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Double Happiness Beijing Courtyard Hotel
Ranked #11 of 6,531 Hotels in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 7, 2013

In the mean time I have visited this hotel several times on my way home from business trips and it is the ideal step homeward. On the one hand it has an authentic Chinese atmosphere and is situated in a very Chinese hutong. Yet the hotel and courtyard are very cozy and calm which makes you feel at home very easily. The personnel is very friendly and helpful and speaks English well.
In a nutshell: one foot in the middle of Asia and the other one at home!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

thanks for your great hospitality.. Dede ang Young thanks for everything.We lived an unforgettable experience. Rooms was fantastic. We felt ourselves as Kings.Thank you for the friendly service. hopfully see you next time..:)

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We got in midnight on Dec 30th and they had a driver waiting on us and once we arrived they where all smiles. The Happy bar in this hotel was Great. The room was older, but amazingly clean. The bed was very comfortable. Room 006 was our room and it had a little balcony as well.
Everybody here was so very nice an helpful. I know a lot of people say its to far to walk to certain places, but we walke everywhere. Get the Beijing Frommers book and go go go.. If you have questions, please contact me. Do not waste your money on a "Fancy Name Brand Hotel", unless you don't want to try and experience Beijing.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights at this lovely courtyard hotel and everything from beginning to the end was wonderful. The room had a computer, safe, mini bar, and free bottled water and hot tea/coffee.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. They brought us a bowl of fruits on our first night and every evening when we return from dinner they will leave two snack bars on the bed.
The buffet breakfast had a lot of variety of food from dumplings to pastries and western food. It was delicious.
I will definitely return if I come back to Beijing.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

This boutique hotel is a renovated 400 year old courtyard mansion in the centre of a Beijing hutong (old alleyway). Staying here is a true Chinese experience. Life in the hutong reflects the way Beijingers have lived for hundreds of years - street food, public toilets, little stores, etc.
The Double Happiness Hotel is immaculate and the service is exceptional. Several of the front desk girls speak excellent English and are happy and charming. The rooms are decorated in old Chinese style and the bathrooms are modern and well appointed. The breakfast buffet has an outstanding array of dishes both Asian and Western from steamed buns and vegetables to bacon and eggs.
This hotel is a complete change from the regular western type of hotel but you will not find a more authentic or enjoyable hotel experience in all of Beijing. Walking along the hutong is not for the 'fussy' traveler but it is where you will find the friendly, hard working, traditional people living their daily lives.
The subway station is a quick 10 minute walk away.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

It is not at all like any western chain hotel; expect something completely different- A traditional Chinese house converted to a nice homely small hotel. The best thing about the hotel is the very personal touch which its wonderful staff adds. Actually that is perhaps the best thing about it. Stay there if you want to experience real Beijing. You cannot find taxis to and from the hotel as as easy as you would outside a big hotel. However one could walk to the main road which is five minutes away and wait for a cab.Metro station is not too far but not too close either especially if you are carrying shopping bags. It was nice to enjoy dinner in nice and cozy 'The Bar' resturant within the hotel. The staff could help with arranging tours to different attractions but we chose to go on our own, Taxi from airport costs around 70 but I had o give more to the cab driver as he was not ready to take cab down the alley and wanted to drop us on the main road. Rooms were cozy even in the winter.

Room Tip: We booked a twin room but it was very small. Should book a family room.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Our family stayed in a Luxury Wedding Suite and a Happy Family Suite for one night just to experience this much talked-about hotel which is ranked 3rd out of 4771 hotels in Beijing.

Honestly speaking, the location of the hotel is between old alleys and a four storey old apartment; the compound is very small, at times claustrophobic. However, once you are inside the hotel, it is quite a different world.

The decor and furniture of the hotel is very quaint and exquisite. Having seen the emperor's and his concubines' bedrooms at the Forbidden City, it was quite exciting to be sleeping in one that was 'similar'. Although both rooms were not as spacious as the online photos had shown to be (for example, if you have 3 persons in the room you cannot help but get into each other's way) and the beds were smaller than queen size, the whole unusual atmosphere would more than compensate for the short-comings. However, to make it even more authentic, the hotel should offer a choice of the traditional wooden pillows rather than the modern ones. The room has good heating system and hot water shower that are well poised for the cold winter.

Service-wise there are already many reviews. Nonetheless, I wish to highlight that the hotel could send a trishaw to pick up/drop off your luggages at the main road as taxis will not be able to maneuver in the small alleys. The walk in is about 200m. Jimmy's service is particularly proactive and outstanding. The breakfast was just ok, not great, and we were charged an additional RMB 50 for a 6th person.

On hindsight, we did not really get to enjoy the place because we checked in at noon, left for sight-seeing and only returned at 10pm to sleep. My teens said we should have stayed for 2 nights so that we can really experience and not just sample the environment. To stay for 3 nights would be a bit of a stretch I think.

Btw, from our observation, 90% of the hotel guests are non-Chinese; that probably explained for the 5* ratings and 3rd position.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Address: No.37 Dongsi Sitiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China
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Location: China > Beijing > Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Beijing
#5 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#14 Business Hotel in Beijing
#59 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range: $100 - $241 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Double Happiness Beijing Courtyard Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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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