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“Unexpected gem” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Orchid Hotel
Ranked #29 of 6,442 Hotels in Beijing
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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53 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Unexpected gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2012

The Orchid is located in an authentic (some might say transitional) neighborhood. Do not be alarmed as you arrive--the hotel itself is lovely, with comfortable rooms, an outstanding breakfast, and a very helpful (and English-speaking) staff . There are some excellent restaurants in the small alley outside the Orchid, and you will definitely experience the real sights, sounds, and smells of China there. Yet all of that disappears when you enter the Orchid--breakfast on the second level is a great way to start your day, and the hotel is not far from the main Beijing attractions. The in-room fruit selection is a nice touch too. We absolutely endorse the positive reviews on this site.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore
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81 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2012 via mobile

An overdue but well deserved review for The Orchid. Fully agree that the breakfasts were delicious. In fact, the kitchen was able to customise our breakfast "No bread/tomatoes" and we once asked for breakfast at 11a.m. and the kitchen obligingly prepared that for us! The bed, shower toiletries, Apple TV were all luxuries which made our stay more pleasurable.

We had the courtyard room on the ground floor with a private balcony, with swinging wooden doors as entrance. The entire hotel makes you feel like you are home because of the staff (we met co-owner Joe, got to try their homemade beer and spent the night at the reception/ bar chatting while meeting visitors from other parts of the world). Everyone who works there are friendly, helpful (printed maps for us and gave us directions to find an eatery) yet unintrusive. There are places to lounge - in the reception or outside in the common courtyard and you can even hear the bust going on around hutong - not noisy but you feel you are right in Beijing!

Besides Mr Shi's dumpling, we discovered the spicy hot pot dip just shops down which opens past midnight! They offer one of the best MaLa (hot) dips and we actually took a taxi back from the city centre (we did 2 nights in Hyatt) to have lunch there on our last day!

Dali courtyard, a popular restaurant is just lanes away. We had a nice walk in the evening, starting from the hotel to Dali and crossed the street to Nanluoguxiang after dinner. It was relaxing and just too convenient to get around and always have food stalls around every corner so you won't go hungry!

One tip though, the main road can get jammed up badly on weekends. If you are in a taxi, you are better off memorizing 'Bao Chao Hutong' (where Orchid is), hop off the cab and walk in. This way you enjoy seeing the local scenes and also enjoy the non-city side of Beijing.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bluelizabelle
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Melbourne
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2012

We stayed at the Orchid in September for 4 nights. It is a small delightfully designed and decorated hotel in the heart of a typical Beijing suburbs. You are surrounded by the bustling environment of a Beijing hutong, yet are able to retreat into peaceful surrounding.

The staff are very hospitable and knowledgeable, and are ready and able to make bookings for you, have meals brought in from Mr Shi's Dumpling House and give general advice on what to do and what to look out for. To my surprise I was able to get a sparkling shiraz from their cellar - a feat not always possible in Australia.

Our guide for the tour of the Forbidden City was absolutely fantastic (Johnson ys2974@yahoo.com.cn).

If you need a place to stay where all the worry of arranging tours meals etc is taken out of your hands, then this is the place

Room Tip: If you are tall, you might want to avoid the studio room
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SpecksPearson
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Rockhampton, Australia
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2012

My review is short and sweet - the Orchid is everything all of the previous glowing reports have told you - great staff, wonderful breakfast and the most amazing location in old Beijing - we found the express train and then subway from the Airport not too difficult - but taxis are not expensive in China and we certainly appreciated the ~$25 transfer (arranged by the Orchid) to the Beijing South railway station on our way out of town when Beijing turned on some early snow for us last Sunday. Mr Shi's across the road is a must - it's not just dumplings ! - but they are to die for !

Room Tip: We loved our stay in the Yang Room - as others have said a little for private in a small hotel
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank PeterOwens
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North Wales, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

We were in Beijing for a big neuroscience conference this past June and chose to stay at the Orchid based on the killer reviews. We certainly weren't disappointed. The staff at the front desk were always welcoming, friendly and super knowledgeable. Our room was a little loft with a fab little sitting room (and amazingly spacious bathroom) downstairs and a sleeping area upstairs. The breakfast was absolutely divine - a wonderful mix of western and eastern influences, served on the outdoor terrace. It was easily the most peaceful and relaxed part of our days in buzzing, energetic Beijing! Whenever we travel back to Beijing, we will definitely pick The Orchid again - and so should you!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank synaptoneurosome
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Birmingham, Alabama
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2012

This is one of the most interesting hotels I have ever stayed in. It is situated amongst the hutongs in the old part of Beijing. When the driver (or taxi) drops you off, you will think that you are in the wrong place. Once you enter the front door, you are transported to a boutique semi luxury hotel. There are no frills here...just modern, clean, relaxing, and uncluttered spaces. We stayed in the Yang room with the rooftop terrace. It is worth the extra to get this room as it is the most remote and secluded. It also has a wonderful private terrace overlooking the Orchid and surrounding areas. The only complaint that I have is that we arranged the hotel to pick us up from the airport after our 14 hour flight. The driver was supposed to be waiting for us at the immigration exit. Unfortunately, he was not amongst the other 30 drivers. After 30 minutes of waiting, we found a phone and called the hotel. Finally, after about an hour of waiting the driver arrived and shuttled us to the hotel. It is definitely worth having a driver pick you up as the taxi line looked to be over 2 hours and most taxis will not know how to get to the hotel. If you do take a taxi, be sure and print of directions in Mandarin. Overall it was a wonderful place to stay in a very interesting and historical section of Beijing. Oh yes, eat some dumplings at Mr. Shi's!

Room Tip: Get the Yang room with the roof terrace
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank architourney
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2012

Yes - this is another excellent review of The Orchid. We have just spent 9 nights staying in various of the differently themed rooms. They are all wonderfully equipped, comfortable and quiet. We enjoyed the breakfasts, the excellent wine list and the peace and tranquility of the courtyard. The staff were always available for help and advice - a nice touch was that despite a very early departure for the airport (4am!) some "take away" breakfast cake had been carefully packed for us to take with us.

Only one thing - those of us who have enjoyed our stay here need to stop writing good reviews and telling people about The Orchid or we shall never be able to get a reservation again!

Room Tip: Sorry - the choice is down to you - all the rooms are great and described on the website.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank gazndaz
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Property: The Orchid Hotel
Address: No.65 Baochao Hutong, Gulou East Street, Beijing 100009, China
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Region: China > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #29 of 6,442 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Orchid Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Orchid is the ultimate base for exploring Beijing from within. Situated right in the middle of all the action of the old city and staffed by some of the coolest and fun people, staying at The Orchid means you will love Beijing, and want to come back for more! ... more   less 
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