If you read my other reviews, you'll know I usually am very positive. Most places we eat and stay we've checked out on Tripadvisor, so I typically love to add my positive comments. That was NOT the case here. At the time of our booking, this was the number 1 rated hotel in Beijing. We were traveling at the last minute, so I didn't really have time to do my research. We were extremely disappointed. I have relied on Tripadvisor for years, and this shook my confidence. I found this hotel average at best. Really could not understand how it got such high ratings. The people at the hotel were extremely pleasant and helpful, so service is an A+. However the room was cramped and small. The worse part was the mildew in the bathroom. It is located on an odd little side street, that although we ultimately came to believe was safe, it was very worrisome for two American women traveling alone. Also, you had to walk by the local trash collection site every day to get to the metro. That was less than enchanting. We ended up spending, with taxes, fees and currency conversion, $200 a night. This was way over priced for the quality. In the end, we accepted the Chinese charm we experienced. Again, the people were so nice, we didn't complain. The pick up service from the airport was convenient but more expensive than other drivers for hire. If you are looking for Chinese charm and excellent service, I would recommend trying to negotiate a lower price. It was not a good value. There was no pool or gym. Would not stay here again. Hope they will modernize their bathrooms and adjust their prices.
- 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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