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Peking Garden Boutique Hotel
Ranked #83 of 1,410 Beijing B&B and Inns
Reviewed 23 April 2012

This place is awesome. Hard to find your first time around but after that it is great. Rooms were clean and ready. We got in at night, locals had to help us find the place. We stayed 6 nights with no incidents. The reception girls spoke english and were very helpful. For the price I would always come back.

Also close to the subway which is a serious plus.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

The Fish Inn provides six or eight basic small ensuite room s around a small courtyard in a typical hutong in a residential area, so it was really quiet at night. The local high street has a selection of shops including at least six wedding shops - very glitzy. The Fish Inn is about a five minute walk from the metro Xisi, and although the hutong lighting seemed gloomy late at night there were always people sitting on the street outside the local grocery or cafe playing Ma-Jong or whatever. The staff were all female, and very helpful with directions and local information. Breakfast was hostel-basic: DIY juice, coffee, toast, banana, mooncake, A nice touch was a bookcase of English-language paperbacks to borrow.It felt safe and homely.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank MoiraCJohnson
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

We loved the old style guesthouse and the hutong in which is was situated. The rooms were not too special and a bit small but the staff and location well made up for it. Although Beying is full with nice options I can definetely recommend to stay in a hutong as it is so typical for this amazing city.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Nico S
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

This is a very small hutong style inn in Beijing. The best thing about the inn was that it is a short walk to the metro, which is the best way to see central Beijing due to the traffic. You could even walk briskly to the Forbidden City in 45 minutes.

Other than location, there is nothing to recommend the inn. It has only six units or so arranged around a small central courtyard. It does not have any real outdoor seating area, so the feel is like a motel and not an old style residence. The rooms are very cramped with barely enough room for luggage. Our rooms had a bath with shower, full size bed, LCD TV with Chinese stations, chair, end table and small stand for the TV. We stayed in December, and the heated floors were very welcome. The rooms have double pane windows, which is a plus, and were decorated in a generic hotel style, so you will not have any of the unique hutong ambience. One problem with hutong properties is you usually have a very strong sewage odor from the drains. Here, the odor was only slight.

The hutong itself is not at all interesting. It is small, and looks to be on ther verge of being torn down. There is an excellent roast duck restaurant near the inn that was as tasty as any roast duck place in Beijing, and a much better value. There is a supermarket a few blocks from the inn.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

Stayed at the Fish Inn in August with a &-year old boy and felt like it was our own home. Extremely accommodating to our flight arriving after midnight - we arrived at the Inn almost at 1am. Highly recommend anyone seeking a real sense of Beijing with a laid back feel to stay at the Fish Inn.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

It's not easy to locate it the first time, but as they send you a nice confirmation e-mail with the map and instructions to get there, so do print it to show it to your taxi driver or to guide yourself if you are coming by public bus.

From Beijing's west train station it costs 25 rmb to get there and from the airport the cost was 96 rmb (including highway tolls (10 rmb) and 3 pieces of luggage . 1 rmb each. Make sure the meter is on (usually it is and we never had issues with any taxis but make sure it's working . the fare always starts at 10 rmb). Do never accept to be taken for 300 rmb from the airport to the city center as I have heard and read!

Having said this, the location of Fish Inn is in a typical hutong, very safe, quiet and I would say also quite clean. You have plenty of restaurants nearby - local or western like KFC, only 5 minutes walking. I had 5 perfect nights sleep here, much better than anywhere else in China or Hong Kong.

The closest subway station is XiSi (10 minutes walking) and it's very convenient to get you to all the main sites for a very cheap fare - 2 rmb is the flat fare in Beijing subway network). I strongly suggest you to buy the transport card (10 rmb deposit refundable fee) that is valid fr both subway and public bus and charge it with 20-30 rmb, that can be bought at any subway station service center. Show your travel guide to the local staff to make sure they give you the card and not a regular ticket. It should be a coloured card on one side with light green, dark blue, light blue and white colours. It's very easy to navigate in the subway as well is very well indicated in the stations from network maps to exits. i guess it was amajor revamp done for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Just try to avoid peak hours so that you are not squeezed!! Very useful are also bus 109 and 22 that stop by Tiananmen square close to the Forbidden city and in Qianmen, south of Tiananmen square and near a major shopping street with renewed buildings hosting international and local manufacturers, lots of restaurants and some street markets.

To eat and do some nice shopping I would recommend the Xidan area, just 2 bus (or subway stations) away from the area of this guesthouse. It's a very hectic area and you can find everything to eat over here and shop virtually everything! Very recommended and I suggest to go for the bus as it's much quicker than going to the subway station.

The guesthouse has nice rooms, just lacking in storage space but still with much space compared to Hong Kong or New York standards. The place is very clean and you can have fresh towels everyday.

I always preferred to have breakfast elsewhere (in KFC or at Xidan area) but the continental breakfast they offered is good albeit simple.

They also offer free wi-fi connection and have a computer in the reception that you can use.

The staff is really friendly: they can book you train tickets, tours and taxis. So when I needed a taxi, they booked it for me with no extra fees.

Overall a great experience spending very few money per night compareed to bigger hotels and courtyard properties and it was worth every penny. In the end you are not going to spend that much time in the hotel, ae you?!

I suggest this property and I will come back.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2011

1) The inn is located in Beijing's Hutong. That means you get to feel the true spirit of traditional Beijing. We absolutely loved it. For an example, every morning, when we stepped out on to narrow street, we were greeted by a same mellow dog. And once a kid did running competion with me on my way to metro station.
2) The girl at reception (I feel bad about forgetting her name) was exceptionally awesome. She spoke great english and provided very useful information with smiling face even though we repeated some of the questions numerous times.
3) The courtyard is small but fun. Every evening it provided venue for usual chit chat with fellow travelers
4) This is not really a complain but rather a suggestion. Since the inn is located in old hutong with narrow streets. Taxi can't come all the way to inn. We were made aware of this by the staff and provided busienss card and map by email ahead of time. Make sure to print and carry it with you.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Peking Garden Boutique Hotel

Address: No.15 Xiaoyuan Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing 100032, China
Region: China > Beijing > Xidan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
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Ranked #83 of 1,410 B&Bs / Inns in Beijing
Price Range: £76 - £112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Peking Garden Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A typical courtyard hidden in small Hutong providing a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of modern Beijing.With only 7 rooms, Fish Inn takes care of your every need. Staying with us, you are experiencing the true lifestyle of Beijingers.All the 7 rooms are stylishly decorated and comfortably set up with modern convenience to ensure your stay enjoyable and comfortable. ... more   less 
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