The Guesthouse is really cool. It's more of a hostel than hotel in my opinion. Check the pics. Hotels don't normally have ping pong tables, books and bikes to be borrowed. The staff is very nice. Bobby and his wife are very helpful as are all the girls working the desk (including Gracie; a previous review gave her bad marks so maybe they coached her. She was pretty awesome when I got there.)
The room was clean and made up. There was more than enough space for my bags, my stuff and 200lb me. The Tsingtaos were 2 quai and if you smoke there is even a rooftop with table and chairs. The bathroom did take a bit getting used to as it was one of those set ups with no actual shower. The shower sits perched above the toilet and you pretty much wash up standing next to the throne. I'm not sure if all the rooms have it like that though. They offer laundry service but I just handwashed and used their hanging station on the roof. The place seems like an old hutong residence that has been modified to suit the time and its new purpose. So, keep that in mind. If it doesn't look perfect its because its been modded.
I'd probably give the place 5 stars if it was closer to the trains. You're looking at a 10 minute walk to either station. You walk out of the hutong to one of the major streets, then to a station. This was cool without my luggage but not so much when I had it. Save yourself the knee aches. When you get to the main street, hail a cab. The Beijing cabs are plentiful and dirt cheap. I took a really long cab ride and the bill was 53 yuan ($9).
When I told a friend where I was statying he said that I was going to a touristy area. How wrong he was. I guess there are touristy Hutongs but this isn't one of them. If you walk in any direction from the door of the Guesthouse you are in a hutong whose residents don't have their own toilets. Every morning I watched them walk sleepily to the public toilets. The hutong seems to be a succession of alleyways created by the structures built around them. Every door seemed to lead into another courtyard. There is nothing touristy about this particular Hutong. Like, learn some Chinese before you get there or all your eating will be done at stalls where you can point at the food. I really felt like I had traveled somewhere after being there a few days.
If you go, have the scallion pancakes for breakfast and the black vegetable soup. People will stare at you but just do what the Chinese do.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A brand new deluxe hutong traditional house, run by the trustable team from Beijing Templeside House, which is the No.1 winner in 2007 in all China, voted by all hostelworld customers! Beijing Templeside Deluxe is a 'Si He Yuan'(a compound with houses around a square courtyard)hotel in a comfortable pure Chinese style with Qing dynasty characteristics.There are seven guest rooms and a beautiful covered courtyard as a multi-function hall.All rooms have air conditioning, Internet service, phone, TV, and even a ice fridge. The house is decorated with handmade colored paintings, antiques, traditional style wooden furniture, and various kinds of handicrafts.Our honored guests can enjoy the beauty of Chinese culture and arts here.We will have free dumpling making show for guests every Monday. Every Thursday afternoon, we have a free tour to explore our local hutong neighborhood. Living here can help you get a better understanding of Beijing's local life. You could never get the same feeling and traveling experience from any other places. Wandering in the long and puzzling hutong, smiling to lovely local neighbors, seeing the blue sky in the no-roof courtyard, hearing the whistle from swiftly flying-by doves, watering the garden, walking the dog, the Templeside house gives you 'a glimpse of what life in the city is really like'. The hotel located in the center of Beijing. It is about 30 mins walking to the Forbidden city, Bei Hai park, Tian An Men and most important sightseeing places. Over 20 buses and subway around the hotel make all traveling very easy. ... more less
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