There are two Red Wall Garden Hotels (they are affiliated)- this review is for the one located in the Shijia Hutong. Not really sure where to start as it was fantastic in every regard. We booked a family room, but it turned out to be a family suite - absolutely huge two bedroom apartment with two bathrooms and a small foyer area. The rooms were furnished beautifully with Chinese antiques. It was so nice to come home to at the end of a long day exploring. It is a calm oasis. Our rooms overlooked the roofline of traditional houses near us.
Beds are a dream to sleep on, and the pillow menu was a delight to experiment with.
Breakfast was included and there was more than enough variety to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters.
Staff were very helpful, and went out of their way to make sure that we were looked after. They offered to book us a car to take us to the wall (Mutianyu) at a cost of Y1200 for the four of us, but we found a driver on the street who took us for half that amount.
We took advantage of the free pickup service from the train station, and so glad we did as the queue for a taxi was about 1hr long.
Taxis do have trouble finding it, so we took a card from the Regent, which is a large hotel nearby, and that seemed to work OK. Be aware that lots of taxis do not like to stop for westerners, scared of the language barrier, even the locals have problems getting a taxi sometimes. The Red Wall Garden though is very close to the subway, and that is an easy and cheap way to get around.
If you want to stay in a high-rise that has all the coziness of a morgue, then this is not the place for you. If however, you want a hotel that is full of charm and character, and still luxurious, then give the Red Wall Garden a go - you won't be sorry.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Red Wall Garden Hotel is a cultural oasis of tranquillity in the very heart of the vibrant city of Beijing. It is located in Shijia Hutong, one of the city's most historic neighbourhoods and is within walking distance of the Forbidden City and the famous shopping and food streets of Wangfujing and Jinbao in DongCheng. A traditional Chinese courtyard hotel invoking the past, yet replete with modern facilities. All 40 individually appointed guest rooms feature ultra-luxury DUX beds, wooden flooring, en-suite bathrooms and amenities such as large flat screen TV, complimentary WI-FI throughout the hotel and private in-room bar. All rooms have air-conditioning & heaters. Located within the central courtyard of the award-winning Red Wall Garden Hotel, The Courtyard Bistro serves great value dishes that are inspired by the eight main culinary areas in China. The Courtyard Bistro also features open stage Cultural Entertainment nights as well as indoor and outdoor Noodle Stations and daily special chalkboards to further enhance the guests' dining experiences. The Lounge Bar invites guests to kick back in an armchair with a drink, a snack and a book. The Courtyard Bistro's full service bar serves up classic and specialty cocktails as well as traditional afternoon tea and features an excellent selection of wines, beers and other alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. Situated just off the west lounge of the hotel, The Courtyard Bistro Tea House offers daily tea ceremonies where the in-house tea master guides patrons through Chinese tea history that looks back on over 4000 years of tea excellence. The Private Dining and Event Rooms at The Red Wall Garden Hotel can accommodate up to 200 people for Meetings, Weddings or Events. The tailor-made menus offer an array of traditional Chinese Cuisine to suit either a formal or an informal Meeting, Wedding or Event. The "Red Wall Garden Boutique Hotel Experience" emotionally connects our guests with the intense Historical, Cultural and Artistic life of Authentic and Historic Beijing. ... more less
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