreign clientele, the staff speaks excellent English. They are also very responsive whenever we ask for any assistance. They gave us loads of advice on getting around Beijing, and can easily get you a taxi for the day should you wish to take a private day trip to the Great Wall.
Rooms - We had a family room, with a double and a single bed, more than sufficient for 3! But you can also top up for an extra single bed. The room is spacious and even with the extra bed, there are plenty of room to walk around. We had a good laugh when we entered the room, but seriously, we love the kitschy-ness of it all!! (Whole point of staying in a courtyard hotel? ;p) The bed had traditional red coverings, with proper bed curtains and all! However, behind the whole traditional deco, the bathroom was very modern and had everything one would need. The TV had many channels too, and we love watching the China channels! There is even washing detergent in the bathroom and the hotel takes any hand washed laundry to sun in a separate area for you!
Surrounds - Love the whole deco of the courtyard. There were also plenty of novels, guidebooks and magazines around for you to read up on. It was really nice to just chill and read a book on the swing in front of our room. Very authentic feel! My local Beijing friend assured us that the hotel looks exactly like the courtyard houses he grew up in 30 years ago!
Breakfast - The breakfast was good, with a spread of both Western (bacon, eggs, bread rolls, cakes, cereal, coffee, fruits, etc) and Chinese (porridge, preserved vegetables, dumplings, meat/veg buns, soy bean milk, etc) cuisine. It runs from about 7 to 9.30am.
All in all, we really liked this place! We paid about USD265 for a family room (triple share) which is really quite excellent value for money. Definitely recommend this place for a cool stay in Beijing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Living in the real heart of the city, you have the chance to witness the daily life of Chinese people. Living in the courtyard house with over 500 year's history, you are closer to those ancient Chinese stories. Our hotel is suitable for culture explorers & mind-peace seeker. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard Beijing