We booked a standard room for 5 nights but were told that we had been “upgraded” and that we would need to switch rooms for our last night. The first room we stayed in had 2 single beds pushed together, a nightstand, a chair, and an old school large TV that only had Chinese channels. There was only one very small window above the bed which meant you got very little sunlight in this room. The second room we stayed in had more a platform style bed that was built into the room that was kind of cool. This room also had big windows so it was much brighter, but also a lot less private since it was right on the courtyard next to the office so people are also milling about. Both rooms had heated floors and both bathrooms were similar in that the shower was not separate from the bathroom (ie no curtain dividing the shower from the rest of the bathroom) so that everything gets wet when you shower. The 2nd room’s bathroom was better set up though as the position of the shower was better situated so that only the toilet area got wet but that the sink area stayed dry.
I am not exactly sure if we were truly “upgraded” or what the difference was between all the rooms, but looking at the website, my impression was that the more expensive rooms were bigger. The walls are thin and you can hear the people around the courtyard quite easily. One of the rooms had what appeared to be a laundry type sink right outside the door and when people used this sink, it sounded like someone was in our bathroom. One night we woke up to what sounded like 2 little children calling out for Mommy, but turns out it was just the cats that roam around the courtyard. We had to ask for a new roll of toilet paper each time we ran out, as it was never replaced.
The staff was friendly and spoke English well. We saw signs in the office advertising tours that they could help set up, but we set up our own tours so never utilized them.
- 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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