This is a gem of a boutique hotel that fills a nitch & perfectly done, a blend of modern with older features retained. Fantastic location if you like wandering hutongs & local neighborhoods like we do. It's a 15 to 20 minute walk to the nearest subway station but that will change later when nearer stations will open on the new line.
We stayed in the Yin room which was a very good size for a hutong hotel. Beds are very comfy but can be a bit soft if you are used to harder ones. Lovely bathrooms with piping hot water. The climate control in the room was for aircon only for the warmer months. Heating is supplied by underfloor heating only. Being December it's very cold & only just managed to heat the room. If you are not opening & closing the door it stays warm.
Apple TV is a nice touch. Bottles of water, fresh fruit & lovely flavored tea is supplied. Wifi was slow & kept cutting out sometimes at the time of our stay. The Yin Room included a small private courtyard area which was too cold during December to take advantage of, but would be nice in the warmer months.
Breakfast is incredibly well done & thoughtfull. There are some lovely choices all served in an upstars room with lots of character.
We come to Beijing often & The Orchid will now become a firm favorite. After a busy day its nice to relax over a glass of wine in lounge/bar area - it feels more like you are visiting someones home & its very cosy and relaxed feeling.
The staff deserve a standing ovation. They bend over backwards to help you and are very warm & welcoming.
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