OK, there was some paint peeling in our Garden Room. OK, our Garden Room garden consisted of one vine growing and attached to a stone wall in the tiny entry way to our room. OK, our room, although large enough, was spartan and the bathroom was confining. But boy, did we enjoy our stay at The Orchid and if we ever returned to Beijing we would look forward to staying here again. We came and went from the hotel by walking through an authentic hutong, with small restaurants and work spaces. The entrance to the hutong is from a street which was a real slice of daily Beijing life with something for everyone. Our hutong was in a good location for exploration. But the best attribute of the Orchid was the way the staff, each of whom we got to know, opened their arms to us and made us part of their family from the moment we walked in the door until we sadly took a taxi to the airport. They helped us plan our days, they were interested in our experiences when we returned, and always seemed thrilled when their recommendations proved reliable. Our recollections of the Forbidden Palace might fade, but never our recollections of the staff and our stay at the Orchid. Hats off to them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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