If everytime you travel you always stay in the local Hyatt or Marriott because you always know exactly what you are going get, then by all means, continue on. If on the other hand, you really like new experiences, getting to know the local neighborhoods away from the the everyday tourist traps and you want to experience the Real Beijing, then this is the place for you. Cab fare from the airport should be less than 160 rmb. When the cab pulls down the alley to the hotel, yes I said "alley", you will be 2nd guessing your decision. That will stop the minute you walk in and meet the staff. This building was once the residence of a Chinese scholar. It has beautiful small courtyards scattered through out. A small restaurant provides a nice breakfast every morning. Walking through the neighborhood rewards you with sights and smells of a working class Beijing neighborhood. We walked to the Palace Museum from here. Took and hour but not an awful walk. This is now my only hotel choice in Beijing. Try this once, you'll be back. You will have far more interesting stories to tell than those travelors at the Hyatt.
- 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