I booked this guesthouse because of all the positive reviews I've read on TripAdvisor from other patrons, and it totally exceeded all of my expectations.The Beijing Double Happiness Hotel is around 300 years old, but incredibly well-maintained. If I had to describe what it is like, it's like rewinding time back to the olden days, and you are a houseguest of a wealthy homeowner in Old China. When my husband and I arrived, he couldn't stop raving about how historically interesting and beautiful the hotel was, and snapping photographs even though we had just arrived off a long flight. The hotel is beautifully maintained, has a lovely circular courtyard as in the traditional Chinese fashion, everything is dark wood, traditonal red silk drapes and cloths all around, red lanterns...it's very beautiful and you feel like you are being transported back in time. When we arrived, the staff was extremely friendly and welcoming, and upgraded us to the honeymoon suite at no extra charge (the room was AMAZING!). All the staff wear traditional Chinese clothing (even the cleaning staff, and attendants). Your room will have a nice modern kettle with 2 tins of difft. Chinese teas for your pleasure each evening. A nice bowl of local fresh fruit is there for you, and everyday, the maid leaves a nice edible treat on your bed. The bathroom is lovely. The sink, the showers, everything is of the traditional style but also updated to modern times if that makes sense. If I am able to attach photos to my review, I will.
Every day after a lot of walking, we just couldn't wait to come back to our hotel because you feel like you are at home, that's how cozy the rooms are!
The staff is a real bonus....in addition to being extremely helpful and friendly, they speak very good English! In Beijing, you'll learn soon enough that not very many people speak even a small amount of English (unless you happen to be in a tourist's marketplace where stallsellers have to haggle prices with you). The proximity of the hotel to the nearest subway station is about 5-10 minutes walk (depending on how fast you walk), or about a 40 minute walk to Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City. This hotel is located in a Hutong (alley), which is really reminiscient of Old China and photos you may have seen of people riding in Rickshaws passing through. It's a really interesting alley with a good amount of restaurants and a police station just steps away. My husband jokes we are staying in the safest and best protected Hutong. Free breakfast buffet everyday between 7am-9:30pm, and there is a lot of nice various foods to choose from. If you are staying in Beijing, you have to come and stay here if you want to have an authentic traditional feel of Old China, but at the same time, enjoy the comforts of home (the hotel is very clean and well-maintained). You won't be disappointed. We stayed in Room 066, I highly recommend this room although I haven't seen the rest of the rooms in the complex. When I emailed photos of our hotel to our Asian parents, they emailed us back joking that we were living like Royalty in the Imperial Palace! Very important note: Make sure you don't leave home without a color printout of the hotel map (on their website) to give to the taxi driver. I'm not kidding you...the taxi drivers at the Beijing Airport cannot speak or read a word of English, and this hotel, because it is located in an alley, they won't be able to find it easily. Other reviewers have said the same thing. The printout will also have their phone # on it, and what will happen is, when the taxi driver can't find the hotel, they will call the hotel and speak to the staff directly and get the exact directions. There is always someone at the front desk to answer the phone, as it is a 24 hour hotel so no worries! Don't let this deter you from booking here though. You will definitely get to your hotel, as long as you have a map and phone# for the taxi driver.
- 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