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Beijing Wohkoon Hostel-Nan Luo Gu Xiang Branch
Ranked #13 of 937 Speciality Lodging in Beijing
Honolulu, Hawaii
2 reviews
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“The Staff at Hutonren are so Helpful”
Reviewed 29 September 2011

Hutonren Cultural hotel is conveniently located on Nan lou gu xiang alley. A few minutes walk from the main street and 15 minutes walk to the nearest subway station. I was referred to this hotel by my good friend who lived in Beijing for 10 years and I was very happy with the hotel overall.
The staff at Hutonren is what making the place lively. They are fluent in English and ready to answer questions and give recommendations. This is the perfect place for budget travelers or anybody who wants to learn and feel the culture of Beijing.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 September 2011

We were only in Beijing for a few days, but had such a brilliant time thanks to the team at Hutongren! We felt like we got a real experience of Beijing that would never get by staying in a big faceless hotel... the girls were all so lovely and friendly and helped us make the best of the short time we had through their recommendations and support, and we got to hang out with Blackie (the coolest dog in China)! The location of the hotel is perfect for exploring all the little boutique shops and markets of the hutongs, with lots of great restaurants and bars nearby, however it is also lovely and quiet and the hotel feels like a sanctuary from all the hustle and bustle.
Hutongren is a very special little hotel that is full of character, charm and attitude - its an experience that we will never forget.
Our only regret is that we couldn't stay for longer, we'll be back to stay at Hutongren for sure!!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tianjin, China
1 review
Reviewed 20 September 2011

From my blog (http://www.barnabyskinner.me.uk/?p=718)

Hutongren Culture Hotel is a small chilled guesthouse just off the main shopping street Nanluoguxiang in Dongcheng District and lives up to it’s reviews on TripAdvisor. If you want luxury then you’d better book a good hotel, if you want cheap then a dorm in the Peking Backpackers just down the road is your best bet (book early) but if you want peace and quiet, a chilled out atmosphere and nomtastic pancakes for breakfast then this is your place. We checked in then popped down to the Pass By cafe for dinner then hit the Backwards Bar for some live music before retiring to bed around 10pm where the beds are traditionally harder than Western standards and the decor is sparse but then we like this kind of thing, others may not. The guests are just as chilled as the atmosphere and over breakfast we chatted to a sound French couple who were down from Dalian for the weekend. That’s what I liked about this place, it wasn’t full of tourist tourists, more so it’s for those savvy travelers looking for a altogether more intimate experience where they feel comfortable snoozing, eating, relaxing and know that when they get back from an exciting day in Beijing it will be exactly the same as when they left.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
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Reviewed 16 June 2011

This is the real thing. Not a hostel and not really a classic hotel either. Small rooms with a small price and a large ambiance. Rooms are arranged around 2 courtyards with a fountain in the back one. Is a refurbished hutongren which were the traditional apartment complexes of the working class of Beijing. The whole complex is on one floor - every room has its own bathroom with western style toilets. The place is clean and located on a quiet side path in an area of excellent shopping and just a few minutes walk to the Drum Tower and an interesting lake , Ho Hai, around which are restaurants and a very exciting night life from the music clubs. The staff is excellent and young with very good English skills. The is a special boutique place that is truly unique.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
Reviewed 31 May 2011

Our short stay in Beijing was made memorable because of the warm hospitality we found at Hutongren. My parents enjoyed the peace and quiet, and we all enjoyed your wonderful pancakes and your dog Blackie! He is so cute and smart to boot. Such a great environment...thanks for helping us feel so much at home!

peace
Avery, Daryl and Krista

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Sydney Australia
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

This was our worst accommodation in our 31 days of China and for 430 yuan it was also the most expensive. It is dirty beynd belief and survives only because of friends of the owners bombarding the internet with favourable "reviews"
The rooms are disusting with marks on every wall.
the toilets do not flush.
250ml of water costs 5 yuan
Our cheapest night was 80 Yuan in Lijiang and this place was far superior to this place..
There are 20 inns and hotels who are in the same area in similar but cleaner condition for half the price of this place.
It is not a trendy little place, theres plenty of those in the Hutongs but a planned system to grab tourists and charge them double the going rate with some english language and a few fake internet reviews.

Room Tip: Sorry, not worth it at any price.
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manchester
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67 reviews
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Reviewed 9 February 2011

The taxi from the airport was really simple as we had our accommodation name in Chinese which made the driver very happy! Hutongren is in the hutongs which are alleyways of courtyard guest houses. Hutongren is very authentic and we had a loft style room which helps on space and is a nice touch – although still compact. OK for us (we are average height) but would be a bit of a squeeze if you were very tall or a bit older as the few stairs up are steep – we liked it though. We knew how friendly they were prior to visiting as they had helped us book train tickets and even given us some translations for our table names at our wedding. It’s by far the western hotel experience so don’t expect this but it gives you a good balance if you have these types of hotels in your trip elsewhere.

When you’re here there a lovely little green seating area where you can sit and have a relaxing drink. The staff couldn’t be nicer and are super friendly. The location is fantastic – walking distance to the bus for the wall and about 10-15 minutes from the subway. There are some nice bars and restaurants on the main hutong road at the end of the alleyway so you don’t have to travel far to get out at night time. The street looks great at night too as it’s got loads of Chinese laterns – fantastic for pictures!

It isn’t a hotel at all so don’t expect it to be – but if you have read up on your knowledge you’ll know that the Hutongs are special and a great place to visit or stay in when coming to Beijing.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Beijing Wohkoon Hostel-Nan Luo Gu Xiang Branch
Address: No.71 Xiaoju'er Hutong, Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
Region: China > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #13 of 937 Speciality Lodging in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Beijing Wohkoon Hostel-Nan Luo Gu Xiang Branch 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in a very small, easily-overlooked side alley north of storied Xiao Ju’er Hutong, this charming little tea-theme hotel offers a quiet, well-lit retreat from the bustle of the middle of everything. A handful of rooms-double from RMB 600 and single from RMB 480 – surround a stone-floored atrium filled with plants, natural light, books in various languages, wi-fi and a small bar. All rooms are equipped with super comfortable King Koil Mattresses, traditional furniture, air conditioners and under-ground heating. You will be warmly welcomed by the lovely staff and little Blackie. The unique Chinese Tea experience (free Tea classes are given everyday by reservation in advance), relative peace and quiet you’ll find here after a long day is worth it. ... more   less 
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