We have a lot of fun staying at Kelly's Courtyard. I think the biggest selling point for us is Sandy, who was really helpful. She speaks very good English and was able to tell us where to go and eat. What I love about it is that I feel like I am actually staying with a relative in Beijing and get to do somethings that is not completely tourist related. Another great thing is that Sandy and her co-worker live on-site so you have access to them 24/7.
Location: The hostel is pretty centrally located. It is close to two train stations and also near many bus lines. China has one of the cheapest public transportation, so we really glad to be able to take advantage of it. Although my husband and I often stay out late, we always feel safe walking around the area. There isn't much going on at night, for that you have to hop on a cab to the nearby night spot.
Note: the hostel is located inside a maze of small streets, called Hutong. Most taxi drivers have hard time finding the place. I would highly recommend that you print out the hotel's map (provide on their website) to help you navigate. Please note the car cannot drive all the way to the front of the hostel so be prepare to walk at least a few blocks.
Cost: I found the price of the stay to be reasonable. It is cheaper than the chain hotels but a bit more expensive from the low-end hostels. But I feel that I do receive good value for our stay, with English speaking guides, clean rooms and safe atmosphere. I would not purchase any service they sell through the hotel because they are extremely over priced. They offered a car service pick-up from the airport at 250 when on our own it only cost us 110. I think that is the case no matter were you go in China, if they know you are tourist, they tend to jack up the price. :(
Room: The room is a bit small (I don't really have enough space to layout my luggage except on the bed), but that is to be expected, you are staying in an old traditional building. The bed is a little bit hard, but still overall it is very comfortable. You do have your own bathroom. The AC is in good shape and quickly cool down the room, which I found to be extremely important during the hot summer day in Beijing. Because all the rooms face the courtyard, you do not have as much privacy as traditional hotel rooms.
Breakfast: Okay, it is nothing to write home about. Just basic toast, fruit, yogurt and juice. My husband loves the toast because they cut it thicker than the ones back in the State. We love the courtyard and really enjoy eating our breakfast there. I read someone complain about the juice to be watery, that is how they have it in China, because when we purchase juice from other places, they also come out watery. I didn't have to pay extra for my tea bags or coffee. They do have a cooler that sells some basic drinks such as beer, water, and soda. The water cost 3 and normally it cost about 2. It was so insignificant, we normally just purchase their water so we can have them cold and we do not have to carry more than what we need.
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- Also Known As:
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- Courtyard Hotel Beijing