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“Great Location, Great People, and an amazing experience being in the old part of BJ” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Flowering House Courtyard Hotel

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Flowering House Courtyard Hotel
Ranked #59 of 1,287 Beijing B&B and Inns
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Great Location, Great People, and an amazing experience being in the old part of BJ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2013

It's an amazing courtyard with cosy nice rooms. Only 5min walk from subway line 5, 10min from a hilarious food street, 15min from the Lama Temple; but its quiet and calm living here. Trying the local lifestyle by living in Hutong, in local-style rooms and local food, it is so worthy!It was snowing the days I was there. Everything was neat and beautiful.
The staff were very helping: they were always there for anything you asked; they speak english well and can write and pronounce you the basic Chinese for your local adventures.
Living in the Hutong courtyard was syoer, just exceeded what i expected. I saw real local people living around, and felt like I was going deeper into the city.

Room Tip: ask the staff to pre-heat your room before your arrival, if you go their in cold days.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2013

The pictures are a fraud..All the pictures shown on the website are of luxuy rooms while the normal room are like 8 ft by 6 ft in all...and they cost around 350RMB?..Ive stayed in much better hotels in other metropolitan cities in half the costs believe me. But this is not even an hotel..its named Flowering House HOSTEL.! You can't find it if you dont have any person who knows the way already..it in a substreet of a substreet..and the substreet is so small and you would actually wonder if im entering the right place..and guess what it is the last house on that streets. I usually used to come late from work in other hotels even like 12 at night..bt it wasnt a problem at all,,but if you come later than 9 O clock in this hostel, ghosts might fly you away..You can only see dogs roaming around at night..looking fiercly at you. My room was so small in 330 RMB that they didnt even have space to place a hairdryer and electric kettle..so they put it on tv. The bathroom used to smell alot because its window was connected to some outer side where their was an open manhole.and above all they dont have WIFI in their rooms...not even an wired connection...believe me..its all a trap. They just have a WIFI at their reception..and because i panicked alot for the internet..they gave me a room just besides the reception and told me to connect through that..The normal level of signals that i got was 2 dots which kept dropping now and then and i had to reconnect by getting closer to the door...

Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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BensonCai, Owner at Flowering House Courtyard Hotel, responded to this review, 21 March 2013
Dear friend,

It is obvious that your review is not friendly. I want to know what happen about you.

Laught at you, even if I should not do that as owner.

I can only say "you never know beijing, you never know Hutong culture."

According to what you said, You want to pay around 350RMB/night to sleep in the Forbidden City? You should know, pay around 300RMB/night in center city even if you stay at Inn.

It is impossible to be enough big room as you expect base on 100 years old house. Every room size have been indicated in website. Please pay attention to room detail info. Different room different price, don't see deluxe room picture and pay low price, then feel fraudulent.

I cannot believe you have seen ghosts in city center. It is a joke? Because you never know Hutong cultrue. I need not explain to you again.

I only agree with your opinion of room bad WIFI sign. Room what you said is located in courtyard corner. It is not good WIFI sign in room. We have updated WIFI. Now do not warry about it. Thank your alert.

Sorry for terrible experience of Hutong hostel. I suggest to stay star hotel according to your requirment, never stay Hutong hostel.

"Equality","Friendship","Respect" are our business philosophy. We try our best to serve every guest. We hope that guest gives us an objective review. Thank you

Hope you everything goes well.

Best Regards
Flowering House Hostel
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2013 via mobile

This place is amazing especially if you want a traditional Chinese experience. It's at the end of a hutong tucked away in the cutest little courtyard. We visited in January where outside temperatures were -10c and the hostel was so warm with adequate heating. The rooms are adorable and so clean. The staff are the best and are very knowledgeable about the area and so helpful in anyway possible. One more thing, the manager Benson arranged all of our onward train tickets from Beijing and this would have been so difficult without him especially as we were travelling during the spring festival period. He's better than any travel agency and the nicest guy :-) Thank you so much for making our stay so enjoyable and we will be returning here in April on our way back to Beijing!

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2013

Stayed here in July 2011, a bit late on my reviews. It was hard to find at first, the taxi dropped me off and pointed to this ally. I had an old lady and and old gentlemen walk me to it, both didn't speak a word in English and were going off the note in Chinese I was holding. And it was worth finding! Loved the area like I expected it felt like the old Beijing, but still in a very convenient location. Lovely setting in the court yard, and felt warm and welcoming. Very easy to walk to the train station, and you can get a lovely local breakfast to go on your way out of the neighborhood. Would defiantly recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Wroclaw, Poland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

Flowering Hostel is a great place - it's placed in the very heart of Beijing, nearby most of the famous places and still, it's peaceful and quiet. Living there you can enjoy the traditional Chinese accommodation (rooms are the former houses Chinese lived in). It's also clean and warm (we visited it in winter) But the strongest point of this hostel is staff - they are truly great people - friendly, rather fluent in English and very helpful. They are also very open and knowledgeable about the geography and history of the world and after a day of exciting sightseeing you can always relax and have a pleasing conversation with them. We really want to visit them again!
I you want to go for a real-Beijing-experience, give them a chance - every little problem you might have with this place is gonna disappear as soon as you get to know these people :D

We spent 9 nights there in a Twin Comfort Room (facing the main courtyard).

Room Tip: The cheapest rooms (Twin Standard - I think) don't have bathrooms and you have to go out of the...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

We were "forced" to stay here for 4 nights becos' of the non-refundable policy. We wanted to move to somewhere else after the first night. Although you can experience the local housing and the location is considered as convenient which is close to metro, Gui street and Nanluoguxiang, it is located in a hidden hutong which is not easy to be found. Taxi drivers is unable or has big difficulty to locate it. Even you call the taxi and ready to go to the airport, taxi driver will only wait for you somewhere 100-150 meters away. It is very inconvenient to those who carry big and heavy luggages.

We stayed in a tiny room which is so-called a standard double bed room. I somewhat doubted that it was a single room? The space was too narrow even for us two, petite-sized gals who is under 100 pounds each. The room was so dusty and there was no "normal" table to put things. We also found it very difficult to turn around and I often hurt my legs/foot when I walked back and forth from the bathroom. The bathroom was also tiny. We stood at where the toilet was to take shower. The shower was like dripping and the water started to flood the floor every time we washed our hair. The paper tissue, towel and slippers look dirty that we dared not to use. The heater made strange noise whenever it's adjusted to 20 degrees celcius or up, that we had to keep it below 20. It is also very noisy that we could hear neighbours clearly. The lighting was very strange in red that we had to open the door to "steal" some daylights out there.

In conclusion, it was quite a poor experience and it was not worth that price at all! Totally unreasonable price with that kind of poor facilities and non-user friendly design. Unless you really want to experience the touch of local life, I would only recommend you trying one night and that's more than enough! It's still better to stay at regular/normal hostels/hotels.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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hong kong
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17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for 4 nights for a long weekend and were booked into a so called standard rm for two, which was indeed very very tiny. Even for petite gals like us, we found it hard to turn around and always bumped into each others!! And the worst thing is the setting in the tiny rm wasn't that handy (luckily u could still find the basics, like heater, which was unfortunately a bit noise; water boiler; and a shower that supplied hot but dripping water). To be fair, the location of this guesthouse was okay which allowed us to experience something different in BJ, and very close to the subway station in the city. However, if u want to have a good sleep, u shouldn't book yourselves into this plc since u could actually hear your neighbors' gossip early in the morning or during midnight... :-/

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Flowering House Courtyard Hotel
Address: No.23 Huageng Hutong, Jiao Dao Kou, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007, China
Region: China > Beijing > Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #59 of 1,287 B&Bs / Inns in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Flowering House Courtyard Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located a 5-minute walk to subway,a 15-minute walk from Nan Luo Gu Xiang, the charming Flowering House Hostel features beautifully designed rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen cable TV. The hostel has a reading corner and provides car rental and laundry services. Hostel Flowering House is a 15-minute walk from Yong Ong He Gong Lama Temple. It is approximately 25-minute drive from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Beijing International Airport is a 30-minute drive away. Flowering House’s air-conditioned rooms feature traditional Chinese décor. An electric kettle, a hairdryer and a work desk are available. The hotel’s 24-hour front desk provides luggage storage, while a tour desk arranges for sightseeing tours. A snack bar is available. ... more   less 
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