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Review of Beijing 161 Lama Temple Courtyard Hotel

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Beijing 161 Lama Temple Courtyard Hotel
Ranked #68 of 6,437 Hotels in Beijing
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Yaphank, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“I'd recommend it to anyone traveling to Beijing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2011

We stayed here for 2 weeks during the september and was totally stress free. The location is extremely convenient being near two subway lines ,you're basically in a chinese neighborhood, The staff all speak good english and are extremely helpful when needed,the room is basic and very clean, Fantastic home base for a Beijing vacation...the staff was incredibly helpful, friendly, and arranged a driver to take us to the Great Wall, Ming Tombs, and around Beijing. And they even had us up in time for our morning flight after a long night out. I'd recommend it to anyone traveling to Beijing...thanks for a great experience! you can booking directly on their website www.alleygardenhotel.com, they can give your a little discount over 3 nights.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank James L
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2011

this small scale hotel consists of several rooms / bungalows (the typical old style chinese ones), and a 4 bed dorm.
Staff is friendly, helpfull and keeps everything clean!
Right in the center of the real China. At night the street is very alive, full of small restaurants and street BBQ's. Nearest subway is 5 mins by foot.

I've stayed here a few weeks, and i can really recommend this unique experience.

They got a few computers and wifi.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank rene_travels
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Boston
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2009

I was excited to stay in the hutong and I will agree that the location is excellent. We arrived late and they were there for our arrival. Our king bed, that we had reserved, basically filled the room and the bathroom was so stinky, that we asked to see another room. We ended up opting for the twin beds and larger room, they were larger than normal twins, it had more space for our stuff, and we initially thought that the bathroom was better.... We froze, our fault, because we didn't realize the AC had heat too. The bathroom had no heat, yes, a heat lamp for when you shower, but not for during the night if you have to get up. There was plenty of mildew around the faucet. You can't have the hot water heater and the heat lamp plugged in at the same time... So, we didn't even use the heat lamp when we showered. Risking running out of hot water wasn't worth it. The beds were relatively comfortable. We awoke early and wanted to go walk around the hutong and basically had to break out of the place, secure yes, but nice to know if you want to leave, you can. Great location, but bathroom smell did us in.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank absbos
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2009

We arrived at Alley Garden on the 2nd of August at 11 p.m.
A young and friendly boy received us and explained all the available services (free wifi, safety box, laundry and breakfast with fee, tour booking) and given us a city map together with some "tip".
We booked the hotel online for 6 nights and we paid all at our arrival, at once.
The hotel is a quiet siheyuan in a typical chinese hutong and is closer to the tube station and to the restaurants. Is really good position!
We found helpfull staff and nice guests.
But...Price exceeds proposal. Considering that we paid a 15% surcharge for service we expected more room cleanliness and one towels change, at least.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Entu
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2008

This is a small hotel near the Lama Temple (Yonghegong) in the Dongcheng district northwest of the forbidden city. It is in a narrow hutong where in the heat of the summer people spend a lot of their time outside in the streets. The hotel is completely renovated with small but clean rooms. They have a few double rooms as well as 2 dorms. Most rooms have single beds and some have a double bed. We booked 1 Standard room and 1 Deluxe. Don't book the Standard room since it has no window, and it is pretty damp inside. Only the aircon to refresh the air.

The Deluxe room was nice with a window towards a small courtyard. There are some chairs and tables for the guests to sit outside and there is a small patio on the roof with tables and benches. There is also space on the patio to dry your clothes.

The bathroom is small but clean. The towels are not changed everyday, which is a problem in the hot summer when one likes to take a shower a few times a day.

The hotel staff is friendly and most speak some English. Their guests are mainly young foreigners and young overseas Chinese. It is possible to get some drinks in the hotel and they can make you breakfast in the morning on your request. When checking in you have to pay for your stay in advance plus they require a deposit of 50Y pp per night. The remainder of this you will get back when checking out after they have deducted your expenses in the hotel.

There is a washing machine which you can use for a small charge. Their are 2 computers which you may use, Internet is charged per hour (8Y/
hour). The hotel also has 2 old bikes for rent, the fee is 20Y/day and a deposit of 200Y.

After having stayed in quite a few dirty but still expensive 4 star hotels in China, we thought this hotel a very good bargain. We paid 600Y per day for the 2 rooms. It was a nice experience and the hotel is surprisingly quiet in the middle of this big city Beijing. In the morning nothing else to wake you but the singing of the birds. There are plenty of nice local restaurants in the vicinity (Yonghegong Dajie and Andingmen neidajie). The Guozijie (Imperial Exam street) is also very near.

  • Liked — Possibility to sit outside in nice environment
  • Disliked — no towel change
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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7 Thank LinAnna
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Richard-dp, manager at Beijing 161 Lama Temple Courtyard Hotel, responded to this review, 17 April 2009
Thanks for your review, and hope to improve our service via it.
we want to make a explain that all of our standard room have windows except one in the back yard. We don't sale this room usually except other rooms full.
About towel change, we can change it anytime if guest need, you just tell us is ok.
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Property: Beijing 161 Lama Temple Courtyard Hotel
Address: No.46 Lane 3 Beixinqiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007, China
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Region: China > Beijing > Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #68 of 6,437 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Beijing 161 Lama Temple Courtyard Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It's a chain hotel of beijing 161lama temple courtyard Hotel . We offer the traditional Chinese-style rooms with free internet access and 24-hours reception. All the room with cable TVs, telephone, AC,Hair dryer ,towel ,slipper , washing set ,etc. Located on one of peaufully hide hutong area which is only 5 minutes walking to the lama temple and Bei Xin Qiao (Line 5)subway station, also it is only short distance to most popular attractions like Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Wang fu jing night market. Especially only 2 minutes walking to the famous night market---ghost street. Each comfortable room has their own features and hand-picked classic furnishings. They are decorated with wooden floor, chinese -style duxury beds with just be perfect light of lamp. You will feel like you're back in ancient China When you step into the room on first step. Day trips (like hiking from jinshan ling to sima tai great wall),pick up & drop off service,car hire and train or fly ticket booking ,bicycle rental ,laundry services are all provided. Western breakfast served in our lobby, the hotel neighbour resturant offer the local chinese food as well. So please come with us to see what's the real beijing.We will be pleasure to serving with you , you will be realised that you made the good choice to staying with us. ... more   less 
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