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The Orchid Hotel
Ranked #41 of 6,606 Hotels in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 August 2014

Agree with all the other positive reviews. This is an excellent hotel, hidden away in one of the hutongs, and surrounded by excellent markets and restaurants. My favourite part of being in Beijing was simply wandering around the streets surrounding the hotel, trying the food and exploring the shops.

The rooms are small, but clean and comfortable. The staff are extremely helpful with directions and advice.

Would have been nice to have a traditional Chinese breakfast, but the food was fantastic all the same.

We will definitely stay here again when we are next in Beijing.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

We saw the reviews beforehand and decided to go, this place lives up to all the good things said about it on here. The location is great, the first time round you will find it difficult o find, but after that it is easy. Good, clean rooms, the service is great, all the people are super nice and ready to help. They also adivse you on what to do when, and give their actual opinions on things.

Will go back for sure! thank you!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Bleehk
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Total gem of a boutique hotel right in the hutong area. We’ve been to Beijing several times, and never really enjoyed the city until we stayed at this particular hotel. True story.

The rooms are super-comfortable, clean, rustic and Zen. Crisp white cotton linens on the bed including lovely down comforter and abundant pillows. I specifically recommend room #8, which has a huge skylight. Rainforest shower with a wooden deck floor felt like you were showering outdoors. I almost didn’t want to leave our room, it was so tranquil.

Wonderful service. Staff spoke perfect English. Breakfast was included and was scrumptious, served in the sunny, peaceful, and cozy rooftop dining room. Kinda feels like you’re eating in a really cool treehouse. I could eat their homemade labneh cheese drizzled with olive oil/ local flatbread and vegetable plate for ev. meal the rest of my life.

One great thing about this place also is that when you check in, they give you a smartphone loaded with Beijing maps and apps so you can make local calls or just call them to get a cab or directions or whatnot, along w/ a super useful custom-made (paper) map of Beijing with all the subway stops plotted out.  

It's like a little oasis in Beijing.  Makes all the difference you’re not in some nondescript hotel alongside a highway in downtown Beijing, but right in an authentic hutong alley. Wandering around the Houhai area and surrounding network of alleys gives you a real feeling for old China neighborhoods. It’s fun and romantic and adventuresome.

Great value for your money.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

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.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Simply the walk down this Hutong is amazing on it's own. This Hotel truly gives you the feel of staying I'm someones home. I don't think I would have LOVED Beijing if not for the Location of this Hotel. Staff was amazing. Room was SO cute. Breakfast was great. We even love Nwoo Nwoo the Kitty Cat! We are a family of 4 traveling with our young kids and The Hotel did all they can to make us feel warm and welcome. My only wish was that we had the ability to make coffee in the room in the morning. With Jet Lag we were waking at 5:00 AM and I can't express how badly I needed coffee. I felt for the price of the room it should have come with some kind of instant coffee, AND lastly, there is not a full length mirror to be found anywhere. I missed having that in the room. With these silly and minor things aside, The Orchid was a GEM of a Hotel and we LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Absolutely the best place to stay for your first visit to Beijing! We'd never travelled to Asia before, so landing in Beijing was a bit daunting. The Orchid team were entirely on hand to help with the newbie experience, collecting us at the airport, and helping us with a myriad of tasks - buying our train tickets for us, booking cabs, finding us good restaurants and providing directions to cabbies in Chinese, etc. Also the staff are very friendly and chilled out, so there is a great atmosphere. On our last evening there, the patron was running a free wine tasting for all the guests so he could try out some new wines for his menu. We made a merry party on the rooftop garden with wine in the sunny evening breeze - felt like staying with a group of totally-in-the-know buddies. Also, the diverse breakfast options were a treat. We loved it and were really sorry it was booked up for our return visit a few weeks later! Thanks team for a memorable stay!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Layla B
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

After our 14 hour flight we were glad to stay here for four days. The staff all spoke good English, many of them came from places outside of China. Our favorite was Lilly from Senegal. They are all service oriented. The place seems lost in an alley off the hutongs, and is not easy to find, but it is an oasis in the middle of the city. We arrived early in the morning and at 10 they let us go to our room #10 had a private deck over our room. We enjoyed our breakfasts, and Mr. Shi's Dumplings across the street. We were sad to leave after touring Beijing for three days.

Room Tip: We loved our room 10
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 6,606 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range: £84 - £156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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